Description (from cover):
‘A holistic approach to solving crime? At the Nature’s Way Market and Cafe, a gentle touch, a dose of aromatic herbs, fresh evidence, and inspired investigating are the essential ingredients to catching a killer!
When naturopathic doctor and shop owner Willow McQuade’s ex-boyfriend Simon Lewis invites her to a party for the cast and crew of a new television show at Long Island’s scenic Bixby Estate, she’s most excited to visit the property’s exclusive lavender farm. But a whole field of her favorite stress-reducing herb can’t provide enough soothing support to calm the effects of a murder!
Even the show’s psychic star didn’t predict the demise of Roger Bixby, the estate’s owner and estranged husband of Simon’s new girlfriend. Now Simon, who’s been collared by police, needs Willow’s help to remedy the situation. As Willow snoops about the mansion, offering natural cures to ease the mounting tension, a strange energy–and the discovery of an eerily similar unsolved murder decades earlier–makes her wonder whether the alternative source of the crime might actually be…supernatural. Can she find harmony between mind, body, and possibly even spirits before somebody else goes up in smoke?’
I liked this one more than I liked it’s predecessor, Death Drops. In this one Willow seems to mellow out a little bit on the giving naturopathic remedies to everyone she comes in contact with. She still does that a little in this one, but not as much and it’s not a predominant as it was in the first book in this series. I’ve actually come to enjoy the alternative remedies. I find it interesting to look at things differently and this book is really an eye-opener to stuff I normally wouldn’t pay any attention to. The murder mystery, I felt, was well developed and once again, I had no clue who did it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out at the end who it was and I wasn’t even close.
While the books need a little tweaking, this one was actually pretty good. If the stories continue to get better as they go along, then I can see this series really becoming something. I love the small quaint seaside town it is set in and the characters are quickly endearing me to them. Watch this series as I definitely see a lot of potential in this series. So the main question is: did I enjoy this book? Yes!! I did. I loved the hint of the supernatural in this one and the theme makes for different reading. A fresh take on a cozy mystery series that I will continue to read as we go into the future. A great read for cozy mystery lovers who want something fresh besides the million food themed mysteries!!
Overall Rating: 3.5
About the Author:
Chrystle Fiedler is a writer who specializes in alternative health topics and the author or coauthor of four nonfiction books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook. Chrystle made her fiction debut with Death Drops, first in its series. You can visit her webpage at www.chrystlefiedler.com
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