Release Date: Aug 25, 2020
Series: A Garden Squad Mystery
Sometimes small towns hide secrets and Goosebush, Massachusetts has its fair share.…Sometimes those secrets lead to murder.
Lilly Jayne, an avid gardener, well-mannered and respected member of the community of Goosebush, Massachusetts, yet once again is involved in an inexplicable, mysterious, murder-mystery. Digging Up The Remains is the third book in the Garden Squad Mystery series by Julia Henry. Historical-archives meets technology, this puzzling murder-mystery will keep you guessing.
I felt this story was a bit over engaging, it had a run-around of plausible suspects and scenarios. As I read along, I couldn’t get out of my own thoughts and as the story developed I was building up each case suspect with persuasive arguments for murder.
The supportive characters were wonderful. Lilly Jayne definitely has some amazing friends that she can count on. Tea, cookies, cake and cupcakes were on rotation with every friendly visit. I couldn’t help but feel welcomed to Goosebush, with its crisp weather and festivities, it seems like the perfect place to visit.
Tyler Crane, the murdered character, (although, dead for most of the story) remained a most treacherous villain, throughout. Abusive, manipulative and ruthless, he manages to cause all kinds of madness from beyond the grave. Tyler is one of the most hateful characters I have ever read; charming and yet loathsome. I enjoyed him!
A slow mystery, not too complicated, but in my opinion, fell a bit flat at the end. I really, felt there were other characters who had a lot more motivation for the murder. Ultimately, I was a bit surprised (also in a good way, because I never figured out who had done it) by the character chosen to be involved with Tyler’s end. Regardless, I enjoyed reading this mystery.
And if you tend to murder your plants (like me!) don’t skip out on the gardening tips at the end!