Saturday, 28 August 2010

A Hoe Lot of Trouble

Author: Heather Webber
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Pages: 243
Published: 2004
Series: 1st book in the Nina Quinn series
Series Order:
  1. A Hoe Lot of Trouble (2004)
  2. Trouble in Spades (2005)
  3. Digging up Trouble (2006)
  4. Trouble in Bloom (2007)
  5. Weeding Out Trouble (2008)

First Line: "Thou shalt not stuff pictures of they husband down the garbage disposal."

Synopsis: Nina Quinn is the owner of "Taken By Surprise", a company that is known for it's last minute surprise garden make-overs (picture "Extreme Home Make-Over"for gardens). Unfortunately her business is the only thing that's going well in her life. She has recently found out that her police detective husband was cheating on her and she now lives alone with her recalcitrant 15 year old step-son, Riley and his evil pet snake all under the watchful eyes of her nosey elderly neighbour.

Now Nina is pulled into a new problem. One of her oldest friends asks Nina to look into the recent and suspicious death of her father-in-law, Joe. Joe was the person who introduced Nina to gardening so Nina feels compelled to help out. When Nina starts digging into the death she gets more than she bargained for.

My Thoughts: This is an easy, quick read with likeable characters that had several twists that kept me guessing who dunnit. It's not quite a 'can't put it down' read for me but it was still an entertaining summer afternoon 'sitting by the pool' read.

It's a good start to a new series and I look forward to seeing more humour and how the secondary quirky characters play their roles in the mysteries. Nina is a strong female character who, thankfully, isn't whiny and in need of someone else to solve her problems. She and her cousin Ana have just the right amount of chutzpah to get themselves into some trouble. My favourite secondary characters would have to be the nosey neighbour and Nina's brash cousin Ana who tells it like it is. The cause for the murder was a little unrealistic but overall a decent light mystery.

My Rating: 3/5 stars


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