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DreamSE22 reviewed Mulch (Gardening Mystery, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
I thought this book had an excellent start, before it began to drag for me. I thought it would be interesting to learn about some gardening tips, but there weren't many for me to apply to my current residence next to the dry Rocky Mountains. This mystery was average for me, and because I'm involved with many other cozy series I think I'll put the following books in the series to rest.
I like my mysteries to be light & comfortable. In a word: Cozy. This one definitely does not fit that description! Too dark, with a murderer that is too twisted for my tastes. and, some of this was downright gruesome. I hope the rest of the series is lighter or I've wasted my time gathering them.
This is the first book in the series. It was different in that you knew who the killer was from the start. I prefer to find out in the end, but I still liked it. The characters seemed a bit more real than some cozies. Louise and her family move to upper Virginia, and when she wants to fill a low spot in the woods behind her house, she starts gathering the neighbor's raked up and bagged leaves to use as mulch for the spot. While emptying the bags, she and her family find parts of a body mixed into some of them. The killer knows it was her that took them, and so goes the story. I have read other books in this series, and I have to say that they do get better, although this one was OK.
If you like gardening and flowers mixed in with Washington politics, murder and a good mystery then you should really like this book by Ann Ripley. It is the first in her Gardening Mystery series.
Louise and Bill Eldridge are a married couple with two daughters, but only one, Janie, is at home. Martha is in college away from her home and family. Bill has a job with the government and Louise is a wonderful gardener who wants to write, but first wants her woodsy property and new home to look nice with her favorite flowers and trees. Louise spends so much money on plants that Bill tells her she has to curb her spending, so instead of buying mulch, she and Janie go around the Alexandria,VA neighborhoods picking up people's bags of leaves to use as mulch.
It becomes a very useful activity until they open a couple of the last bags to spread the leaves around a low spot in the back property. What they find in the leaves is a shock that they'll never forget.
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. It's a good mystery, lots of information on different plants and I love the Eldridge family, especially Louise. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.