MEET ABBY FINCH. SHE’S THE BUSY MUM OF THREE, AN EXPERT GARDENER AND THE STAR OF YOUR NEW FAVOURITE COZY MURDER MYSTERY.
In the peaceful Cotswolds village of Maybridge, you wouldn’t expect to find a dead body in the rose garden. And certainly not two.
Abby is horrified to discover the bones of a baby buried under a rose bush. It’s in the garden of her soon-to-be ex-husband Howard’s family home.
She immediately calls the police. But she can’t get hold of Howard. He’s off on a jolly with the woman he’s got pregnant.
And then, just two days later, Abby finds Howard himself.
Lying dead in the very same rose garden.
Throat slashed with her own garden spade.
Now Abby is the prime suspect . . .
If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. Liz Fielding is certainly a new author for me. The synopsis of ‘Murder Among The Roses’ certainly caught my eye and it sounded like the sort of cozy mystery that I particularly enjoy. I couldn’t wait to dive in and so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for a fun afternoon of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder Among The Roses’ but more about that in a bit.
I was drawn into this story from the very start. I had initially picked the book up only intending to read a chapter or two but I became so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the different characters that I was still sat there reading several chapters and an hour or so later. I loved the character of Abby and she soon began to feel as though she had become a friend of mine. I believed in her innocence so I had to keep reading to find out what happened to her and whether or not her innocence was proven. The more of the book that I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Murder Among The Roses’ and I had to say goodbye to Abby and the rest of the characters. I found ‘Murder Among The Roses’ to be a gripping read, which certainly kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat.
‘Murder Among The Roses’ is extremely well written and then some. Liz has an easy going writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading this book felt more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a steady pace throughout. Liz cares about her characters and this shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which she describes them. She makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. I always find that the sign of a good book is when I became way too involved in the story to the extent that I ‘interact’ with the characters as if they could hear me – well that’s exactly what happened with ‘Murder Among The Roses’. I love the way in which Liz makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action.
In short and overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder Among The Roses’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Liz’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.