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The residents of Peridale don't like change, so when the famous actress, Candy Bennett, rolls into the village to demolish a historic cottage, things don't go as smoothly as she would have hoped. With the 'Peridale Preservation Society' protesting her plans to build a modern home on the land, things quickly turn sour. Days into the project, Candy's lead builder, Shane, is The residents of Peridale don't like change, so when the famous actress, Candy Bennett, rolls into the village to demolish a historic cottage, things don't go as smoothly as she would have hoped. With the 'Peridale Preservation Society' protesting her plans to build a modern home on the land, things quickly turn sour. Days into the project, Candy's lead builder, Shane, is murdered and the task to solve the mystery once again falls into Julia's lap. Did one of the protestors kill the builder to make a statement, or was he murdered by someone from within his own team? With the preservation society, the actress, the architect, and the builders all keeping secrets, Julia soon has her hand's full gathering evidence, but it's a familiar-looking new arrival in the village that commands her attention. Julia's life is torn apart when she learns of the stranger's true identity, but will she be able to focus on the challenging case before another body turns up? The only certainty is that Julia's life will never be the same again.


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The residents of Peridale don't like change, so when the famous actress, Candy Bennett, rolls into the village to demolish a historic cottage, things don't go as smoothly as she would have hoped. With the 'Peridale Preservation Society' protesting her plans to build a modern home on the land, things quickly turn sour. Days into the project, Candy's lead builder, Shane, is The residents of Peridale don't like change, so when the famous actress, Candy Bennett, rolls into the village to demolish a historic cottage, things don't go as smoothly as she would have hoped. With the 'Peridale Preservation Society' protesting her plans to build a modern home on the land, things quickly turn sour. Days into the project, Candy's lead builder, Shane, is murdered and the task to solve the mystery once again falls into Julia's lap. Did one of the protestors kill the builder to make a statement, or was he murdered by someone from within his own team? With the preservation society, the actress, the architect, and the builders all keeping secrets, Julia soon has her hand's full gathering evidence, but it's a familiar-looking new arrival in the village that commands her attention. Julia's life is torn apart when she learns of the stranger's true identity, but will she be able to focus on the challenging case before another body turns up? The only certainty is that Julia's life will never be the same again.

30 review for Cupcakes and Casualties

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Another brilliant addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries, this one's definitely on my favourites list as it combines every thing I've enjoyed about this series in one. We have a well plotted out murder mystery in which the culprit is only obvious right at the end and we have more emotional drama with Julia and her ever expanding family. These books are just a great easy read without much in the way of unpleasantness - outside of the crime that is! #ARC kindly provided by the author in return for Another brilliant addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries, this one's definitely on my favourites list as it combines every thing I've enjoyed about this series in one. We have a well plotted out murder mystery in which the culprit is only obvious right at the end and we have more emotional drama with Julia and her ever expanding family. These books are just a great easy read without much in the way of unpleasantness - outside of the crime that is! #ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Helen Oakes

    *arc received in exchange for an honest review* Miss Frost has done it again! I seriously don’t know how it’s possible but these books just keep getting better and better. Other cozy mystery series I’ve read I’ve normally got bored of the formulaic, rot your teeth sweetness that happens in them by the fifth book but that is not the case when we go to Peridale! It’s exciting every single time. I absolutely loved this one and I definitely love the family storyline that unraveled around the murder c *arc received in exchange for an honest review* Miss Frost has done it again! I seriously don’t know how it’s possible but these books just keep getting better and better. Other cozy mystery series I’ve read I’ve normally got bored of the formulaic, rot your teeth sweetness that happens in them by the fifth book but that is not the case when we go to Peridale! It’s exciting every single time. I absolutely loved this one and I definitely love the family storyline that unraveled around the murder case. It was a great touch that made this novel stand out in an already amazing series. Highlight of this novel was that I didn’t guess who the killer was but all the signs were there once Julia did her big reveal and that’s definitely a sign of good writing. Fantastic addition to the Peridale series and I can’t wait to return to the village in the next book once its released.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A return to Peridale is always a joy. This is one of my favourite cozy series. This series just keeps getting better. I love the characters and their development over the series. The whodunit was top notch, intriguing and kept me interested and guessing! This latest offering is one of the best yet and I cannot wait to read the next one! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kendra T

    Julia does it again. Why they haven't hired Julia to work on the police force as a consultant yet is mind boggling. DS Christie is so annoying. hahaha A murder occurs once again in Peridale to an outsider. Then there is a second murder. Julia actually did a pretty good job of trying to stay on the periphery while still asking her questions. She, of course, figures out what is going on. I have to admit that I had an inkling about the killer at one point. I didn't get all the details right, but I Julia does it again. Why they haven't hired Julia to work on the police force as a consultant yet is mind boggling. DS Christie is so annoying. hahaha A murder occurs once again in Peridale to an outsider. Then there is a second murder. Julia actually did a pretty good job of trying to stay on the periphery while still asking her questions. She, of course, figures out what is going on. I have to admit that I had an inkling about the killer at one point. I didn't get all the details right, but I am getting better at thinking it through. I love the mystery, but I love the family story line that continues throughout the books. It is so fulfilling to watch the relationships between Jessie, Julia and Barker's relationship strengthen, and to see Julia repair her relationship with her father and his wife. Despite all of the cozy mystery type drama, I love the relationship realism. I am continuing to love these stories! I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC I received from the author

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the eleventh book in the Peridale Cafe mystery series by Agatha Frost. A new Hollywood starlet is in town and has bought Barker’s old flat to remodel into a big mansion. One of the builders that have come in to bring this starlet’s vision to life is found dead. As a secondary storyline, we are introduced to a new recurring character that will show up in other books. I don’t want to give too much away but I was happy to see this character open up and reveal his secrets. If you love 4.5 stars This is the eleventh book in the Peridale Cafe mystery series by Agatha Frost. A new Hollywood starlet is in town and has bought Barker’s old flat to remodel into a big mansion. One of the builders that have come in to bring this starlet’s vision to life is found dead. As a secondary storyline, we are introduced to a new recurring character that will show up in other books. I don’t want to give too much away but I was happy to see this character open up and reveal his secrets. If you love a good cozy mystery, check this one out. What a fun read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    5* Well, murder is the name of the game again and this one has Julia stumped. Until one clue kicks everything into place and now she has to stop the person from running. And before it's too late for someone else. This series is so so good. 5* Well, murder is the name of the game again and this one has Julia stumped. Until one clue kicks everything into place and now she has to stop the person from running. And before it's too late for someone else. This series is so so good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is my favorite series of mystery and fun!!! When some rich famous woman wants to build in Peridale, the people aren’t happy. But what can you do? Then construction worker Shane ends up dead, the lost of people who could have done it is long. Julia tries to figure it out, but a surprise person who’s helping with construction has big news for Julia and Jessie. Come visit Peridale and enjoy their quirkiness and fun!! Will Julia figure out who murdered Shane? Will new information about Jessie p This is my favorite series of mystery and fun!!! When some rich famous woman wants to build in Peridale, the people aren’t happy. But what can you do? Then construction worker Shane ends up dead, the lost of people who could have done it is long. Julia tries to figure it out, but a surprise person who’s helping with construction has big news for Julia and Jessie. Come visit Peridale and enjoy their quirkiness and fun!! Will Julia figure out who murdered Shane? Will new information about Jessie put a wrinkle in the adoption plan? You must read to find out. I’m going to say, I always think I have it figured out, not even close lol. Agatha is an amazing writer who leaves the reader on the edge of their seat!!! Awesome books and series!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Lee Wilcox

    Absolutely brilliant! Love the added twist in Julia and Jessie's story and can't wait for the next instalment! Keep them coming Agatha, you're a genius! Absolutely brilliant! Love the added twist in Julia and Jessie's story and can't wait for the next instalment! Keep them coming Agatha, you're a genius!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Butts

    I just returned from my latest visit to Peridale and I had a fantastic time!! The eleventh book in the series will not disappoint. I was still guessing who the murderer was right up until Julia's reveal. This book will get you right in the feels with its added twists to the Julia/Jessie story. Thank you Agatha Frost for another wonderful trip. * I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review * I just returned from my latest visit to Peridale and I had a fantastic time!! The eleventh book in the series will not disappoint. I was still guessing who the murderer was right up until Julia's reveal. This book will get you right in the feels with its added twists to the Julia/Jessie story. Thank you Agatha Frost for another wonderful trip. * I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review *

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    A fun, enjoyable read that kept me guessing right up to the final reveal. This was my first Peridale Cafe book, but that didn’t matter as it was explained who all the characters were and their relationships to each other. Loved the characters (apart from the hateful Candy) and can’t wait to visit Peridale again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Just keeps getting better Julia is back to her sleuthing ways again trying to solve the latest murder of Peridale. I really enjoy all of the Characters and storyline in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mysteries. I highly recommend reading Cupcakes and Casualties.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Boles

    A Feel Good Ending I love this series of mysteries which keeps pulling you back book after book. A real good mystery that keeps you guessing till the end. Lots of plot twists throughout the book. I can't wait until the next book! A Feel Good Ending I love this series of mysteries which keeps pulling you back book after book. A real good mystery that keeps you guessing till the end. Lots of plot twists throughout the book. I can't wait until the next book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Another interesting visit with Julia and family in Peridale. I really enjoy this series and look forward to each new book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    christine newton

    What a diva Great storyline as usual Loved the twist about Jessie Who can't help loving Julia and all her sensitivities Brill, can't wait for the next book What a diva Great storyline as usual Loved the twist about Jessie Who can't help loving Julia and all her sensitivities Brill, can't wait for the next book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather Martin

    Cupcakes and Casualties Another great book in the life of Julia! Barker is a saint and the rest of the town is crazy! They’ll need to start advertising their town as a murder mystery experience!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria McMahon

    I got to read this book before it came out to review it for minor editing details that the author may have missed. It was a great book. I can’t wait for book 12 in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

    I really enjoyed the book! Love Julia, Barker, and all the other characters in Peridale! Fun read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    This is the 11th book in the Peridale Cafe Mystery Series. Big changes are in store for the quiet town of Peridale. Many aren't happy that a famous actress comes into town intending to demolish Barker's historic cottage in order to build an obscenely large house. The Peridale Preservation Society is protesting this build, however, it is clear that their attempts are futile. There is no stopping this construction. However, days within the start of construction, the crew's foreman, Shane, is murdere This is the 11th book in the Peridale Cafe Mystery Series. Big changes are in store for the quiet town of Peridale. Many aren't happy that a famous actress comes into town intending to demolish Barker's historic cottage in order to build an obscenely large house. The Peridale Preservation Society is protesting this build, however, it is clear that their attempts are futile. There is no stopping this construction. However, days within the start of construction, the crew's foreman, Shane, is murdered. As per usual, the town turns to Julia to try and solve this murder, at it is clear, the detective in charge has no clue. Between the actress, preservation society and the architect keeping their own secrets, Julia is finding it difficult to uncover the truth. Most challenging to her is that what she does uncover ends up turning her own life upside down and threatens to disrupt the life she has worked hard to build in Peridale. Holy cow what a mystery this turned out to be. I was not expecting it turn out as it did. Excellent work by Ms. Frost for bringing this mystery to life. Reading this series has me loving cozy mysteries, when I usually would not have given them much thought or priority. Well done!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isabella ~Mikku-chan~

    *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~* We are already 11 books in the series and without being exaggerating the books are getting better and better. This time we have a celebrity visiting Peridale which causes a hazy buzz in the small village. The crime case was well delivered and I loved how the characters were fleshed out. They had depth and you could relate to their different relationships. It had a nice twist when it came to the discoveries and for a w *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~* We are already 11 books in the series and without being exaggerating the books are getting better and better. This time we have a celebrity visiting Peridale which causes a hazy buzz in the small village. The crime case was well delivered and I loved how the characters were fleshed out. They had depth and you could relate to their different relationships. It had a nice twist when it came to the discoveries and for a while you had a different suspect. I especially loved that - again - we had a new layer added to the daily life of Julia, Barker & Jess. It was so charming to get new information but to see how they are with each other. Barker and Julia are super cozy together but also Jess and her boyfriend Billy are a nice sight. :3 I'm always in awe how a book which isn't that long can captivate you totally and I am engrossed when I start the first lines. :3 Agatha Frost always adds interesting and controverse topics in her books, making them realitic. With Julia as the baker who is investigating and Barker who is the (skilled) inspector but is more relying on her and her stills - in fact accepts he can't stop her - it's funny and sometimes hilarious how the dynamics are shifted between the two but how well they complete each other. :D I really can't wait to read the next books, I bet book 12 won't be the last. ;) Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    So Many Secrets Revealed! I am really addicted to this series! It has everything a cozy mystery could want - intrigue, memorable characters, a small town setting. What makes this series even more delightful, is it’s a British Cozy. There is just a difference in a British Cozy - it’s like stepping into an episode of Midsomer Murders on the BBC. The village of Peridale is a picturesque, & seemingly peaceful place on the outside but one filled with many secrets & murders. Julia South, aka The Cake L So Many Secrets Revealed! I am really addicted to this series! It has everything a cozy mystery could want - intrigue, memorable characters, a small town setting. What makes this series even more delightful, is it’s a British Cozy. There is just a difference in a British Cozy - it’s like stepping into an episode of Midsomer Murders on the BBC. The village of Peridale is a picturesque, & seemingly peaceful place on the outside but one filled with many secrets & murders. Julia South, aka The Cake Lady, has never met a mystery she could walk away from. So when a bludgeoned body is found at the construction site down the road from her cottage, Julia finds herself once again drawn into investigating. As Julia races to find the murderer she brings to light several other secrets, including one that will impact her personally. While I enjoy the mystery part of the story, what draws me back is the incredible relationship between the characters, especially between Julia, her fiancé Barker, & their soon to be adopted daughter Jessie. Author Agatha Frost has another winner in Cupcakes & Casualties!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Galina Chankova

    *arc received in exchange for an honest review* Another great whodunit - I kept "choosing" different people for the culprit while reading, didn't actually get it right until the very end - this for me makes it a really captivating book. I loved the twist story in Jessie's life - Alfie is a really interesting character that I think will bring yet another dimension to the book series (I did quite dislike him at some point though). I didn't like the second murder though, it is not some main or import *arc received in exchange for an honest review* Another great whodunit - I kept "choosing" different people for the culprit while reading, didn't actually get it right until the very end - this for me makes it a really captivating book. I loved the twist story in Jessie's life - Alfie is a really interesting character that I think will bring yet another dimension to the book series (I did quite dislike him at some point though). I didn't like the second murder though, it is not some main or important to the story character but it felt like the village lost a lot by it. I thought it could be delved a bit more into it, not just mentioned in passing (at least this is how it felt). Overall, another incredible book by Agatha Frost. You would think that when books from a series are coming out so quickly, their stories would be rushed and somehow incomplete (I have quite a few examples) but this is absolutely nothing like it. Peridale series are intriguing, captivating and holding your interest until the very end. You see characters and their stories evolving in front of you and you just can't wait for the next book to 'see' more of them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edith

    This is the 11th book in Agatha Frost’s “Peridale Cozy Mystery” series and I think it is the best! It was wonderful to go back to the quaint village of Peridale! Frost writes so very descriptively that the reader is able to “see” the village, the shops, people and scenes. The plots are unpredictable and I have never been able to guess who the murderer is. The best part of this series is watching the development of the characters and the relationships between them. Even the minor characters are w This is the 11th book in Agatha Frost’s “Peridale Cozy Mystery” series and I think it is the best! It was wonderful to go back to the quaint village of Peridale! Frost writes so very descriptively that the reader is able to “see” the village, the shops, people and scenes. The plots are unpredictable and I have never been able to guess who the murderer is. The best part of this series is watching the development of the characters and the relationships between them. Even the minor characters are well drawn. The people talk like real people. Nothing forced or unbelievable about them. I could barely put this book down! Now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! If you have never read a cozy mystery, you must try this one! This book can be read as a stand-alone but once you read it, you will want to go back and read the entire series! Fabulous book and series! Kudos to Agatha Frost!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Brown

    Another book in the wonderful Peridale series. Murder, cakes and family all involved as usual. A model buys Barkers cottage and has plans to demolish it and build a new home. As usual all is not as it seems and soon the bodies start to pile up. Barker is busy starting his writing career and there is news for Jessie too. I liked this book as much as the others and am looking forward to the next instalment. This is a stand alone book but better read in series order as the story flows from one book Another book in the wonderful Peridale series. Murder, cakes and family all involved as usual. A model buys Barkers cottage and has plans to demolish it and build a new home. As usual all is not as it seems and soon the bodies start to pile up. Barker is busy starting his writing career and there is news for Jessie too. I liked this book as much as the others and am looking forward to the next instalment. This is a stand alone book but better read in series order as the story flows from one book to another.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justine Peroni

    I love Peridale! I couldn't resist another trip back to Peridale! And yet again another delightful romp around the country side! This time an actress turned Diva turns up causing mayhem in attempting to have her own hose built. As you can imagine foul play occurs when the main builder is found dead, but there are plenty of suspects! Into the mix comes a young man on a quest to find a lost sibling. Intrigue for Julia and Barker that pushes them to their limit. Most enjoyable and highly recommended I love Peridale! I couldn't resist another trip back to Peridale! And yet again another delightful romp around the country side! This time an actress turned Diva turns up causing mayhem in attempting to have her own hose built. As you can imagine foul play occurs when the main builder is found dead, but there are plenty of suspects! Into the mix comes a young man on a quest to find a lost sibling. Intrigue for Julia and Barker that pushes them to their limit. Most enjoyable and highly recommended!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robin Powers

    More Vintage Julia! Julia is back to solving Peridale’s murder mysteries when a builder ends up dead on Barker’s old cottage site. It seems like whenever new people show up in the village, someone is going to end up dead! I really love this series and the quirkiness of the villagers. The characters are always so engaging and the twists never seem to stop popping up. I just hope Julia’s little family she’s found for herself can endure all of the new dynamics.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In case this has spoilers. Don't read. This was a great story that really had me puzzled on who the killer was. I was confused in chapter 14. When Alfie is talking to the hooded figure, the dialog said "they" instead of "he". It was a single person Alfie was talking to and not multiple people. It took me several re-reading to understand this. I tend to read quick so this had me back peddling. I as looking forward to the next Peridale Café Mystery. Will Julie get married in the next book? The new In case this has spoilers. Don't read. This was a great story that really had me puzzled on who the killer was. I was confused in chapter 14. When Alfie is talking to the hooded figure, the dialog said "they" instead of "he". It was a single person Alfie was talking to and not multiple people. It took me several re-reading to understand this. I tend to read quick so this had me back peddling. I as looking forward to the next Peridale Café Mystery. Will Julie get married in the next book? The new character that has come into their family makes for more drama in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dwayne Keller

    Julia South is at it again. Candy, a famous actress, has bought Barker's old place. She is knocking down what is left of the house and building a new place. Construction barely gets started before the head crewman is found murdered. There are other developments in the lives of the main characters. Another great mystery in the Peridale Café series. Don't pass it up. Julia South is at it again. Candy, a famous actress, has bought Barker's old place. She is knocking down what is left of the house and building a new place. Construction barely gets started before the head crewman is found murdered. There are other developments in the lives of the main characters. Another great mystery in the Peridale Café series. Don't pass it up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Fields

    Couldn't Put It Down As usual, the excitement was nonstop! I always enjoy a visit with the Peridale citizens. They keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Hate it when they end, but know I'm going to be thoroughly entertained with the next adventure. Keep them coming please! Couldn't Put It Down As usual, the excitement was nonstop! I always enjoy a visit with the Peridale citizens. They keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Hate it when they end, but know I'm going to be thoroughly entertained with the next adventure. Keep them coming please!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Evans

    Right on track I love this series! The characters of peridale are awesome and i enjoy each new book and getting to know them! I love the storyline of Jessie's past and knowing julia worrying about losing her was awful! Julia has the keen sense to figure out the mysteries of who the murder is! Ms frost please give us more about Julia barker Jessie dot sue and everyone else !!! Right on track I love this series! The characters of peridale are awesome and i enjoy each new book and getting to know them! I love the storyline of Jessie's past and knowing julia worrying about losing her was awful! Julia has the keen sense to figure out the mysteries of who the murder is! Ms frost please give us more about Julia barker Jessie dot sue and everyone else !!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Wonderful! The reason I like this series is because everyone seems so real. It's like listening to a friend tell you about their life. Each situation is something that could really happen and everyone's feelings and reactions are true and not hollow. In this episode, Jessie finds out she has a brother while Julia solves the latest murder. Wonderful! The reason I like this series is because everyone seems so real. It's like listening to a friend tell you about their life. Each situation is something that could really happen and everyone's feelings and reactions are true and not hollow. In this episode, Jessie finds out she has a brother while Julia solves the latest murder.

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