Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson is the third book in the “Greenhouse” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, coming November 14, 2017

Smell the crisp pines and baking cranberries as you sip your hot apple cider. It may be the season, but the mood in Winsome is anything but jolly.

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. So much so that she braves a December snowstorm to pitch her fresh greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs. And then she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road.

But this woman is no stranger to Winsome. It’s Becca Fox. A love chemist (you read that right). She’s headed to her aunt’s house to sell her love potions at holiday events. Or so Becca thinks. Her sneaky aunt only invited Becca home to reunite her with her estranged father. It sounds noble and kind-hearted, until the man ends up dead.

Megan soon finds herself in the middle. She realizes Becca’s not the only one getting iced over. Megan’s own aunt, the famous mystery author, is dragged into the drama. Her novels implicate her and she’s in trouble.

Now it’s personal. Our Megan must follow a cryptic trail of literary clues, all while sifting through the victim’s sordid past. She gets closer to the truth as the murderer gets closer to her. How’s that for a ho ho ho? Don’t let your fresh apple crisp burn in the oven because you’re lost in this holiday homicide.

Masterly written, I found myself consumed by all that was happening from the simple pick-up of a stranded motorist to the arrival of a dysfunctional family that played a hearty part in this engaging tale of murder, mayhem and the intriguing involvement of Megan’s aunt.

I love a book that immediately pulls you in and this one does the job with visually descriptive narrative that gives just enough to whet your appetite to continue reading. The pacing was on par with how well this multi-plot story was being told, quickly becoming a page turner as I had to know who was doing what to whom. The author did a great job in staging this lighthearted drama with a list of suspects who have a strong motive and it was fun narrowing down the list until there was only one person left standing. But it was the one chapter that had my heart soaring with emotions as I visually watched the scene transcend across time as the two characters took their moment. Boasting a superb cast of characters, great dialogue and a feel-good atmosphere, this was the best book in this delightfully endearing series.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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