Saturday, February 6, 2016

One Foot in the Grove

Author:  Kelly Lane
Series:  Olive Oil Grove Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley

Description:  In the sweet Southern town of Abundance, Georgia, home of the Knox family’s olive farm, gossip isn’t the only thing that can kill you...

After leaving a man at the altar for the second time in her life, Eva Knox decides to head home to her family’s plantation to regroup and soak in some Southern charm. But hiding from her woes is a slipperier proposition than Eva imagined. For one thing, most people in town still haven’t forgiven her for leaving local boy Buck Tanner at the altar and hightailing it up north eighteen years ago. For another, a death on her family’s farm soon makes her the lead suspect in a murder case—and the sheriff investigating is none other than Eva’s old flame Buck.

With the police putting the squeeze on her, it’s up to Eva and her sisters, Pep and Daphne, to figure out who could have possibly left a dead body in their olive grove. And they’ll have to catch the greasy killer quickly—because it looks like Eva has been picked as the murderer’s next victim.

My Review

This was a terrific debut for Ms. Lane. I read this book over the course of two days. I probably would have finished sooner but real life got in the way (sleep, work, etc.). I found this to be a very enjoyable read.

The plot was well crafted with a fast pace with an intriguing mystery that keeps the reader engaged and turning pages until the very end.   There are plenty of twists, turns and suspects peppered throughout this book to keep the reader guessing as to the identity of the culprit.  I had several suspects and continually changed my mind.  In the end, I was wrong with all of my guesses, which if you have ready any of my reviews you will know is par for the case with me.

The book is set in small town Georgia so you can expect a lot of southern charm both from the town and the characters. There is a lot to like about the cast of characters. The main character, Eva and her sisters are great. They are witty, independent, and each sister has her own unique personality. The oldest sister is a full on southern belle with all the charm you would come to expect for this type of character. The cast of secondary characters are just as wonderful. I thought all of the characters were well rounded and right on course for the first book in as series. I am definitely looking forward to more installments in this series.

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