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Death Drops (Natural Remedies Mystery Series #1)

Death Drops (Natural Remedies Mystery Series #1)

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by Chrystle Fiedler

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When a holistic doctor’s beloved aunt is murdered and the valuable recipe for her skin cream stolen, Dr. Willow McQuade must find the killer before he strikes again.

Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way


When a holistic doctor’s beloved aunt is murdered and the valuable recipe for her skin cream stolen, Dr. Willow McQuade must find the killer before he strikes again.

Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in idyllic Greenport, Long Island. The idea of rest and relaxation is quickly forgotten when Willow arrives from a morning meditative walk to discover her Aunt Claire dead in the store, a strange almond-like smell emanating from her mouth and a bottle of flower essences by her side.

Despite her Zen nature and penchant for yoga, Aunt Claire had a knack for getting into confrontations with folks. An activist, she held weekly meetings for different causes every week in the store. The police want to believe the death is accidental—but Willow thinks she may have been poisoned.

Things get worse when Aunt Claire’s valuable recipe for a new natural age-defying formula, Fresh Face, is stolen during a store break-in, and an attempt is made on Willow’s life. Desperate for a way out of the mess, she turns to a handsome young cop Jackson Spade. Together the two set about solving the case the natural way—through a combination of hard work, common sense, and a dose of luck.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"With a terrific premise and an interesting topic, Fiedler’s debut shows promise." —Library Journal

"Death Drops is a gem! Entertaining, informative, and with a mystery that had me completely baffled!" —Gayle Trent, author of Killer Sweet Tooth

"An absorbing mystery and entertaining debut." —Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, writer/producer of Designing Women

An engaging investigative thriller,,. an enjoyable whodunit." —The Mystery Gazette

"Fiedler has a knack for detailing aspects of acupuncture, massage, yoga and homeopathy which should provide fertile ground for further adventures of an unconventional, but eminently likeable, doctor." —Mystery Scene Magazine

"Death Drops is as engaging as it is educational about natural remedies and full-body health." —Herb Companion

Library Journal
Naturopathic doctor Willow McQuade is enjoying a summer vacation at her aunt's Long Island home when, tragically, Aunt Claire is fatally poisoned. Claire ran a natural foods market and café and was killed by one of her own alternative medicine compounds. Willow moves to the front of the line as a prime suspect when Claire's will reveals that she left everything—including a lucrative antiaging cream formula—to Willow. Then the store is robbed, the formula stolen, and a series of escalating attacks directed at Willow and her colleagues. The police balk at Willow's theories, but she manages to enlist help from a former cop, and of course, romantic sparks fly as the chase ensues. VERDICT With a terrific premise and an interesting topic, Fiedler's debut shows promise. Too much diagnosing (every encounter merits a natural remedy) interrupts the story flow but will intrigue those interested in homeopathic and alternative medicine. This serves as a nice complement to Diana Killian's "Mantra for Murder" yoga series; topically, pair with Clare O'Donohue's Missing Persons.
Kirkus Reviews
A naturopathic doctor's visit to her relatives turns into a life-altering experience. Dr. Willow McQuade may live in California, but her heart is in Greenport, Long Island, with her beloved Aunt Claire. Willow's critical mother and sister, a duly credentialed M.D., also live there, but they're not speaking to Claire. Claire seems distracted while immersed in her efforts to complete her formula for a new skin cream. When Willow discovers Claire dead with a bottle of flower essences nearby, she realizes that the almond smell indicates cyanide and that Claire was murdered. Worse, the police consider Willow the number one candidate, especially when Clare's will reveals that Willow has inherited everything. Deciding to stay and run her aunt's store and cafe immediately puts Willow in danger. A longtime store assistant who believes the store should have been hers does everything possible to sabotage Willow's efforts. The store is broken into, Willow is run off the road, money is stolen and enemies seem to multiply. Willow turns to Jackson Spade, a handsome cop on a disability pension, to help her discover her aunt's murderer before she becomes the next victim. Fiedler's first foray into the mystery genre focuses too little on the mystery and too much on providing advice on how to treat various ailments with natural remedies.

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Gallery Books
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Natural Remedies Mystery Series , #1
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5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Chrystle Fiedler is the author of the several nonfiction titles. A copywriter for such companies as CVS and 1-800-Flowers.com, Fieldler's magazines articles on natural ways and health remedies have appeared in such publications as Women's Day, Better Homes & Gardens, and Natural Health and Remedy.

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Death Drops 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big disapointment.
SleepyGirl1 More than 1 year ago
The book lacks story for all the Remedies she wants to give everybody through out the book. Stick with the story line and leave self healing up to people to investigate themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I felt this may be a good start to a new series, I also have to admit it needs a bit of work. Characters need to be developed more fully and I am hoping future plots won't be quite so simplistic as Fiedler gets more practice as an author. I plan to read more if these book as very light reading.
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Fricka More than 1 year ago
New, Naturopathic Mystery a Hit Chrystle Fiedler has written a mystery that combines the essence of a cozy mystery with the ingredients of naturopathy. Willow McQuade is a N.D., a Naturopathic Doctor who is visiting her aunt Claire, who has been working on a formula for the "fountain of youth," technically known as an "age-defying-herbal cream." The formula is almost perfected, and potentially worth millions, but Claire is found dead by Willow, who suspects that someone added poison to one of Claire's flower essence bottles. The pace picks up immediately, as one of Claire's workers instantly accuses Willow of being responsible for her aunt's death. Complications abound, including the discovery that the formula has been stolen, the jealous worker, Willow's mother and sister, two policemen who clearly suspect Willow as their prime suspect, a number of peoplewho Willow discovers hated her aunt and had threatened her. In spite of everything being thrown at her, though, Willow is determined to find out who killed her aunt. There's two friends from New York who join Willow as fellow workers in her shop, and a potential romance with a former policeman. For readers who are interested in holistic medicine remedies, there's an added bonus of doctoral advice from Dr. McQuade to a patient at the beginning of each chapter. Fiedler has created an engaging protagonist, who is eager to dispense naturopathic advice to help others. The combination of fast-paced mystery and naturopathy makes this book quite a pick-me-up for the dedicated mystery reader. Highly recommended. JaneFricker
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