About the book
Budding sleuth Tory Benning has to overcome planted evidence and growing suspicions to save an innocent man from being framed . . .
Designing a community garden as part of a new condo project seemed like a no-brainer to landscape architect Tory Benning, since it would bring people together and enhance the environmental profile of the property. But soon members of the garden begin squabbling and even leveling accusations of sabotage against each other in a friendly growing competition. Then one of the gardeners is found murdered at the grand opening, and Tory realizes she’ll have to weed through some damning false evidence to help prove her implicated friend is innocent.
It’s a daunting challenge given that her friend was seen threatening the victim on live TV and all the clues point to him as the culprit, but Tory is certain someone is behind a devious plot to set him up. As she starts looking into the backgrounds of those closest to the victim, secrets begin to emerge about marital infidelity, a sizable inheritance, and estranged children. Fearful now that she might be going up against someone far more cunning than a garden-variety killer, Tory will have to stand her ground to bring the culprit to justice—and be careful not to dig her own grave . . .
And I thought
A page turner that I enjoyed after I got past initial references to Covid.
And then as the story unfolds much later in the book Tory the main character learns the victim had lingering affects of Covid that the killer or killers may have used to get the poison in her system which killed her.
The story was good and I enjoyed it and the characters. But if a reader might have triggers this one is not for you.
The author brings a good cast of characters that are well developed. Tory's best friend Ashley who is the attorney representing one of the suspects has some trauma issues relating to some previous incidents I didn't quite figure.
Although both characters are fun and both good at sleuthing I felt they as the adults they that they could have been more loyal to thier boyfriends. The book ends with Tory and Ashley each ponduring thier feelings for three different guys.
The mystery is solved even though are twists and turns and several suspects.
Murder in the Community Gardrn was good read. I am not sure I like it enough to get more into the series.
I received a complimentary copy.
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