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Peachy Scream

(Georgia B&B #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  88 reviews
To die, or not to die? Georgia B&B proprietor Nina Fleet turns amateur thespian to bring the curtain down on a Shakespearean actor's killer.

It's nothing short of inevitable that Cymbeline, GA, hosts an annual Shakespeare festival. But stage-struck Nina Fleet is about to learn that putting on an amateur theatrical production can be murder. Nina's anticipating showbiz glamou
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Cosy authors certainly like to set their series in B&B's. I suppose it is a modern version of the country house parties which authors like Agatha Christie used. Just a good way to bring together a bunch of people and keep them in one place while murders are performed and resolved.

Anna Gerard certainly collects an interesting group of characters into Nina's B&B in this book. The town is in the middle of a Shakespeare festival and Nina is hosting a group of actors who are going to present performa
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 11 Aug 2020

I love a good cozy mystery and “Peachy Scream” is just that. I’m a sucker for your typical cozy mystery formula and the author follows it quite well. The victim isn’t very well liked and there are suspects abound. This was a very easy and fun read and I love novels that have great animal characters as well, in this case a dog named Mattie. Overal
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard is the second book in her Georgia B&B and was great fun and kept me completely engaged throughout the book. I really enjoy visiting Cymbeline and Nina and was thrilled to be able to read this book. Ms. Gerard's writing is so comfortable and draws me in every time.

Nina Fleet takes a last minute booking for her B&B for the Atlanta based amateur Shakespeare acting troupe that is performing in Cymbeline's annual Shakespeare Festival. Turns out that Harry Westcott is the
Dawn Michelle
Well, that was absolutely refreshing. I am really starting to love this series and am certainly anticipating a third book. And a fourth. ;-) And thankfully, there is only ONE mention of the way Nina [NINE-ah] pronounces her name [this was a little bit of an issue in the first book].

Nina is ready for the town's local Shakespeare's festival - she has scored a coup in being able to house the Shakespeare troupe coming from Atlanta to put on the show "Hamlet" during the festival at her B&B and is h
Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard has Nina Fleet who owns Fleet House Bed-and-Breakfast in Cymbeline, Georgia hosting Georgia Amateur Shakespeare Players (GASP). It is the town’s seventh annual Shakespeare on Cymbeline Square which includes nightly performances of Hamlet by the amateur acting troupe. Nina does not learn until the actors arrive that their director is Harry Westcott. The group is rehearsing at the B&B while they adjust to the hot temperatures for their outdoor performances. When Len Ma ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nina Fleet’s Georgia B&B is doing very well. It was difficult at first since her ownership of the house had been questioned by Harry Westcott, who claimed he inherited it. However, that’s all behind them now until Harry returns. This time he is directing a Shakespearean troupe and staying at Nina’s B&B. She hopes it won’t be awkward.

However, Harry Westcott is the least of her concerns. One of the members of the troupe is found dead in her garden. Things get crazier when Nina learns the victim ha
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Georgia B&B owner Nina Fleet has her hands full when a theater troupe descends upon her guest house. The group is staying there to rehearse for a Shakespearean play they’ll perform at a local festival. But when Len, the actor portraying Hamlet, ends up dead in the garden, what will they do for a lead performer? The director decides he’ll play the role to the consternation of his colleagues who might have wanted the part. Meanwhile, Nina means to solve Len’s murder and erase any stain on her busi ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Georgia B&B mystery series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

NIna, 41, divorced, receives a troupe of Shakespeare actors for the annual festival at her B&B. When the lead actor is found dead in her garden, she is involved in another mystery, which she solves with the help of a man who isn´t necessarily her friend - or is he?

I liked the description of the B&B life as well as of the rehearsals of the company. Good description of characters too, and though a bit slow
Lisa Elizabeth
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“Finding a dead body in your formal garden has got to rate in the top ten Bad Things that can happen to a person. To be fair, war and plague and famine do have a lock on the first three spots.”

Once again, Anna Gerard has me caught up in a book by the first few lines. I really enjoyed Peach Clobbered, the first in this Georgia B&B Mystery series, so I was very much looking forward to Peachy Scream – I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed this new installment as well.

Nina’s first person narrati
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic addition to the Georgia B&B cozy mystery series by Anna Gerard.

The mystery behind Len Marsh's murder is 'GASP' worthy. Although certain clues pointed to the certain somebody, it was well-masked with red herrings. I definitely couldn't identify the killer or the reason behind the murder until the end.

Harry Wescott's Nina's "arch-enemy-turned-would-be-crush" is back! He brings with him the members of GASp - a drama team (each of whom has a very 'dramatic personality, mind).

I loved th
Cymbeline, Georgia is about to hold the
town’s seventh annual Shakespeare Festival.
The festival will have authentic musicians,
craftspeople and an abridged performance
of a Shakespeare play to represent the
sixteenth century.
Nina Fleet owner of the Fleet House Bed and
Breakfast will house the troupe of the Georgia
Amateur Shakespeare players.
The director is Harry Westcott. He is an actor
and Nina’s nemesis. Harry is the grandnephew
of the home’s former owner who died without
updating her will. S
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second book in the series. Nina Fleet's B and B is housing an amateur acting group, who will be performing at the local Renaissance festival. Unfortunately for Nina, the group's director is her old nemesis Harry Westcott.

This is another enjoyable cozy, with a few references to the events in the first book, but only enough to give a little background. I think it's a series worth continuing.
Jennifer Brown
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This second in the series didn't keep me as into the book as the first did. I still love the setting and the main characters, I guess I just didn't like the secondary characters that show up. I did enjoy the ending though and will continue with this series! ...more
To be honest, I had trouble following this book. Even it's only the second in the series, the author, in my opinion, didn't give me enough background to get a feel for the background story. However, it was interesting. I loved the town and how they rallied around the Shakespeare Festival!

I will be going back to read the first book to make sense of a few background facts including what's going on with Harry! There's obviously some type of relationship to figure out.

Thank you to NetGalley and Croo
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard is the 2nd book in the Georgia B&B Mystery series, and another great addition. Nina is 41 years old and came to Cymbeline, GA where she bought a house, and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The town is hosting the annual Shakespeare festival, and the Shakespearean Troupe is staying at her B&B. Unfortunately Harry Westcott is back and claiming her house belongs to him, he is also the director and staying with the troupe, in her house. When the lead actor is found dead ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The first book in this series, Peach Clobbered, was just the quintessential first book in a cozy mystery series. The location was marvelous, the characters were appropriately quirky, the dog was adorable and the mystery was properly twisty while the story had a lot of heart – and a superfluity (that’s the correct word, I looked it up) of surprisingly with-it elderly nuns.

I miss the nuns. (Now there’s a sentence I never expected to write!)

Not that Nina Fleet
San Padhi
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
"Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!"

I love me a good mystery book and after reading the blurb of this book, I immediately tapped on the 'Read Now' button on my screen. Even though I hadn't read the first book in the series, I faced no problem in reading this story.

This was a delightfully engaging read consisting of vibrant, well-drawn characters, humour, brisk plot, gutsy protagonist, cozy portrayal of small town
Even though I haven't read the first book in Anna Gerard's series set in a B & B, I still jumped at the opportunity to read this one, Peachy Scream as I enjoy a well written cosy, and this looked like it fitted the bill perfectly.

Fleet House B & B in Cymbeline, Georgia is this year's venue for a Shakespearean amateur theatrical production. Nina Fleet, the proprietor of the fledgling B & B is looking forward to the event, expecting showbiz glamour as the actors arrive for their two-week stay. But
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
PEACHY SCREAM by Anna Gerard
The Second Georgia B&B Mystery

Cymbeline, Georgia is gearing up for its annual Shakespeare festival. While Nina Fleet is too late to become an official sponsor of the event, she's happy to host the Georgia Amateur Shakespeare Players at her B&B. That is until she discovers the director is none other than Harry Westcott, the actor who previously lay claim to her Queen Anne home. Although worried about Harry's machinations, Nina allows the group in only to find the Shake
Bobbie Kirkland
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of PEACHY SCREAM (Book 2 of A Georgia B&B Mysteries) by Anna Gerard. Nina Fleet’s B&B opened a little too late to take advantage of the advertising opportunities offered by Cymbeline’s annual Shakespeare Festival. So, Nina’s delighted to receive last-minute reservations for the amateur Shakespearean troupe performing this year’s play. However, Nina soon changes her mind. First, Nina’s nemesis is the director of the play. Then, the troupe forgot to leave ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great fun and really diverse characters! Nina left the rat race and (with her rescue Aussie Shepherd) runs a B&B in a grand home she bought at auction, Harry is not only a known actor but the house had belonged to his aunt and he wants it back (covered in detail in Peach Clobbered). Instead he books all the rooms for his troupe of travelling Shakespearean actors during the local Shakespeare festival (Nina had no idea that it was him behind the reservation!). The characters certainly are and it's ...more
Lacey Harrington
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I instantly connected with Nina Fleet. Nina is the owner of Fleet House a bed and breakfast in Cymbeline Georgia. Her helper is her Australian Shepherd pup Maddie.
She has a full house as the annual Shakespeare on Cymbeline Square festival a three day event starting soon. The acting troupe chose her bed and breakfast to stay at to prepare and preform at the festival.
Not long after the GASP group (Georgia Amateur Shakespeare Players) arrive then trouble starts. The groups main led in Hamlet is m
Dec 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, mystery-cozy
I've been thinking about whether or not to even finish this book and decided I will not.

I was enjoying it. Immensely actually.

And then the author decided to have the main character dead-name a trans character about 3/4 of the way into the book and deliberately mis-gender them, implying that their gender-identification was merely a mean of deceiving the other characters.

I kept going back and forth, thinking maybe it was a way of introducing a "teachable moment" to the characters. But one charact
Lisa Morin
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and had a good time following Nina as she solved another murder.
The mystery is set around a Shakespearean play and a thespian whose death doesn't seem to upset too many people.
I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
Jody Joy
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Revisiting Nina Fleet’s Georgia B&B in Cymbeline was another wonderful escape for me. In addition, of course, in walks Harry with the Shakespearean cast for the annual Shakespeare Festival. Once again, Nina stumbles upon another body.

I thoroughly enjoyed Peachy Scream as much as I did Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard, and I cannot wait for the next Georgia B&B Mystery.

I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peachy Scream is the second book in the Georgia B&B Mystery series.
After a successful trial run, Nina Fleet’s B&B is officially open. She is excited as her first guests are arriving. Her first guests are a troupe of Shakesperian actors, Georgia Amateur Shakespeare Players(GASP) who will be appearing at the local Shakespeare Festival. She begins to have second thoughts after seeing the troupes bus. The bus is that of her nemesis, Harry Westcott. Westcott has, in the past, claimed that he owns th
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great follow-up to the first book. I enjoy how the characters are developing. I was ready to hate Harry, but he is developing into a likable character and maybe a good friend to Nina. The mystery is enjoyable and kept me guessing. There was no shortage of suspects and plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.
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