The Three Dirty Women are three friends, who have a professional landscaping company. They are hired to re-landscape Susannah Graham's yard in honor of the coming nuptials of her daughter and the nephew of one of the dirty women.
While digging in an azalea bed, the body of Amilou's philandering almost ex-husband is found. Who planted him there? Janie's husband, J.J. is the police chief of Pine Grove, and, of course, with a bit of help from the Three Women he investigates, and uncovers the murderer, but not before a second body is discovered.
The beginning is a bit rough, as is to be expected with a first novel, but Julie Wray Herman finds her stride well before the middle of the book. The characters are endearing. The small town ambience is obvious in that everyone is either related to, or went to school with, or is friendly with, everyone else, whether directly part of the story or not.
You'll never feel quite the same about digging in a flower bed after you've read this book. The characters in the story feel like people you know, and the whodunit part of this mystery was as mesmerizing as a tennis match. First you'd KNOW if it was this suspect. Then you'd be sure it was THAT one. Then you wouldn't be sure of anything.
Guess that's what a mystery is all about it is pulled it off nicely and I wanted more.
The book takes off slowly, but If you can see this book, as more of an introduction to a town and our 3 dirty women, their pasts, and their families, you will want to go on to read book 2 and more. It is a very short book, so you wont waste too much time.
I think the series will improve, I now feel invested in the 3 dirty womens lives and business and friendship. I want to see what happens next.
It is a very good thing that there is a list of characters in front of the book. I kept getting confused about who was who. There just seemed to be a LOT of characters. The story was OK but the book did seem too long. There is a lot of "back story" on many of the characters also. I will probably read another in the series to see how I like it.