There are some authors who never let me down. Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams had me so excited because Ellery Adams is one of those writers that I can always count on to take me away to a fabulous world with rich details.
From the back of the book:
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.
I was so happy to be back at Storyton! I love the characters and the pomp of the not only them, but the setting. While it isn't set in the UK, it has that aristocratic feel, in the activities, the way they talk and even the narration. I would have loved the duck race, that just sounds like so much fun. Speaking of fun, all the names are literary and it is fun to catch the myriad of bookish references in the story.
The mystery was clue based and solvable. I did figure it out before the reveal. The pacing of the story was done perfectly, allowing for just the right amount of tension. Everything about this made it a fun, yet deep read. I am excited for the next part. You can't go wrong with this charming series.
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