Author: Kelly Lane
Series: Book 1 An Olive Grove Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by: Tina
There's is no shortage of southern charm and gossip in this first in An Olive Grove Mysteries. Eva Knox certainly has no shortage of man troubles. After leaving Buck Tanner at the alter in her home town of Adundance, Georgia and running off to Boston then leaving another man at the altar. Years later,Eva is coming home to her family's olive tree plantation and to the families business of olive oil. When Eva shows her face back in town she is not met with a happy reception. It seems the town of Abundance can't get over the fact that Eva left Buck Tanner at the alter and skipped town.
Especially Buck's gossip spreading mother who works at the local beauty shop. A death on the family farm soon has the family in turmoil when Eva becomes the number one suspect when it turns out that it's murder. Staying at the inn on the plantation aka "The Big House" are some questionable guests and when the chef and the inn's guide disappears more suspicion follows.
With her former fiance, Buck Tanner being the town sheriff, Eva wants to find the killer of the man in her families olive grove, together with her spunky sisters Pep and Daphne. Between that and keeping the plantation afloat and Finding the killer before Eva becomes the next victim.
This is a first in a series with a unique premise about a olive grove and olive oil just for the culinary theme and together with the cover caught my attention and I had to try. The the way the ladies talked with their southern language soon became on the edge of annoying to me but I did find what they had to say funny at times. Eva Knox is a feisty, southern gal who makes a great ameture sleuth and I liked her a lot.
The way author Kelly Lane writes descriptions of the men in the story had me swooning especially how Buck constantly calls Eva "babydoll". That's the romantic in me, I guess. The pase of the story was lacking for me, I found it slow at times but I did end up enjoying the story in the end and I will be trying the next book in the series.
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