The elderly Ducote sisters,
An’gel and Dickce, have long been members of the Athena
Garden Club. While plans are being made for the annual garden
tour of the old, Mr. Hadley Partridge has returned to town
after a 40-year absence and wants to restore his late mother’s
gardens to participate in the tour. Hadley was quite the charmer
back in the day and the garden club women are excited that
he’s back, still handsome and an eligible bachelor.
storm turns up some human bones when a tree is uprooted at
Hadley’s estate. Who could it be? Hadley’s sister-in-law,
who disappeared around the same time he left? The rumor mill
had always swirled that she’d run off with Hadley, but
he claims he didn’t ever see her again. Or could it
be someone else? As the police work to identify the remains,
another garden club member, Sarinda, may have fallen to her
death while drunk, or she could have been pushed! Is there
someone jealous and vindictive enough to work their way through
the garden club, killing or severely injuring as they go?
and Dickce have sleuthing in their blood and set out to uncover
clues and figure out who the killer is before they can strike
again. Even the sisters may be in danger!
again author Miranda James has produced an absorbing mystery
full of the grace of the south. I enjoyed this third book
in the series from beginning to end, although the motives
were unraveled gradually, I really had no idea who the killer
are a fan of the cozy genre, you’ll be delighted with
this latest installment in the Southern Ladies Mystery series.
You don’t have to read any of the previous books as
it is fine as a stand-alone, but it can’t hurt to binge
read all three in order. The human characters and the delightful
dog, Peanut, and cat, Endora, are sure to charm you. Readers
are also treated to a visit from Charlie and Diesel from James’
other series, The Cat in the Stacks books.