Pruning the Dead–review

This is the first book in a brand new series called Garden Squad Mysteries by Julia Henry. She writes under some other names, but one of her books I’ve read recently as J. A. Hennrikus was A Christmas Peril .

I quickly grew to love the friends who made up the Garden Squad, a fairly diverse little group, but they all shared the same love of gardening…and adventure when it came to solving the murder at hand.

My Goodreads review:

Pruning the Dead (A Garden Squad Mystery #1)Pruning the Dead by Julia Henry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a well-written and well-plotted starter for a new series and I really enjoyed my trip to Goosebush, Massachusetts. I may not be a fan of gardening as an activity, but I sure felt like the friends who made up the Garden Squad were good friends of mine by the end of the book.

There were a lot of secrets in the town not to mention the murder, but with the help of Lilly’s Garden Squad friends, they all played a big part in bringing down the killer. I especially loved the showdown where Lilly had gathered all the suspects a la Agatha Christie. I liked how the current police chief and the retired chief both worked together and how Lilly took the new chief under her wing and helped him any way she could. I hadn’t guessed the killer, so I just went along for the ride and discovered it as it unfolded.

Lilly was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and generous characters I’ve read about in a cozy mystery, but what I loved was that she was realistic too. It was cool that she and her friends are a little older, but these folks are no strangers to tech, since they all have their smartphones and texting network. I’m anxious to see what the next Garden Squad adventure will be!

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