The Garden Club Murder (A Tish Tarragon Mystery) 

by Amy Patricia Meade

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Severn House Publishers (September 1, 2019) 
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN-10: 0727889443
ISBN-13: 978-0727889447 

Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon is preparing her English Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek’s annual garden club awards, but when she is taken on a tour of some of the top contenders with the garden club’s president, Jim Ainsley, Tish is surprised at how seriously the residents take the awards – and how desperate they are to win.
Wealthy, retired businessman Sloane Shackleford has won the coveted best garden category five years in a row, but he and his Bichon Frise, Biscuit, are universally despised. When Sloane’s bludgeoned body is discovered in his pristine garden, Tish soon learns that he was disliked for reasons that go beyond his green fingers. Have the hotly contested awards brought out a competitive and murderous streak in one of the residents?

When a womanizing senior is found dead in his garden shortly before a highly competitive garden design contest, the motive for his murder is unclear. Did it have to do with the contest or his manipulative ways or his cheating heart? Could it have been done by a woman done wrong or a man offended by his woman being stolen or even someone upset about the victim's dog sabotaging other gardens? How about the owners of the development who have their own motives for the dissolution of the popular gardening club and competition?
This can be read as a stand alone but the characters are so well written that I want to know more about them and spend time with them again.
Anyone who enjoys their mystery with a humorous edge (amidst tragedy) and appreciates Southern ways (as well as BBC America) will find plenty to sink their teeth into in this series.
Friendships are strong, romance doesn't always run smoothly, and good advice are all themes in this enticing novel. While this mystery is brought to a satisfying conclusion, the ending leaves us hungering for more.

About Amy Patricia Meade

Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.
After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Now residing in Bristol, England, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. 
 When not writing, Amy enjoys traveling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home.

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  1. Thank you for the chance.

  2. Thank you for your review on "The Garden Club Murder" by Amy Patricia Meade and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a great story and one that I would enjoy having the opportunity to read. Definitely on my TBR list now.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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