Laid out in Lavender Book Review
|Title:||Laid out in Lavender|
|Published:||April 6, 2021, Lyrical Press|
|No. of Pages:||214|
|Cover Price:||$4.99 Kindle|
Mabel Skinner is an app developer and wants to go back to her old life, but she is responsible for her Aunt’s garlic farm. The third installment in the Garlic Farm Mystery Series, Laid out in Lavender by Gin Jones, finds Mable trying to make a little extra money by renting out the Lavender field on her property for weddings. Her first client is an older couple and her goat farm neighbor is preparing the food for the rehearsal dinner. One of the obnoxious guests who is the groom’s business partner, helps himself to the buffet before it’s ready, and while it is irritating, there is nothing Mable can do about it except fix what he messes up. Unfortunately, when she goes to fix the buffet she finds him dead, Mable’s neighbor who has catered the dinner is suspected of poisoning him. In addition, the children of the bride and groom are opposed to the marriage, which makes for conflict at every turn. Mable has to investigate and work to find the real murderer before her friend is arrested and taken into custody.
Gin Jones is a seasoned writer and has developed her characters so that readers can identify with them and so that they seem like friends. They are believable, and seem to have problems just like we do. The storyline of this novel is good and Jones does a good job of delivering it. There are ups and downs, as well as some suspense and danger to the characters. Jones does not unveil the murderer until the dénouement at the very end of the novel, and readers are in the dark. Because this is a fun, light cozy, there is no blatant sex, violence, or profanity. Fans of culinary mysteries will like this series, and this novel is recommended. There are also recipes at the end.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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