I haven't read a cozy mystery this good in ages. There is action on nearly every page. And there are so many suspects, people with motive and means and opportunity, well over half way through the book I still had no idea who the killer might be. And Sandra does a great job of shifting the suspicion from one character to another as the story progresses.
is a research scientist studying herbal cures. When her mentoring
colleague and good friend Daisy dies, Kate is heartbroken. When the
police rule the death suicide, either deliberate or accidental, Kate
is angry. She knows Daisy would never deliberately take her own life
nor would she, an expert in herbs, mistakenly drink a toxic mixture
of herbal tea.
the local police department turns a deaf ear to Kate's demands for an
investigation, one detective takes an interest in Kate. Tom is an
ex-FBI agent, back in Canada. He watches over Kate as she tries to
find out who killed her friend. Tom finds out his interest in Kate is
serious when it looks like the killer is now after her.
is a great mystery where people are rarely what they seem. And it is
a good romance too. Kate and Tom struggle with their relationship as
Tom tries to remain loyal to his police role while protecting Kate
Christianity of the characters is well presented. Daisy mentored Kate
in her faith so Daisy's death was a spiritual shock as well as an
emotional one. Kate relies on her growing faith, however, as she
pursues the truth.
of the characters either research or grow herbs, so we learn a great
deal about them, especially in their use for teas. A great mystery
and romance and you learn about herbs too.
end left me a little frustrated but a sequel is in the works. I'll be
looking for it.
Orchard is an award-winning Canadian author of inspirational romance
suspense novels. She enjoys doing research for her books. She lives
with her husband in Niagara, Ontario, where their favorite pastime is
playing with their first grandchild. You can find out more about her
and her books at www.SandraOrchard.com.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.