Today I am reviewing "Tilling the Truth" the 2nd installment in the "Garden Squad Mystery" series by Julia Henry. I had not read the first book but had no trouble following along so yes it can be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading them in order, this way you really get to know Lilly, Tamara and the rest of the garden squad members. I enjoyed the change to older sleuths instead of the more common younger 20-30 something.
Tilling the Truth
by Julia Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s August in Goosebush, Massachusetts, and go-getter retiree Lilly Jayne and her youthful senior pals show no sign of slowing down during the lazy days of summer. But when murder mows over a pesky local, could a Garden Squad member be nurturing a deadly second act?
While Lilly digs into a town beautification project, her friend Tamara O’Connor has greater concerns than well-pruned geraniums. The real-estate firm owner hasn’t been shy about blaming perennial grouch Gladys Preston for thwarting her many attempts to sell off a beautiful beachside property. But accusations fly when Gladys is suddenly found dead—and Tamara is caught standing over the body with a bloody weapon in her hand . . .
As Tamara becomes the prime murder suspect, Lilly and the Garden Squad ladies set out to prove that someone planted the evidence. With a potpourri of alarming clues scattered around Goosebush, cracking this case means confronting a calculating culprit with a penchant for cutting down anyone who gets in the way . . .
I found the characters to be well rounded, fun and I liked the setting of Goosebush and its small town feel. The mystery was well plotted with plenty of clues and suspects to mull over.
It was an entertaining, easy read and I look forward to reading more about the "Garden Squad" .
I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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