Wednesday, January 13, 2016

One Foot in the Grove (An Olive Grove Mystery #1) by Kelly Lane

Who's ready for a new series? One Foot in the Grove (An Olive Grove Mystery #1) by Kelly Lane dishes up a sweet, Southern, mystery filled with all the things you love in a cozy: great characters, rich setting, murder, and that cozy feeling as you watch the mystery unfold.

From the back of the book:

First in a delicious new mystery series about Eva Knox and her family’s Georgia olive plantation.

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 thoughts:

This book had a lot of larger than life characters. I am Southern, so I found it easy to relate to the ladies and the family dynamics. That said, even being from the South, I haven't met anyone who got along as hilariously as the sisters. My heart broke for Eva when I saw why she ran from the altar for the second time but when I saw Buck Tanner in my minds eye I felt better for her. 

There was a lot going on here with introductions and a twisty, turning mystery which made this a lovely page turner. I was even able to overlook the dialect overuse due to the charming setting and characters but I do hope in future parts that there is less Southern speak to distract from the brilliantly spun mystery. 

I am a huge fan of olive oil in cooking, so the recipes in the back were all win for me. I look forward to seeing where this new series goes.

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