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Digging Up The Remains
Garden Squad #3
BY Julia Henry

Kensington Books
August 25, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-4967-1485-5

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Goosebush, Massachusetts is a charming small town with its very own Garden Squad. The Fall Festival Fundraiser is a 10K run this year but from the beginning, the preparation is more complicated than Lilly Jayne planned on. Alden Park neighbor Cole Bosworth tries to lay claim to the path that his house abuts, so the Beautification Committee decided that path would be used for part of the 10K to prove that the town still used it.

Meanwhile, annoying reporter Tyler Crane is doing his best to dig up dirt and stir up the townspeople’s emotions. On the morning of the big event, Lilly, her friends Delia and Roddy go to give the path a final clean up. Sure enough, there were new leaves on the path so they get to work. Roddy is sweeping away when he finds Tyler Crane under the leaves. Tyler’s dead! Lilly and her Garden Squad are determined to find out what happened in time to save the Fall Festival.

I have not read the first two books in this series, and I think I would have liked this one, even more, had I done so. However, it held its own as a standalone read and I enjoyed reading about Lilly and her friends and neighbors, and I liked visiting Goosebush.

Julia Henry did a great job of bringing town history into the present and showing the effect of social media on the past and present at the same time. She struck the right balance, which I don’t think was easy to do.

I plan to go back and read the first two books (“Pruning the Dead” and “Tilling the Truth”) and will look forward to the next installment.

This would make a fun fall read for anyone who loves a good cozy with a solid mystery and relatable characters living in a history-rich New England town.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Pruning the Dead

Reviewed 2020