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Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard

(The Matchbaker Mysteries #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Mystery, murder, missing people, and Bunco. Who could ask for anything more?

When Vangie brings a few fancy custard tarts to her Bunco group, she's hoping to impress the guest of honor with her pastry skills. But when the guest of honor never shows up and her body is discovered, everyone at the Bunco group is a murder suspect. Wrong place at the wrong time.

Vangie Vale
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Hummingbird Books
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Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Book 2 in the Matchbaker series finds Baker/Pastor Vangie Vale joining a Bunco group. She really wants to show off her baking skills to one of the members. Sadly that member missed the meeting, but she did learn how to play Bunco. Everyone gets a little worried when Fenna doesn’t show up to play but she did send a weird text message to everyone saying she is leaving town. Vangie thinks there is more to the story. Days later when a dead body is found the whole group of Bunco pl
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copy
I received this as an ARC in return for a review. This is a solid second book in the Matchbaker series by R.L. Syme. Evangaline (Vangie) Vale is a pastor who has taken a job in Montana, coming from North Carolina, in order to avoid "a problem". She's basically on probation. In the first book, the problem was alluded to but never explained. As the second book opens, Vangie is invited to join a Bunco group and bring along the food in order to promote her bake shop (yes, she's a part-time pastor). ...more
Ash P Reads
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second installment in the Matchbaker Mysteries is as intriguing as the first. We see Vangie making more friends and getting into trouble as usual. This time though it just falls into her lap and being the curious person that she is, she can't help following the clues that lead to a scandal that shakes several families in the neighboring town to the core.

There are plenty of OMG! and Awww! moments and more that will have you guffawing out loud. A couple of really interesting developments with
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
After the first book I was dying to know about Vangie's past. This book gave me all the answers I needed. It is fun to read about a pastor - baker who solves crimes. I am a fan of cozy mysteries, and cozy food mysteries come on the top. Vangie's series come in the list of my favorite cozy food mysteries. Desperately waiting for the next book
K.A. Davis
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Matchbaker Mystery series by R.L. Smye, VANGIE VALE AND THE CORPSELESS CUSTARD is a delightful addition to the series. The protagonist, Evangeline “Vangie” Vale is a unique character that is both entertaining and thought provoking at times. Vangie not only owns a bakery in a small Montana town, but she is also a part-time pastor of a local church. As a bakery owner, she is known for being able to match customers to menu items with great accuracy. She claims to not be psych ...more
Jessica Robbins
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
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Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this series earlier this year I couldn't wait to get back to this series. This series has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series already. I love how it has elements I except in a typical cozy mystery, but also is unique. And I enjoy reading about Vangie Vale, she's such a great main character.

I liked the unique twist this mystery had, it starts with a missing person, not a body. And for quite a while you aren't sure whether she's still alive or not and what
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
Vangie Vale and The Corpseless Custard (Book Two in the Matchbaker Mysteries) is amazing and wonderful. It's even better than Book One, Vangie Vale and The Murdered Macaron (reviewed here)!

You may be asking yourself, "What in the world is a corpseless custard?" For the answer, let's look to the book, as Vangie offers Sheriff Malcolm Dean a custard
"Custards?" He examined the box, rounding a dark brow.

"Yes. Little custard tarts." As I pointed to the open plastic window on top, I had a strange fla
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first Vangie Vale mystery and I really enjoyed it. It was a slower start for me because this is the second in the series and it took a bit of time to get to know the characters. Once I did it was I was swiftly pulled into the story
Vangie is a pastor with a secret in her past serving in a small community and trying to heal her own heart. The story starts with her attending a Bunco game to try and meet more people. (I had to look Bunco up since I had no clue what it was!) One member ne
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but something was just missing that was in the first book. I can't even quantify it with words; it just was missing something which is why it received 4 stars instead of 4.5 stars like the first book.

I enjoy Vangie. I love Malcolm and Derek. The new side characters introduced in this book were very interesting and brought new life into the scenes, which is always a plus! One thing I am hoping is that Derek has a little bit of a calming influence on Vangie. She's
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun thrilling suspense!

If you want to be introduced to a cosy food mystery, then choose R.L. Syme's 2nd novel, Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard, of the Matchbaker mysteries. You won't be disappointed. It's fun to read and it will keep you guessing until the very end! I loved Vangie's introduction in the Murdered Macaron, and I couldn't wait to read her next adventure! Again, trouble is following Vangie, everywhere she goes! She keeps getting into embarrassing situations and getting invo
Lynn Kellan
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I loved book one of this series and oh my goodness, book two is even more fast-paced and thrilling, with a mystery that had me at the edge of my seat. This is a thoroughly entertaining book that had me thinking about what would happen next. I couldn't wait to sit down and continue reading it, and every chapter had a new revelation that made me want to stay up late and keep reading. Unlike some mysteries, where the heroine sticks her nose into other people's business for no good reason, Van ...more
Caroline Woodhall
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
another awesome book. vangie vale doesn't go looking for trouble it just seems to look for her . she has made custards for the brunco game group and one of the members is missing but her car is their and these gloves that she always thing leads to another and a corpse is found in one of the cars with her head all gashed one side. as usual vangie has to keep investigating and there are lots of twist and turns to this story but still time for vangie to make one really good friend or is i ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. The plot is believable and the characters have depth and substance. Pastor Vangy is invited to a bunch group that another female pastor. Vangie meets some new ladies but one of the guests never appears even though her car is there. Then the ladies get texts form the missing guests saying she is leaving town and won't be back. And thus begins a mystery with a surprise murderer.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another twisty-turny mystery from RL Syme! She got me again! I thought I know what was going on the boom, all was not what it seemed!

Can’t wait to read book #3

Sharing one of my favorite lines that made me lol: “Google is practically my best friend—it certainly knows more about me than anyone in the world. In particular, it knows just how much of an internet stalker I really am.”
Casey Dawes
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I'm falling in love with Vangie Vale. Not only do her books have all the elements of a cozy mystery--one that will keep you guessing to close to the end--but Vangie emerges as a real human being. While the spiritual elements (Vangie is a part-time minister) may seem odd to some, I found them as natural as the Montana small-town culture of the story. Well done!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed reading Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard. Had me guessing until the very end. Glad she got with Derek but interested in finding out what is going to happen between her and Malcolm. Please keep them coming.
Teresa Kander
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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R.L. Syme—a devoted foodie and lover of fine cheese—writes contemporary romance anchored in small town America as Becca Boyd and cozy mystery as R.L. Syme. A lover of books and writing since childhood, Becca grew up in rural Montana and still calls the Last Best Place home. She lives in Bozeman where she loves binge watching new TV series, baking, and serving on the boards of two area nonprofits. ...more

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The Matchbaker Mysteries (5 books)
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