Six Cloves Under Book Review

Six Cloves Under Book Review

Title: Six Cloves Under
Author: Gin Jones
Published: April 21, 2020, Lyrical Underground
No. of Pages: 229
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle

Six Cloves Under is the debut novel in The Garlic Farm Mystery Series by Gin Jones. Mable Skinner works as an app developer, and is very good at what she does. However, when her aunt Peggy dies unexpectedly, she finds herself the owner of a garlic farm in Massachusetts, and doesn’t know anything about farming. Luckily she can work her app development job remotely and travels to Aunt Peggy’s to take care of the funeral, as well as get things ready to sell the farm. Unfortunately, her aunt’s death has been ruled an accident, but Mable sees some things that are suspicious about Aunt Peggy’s death, and begins to investigate. While Aunt Peggy’s friends are helpful, especially when it comes to harvesting the garlic, there are some characters that turn out to be viable suspects. Peggy doesn’t know much about sleuthing, and puts herself in danger during the course of the novel while learning the ropes.

While this fast-moving novel is a quick read, it’s definitely a fun culinary cozy mystery. The story flows and the novel is well written. As Jones introduces the characters, she does a good job of developing them. Most of Aunt Peggy’s neighbors and friends are interesting, but Mable, the protagonist is a bit of a bore – she doesn’t like social interaction and stays away from people as much as possible. Fortunately, she grows on readers and by the end of the novel, readers will want to read more about her and her life on the farm where her aunt had the reputation of growing the best garlic in the country.

Good culinary mysteries generally include recipes at the end, and this novel is no exception. Anyone who likes garlic will want to try them, and will look forward to reading more about Mable Skinner and her progress as a garlic farmer.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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