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Beware the Orchids (A Shady Acres Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 10, 2016
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Not sure at first what will be expected of her and wonders how to “find activities” for retirees, she soon pulls her elementary education skills and comes up with exciting and interesting activities. However, first she must find a missing resident Maybelle. Shelby begins searching the grounds and finds Maybelle in the Orchid greenhouse poisoned. The mystery begins.
Enter Grandma Ida, recently turned 65 and retired decides to move into one of the cottages to keep an eye on Shelby. Mother Sue Ellen is not only worried about Ida, but daughter Shelby and becomes part of the story line. Best friend Cheryl comes to stay and helps solve the mystery. However, the eye candy of the story line is Heath, the handyman.
This book will have you laughing and scared for Shelby, Heath, Grandma Ida and Sue Ellen.
Since Shelby found the body, she is a prime suspect. To clear her name, she wants to find the real killer, so starts her own investigation, with the help of her grandmother and her friend, Cheryl, who is visiting for a week.
The characters are so funny you've just got to love them. Grandma is especially fun. She is old enough to live at Shady Acres but acts like a woman half her age. She starts dating the police officer investigating the murder and is constantly trying to get information out of him about it. As the investigation continues, another body is found. It's getting dangerous for these unskilled investigators.
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery with fun characters. The retirement village had lots going on all the time - aside from looking for a murderer.
First thing on her list is to get a new job. She gets one at a local retirement community center. She not only is the new gardener and event planner, but she gets a place to live too. To make things even more interesting, her grandmother decides to get an apartment there too.
Shelby loves gardening, but her first day on the job brings more than she bargained for when she discovers one of the residents dead in the greenhouse. It doesn’t take long to learn it is murder.
There are numerous suspects. Shelby doesn’t trust the police to do the job, so she lends a helping hand in the investigation. Along with her grandmother and her friends, Shelby sets out to find a killer.
The first book in the Shady Acres Mysteries had me guessing through the entire book. There were so many suspects to choose from and I must have picked each one at one time or another. I didn’t guess the real killer, which is a good thing. It made the whole adventure even better. The author mixes mystery, humor and romance into one fun story. She, also, gives us a heroine who is entertaining and will leave you smiling.
This is a quick read to start this series on a good note. I’m already looking forward to reading the next one.
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