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Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

Matchbaker Mysteries Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Series: Matchbaker Mysteries Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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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.

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  • Onora
  • 22-04-18

Good listen


Evangeline Vale is a pastor at a community church in a small town in Montana. She is part time at the this small church simply because there isn't much work in this tiny town so she also has a bakery to make ends meet. She has a talent for reading people and is able to match them up with the sweet treats they will like so her barkers is named the MatchBakery. One day a man and woman stop in the bakery to get directions and she sells them some "matched" treats, macarons in this case. the woman is incredibly rude to Vangie and her friend so when she gives the requested directions she states turn left instead of the correct right. As this is a small town it won't take them too far out of their way to discover the incorrect direction. Unfortunately this leads to a chain of events that involves murder and her cookie buyers and she are prime suspects when her cookies are found in a murdered woman's hands. Thus begins the story of old wrongs, blackmail and more murdered to cover the truth. Including a near miss for Evangeline. The characters in this book are interesting in their histories and motivations and for the most part likeable. The scene and scenery are described beautifully and make one want to revisit Montana. But the plot, the story is very well done. The clues are mostly there but not quite enough to give you a glimpse of the surprise ending. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. I'm hoping all of Evangeline's back story will be provided.
The narrator is a bit irritating as she gives an exaggerated southern accent to Vangie. Vangie was from Raleigh North Carolina and the accent isn’t correct

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  • Maggie
  • 19-04-18

A delight!

Exactly the read I was looking for to start my “summer” reading. I’m at heart so it fit!

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  • C.G. Johnston
  • 19-04-18

FREAKING LOVE Vangie Vale!

Where does Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Love the story and the narrator. She really nails the characters and I can see them in my head. Such a pleasure to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns of the mystery kept me guessing.

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characterization was fantastic!

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  • Beatrice
  • 13-04-18

I couldn't finish it

I bought this book by mistake but chose to listen to it anyway. The characters are flat and stereotypical. The plt is slow and drawn-out. I won't get another book in this series.

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