Garden Plot by Kristen McKendry ranks up there with the best I’ve read lately. It captured me from the beginning until four hours later, dishes in the sink and chaos reigning around me. That’s good! McKendry has the ability to not only weave a mystery that only unfolds at the end, but develop great characters that are memorable. From those who help at the Whole-Life Wellness Center to the ‘guests’ and to the suspects, which often were the same.
Amidst the chaos a murder always provides, Erin Kilpatrick rises to the occasion and shows strength and bravado she easily denies. It’s her drive to solve the mystery that instills her into my heart as one of my favorite character. You’ll be pulled in waiting for Erin to ask pivotal questions and giving her a high five for the ones she surprises you with. The extra delight happens as her churning mind pulls the unsuspecting detective assigned to the case into her wake. The two together make an amazing team—imagine Maddie and David, or more recently Booth and Bones. Do I hear a sequel?
Garden Plot is a delightful book and one I recommend to all readers. As the tag on the front says—a mystery rooted in humor. The perfect balance of sleuthing meets the challenges of real life.