The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery)

The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery)

by Susan Bernhardt

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The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery) by Susan Bernhardt

On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner's report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgement, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls.

With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149011537
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2014
Series: A Kay Driscoll Mystery , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 530,157
File size: 510 KB

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The Ginseng Conspiracy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LadybugLinLH More than 1 year ago
I love books...all my life I've had an ongoing love affair with books. My love affair is eclectic. Give me a good autobiography about...oh, Catherine the Great, or a spine-tingling thriller about Goddess manipulated vampires and I morph into contented Ladybug Lin mode. (I LOVE my job...getting to read the best of the newest talents and then in my reviews sharing my reactions with the rest of you.) THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY came to me before it actually released...can't get much better than that can it? AND it turned out to be another bowl of yummy milk for the Ladybug to back-float in while my antennae were happily absorbing the electric charges from a story well written/told. Multiple murder is afoot in the seemingly genteel world of the upper middle class community of Sudbury Falls. Kay Driscoll and her somewhat unusual friends and inattentive hubby, paint the quest for truth with lots of interesting moments.(How DOES poor Kay manage to not have her eyes go blank, when he begins regaling her with the wonders of...making guitars after they retire to this idyllic town?) Okay...idyllic may be a bit of a stretch, especially when murder becomes the topic and deed of the day and night. THE GINSENG MURDER is a cozy mystery, written by Muse It Up Publishing's Susan Bernhardt. I'm an avid cozy fan, but I've often wondered why they're called "cozy". Rarely are things "quiet" enough for my blood pressure, as I read on, to remain low enough to engender something as tame as the word "cozy" might suggest. Ms. Bernhardt has fashioned a well crafted, fast paced journey into murder at it most wicked. Murder...you do figure out who some of the players in this game of "Murder-Most-Rampant", but not all. Some will surprise you to your very roots. A delightful romp...that happily is the beginning of the KAY DRISCOLL MYSTERY SERIES. THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY released from Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. just this past Friday, January 2, 2014...and what a delightful way to celebrate the New Year, because, if this is representative of the reading pleasures Ms. Bernhardt and her publisher have in store for us this year, where can I go to get season tickets? THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY grabs you from the moment you look at the magnificent cover I am honoring with a Great Cover Award, done by Suzannah Safi, and won't let you go. FIVE STARS for Ms. Bernhardt... and her tenacious sleuth Kay Driscoll. Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to find my meerschaum pipe and Deerstalker hat so I'm ready when the next Kay Driscoll arrives on the horizon.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
Kay Driscoll seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. With everyone dressed up for the Halloween Ball, how will she find the murderers? Ginseng is a thriving industry in Sudbury Falls, Wil. Will Kay and her two female detectives be able to find out how the tea fits into the murders? Who can you trust? A Great Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Engaging characters. Great read . engaging characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kay Driscoll is enjoying life in her new hometown until the murders start. She and her friends are hot on the trail of not one but six killers. A good mystery that will make you want to read the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY is my first book by author Susan Bernhardt, but won't be my last.  I instantly liked lead character, Kay Driscoll. I found her very likable. Her friends Elizabeth and Deidre are great opposites that were perfect companions for Kay. As was Marissa who is owner of Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, where the women can often be found. The mystery starts soon into the story and just continued to grow and build until at last all was made known. Ms. Bernhardt has a fluid way with descriptions. I felt very much a part of the story as I read. I found myself wanting to spend a lot of time in Sweet Marrisa's Patisserie. I totally need a place like that where I live! This story is set is fall around the Halloween season, However, be assured, you can read and enjoy this book anytime of the year.  If you want a good, fast, entertaining read, pick up a copy of THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY.
William_PB More than 1 year ago
Perfect Formula - Murder + Humor - The Ginseng Conspiracy kept my interest from start to finish. Take a suspenseful mystery, add plenty of red herrings, season with plot twists and you get Susan Bernhardt's debut novel. I couldn't put this book down. And you won't be able to either, if you like murder mysteries laced with quirky characters and witty humor.
Matthew_Peters More than 1 year ago
If you like cozy mysteries, you’ll love The Ginseng Conspiracy by Susan Bernhardt.  Set in fictional Sudbury Falls, Wisconsin, the book starts off with the murder of a professor, and an increasingly large number of possible suspects. Kay Driscoll, the protagonist, along with her two best friends, Deirdre and Elizabeth, attempt to solve the murder without becoming the next victims.  As Kay Driscoll observes, at an exhibit of Impressionist art, “Like in a painting, the clues had come together in different shapes and hues to present a whole. A pointillistic answer to a murder!” Indeed, the plot is nothing less than a piece of art. Layers of complexity are slowly added to the upbeat tempo as clues mount, suspects increase, and bodies pile up.  In addition to well-drawn characters, immediately likable in their realness, the story captivates the reader in the manner in which it is told. Bernhardt’s style is fresh and crystal clear in its conveyance of the people, events, and places that make up her story world. At times the strong writing achieves lyrical heights, and the reader is never wanting for description of the environs and the characters’ thoughts and feelings.  An expertly told, well-crafted cozy, this debut by Susan Bernhardt leaves one begging for more murder and mayhem so Kay Driscoll can move on to the next case, of which I hope there are many more to come.   --Matthew Peters, author of The Brothers’ Keepers (MuseItUp Publishing) and Conversations Among Ruins (forthcoming through All Things That Matter Press).
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
I was eager to read and review Bernhardt’s new cozy from my publisher, MuseItUp. The Ginseng Conspiracy is set in the fictional town in Wisconsin near where I set my own—I think I recognized a couple of characters, too. Big Smile. Unlike the typical cozy, Bernhardt’s story unravels much like Columbo. The crime of murder appears after the stage was set, readers know who dun it, and we follow the amateur sleuth as she and her sidekicks dig up clues. We want to scream “duck” or “don’t go there!” as conspirators lurk around every corner. The bad guys have a few scenes of their own, and there’s something else going on with our sleuth’s marriage that is part sideline and part red herring. The author did leave a surprise suspect which kept me turning pages in a hurry. Ginseng Conspiracy is a longer mystery, filled with yummy food and lots of descriptions. Mostly told in first person from Kay, the sleuth’s, point of view, the reader will occasionally wander into other character’s perspectives. Kay’s friends are a blast, and the mythical town of Sudbury Falls is a great place to visit. Fun for those who like meatier cozies. Looking forward to more of Kay and her buddies to come! Recipes? Please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fun characters, Wisconsin settings and interesting storyline all combine to make a fantastic read. I highly recommend it. Maribeth Burtard, Sheboygan, WI