I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder in the Secret Garden by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours
Published by Berkley on August 2nd 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Johanna Parker
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Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters
Things really go to seed in the newest novel in the New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries... There is a hidden garden bordering the grounds of Jane Steward’s book-themed resort—a garden filled with beautiful but deadly plants such as mandrake and nightshade. Tucked away behind ivy-covered walls and accessible only through a single locked door, as described in the pages of Frances Hodges Burnett's classic novel, the garden is of special interest to Jane’s current group of guests, The Medieval Herbalists. But when one of them turns up dead, Jane must discover whether a member of the group has come to Storyton Hall to celebrate their passion for plant lore or to implement a particularly cruel means for murder. With thousands of books at her disposal, Jane believes she has the proper materials to solve this deadly problem. If she’s wrong, however, she may lose something far more precious than the contents of Storyton’s secret library...
What I thought of this book.
Things were going great with Jane and her book-themed resort and then they find a secret garden full of poison plants. It peaks the interest of her newest group that have booked the resort, the Medieval Herbalist, the only thing is one of them might have used that garden to commit murder.
There is also a rare herbalist book that some might want to get their hands on and Jane has to do her job as protector of a great secret library. She also has to deal with the fact that the man she cares about is a thief and a Templar. Who knew those types were still around…lol. Just like her job has been passed down to him, his has been passed down in his family as well.
So Jane has a lot on her plate in this one trying to deal with Edmund and finding a killer who used her garden to commit murder!
What is there not to like about this series, you have a secret book library and the protectors take it very seriously and are trained in hand to hand combat, a book resort, and murder! 🙂
Jane is a cool character as she is the protector of a secret library full of rare books. She has had to learn how to fight and she runs a book themed resort. She loves her resort but it seems that there is always murder happening. Her kids are a lot of fun and are the future protectors and have also been doing a bit of training and they think it’s fun. I am not real sure what I think of Edmund as he is kind of a good/bad guy depending on how you look at things. 🙂
Overall, a good series and if you like cozies and books with bookish things in it then you will enjoy this one. The author has mentioned that the publisher has decided to not publish anymore in this series, but she has found another publishing company for it so there might be a bit of wait for another book to come out. I am glad she found someone to keep it going since this is only book three!!
Johanna Parker does a good job with this series.
Audio rating: 4 stars