4/5 Olive Grove Stars
On The Back:
In the sweet Southern town of Abundance, Georgia, home of the Knox family’s olive farm, gossip isn’t the only thing that can kill you…
After leaving a man at the altar for the second time in her life, Eva Knox decides to head home to her family’s plantation to regroup and soak in some Southern charm. But hiding from her woes is a slipperier proposition than Eva imagined. For one thing, most people in town still haven’t forgiven her for leaving local boy Buck Tanner at the altar and hightailing it up north eighteen years ago. For another, a death on her family’s farm soon makes her the lead suspect in a murder case—and the sheriff investigating is none other than Eva’s old flame Buck.
With the police putting the squeeze on her, it’s up to Eva and her sisters, Pep and Daphne, to figure out who could have possibly left a dead body in their olive grove. And they’ll have to catch the greasy killer quickly—because it looks like Eva has been picked as the murderer’s next victim…
Probably one of the best cozy debuts I’ve read in a long time, One Foot in the Grove was a simply breathtaking first book in what I hope will turn out to be a great series!
The characters were amazing, I absolutely loved Eva, she was witty, smart, and courageous. Buck, Pep, Precious, and Daphne were also wonderful and completely stood on their own as strong characters. Precious was absolutely a hoot! Daphne, though a good character, however, was slightly annoying with her overuse of the word y’all. Besides that, however, all of the characters were great.
The mystery was also stunning. I loved how the author crafted the mob and organized crime into the small town southern life. The ending was a surprise, though not as big of a surprise as it could have been because of the limited pool of suspects.
Overall this was hands down one of the best, most well-written cozy debuts I’ve read in a while. I will be reading the next one as soon as it comes out!