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One Foot in the Grove
Olive Grove #1
Kelly Lane

Berkley Prime Crime
January 5, 2016 / ISBN 978-0425277225
Mystery / Thriller & Suspense / Women Sleuths

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Eighteen years ago, Eva Knox left her fiancé, Buck Tanner, standing at the altar. When she discovers her Boston fiancé is cheating on her, she returns to her family's olive grove farm in Abundance, Georgia. Now a runaway bride twice over, she's the talk of the town, but Eva ignores the snide comments and puts her public relations skills to use to help her sisters, Pep and Daphne, promote their father's family business: olive products grown on the Knox Plantation.

Daphne has turned part of the main house into an inn and booked two rooms for the Malaguttis and Gambinis from New York. Soon after their arrival, Chef Loretta runs away with the new guide, Leonard, and Daphne turns to Pep and Eva for help. One evening, Eva takes an evening jog through the woods with her dog Dolly, despite the pending rain. Eva trips over a foot and sees a dead man, and is suddenly engulfed in a deafening explosion.

Eva's discovery is just the start of a fast-moving plot, replete with exciting twists and turns, and enough suspects to keep me guessing. Ms. Lane has brought the main characters to life, expertly revealed the tension between Eva and Buck Tanner, who is now the Sheriff in charge of investigating the murder. The close relationship between the three sisters is well-developed, and two charming secondary characters accentuate the plot: Precious Darling, who volunteers to cook for Daphne, has a marvelous sense of humor and works at the Greatwoods estate, owned by the Scottish Ian Collier. It's Ian who rescues Eva after the lightning strike. Strong and mysterious, Ian would make any woman's pulse race. But can Buck do the same? This is an excellent start to an intriguing new series and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2016