Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Garden Club Murder by Amy Patricia Meade-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
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?
And others are saying 

I really liked The Garden Club Murder, it’s so addictive and suspenseful that it’s really hard to put it down.
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.
~Laura’s Interests
The more or less enclosed setting of the retirement community makes an interesting backdrop for this well-written mystery. I also really like Tish and Jules, and that made this story that much more fun.
~The Book’s the Thing
Surprising ending as well as covering several areas that I did not see coming to say the last. Makes for a fun read that will have the reader engrossed while making them hungry yet wanting to garden all at the same time.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

There were some humorous observations, comments, and the dialogue is generally on the lighter side as the venue could have gotten a bit heavy given the community and the murder.
~Rosepoint Publishing
And I thought
As I think about how to write this review I am just kind of ambivilent.  
Don't get me wrong.  I really, really liked this read. 
But,  I am just torn with where the writer is going with this whole series. 
I loved the characters.  I loved the story line/plot of this installment in her series.  
Stepping in at book 2 was not a problem.  The Garden Club Murder is easily picked up and easily read and enjoyed without reading book 1.  
The problem...personally I didn't like the ending.  
But . . . you'll have to check out to see what I mean. 
What I did like was . . . all the characters.  The main cast and all the supporting cast.  Each one was fun and funny.  
Amy Meade does an excellent job of writing a story and creating characters that you'll just love.  And you won't want to see them go.  
Actually this was your typical Cozy Mystery with the main character having a knack for stumbling and getting involved in murder investigations whether they want to or not. 
The main character Tish does her best to stay out of the investigation.  But the people she meets at the garden club just can't seem to not tell her what is up. They are all like able characters. 
Tish's 'peep's are all fun.  I could not help but love Jules.  He is a great supporting cast member and one of Tish's Bestie's.

There is a bit of or I guess I should say the beginning of a love triangle.  

In The Garden Club Murder Tish begins to get into a little closer relationship with her boyfriend Schuyler...
This is where I get stuck ....I just kind of think he's trying 'too hard'.

Then there is the hunky Sheriff that is well available.  

I can't wait to read book 3.  I vote for the Sheriff.  Just sayin'

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  1. The book and cover look and sound amazing, Thanks for your great generosity.

  2. Thanks for the chance to enter, the book and cover is adorable, can't wait to read.

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

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net