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When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when the cruel owner of the family-run spa, Henry McLaughlin, is shot dead, she can’t resist ditching the facemasks and massages in favour of cracking the case. Julia quickly befriends the young cook and talented-baker, Blair, and acquires a job in the kitchen so she can observe the strange family in the wake of the murder. Henry’s wife and children are acting suspicious, and with an incompetent young Detective Inspector on the case, Julia makes it her mission to discover the secrets held within the ancient walls before Seirbigh Castle claims another victim.


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When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, When Julia’s gran, Dot, wins an all-inclusive spa trip to Scotland, Julia finds it difficult to refuse the offer of a relaxing week away from her café. Along with her sister, Sue, they pack up her tiny vintage car and drive all the way from Peridale to Seirbigh Castle, ready to be pampered. The last thing Julia expected was to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when the cruel owner of the family-run spa, Henry McLaughlin, is shot dead, she can’t resist ditching the facemasks and massages in favour of cracking the case. Julia quickly befriends the young cook and talented-baker, Blair, and acquires a job in the kitchen so she can observe the strange family in the wake of the murder. Henry’s wife and children are acting suspicious, and with an incompetent young Detective Inspector on the case, Julia makes it her mission to discover the secrets held within the ancient walls before Seirbigh Castle claims another victim.

30 review for Shortbread and Sorrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    My favourite book in the series so far!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    This time Julia, her gran Dot and her sister Sue are leaving Peridale behind to spend some relaxing time in a spa in Seirbigh Castle in Scotland....or so they thought. Shortly after they arrive the owner of the castle is being murdered. Julia can't help herself but investigating the case. It was a very nice change from the typical setting in Peridale. The story was very fast paced and kept my interest throughout the whole story. Another great read in the Peridale Cafe series. Highly recommended! * This time Julia, her gran Dot and her sister Sue are leaving Peridale behind to spend some relaxing time in a spa in Seirbigh Castle in Scotland....or so they thought. Shortly after they arrive the owner of the castle is being murdered. Julia can't help herself but investigating the case. It was a very nice change from the typical setting in Peridale. The story was very fast paced and kept my interest throughout the whole story. Another great read in the Peridale Cafe series. Highly recommended! *Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    Grandma Dot has won a spa vacation in Scotland, but this dream turns into a nightmare the owners’ family members are turning up dead. Schemes and deceit are front and center in this installment. I would love to see more suspects in this series. I figured this one out relatively quickly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    Didn't love this as much as I did the previous book but not as bad to the extent I hate this book. On the whole, this book is woven nicely and the writing is as solid, strong as usual. I don't regret picking up this book. Nevertheless, I found this book a bit too ambitious and overdone. Set in Scotland, 7 hours away from her town, Peridale, the owner of the hotel Julia stays in gets murdered. A bullet hole and multiple suspects. In an unusual setting where she can't bank on the help of Barker, Ju Didn't love this as much as I did the previous book but not as bad to the extent I hate this book. On the whole, this book is woven nicely and the writing is as solid, strong as usual. I don't regret picking up this book. Nevertheless, I found this book a bit too ambitious and overdone. Set in Scotland, 7 hours away from her town, Peridale, the owner of the hotel Julia stays in gets murdered. A bullet hole and multiple suspects. In an unusual setting where she can't bank on the help of Barker, Julia and Sue sets out to solving the case. Julia's brightness and sagacity, her eyes that miss nothing are outstanding and portrayed to the fullest, but in my personal opinion, Julia in this book is way too smart for being a baker and an amateur sleuth for solving this complex, mysterious case almost single-handedly. Although there were some foreshadowing and clues dropped here and there in the book, it didn't come across (again, in my eyes) not much opportunities being provided for readers to solve the case along with Julia. Putting themselves in Julia's shoes so to speak. It feels like Julia runs miles and miles ahead of us which may be totally fine to some readers, but I think it would have been more delightful and entertaining to tone down Julia's aptitude, say, let the Scotland DI solve the case in tandem with her. The mystery plot itself felt a bit too complex and underwhelming as well. Set in Scotland might be a nice change, breathing new life into the series, but I just didn't feel as much suspense and delight in reading this book. I was just kind of along for the ride. I can't put my finger on exactly what didn't sit well with me just yet, but then again, it's my personal opinion. This could be quite a delightful read to other readers. In the hope of this series picking up again, I'll settle with giving this book 3.5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It was nice to get out of Peridale. The mystery was so-so. It was set in Scotland so the cook prepared Haggis. I will probably try one more in the series. I mistakenly thought I was reading Expresso and Evil so that shows you how much Shortbread I thought about in this book...

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    A good mystery in the series. Dot wins a trip to Scotland. She takes Julia and her sister. Of course there ends up being a murder. Julia ends up solving it and when they get back she acts like nothing happened.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Klaudia

    „Shortbread and Sorrow” is a fifth book in Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost. Julia South is a baker in a small town. After many adventures in Peridale she agrees to go on spa trip to Scotland with her gran and sister. But even during her free time, Julia gets caught up in another investigation when owner of the castle she’s staying in is shot dead. Of course, Julia being Julia, she can’t resist cracking the case. Another engaging story in Peridale Cafe Mystery series. I’ve read it in o „Shortbread and Sorrow” is a fifth book in Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost. Julia South is a baker in a small town. After many adventures in Peridale she agrees to go on spa trip to Scotland with her gran and sister. But even during her free time, Julia gets caught up in another investigation when owner of the castle she’s staying in is shot dead. Of course, Julia being Julia, she can’t resist cracking the case. Another engaging story in Peridale Cafe Mystery series. I’ve read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. It amazes me how those books just get better. There’s never a dull moment in those stories. As always Dot with her snarky comments provided great amount of entertainment. Although we didn’t see a lot of Barker and Jessie, those glimpses were great too. Affection between Barker and Julia was amazing thing to watch and banter between him and Jessie was hilarious. All in all, I loved it! Recommended!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Agatha Frost is an amazing writer!! Seriously, I am not a fan of mystery but I am so pulled into this series, it's fantastic!! There is not only the mystery and trying to figure it out but there is fun and adventure too!! This time we go to Scotland for some much needed relaxing with Julia, Dot and Sue!!! But spa treatments aren't the only thing going on in this castle!! We meet some interesting characters along with murder, what could be more relaxing?? I thought for sure I had this one figured Agatha Frost is an amazing writer!! Seriously, I am not a fan of mystery but I am so pulled into this series, it's fantastic!! There is not only the mystery and trying to figure it out but there is fun and adventure too!! This time we go to Scotland for some much needed relaxing with Julia, Dot and Sue!!! But spa treatments aren't the only thing going on in this castle!! We meet some interesting characters along with murder, what could be more relaxing?? I thought for sure I had this one figured out, obviously I don't have those great detective skills of Julia!!! I absolutely loved this book!! What a great read and series!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.25 Stars This is the fifth book in the Peridale Cafe mystery series by Agatha Frost. I purchased a ten book set of this series and starting with this book, I am reading from that collection. If you like the previous books in the series, this would be a economical way to read ten of the first books in the series. The majority of this book is set in Scotland. Grandma Dot has won a contest and she takes Julia and her sister, Sue to a castle where they will be pampered with sorts of spa-like amenitie 4.25 Stars This is the fifth book in the Peridale Cafe mystery series by Agatha Frost. I purchased a ten book set of this series and starting with this book, I am reading from that collection. If you like the previous books in the series, this would be a economical way to read ten of the first books in the series. The majority of this book is set in Scotland. Grandma Dot has won a contest and she takes Julia and her sister, Sue to a castle where they will be pampered with sorts of spa-like amenities. If first impressions are anything to base a recommendation on, this one would be bad. The owner of the castle throws his wife out of the castle and they are greeted with busted open suitcases thrown at their feet. The castle is running with a skeleton crew and Julia feels sorry for the 19 year old trying to keep up with all the strange dinner requests. Julia decides to step in and assist. Then the owner, Henry is found dead and his wife, who had been thrown out the day before is back taking charge again. As the clues and the bodies build up, you begin to question what everyone’s motives could be. This one can easily work as a standalone since there are very few of the normal main cast are walking around. It was nice to get to know Julia’s sister and grandmother. Dot seems like such a hoot. I look forward to continuing this series and finishing it in 2020.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rekha

    From Peridale to beautiful Scotland, I loved the change of scenery that Frost has brought about in this book. The mystery behind the murder and the identity of the murderer was unexpected. Agatha Frost is a brilliant author. The best thing about her books is the writing. With no violence or gore, as it is in all cozy mysteries, and written in simple English, one can read the book in less than two hours. Once I start the book, I do not put it down until I finish it. This has happened with all the From Peridale to beautiful Scotland, I loved the change of scenery that Frost has brought about in this book. The mystery behind the murder and the identity of the murderer was unexpected. Agatha Frost is a brilliant author. The best thing about her books is the writing. With no violence or gore, as it is in all cozy mysteries, and written in simple English, one can read the book in less than two hours. Once I start the book, I do not put it down until I finish it. This has happened with all the books that I have read in this series so far. Be it the writing or the story, it keeps one hooked on to the book till the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wow. These books just keep getting better. The mysteries are maturing and are getting harder to figure out the who done it. This one I had worked out half the answer. I liked the fact that Julia came into her own without Baker there. And she solved this murder without any help at all. Well apart from a few helpful smoke screens from Sue. I loved Dot and how she just carried on with the holiday. The writing is good it draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. T Wow. These books just keep getting better. The mysteries are maturing and are getting harder to figure out the who done it. This one I had worked out half the answer. I liked the fact that Julia came into her own without Baker there. And she solved this murder without any help at all. Well apart from a few helpful smoke screens from Sue. I loved Dot and how she just carried on with the holiday. The writing is good it draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The characters are maturing and evolving along with the writing style. I can't wait for the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    Murder, mayhem and mystery....donuts know how she figured it out but Julia does. There’s not only one murder but two! On vacation with her grandmother and sister, the owner of the hotel is murdered first and then his wife a few days later. Here comes our baker/detective, Julia to outwit the killers and solve the case without help from the police. Fun to read, some parts will have you worried Julia’s gone too far and others will have you wanting to put a muzzle on Dor, her grandmother. An enjoyab Murder, mayhem and mystery....donuts know how she figured it out but Julia does. There’s not only one murder but two! On vacation with her grandmother and sister, the owner of the hotel is murdered first and then his wife a few days later. Here comes our baker/detective, Julia to outwit the killers and solve the case without help from the police. Fun to read, some parts will have you worried Julia’s gone too far and others will have you wanting to put a muzzle on Dor, her grandmother. An enjoyable read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    Well, I thought this one was not bad but it wasn't as good as the others. It can't be the setting as I love Scotland very much and liked the change of scenery. Grandma Dot is such an entertaining person and it was so funny who she won the trip to the SPA with her granddaughters. The murder case itself was a bit boring and I didn't like a single person in this castle besides Blair. The writing was great as was the setting but I was glad when they were back home in Peridale. Hope I like the next o Well, I thought this one was not bad but it wasn't as good as the others. It can't be the setting as I love Scotland very much and liked the change of scenery. Grandma Dot is such an entertaining person and it was so funny who she won the trip to the SPA with her granddaughters. The murder case itself was a bit boring and I didn't like a single person in this castle besides Blair. The writing was great as was the setting but I was glad when they were back home in Peridale. Hope I like the next one better. Still 4 stars for this lovely series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Polk

    In this 5th installment of the Peridale Mysteries, We are whisked off to the beautiful countryside of Scotland. When Dot, Julia's gran, wins a radio contest, the ladies~ along with Julia's sister Sue, set off for a relaxing spa getaway. Little do they know they will soon be in the middle of a murder, family secrets and a shocking revelation. Julia once again puts her "detective" skills to work to solve this mystery :) Another fantastic read by Ms. Frost!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Louise Ryan

    Agatha Frost does not write bad books. This, like the others before it was gripping, intriguing and such a difficult mystery to figure out and I loved every minute. There was so much going on that it was extra difficult to figure it out, pretty much everyone was a suspect. The change of location was nice but I missed Barker and Jessie but at least we still got some of Dots one-liners!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This one takes place in May in Scotland. The story involves a castle, a car accident, murder, and secret passages. The ending wasn't what I thought it would be. I liked the new location, even thought it was just this story. It was nice that the romance was a minimum in this story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelcy

    Love how we have more Dot and Sue in this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Another enjoyable offering from Agatha Frost in the Peridale Cafe series. This time sees our protagonist leaving her cafe & Peridale behind to accompany her eccentric Grandmother Dot & her sister Sue on a spa break in Scotland. Needless to say murder isn't far away, but this time there is no Barker or Jessie to assist her sleuthing and it's an initially reluctant Sue who ends up helping Julia follow the clues to unearth the culprit. As usual the story includes much mirth, some mouthwatering baki Another enjoyable offering from Agatha Frost in the Peridale Cafe series. This time sees our protagonist leaving her cafe & Peridale behind to accompany her eccentric Grandmother Dot & her sister Sue on a spa break in Scotland. Needless to say murder isn't far away, but this time there is no Barker or Jessie to assist her sleuthing and it's an initially reluctant Sue who ends up helping Julia follow the clues to unearth the culprit. As usual the story includes much mirth, some mouthwatering baking and a smattering of red herrings all wrapped up in Agatha's descriptive style. I look forward to seeing where the next book takes us. Disclosure: An advanced copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However my review has been written voluntarily and alll of the above opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

    This is the 5th book in the Peridale Cafe Mystery. When Julia's grandmother, Dot, won an all inclusive trip to a luxury spa in Scotland, Julia thinks it is the perfect opportunity for some rest and relaxation from her cafe. So Julia, Dot and Sue pack their bags in Julia's antique car and head to Seirbigh Castle for the much anticipated trip. Since trouble seems to find Julia, she finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. The ruthless owner of the spa, Henry McLaughlin, was murdered leaving This is the 5th book in the Peridale Cafe Mystery. When Julia's grandmother, Dot, won an all inclusive trip to a luxury spa in Scotland, Julia thinks it is the perfect opportunity for some rest and relaxation from her cafe. So Julia, Dot and Sue pack their bags in Julia's antique car and head to Seirbigh Castle for the much anticipated trip. Since trouble seems to find Julia, she finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. The ruthless owner of the spa, Henry McLaughlin, was murdered leaving Julia with the need to solve this murder, especially since it appears the young Detective Inspector assigned to the case is incompetent. Julia insinuates herself in the daily runnings of the spa, particularly in the kitchen where she befriends the cook/baker working there. Julia offers her services to the overwhelmed young woman in hopes of being able to collect information that will help her solve this murder. With the McLaughlin family acting suspicious, Julia is determined more than ever to get to the bottom of everything before she has to go back home. This was a true who done it. Throughout the book I thought I had figured it out, but then out of nowhere another clue was discovered, which blew my theory out the window. I had so much fun playing Detective with this story. This series does not lack in entertainment and suspense. Very well done Agatha Frost.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Zimmer

    Flaky, and Probably Skippable - 2 stars This is the weakest book in the series, for me, so far. The murder mystery itself felt very sloppy, I didn't care about any of the new characters (sadly). It was a real let down considering the previous Doughnuts and Deception brought so many compelling characters in, and Chocolate Cake and Chaos added such character growth. By comparison, Shortbread and Sorrow felt like a real dud. The only mildly interesting characters were Blaire and Benjamin. Sue was rea Flaky, and Probably Skippable - 2 stars This is the weakest book in the series, for me, so far. The murder mystery itself felt very sloppy, I didn't care about any of the new characters (sadly). It was a real let down considering the previous Doughnuts and Deception brought so many compelling characters in, and Chocolate Cake and Chaos added such character growth. By comparison, Shortbread and Sorrow felt like a real dud. The only mildly interesting characters were Blaire and Benjamin. Sue was really misused and I think the story would have benefited greatly from more sister sleuthing, especially since family tries so hard to be such a core concept of the book. I honestly don't understand why Dot was included in the trip, when that time could have been given toward more development and her relationship with Julia. Also, the location of Scotland is wasted. Unless you count mentions of haggis, heather and crotchety locals as a good things. It all felt very stereotypical and cliched. Which is a big disappointment, give Scotland's natural beauty and it's incredible history. This isn't enough to make me quit the series, but it's definitely the most disappointing outing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linniegayl

    This was probably my least favorite in the series so far, and I'd give it a C+, so 3 stars. One of the things I've liked about the others is seeing the gradual development of the relationship between Julia (the lead character and cafe owner/baker) and her foster Jessie (the former homeless girl) and Barker (the town detective). Probably my least favorite character in the series is Julia's grandmother Dot, who's too over-the-top, eccentric for my tastes. Thus, when I realized that the book was go This was probably my least favorite in the series so far, and I'd give it a C+, so 3 stars. One of the things I've liked about the others is seeing the gradual development of the relationship between Julia (the lead character and cafe owner/baker) and her foster Jessie (the former homeless girl) and Barker (the town detective). Probably my least favorite character in the series is Julia's grandmother Dot, who's too over-the-top, eccentric for my tastes. Thus, when I realized that the book was going to center around Julia, Dot, and Julia's sister Sue as they go away on holiday to a spa in Scotland I was less than thrilled. Pretty quickly there's a murder as the owner of the spa/castle is killed. Of course, Julia immediately leaps in to begin investigating, much to the displeasure of the local DI. The mystery itself actually turned out to be rather interesting toward the end, but I found myself disliking Julia for much of the book as she ignored her sister (who was graving "sister time") and instead volunteered to help out in the kitchen of the castle. I'll definitely read the next in the series, but hope it again features Barker and Jessie and that Dot appears far less.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rock Hard Romance

    'I just keep an ear to the ground and an eye on the shadows'~Julia Another adventure again with an appealing cover design to catch your eye! This time we are out of the quaint village setting of Peridale,and off up to Scotland,after Dot wins a 'spa break' away ,taking both Julia and her sister Sue for company.As ever,Dot is a hoot,and adds to the enjoyment,Sue who hasn't really featured all that much,has her own little secret,and of course,with Julia around...there is a murder or two to solve! As t 'I just keep an ear to the ground and an eye on the shadows'~Julia Another adventure again with an appealing cover design to catch your eye! This time we are out of the quaint village setting of Peridale,and off up to Scotland,after Dot wins a 'spa break' away ,taking both Julia and her sister Sue for company.As ever,Dot is a hoot,and adds to the enjoyment,Sue who hasn't really featured all that much,has her own little secret,and of course,with Julia around...there is a murder or two to solve! As the blurb says enough,I won't say too much more as it would spoil it,the writing is again so descriptive that you do feel as though you are right there along side Julia,and the other character's spin along the story with intrigue and you are kept guessing to see who the culprit(s) are.We do get a connection back to Peridale with Jessie and Barker keeping things running while Julia's away. This series is a quirky,enjoyable,and easily read,each book a great addition,and I can't wait for the next one! REVIEWING FOR ROCK HARD ROMANCE by Vicki RHR RATING 5*/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Ooooh the gang is back and headed to Scotland for a girl's trip, nothing can go wrong in a secluded old castle right!? Oh how I love this series, Agatha Frost just gets better and better! This book really features Julia, Dot and Sue as they head off on a trip that Dot won in a radio giveaway. It was fun and while of course Julia is investigating another murder, the story is a bit different given they are traveling and it's just the girls. And man, Dot has her sassy-pants on during this trip. She Ooooh the gang is back and headed to Scotland for a girl's trip, nothing can go wrong in a secluded old castle right!? Oh how I love this series, Agatha Frost just gets better and better! This book really features Julia, Dot and Sue as they head off on a trip that Dot won in a radio giveaway. It was fun and while of course Julia is investigating another murder, the story is a bit different given they are traveling and it's just the girls. And man, Dot has her sassy-pants on during this trip. She is sassy to the max, this trip is all about relaxation for her regardless of the murder. I really enjoyed the twists and the characters in this book - Agatha gives us a new group to wonder about! And much like Julia, I was guessing up until the end. This really is another fantastic installment to this series. I really enjoyed seeing Julia and Sue's relationship grow and even bits with Barker and Jessie. I am already looking forward to the next book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephani Ray

    I absolutely adore Agatha Frost and I've enjoyed every book so far in the Peridale Cafe series. That being said, Shortbread and Sorrow was my least favorite out of the five stories. Normally, Dot, Julia's gran, seems to be sort of an eccentric, harmless curmudgeon, but in this story she seems a bit more callous and ill tempered than usual, and I found it unpleasant and not "cozy" at all. Also, like another reviewer mentioned, leaving the village of Peridale behind, which seemed like an interesti I absolutely adore Agatha Frost and I've enjoyed every book so far in the Peridale Cafe series. That being said, Shortbread and Sorrow was my least favorite out of the five stories. Normally, Dot, Julia's gran, seems to be sort of an eccentric, harmless curmudgeon, but in this story she seems a bit more callous and ill tempered than usual, and I found it unpleasant and not "cozy" at all. Also, like another reviewer mentioned, leaving the village of Peridale behind, which seemed like an interesting twist at first, wasn't enjoyable as I got deeper into the story. I really found myself missing Barker and Jessie, and life in the village - just as Julia herself was! :) Please don't get me wrong - I didn't dislike Shortbread and Sorrow. It was a good story with interesting twists, and Julia *really* showing off her sleuthing skills (which made me feel so proud of her!), it just wasn't my favorite, and that's okay! I'm very much looking forward to reading Espresso and Evil on June 20th.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendra T

    I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author. Another great installment. This was interesting in the way that Julia was on her own for this mystery. Dot, Julia's grandmother, won a trip for 3 to a spa in Scotland. Barker stays home with Jessie to run the cafe. Of course, murder has to occur around Julia again, and OF COURSE, she has to help solve the mystery. Julia is a strong, independent woman, but Barker has been, in some way, a part of each of the last stori I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author. Another great installment. This was interesting in the way that Julia was on her own for this mystery. Dot, Julia's grandmother, won a trip for 3 to a spa in Scotland. Barker stays home with Jessie to run the cafe. Of course, murder has to occur around Julia again, and OF COURSE, she has to help solve the mystery. Julia is a strong, independent woman, but Barker has been, in some way, a part of each of the last stories. In this one, Julia reminds us how strong, independent, and smart she really is. I like seeing her grow in her confidence and relationship with Barker, but this was refreshing as well. I continue to love this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Forst is another masterpiece. I can't get enough of this series. Addictive, sweet, and hilarious. There's always a murder mystery to solve...and baker, Julia, is the sleuth detective that gets the job done. Her romance with the Detective Inspector is wonderful. This time, Julia is supposed to be relaxing but as usual...a murder has occurred. And now, the lady sleuth can't stop until it's solved. Also, I got to follow, Julia spending time with her sister Sue. Fun, Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Forst is another masterpiece. I can't get enough of this series. Addictive, sweet, and hilarious. There's always a murder mystery to solve...and baker, Julia, is the sleuth detective that gets the job done. Her romance with the Detective Inspector is wonderful. This time, Julia is supposed to be relaxing but as usual...a murder has occurred. And now, the lady sleuth can't stop until it's solved. Also, I got to follow, Julia spending time with her sister Sue. Fun, exciting, and adventurous. Shortbread and Sorrow is a must read for all who love a good mystery and fun times. I highly recommend this latest book by Agatha Forst.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sallyann

    Amazing!!!! These books just keep getting better. I absolutely love these books. Agatha Frost has mystery down to a peppermint and liquorice tea!! With so many twists I didn't figure out who the killer was, even at the big reveal I was clueless until Julia unveiled the murder. In shortcake and sorrow Julia's grandmother wins a short pampering break in Scotland so she takes Julia and her sister Sue along for some girl time together. Whilst away of course there is a murder or two that Julia just c Amazing!!!! These books just keep getting better. I absolutely love these books. Agatha Frost has mystery down to a peppermint and liquorice tea!! With so many twists I didn't figure out who the killer was, even at the big reveal I was clueless until Julia unveiled the murder. In shortcake and sorrow Julia's grandmother wins a short pampering break in Scotland so she takes Julia and her sister Sue along for some girl time together. Whilst away of course there is a murder or two that Julia just can't help trying to solve. My absolute favourite person in this series of books is Dot, she is such a great character and reminds me so much of my own Nan, acid tongued with a heart of gold.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela Griffin

    Disappointing Grandma Dot has won a getaway to Scotland, and Julia and Sue are along for the ride! The locale is engaging; the people, not so much. Dysfunctional family dynamics, murder, and truly officious law enforcement can take the fun right out of a relaxing spa retreat. I really enjoy the Peridale series, and Julia shines as always, but this entry fell short. Most of what adds charm to these stories (the café, Barker, and Jessie) is m.i.a., Dot is thoroughly obnoxious, and Sue is negligibl Disappointing Grandma Dot has won a getaway to Scotland, and Julia and Sue are along for the ride! The locale is engaging; the people, not so much. Dysfunctional family dynamics, murder, and truly officious law enforcement can take the fun right out of a relaxing spa retreat. I really enjoy the Peridale series, and Julia shines as always, but this entry fell short. Most of what adds charm to these stories (the café, Barker, and Jessie) is m.i.a., Dot is thoroughly obnoxious, and Sue is negligible. The sleuthing and the resolution feels piecemeal and a bit rushed. I hope a return to Peridale will signal a return to the best of this cozy series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ashraf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought the previous books in the series were much better. I found them to be more interesting & engaging. The plot of this one felt rushed at points. I thought there were too many bad guys. I found the fact that a 19 year old girl, especially one like Blair, would sleep with a 60 year old man, farfetched & a little distributing for this type of book. I hope the next book in the series is better than this one. This story had its good points. I enjoyed the descriptions of the castle and the rel I thought the previous books in the series were much better. I found them to be more interesting & engaging. The plot of this one felt rushed at points. I thought there were too many bad guys. I found the fact that a 19 year old girl, especially one like Blair, would sleep with a 60 year old man, farfetched & a little distributing for this type of book. I hope the next book in the series is better than this one. This story had its good points. I enjoyed the descriptions of the castle and the relationship between Julia, Sue, & Dot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    I started with book #5! A very enjoyable cozy mystery where, of course, the main character who's a baker and cafe owner, also solves murders!! A quirky Gran, a sister and a boyfriend who happens to be a detective keep the reader on her toes. This one takes place in a spa Castle in Scotland where nothing is exactly as it seems. Add a young but cocky detective, and it's up to Julie to solve the murder(s)! I received this book free, or at little cost and am providing this review of my own free will, I started with book #5! A very enjoyable cozy mystery where, of course, the main character who's a baker and cafe owner, also solves murders!! A quirky Gran, a sister and a boyfriend who happens to be a detective keep the reader on her toes. This one takes place in a spa Castle in Scotland where nothing is exactly as it seems. Add a young but cocky detective, and it's up to Julie to solve the murder(s)! I received this book free, or at little cost and am providing this review of my own free will, as unbiased as possible. With the understanding that I love cozy mysteries!

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