I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams
Series: Book Retreat Mysteries #3
Published by Berkley on August 2nd 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
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...
The secret garden comparison is what drew me to this book. Unfortunately the garden was barely mentioned. Jane’s garden sounds like what the blurb was describing, except for the poisonous plants. And then past the half-way mark of the book, another garden is introduced that has the plants, and is found behind a normally locked gate. But even then, neither garden was in the book for long at all.
I did like Jane, and her twin sons. And the duck race was cute. I liked the Fins, and was curious as to how they had come to be in service to Jane. But I’m guessing that was explained in one of the earlier books. I also really liked the slightly Bond-esque talents all the Fins had. And that there was a cat burglar in the book as well.
I didn’t guess who the killer was until the reveal, but I had an idea of who the 2nd killer was. I ended up being right, but had no idea of the why. It all made sense in the end, and I liked how the different mysteries were tied together.
I liked how close Hannah and Victoria were. It was really sweet in some parts of the book. I also really liked Tammy and hope she will appear in future books in the series. Overall, I liked the book. But you shouldn’t go into it thinking there will be any similarities to The Secret Garden, even though they’re compared in the blurb.