Aug. 27, 2016

Beware the Orchids, #1 Shady Acres Mystery Series by Cynthia Hickey

***3 stars

Just ok for me...

This book was just ok for me. I love reading cozies, and I was happy that this one was especially bad language free.

Cynthia Hickey in Beware the Orchids presents an interesting plot. Jilted Shelby takes a new job at a retirement home. Before she can start her work as gardener and activities director, she finds the corpse of one of the resident snoops.

Color and fun is added to the mix as Shelby's grandmother, with an eye for excitement and men,moves into the complex. Hickey sets up the requisite love triangle which provides emotional conflict to add to the danger component. When Shelby's best friend comes to visit, we begin to have several characters to make life interesting.

For me, this was not smooth sailing. The story itself just didn't flow with a natural ease.I couldn't truly care about Shelby, Grandma, Heath or Cheryl the way I would have liked. This is my personal opinion. Note that others have liked this cozy very much.

I gratefully received a copy of this ebook from in exchange for an honest review.