Scent to Kill (Natural Remedies Mystery Series #2)

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A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SOLVING CRIME? AT THE NATURE’S WAY MARKET AND CAFÉ, A GENTLE TOUCH, A DOSE OF AROMATIC HERBS, FRESH EVIDENCE, AND INSPIRED INVESTIGATING ARE THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS TO CATCHING A KILLER!

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 ...

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Overview

A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SOLVING CRIME? AT THE NATURE’S WAY MARKET AND CAFÉ, A GENTLE TOUCH, A DOSE OF AROMATIC HERBS, FRESH EVIDENCE, AND INSPIRED INVESTIGATING ARE THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS TO CATCHING A KILLER!

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Fiedler’s well-crafted second mystery, set on Long Island’s North Fork (after 2012’s Death Drops), a film crew plans to shoot a segment for a TV show about psychics at producer Roger Bixby’s Southport mansion, reputed to be haunted by a 1933 murder victim. When Bixby drowns one night, a victim of foul play, naturopathic doctor Willow McQuade, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Café in nearby Greenport, rushes to the defense of the chief suspect—her former boyfriend, Simon Lewis, who quarreled with Bixby earlier in the day. Two almost identical murders decades apart spur Willow to unravel the complex relationships between Bixby and his film crew, as well as between his forebears and the townspeople, to discover who might have wished the producer dead. Devotees of natural medicine and aromatherapy will enjoy the tips that appear at the beginning of each chapter and scattered throughout the text. Agent: Anne Collette, Helen Rees Literary Agency. (Mar.)
From The Critics
"With a terrific premise and an interesting topic, Fiedler’s debut shows promise."

An engaging investigative thriller... an enjoyable whodunit.

"Death Drops is a gem! Entertaining, informative, and with a mystery that had me completely baffled!"

"An absorbing mystery and entertaining debut."

"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."

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

Mystery Scene Magazine
"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."
Herb Companion
"Death Drops is as engaging as it is educational about natural remedies and full-body health."
The Mystery Gazette
An engaging investigative thriller... an enjoyable whodunit.
Gayle Trent
"Death Drops is a gem! Entertaining, informative, and with a mystery that had me completely baffled!"
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
"An absorbing mystery and entertaining debut."
The MysteryGazette
An engaging investigative thriller... an enjoyable whodunit.
Mystery SceneMagazine
"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."
The Mystery Gazette

An engaging investigative thriller... an enjoyable whodunit.
Herb Companion
Death Drops is as engaging as it is educational about natural remedies and full-body health.
Mystery Scene Magazine
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.
Kirkus Reviews
A naturopathic doctor tries to help a former boyfriend stay out of jail for murder. After the murder of her aunt, Willow McQuade, ND, has left California behind, successfully taken over her aunt's store in Greenport, Long Island, and nurtured a romantic relationship with Jackson Spade, the former police officer who helped her solve her aunt's murder (Death Drops, 2012). Willow's ex, Simon Lewis, has invited them to a party at the Bixby Estate, where Simon and Roger Bixby are involved in shooting a paranormal television show. When the contentious Roger is found drowned on the beach, the police fasten on Simon, who had a fight with him earlier that day. Despite her bad feeling about the old house, Willow can't refuse Simon's pleas for help. Soon, Jackson agrees to help with security, and Willow and her staff members take over a cottage on the estate to treat the stressed-out crew. Roger's death is a blessing of sorts for Simon's new girlfriend, Carly, who can now drop divorce proceedings against him. But his death changes nothing for his powder-keg brother Tom, also hired to work on the show, who continues to deny his problems with drinking and drugs. Also in residence in another cottage on the estate are the star of the show, spiritualist MJ, and her husband, Rick, and, in still another cottage, the caretaker and his family. When the autopsy shows that Roger was drowned in lavender bath water, Willow learns that his death apes the murder of the caretaker's father, a case never solved but widely believed to have been committed by Roger's father. Like Willow's debut, this sequel is stronger on aromatherapy than mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451643619
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Natural Remedies Mystery Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 722,671
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chrystle Fiedler is a writer who specializes in alternative health topics and the author or coauthor of four nonfiction books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook. Chrystle made her fiction debut with Death Drops, first in its series. Visit ChrystleFiedler.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    ,Too much preaching.

    I liked all of the info on essential oils and their uses. But there was too much preaching about organics. She is preaching to the choire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

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    Very dull.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    One thing I love about cozy mysteries is that I don't need to sh

    One thing I love about cozy mysteries is that I don't need to share the hobbies and interests of the main character in order to enjoy the book. In fact, the ones I enjoy the most are often the ones in which the main character is very different from me, so I can learn something new. There are knitting mysteries, quilting mysteries, mysteries that revolve around tea, cookies or even poodles. And I love them all! Well, not all, but many. So I didn't think it would be a problem that Scent to Kill is part of the "Natural Remedies" series or that the main character runs a natural health store. But there was something about this one that made me feel almost deliberately excluded from the world of the character. 

    Maybe it was the fact that the main character's pet is named "Qigong" (pronounced "chee gung"). Or that she keeps referring to herself as "doctor" even though she's a naturopath. Or the fact that her name is Willow MacQuade and her boyfriend is Jackson Spade. (I mean, come on!) Or maybe it was the moment when she explains there's been a murder and her friend exclaims, "Murder? OMG! Just like three months ago!" Now, are we supposed to believe that her friend actually said "Oh Em Gee" or are we meant to assume she said "Oh my God" and the author was too lazy to write it out? 

    All in all, it was the little things which turned me off about this book. 
    If none of those things sound that bad to you then, by all means, don't let me stop you from enjoying this book. For me though, it'll be a miss on the rest of the series.

    Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from Edelweiss (Above the Tree Line). I was asked to write an honest review, though not necessarily a favourable one. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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    Posted March 7, 2013

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