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  • A Halloween Murder in New England

    Lilly and Delia are prepping for the Fall Halloween events in Goosebush, including a haunted house in their front yard. As the ladies and some friends are sweeping up leaves before the kick off 10k run, they find the body of their newest resident, a journalist who seemed to be digging for dirt in town and blackmailing residents to get what he wanted in exchange for keeping their secrets. The morning of the race, the journalist started to post cryptic messages that revealed a small taste of a secret about a handful of different residents. With his murder, each one of these people becomes a suspect, including Lilly. But whose secret was so dark that they would kill to keep it from seeing the light if day? That’s what Lilly and the Garden Squad plan to find out. The setting for this series is part of the charm, as is the history of the town and the founding families. With a strong female protagonist and a cast of supporting characters, the author delivers a solid entry with each new book. Can’t wait for the next one to drop!

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  • A good fun cozy

    small-town, senior-citizens, murder, journalist, extortion, friendship***** The paparazzo is one really bad dude who will do anything, including blackmail to get what he wants. No surprise then when his almost warm body is found under a mess of leaves near the path of the town's 10K race signaling the beginning of the Fall Festival. The Garden Squad is a group of friends who have lived in the area and have known each other for enough decades that many are retired. I think that this is one of those series books where the reader really needs to have read prior installments. It really doesn't stand alone well. Still, it's a good fun read full of twists and red herrings, and some really delightful characters, and I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A well constructed cozy mystery I enjoyed greatly

    Goosebush and its residents are getting ready for a two weekend fall festival. Not all of the residents are happy with the changes taking place within the small community. When a reporter/blogger begins stirring up trouble by digging into the secrets of the locals. When the reporter turns up under a pile of leaves dead after hinting at big reveals to come about the most prominent citizens Lily and Delia begins investigating the crime. This is the third in the Garden Squad series. I love the idea of Guerilla gardening. The garden squad identifies areas around town that could use the addition of plants. They get together and do the clearing and planting in those areas. As of this installment no one has yet to figure out the identity of the undercover gardeners. The past and present collide as they investigate the identities of bodies found in a mass grave. The identity of those bodies may effect one of the founding families. Perhaps that is why they reporter was murdered. As more gossip comes to light more suspects are found. I enjoyed the characters as well as the mystery it had several twists and turns. The history and plant identification inserted thru out the story added to the well rounded story. I found the subplot of an all inclusive historical archive very relative to the issues of the day. The writing style was fresh and witty. I recommend this book. I enjoyed it so much I am going to get the first two in the series from the library,

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  • DIGGING UP THE REMAINS by Julia Henry

    DIGGING UP THE REMAINS by Julia Henry is the third book in the A Garden Squad Mystery series. It’s the delightful story of Lilly Jayne and the Garden Squad as they prepare for the two-week long festive fall in Goosebush, Massachusetts. When nosy reporter, Tyler Crane starts ruffling feather while digging up dirt and uncovering secrets for his post, he has more than one local resident irate with him making threatening remarks and making displays of rage towards him. Tyler’s attempts of blackmail even extended to Lilly Jayne. When during preparation for the 10K event with Lilly Jayne and Delia Greenwood (Lilly’s house companion and great friend despite the age difference), Roddy Lyden (Lilly’s neighbor and friend) found the body of Tyler Crane hidden amongst a pile of leaves. The list of suspects is long and varied. Although Police Chief Bash Haywood was notified immediately and he’s quite capable, Lilly Jayne knows that he would need and greatly appreciate any help she could furnish so she puts out feelers to the Garden Squad to keep their eyes and ears open and to document what they could through photos. Although there is a murder to solve, time does not stand still and the fall festival events need to continue on its course. With the race behind them, they can concentrate on making the event a success like the contest for the design of the Alden Park, the Halloween Stroll, and the haunted house to be displayed on the front lawn at Windward, Lilly’s home. They’ve been unable to locate Tyler’s phone, which seems to be preset to post hints to the dirt he’s uncovered. Can they find it before more secrets are revealed hurting the people he held ransom with his blackmailing threats? Were they the reason he was murdered? Can they mark off suspects fast enough as their alibies check out to find the guilty party before more harm is done? Are some secret worth killing over? Or was it just an act of temporary rage? Julia Henry has managed to not only include the fall season in this delightful cozy mystery putting us in the fall state of mind, but she also makes us fall in love with the characters that live in Goosebush all the more. Who wouldn’t love a neighbor or friend like Lilly Jayne! DIGGING UP THE REMAINS is a wonderful book that those that love cozy mysteries or just a great book will love any time of the year. It has definitely put me in the frame of mind of great anticipation of all things fall – cooler weather, gorgeous fall colors, costumes, and great friends gathering for fun and parties. Highly recommend this author, this series and this book - all one of the three will give you great enjoyment! I will most definitely be looking forward to book number four in this series and more adventures with Lilly Jayne as well as more books by Julia Henry.

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