It seems as if it's almost too good to be true. Just as Gloria starts to get settled into her familiar routine, she receives a mysterious message from her older sister, Liz. Certain that her sister, the drama queen, is once again bent on turning Gloria's life upside down for no good reason, she almost chooses to ignore the dire message that she may be in danger.
When a key to her sister's place shows up in her mailbox after Liz mysteriously vanishes, Gloria jumps in with both feet to track her down.
Crisscrossing the country with one of the other Garden Girls in tow, the two amateur sleuths find themselves on an adventure of a lifetime.
Gloria soon discovers her sister's mysterious disappearance is the least of her worries.
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I love that this series is a Christian read with endearing, yet quirky, older characters and the curious situations and adventures they manage to become involved in. Gloria and her friends feel like women you might meet one day or already know. The storyline for this book is somewhat different than the first two books in this series, but just as entertaining and enjoyable to read. The plot takes unanticipated twists and turns and there are surprises. Friendship was also an important factor in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading light, cozy Christian mysteries.
This is the first book that I have read from this series and it was a great read. I love the quirky, endearing older characters and the curious situations and adventures they managed to become involved in. This adventure takes them on a train trip through the Smoky Mountains, including an informative visit into “moonshine” territory (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) and related regional history. "Garden Girl" Gloria Rutherford is enjoying life. Until, Gloria gets a disturbing phone call from her sister, Liz, and then nothing. Gloria soon discovers her sister's mysterious disappearance is the least of her worries. Gloria receives train tickets and with one of the other Garden Girls tagging along, the two sleuths begin their adventure of their lives while traveling across the country. Initially Gloria believes that Liz, considered to be a real drama queen, is determined to upset the serenity in Gloria’s life once again. Between receiving the train tickets and the mysterious appearance of the key to Liz’s residence, Gloria determines it is imperative that she find Liz believing that Liz’s life may depend on it. The story reads like a combination light travel documentary and cozy mystery. It seemed that each time I thought I knew what would happen, the plot would take unanticipated twists and turns, with a number of complete surprises. Ms. Callaghan successfully integrated Biblical references and faith based “truths” or mottos. I believe readers who appreciate Christian cozy mysteries will absolutely will love this series. I greatly appreciate the lack of violence, sex, and foul language. With a well written plot, this was an enjoyable book to read. Personally, I’m glad there are more books in the series. I would recommend this novel to anyone who favors reading a light, cozy Christian mystery.