Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

by R.L. Syme

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Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron by R.L. Syme

Small towns and gossip go together like flaky crust and sweet pastry cream. Between the police scanners, the coffee ladies, and the senior center, no secret is safe for long. But Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar...especially the police radar.

So when her new bakery is linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can't have that.

In order to clear her good name and keep her face off the front page, this bakery owner becomes extra nosy...with a little side of breaking-and-entering... But when she comes face-to-face with the Sheriff, Vangie can't ignore the fact that one of her macarons was involved in a murder. She has to find the real murderer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548024437
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2017
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I love getting into a new series. Vangie Vale promises to be quite the sleuth! I enjoyed this book from my step into her bakery! It might have been the book cover that drew me in. But it was the story and plot that kept me and lured me all the way to the end. Which was a little too soon! I can't wait for book 2! It doesn't take long for things to heat up when a body is found lying next to a box from Vangie's bakery. The town sheriff seems to have it 'in for' Vangie and is just waiting to 'interview her downtown'. With the little interview tying the purchaser of the macaron's to a visit to town that happens to be more of a home boy than visitor passing through. Before all the clues come together our visitor hangs himself in his cell. Is it really suicide? Vangie wastes no time in investigating. There is no lack of suspects once gossip and rumors begin spreading around town. From the suspicious acting sheriff, the agent, the widower, and even the teenager that visits the bakery every afternoon. If you like a cozy read this is a great read and a fast paced ride!And it's book 1 of a new series! For a little behind the scenes check out my interview below. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Everybody lies VANGIE VALE AND THE MURDERED MACARON by R.L. Syme The First Matchbaker Mystery Vangie Vale has been relocated to Saint Agnes, Montana. A part time pastor and more time baker, Vangie is doing penance, biding her time, and creating delicious baked goods in her bakery. When a stuck up southern belle named Scarlet gives a parting dig to Vangie and her friend, Vangie decides to assist karma and gives the woman and her blond James Bond type partner incorrect directions. Yet by giving in to her baser instincts, Vangie unwittingly sets a disastrous chain of events in motion. A woman is found murdered with a box of Matchbaker cookies by her side and the misdirected couple is detained by the police. Now Vangie is going out of her way to put things right. But who's telling the truth? There's a lot going on in VANGIE VALE AND THE MURDERED MACARON. Everybody lies. And most of those lies are accepted as truth. Readers too, are unaware and accept the lies as truths, just like Vangie. As the truth changes, everyone must revisit all they've learned and readjust. There are a lot of characters as well, each important, and each with his or her own issues and agendas. There's also a lot of important backstory of which readers and most characters are unaware. Important information is hinted at and will hopefully be slowly revealed in future books. This first book in the Matchbaker Mystery series looks at human nature, and the motivations within us all. A complicated story, VANGIE VALE AND THE MURDERED MACARON, introduces us to a unique protagonist with a hidden background. Vangie Vale is an intriguing character. She's a pastor with issues. She makes mistakes, acts out in anger, and then does all she can to make peace and rectify what she's done. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC in the hopes I would review it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This series is off to a tasty start. Evangeline (Vangie) Vail is a part time pastor and a full time baker. The issue that brought her to Montana is a little foggy yet but she is settling in nicely. Her Matchmaker Bakery is a really cute idea. She matches you to the perfect pastry and beverage not the man or the woman of your dreams. She’s an upbeat person and a good listener and she truly wants to help wherever she can. When one her pastry boxes is found at a crime scene she becomes one of the Sheriff’s top suspects. She and the Sheriff have a very rocky relationship. They are neighbors and he just didn’t like her from the first time they met. The only place near her home that she can get cell phone service is at the corner of his property near a big bush and it just drives him crazy. He reports her trespassing to the parish and she is on thin ice already with them. He has even threatened to arrest her. Let’s just say all this trespassing and murder has not made Vangie’s life easy but she doesn’t give up. I really like her and want to get to know her much better. The murder mystery is very well plotted out. It all comes down to a very small timeline, alibis for all of the suspects and motive. Vangie takes us down a prickly path until we finally get to the real killer. Vangie can now add sleuth to her resume. Some of the story goes a little off a cozy path, at the end of one chapter my breath was just taken away. The author quickly get us back on track in the cozy realm. It was simply a page turner that kept my attention from the beginning to the end. I am excited about this series. This first escape to Montana just gave us a taste of what to expect from this author and these characters. I am very happy to learn there are two more books in the series to be released soon. **My review was of an Advance Review Copy and was informed that there were some adjustments made to the final edition. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. It is a refreshing book with wonderful characters that make the story so good. Vangie Vale is not your typical character in a cozy book. She is one complex woman in a small town in the beautiful setting of Montana. I have been to Montana before and it is easy to fall in love with the state. The landscape alone takes your breath away. The people are friendly and always helpful. It's the perfect place for Vangie to start over. She owns a bakery that has a quirky gimmick. I did have to laugh at how clever it was . Tourists couldn't resist stopping in at the bakery for fresh baked goods matched up especially for them. What I really liked about Angie was her other job as pastor of the small town. As you get further into the story, you will discover some background on her that will explain why she landed in Saint Agnes, Montana. Vangie has several goals in mind. She wants to help people and stay out of the limelight. Oh if only that could happen her life would be carefree. But it is not to be when a famous actor shows up in her bakery. I liked how Vangie wasn't that impressed about who he was which I'm sure must have hurt his ego. The mystery is subtle, and leaves behind secrets, blackmail and bodies. The best part of the entire book is that I couldn't figure out who the killer was. I had in my head who I thought it was, but with the twists the author delivers I quickly went to another suspect. The book is well written and I liked how the author touched on religion in a way that was not preachy. Along the way I found myself so engrossed in the book I forgot about everything going on around me. I loved the ending and how the author left us with questions as to where Vangie finds herself next. This is sure to be a series to follow and don't forgot to try the recipe at the end of the book. Thank you for a clean mystery that deals with forgiveness, redemption and family. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. It is a refreshing book with wonderful characters that make the story so good. Vangie Vale is not your typical character in a cozy book. She is one complex woman in a small town in the beautiful setting of Montana. I have been to Montana before and it is easy to fall in love with the state. The landscape alone takes your breath away. The people are friendly and always helpful. It's the perfect place for Vangie to start over. She owns a bakery that has a quirky gimmick. I did have to laugh at how clever it was . Tourists couldn't resist stopping in at the bakery for fresh baked goods matched up especially for them. What I really liked about Angie was her other job as pastor of the small town. As you get further into the story, you will discover some background on her that will explain why she landed in Saint Agnes, Montana. Vangie has several goals in mind. She wants to help people and stay out of the limelight. Oh if only that could happen her life would be carefree. But it is not to be when a famous actor shows up in her bakery. I liked how Vangie wasn't that impressed about who he was which I'm sure must have hurt his ego. The mystery is subtle, and leaves behind secrets, blackmail and bodies. The best part of the entire book is that I couldn't figure out who the killer was. I had in my head who I thought it was, but with the twists the author delivers I quickly went to another suspect. The book is well written and I liked how the author touched on religion in a way that was not preachy. Along the way I found myself so engrossed in the book I forgot about everything going on around me. I loved the ending and how the author left us with questions as to where Vangie finds herself next. This is sure to be a series to follow and don't forgot to try the recipe at the end of the book. Thank you for a clean mystery that deals with forgiveness, redemption and family. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The review is my own opinion.