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Monday, March 29, 2021

Laid Out in Lavender (A Garlic Farm Mystery #3) by Gin Jones


Laid Out in Lavender

(A Garlic Farm Mystery #3)

by Gin Jones 

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Lyrical Press

Goodreads synopsis: 

Mabel Skinner still hasn’t acquired a taste for growing garlic, but the app developer-turned farmer does have a nose for rooting out killers . . .

Dreaming she’ll someday return to her less pungent life of computer coding, Mabel continues to honor her deceased aunt’s legacy by running Skinner Farm. To make ends meet between harvests, she’s renting out the property’s mercifully downwind lavender field for summer weddings.

Mabel’s first clients are a retirement age couple celebrating their second chance at love in their later years. Hosting a rehearsal dinner with fresh foods seemed like a good idea to promote the farm—until the dead body of one of the wedding guests is discovered. The suddenly departed was the soon-to-be-ex-business partner of the groom, supposedly poisoned by goat cheese hors d’oeuvres provided by Mabel’s neighbor.

Despite the tragedy and the scandal, the groom insists on keeping his wedding date. But with the adult children from the couple’s previous marriages scheming to stop the new union, Mabel’s farm is reeking with suspects. And if she doesn’t uncover the murderer, her goat farming neighbor will get sent to the pen for life . . .

“Growing garlic might be my newest obsession thanks to Six Cloves Under!”

—Lynn Cahoon, New York Times bestselling author of the Farm-to-Fork mystery series


4.5 stars

This is the third book in the A Garlic Farm Mystery series by Gin Jones.

This is one of those series that sneaks up and grabs you. I feel bad for Mabel Skinner. First she loses her aunt and then later loses her long time lawyer who was like a father to her. She seems so focused on getting back to her old life and I wonder what life she has back there to get back to? All her friends are there and even a possible love interest. Sometimes she seems a bit on autopilot. 

Lots of interesting angles in this story. She is trying to find a farm manager but the only prospect is a big headed butt head and then the wedding they are throwing at the lavender farm gets a murder investigation thrown into the middle of it. Add in that pesky reporter guy looking for a big story and you have a recipe for drama, drama, drama.

Definitely a series I will continue to follow. Great mystery and character base. Love it so much!

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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