Friday, March 1, 2013

Scent to Kill by Chrystle Fiedler

Blurb: When naturopathic doctor and shop owner Willow McQuade’s ex-boyfriend Simon Lewis invites her to a party for the cast and crew of a new television show at Long Island’s scenic Bixby Estate, she’s most excited to visit the property’s exclusive lavender farm. But a whole field of her favorite stress-reducing herb can’t provide enough soothing support to calm the effects of a murder!

Even the show’s psychic star didn’t predict the demise of Roger Bixby, the estate’s owner and estranged husband of Simon’s new girlfriend. Now Simon, who’s been collared by police, needs Willow’s help to remedy the situation. As Willow snoops about the mansion, offering natural cures to ease the mounting tension, a strange energy—and the discovery of an eerily similar unsolved murder decades earlier—makes her wonder whether the alternative source of the crime might actually be . . . supernatural. Can she find harmony between mind, body, and possibly even spirits before somebody else goes up in smoke?

My Review: I've recently become fascinated by natural remedies so I found this book to be extremely interesting...I loved all the tips that introduced each new chapter and learned a lot of new information that I intend to try out for myself!

I haven't had a chance to read the first book in this series, but that didn't deter me at all from becoming involved in Willow's life. I adore her menagerie of pets, from terrier Qigong to cats Ginger and Ginkgo. I must confess I've developed quite a mad crush on Willow's boyfriend, hunky ex-cop Jackson. There is nothing sexier than a strong man who loves and rescues animals, and I hope to spend more time with him (only via the pages of a book, unfortunately!) and his precious rescued doxies at their new animal sanctuary.

I enjoyed the premise of this mystery as well, with the murder taking place at an old manor house during the filming of a paranormal tv show. I'm a huge fan of shows such as The Dead Files and Ghost Adventures and love my cozies with a paranormal twist. The list of possible suspects was endless and I was truly stumped until the very end. The historical aspect drew me in as well, as the book featured a secondary murder mystery going back to 1933 and rum-running off the coast of Long Island.

I definitely intend to go back and read Death Drops, the first book in the series, and will anxiously be awaing subsequent books in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review and participation in the Cozy Mysteries Book Review/Scent to Kill Book Tour.


Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks so much for your great review! It's incredibly satisfying! I hope your members will try it! XO Chrystle

Anne said...

There's nothing better than a spooky old manor as a setting for mystery. Sounds great.

Cyndi Riccio said...

Sounds interesting... will have to check it out..

Karen B said...

Old and new murders make for great stories!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I'm happy to announce that the winner is Anne! Please send your address to me at Thank you! Chrystle