Scent to Kill (Natural Remedies Mystery Series #2)by Chrystle Fiedler
When naturopathic doctor and shop owner Willow McQuade’s ex-boyfriend Simon Lewis invites her to a party for the cast and crew/b>
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?
An engaging investigative thriller... an enjoyable whodunit.
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Meet the Author
Chrystle Fiedler is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine, and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA TODAY’s Green Living, Natural Health, Remedy, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. Chrystle is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including The Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit ChrystleFiedlerWrites.com.
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Scent to Kill is the second book in Chrystle Fiedler's Natural Remedies mystery series. Fiedler's experience in the aromatherapy field comes through on every page and readers who want to know a little more about herbs and essential oils, as well as, murder, will enjoy it. With plenty of healthy living tips, a psychic, a haunted mansion and two murders decades a part, heroine Willow McQuade has her hands full with this whodunit. A good solid effort in a very interesting series! What I liked: This is one of the first cozy mysteries that I have read from Simon and Schuster and I was interested to see how it staked up against Penguin's impressive line of cozies. I was pleasantly surprised for several reasons. I was quickly drawn into Scent to Kill by the interesting theme of the series. Many people today are interested in natural remedies, yoga, aromatherapy and organic eating and I thought this was a unique and refreshing idea for a series. It was a theme that I felt was current and something I might find educational, as well as, entertaining. Heroine, Willow McQuade was a naturopathic doctor who specialized in herbs and ran a health food store. I sympathized with Willow's need to prove to her family that she was in fact a real doctor. She was a character that was very intuitive and she used her knowledge of herbs to further her investigations. She didn't come across as badgering with her insights on health and fitness and she was clearly tolerant of those who did not share her views. I liked her attitude, she had spunk and wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty as she researched the Bixby family and their ties to rum-running. A nice heroine with an interesting profession. The secondary characters including Willow's hunky boyfriend, Jackson were multi-facted and all added something special to the book. Not one character was used as a filler and I felt like Fiedler did a great job of bringing together an eclectic group of suspects in the murder of Roger Bixby and lots of interesting tidbits from the caretakers murder in the 30's. From the psychic to the television crew there was plenty of motive and lots of red herrings to keep the reader off track. The climax of the story was satisfying. Willow was able to ferret out the killer, all the while keeping her ex-boyfriend out of the pokey! I didn't figure this one out too quickly and the conclusion was not drawn out. If the reader looks closely at the clues, they will see that the author alluded to the killer all along, it was just subtle and very clever. Bottom Line: Overall I enjoyed Scent to Kill. I liked all of the healthy living tips at the beginning of each chapter from Willow's blog and I liked the natural remedy theme. I think Fiedler has created a very likable heroine in Willow that will draw in readers and keep them flocking back to read more of her books. Looking forward to the next one!
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.
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.