Tilling the Truth

Tilling the Truth

by Julia Henry

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It’s August in Goosebush, Massachusetts, and go-getter retiree Lilly Jayne and her youthful senior pals show no sign of slowing down during the lazy days of summer. But when murder mows over a pesky local, could a Garden Squad member be nurturing a deadly second act?
While Lilly digs into a town beautification project, her friend Tamara O’Connor has greater concerns than well-pruned geraniums. The real-estate firm owner hasn’t been shy about blaming perennial grouch Gladys Preston for thwarting her many attempts to sell off a beautiful beachside property. But accusations fly when Gladys is suddenly found dead—and Tamara is caught standing over the body with a bloody weapon in her hand . . .
As Tamara becomes the prime murder suspect, Lilly and the Garden Squad ladies set out to prove that someone planted the evidence. With a potpourri of alarming clues scattered around Goosebush, cracking this case means confronting a calculating culprit with a penchant for cutting down anyone who gets in the way . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496714831
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: A Garden Squad Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 112,641
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julia Henry lives in Massachusetts, where she sets her mystery series. As Julianne Holmes she writes the Clock Shop Mystery Series, and as J.A. Hennrikus she writes the Theater Cop series. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors (WickedCozyAuthors.com) and Killer Characters (KillerCharacters.com), tweets as @JHAuthors, is on Instagram @JHAuthors, and on Facebook. Julie works in the arts, teaches, is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. For more, please visit JHAuthors.com.

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Tilling the Truth 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
arkieclown 4 days ago
TILLING THE TRUTH by Julia Henry is the second book in the A Garden Squad Mystery series. It’s the story of Lilly Jayne, highly respected senior citizen & somewhat of an amateur sleuth-the fabulous Garden Squad - & solving the murder of Gladys Preston, Squad member but also the town grouch. It’s delightfully set in the little quaint town of Goosebush, Massachusetts. The story opens after the death of Lilly’s dear friend, Harmon Dane. Lilly is the executor of his will which means she is dealing with his cousin, Miranda, & nephew, Braden, who seem more interest in money & their own wants than in honoring their Uncle’s wishes. She’s brought in Dawn Simmons, Professor of Ornithology, to help in the research for establishing The Dane Bird Sanctuary, which was near & dear to Harmon’s heart to which he bequeathed a large part of his estate to. Tamara, owner of O’Connor Real Estate, has the listing to sell the Dane estate so that terms of the will can be filled. However, someone seems determined to undermine her open houses by the use everything from rotting fish to the release of mice thereby delaying the eventual sale of the house. She also has very public heated words with Gladys the night before her death making her the number one suspect especially when she was the one found over the body. On top of all that, Tamara is having to deal with nasty competition in the form of Regan Holland, new realtor in town. Regan not only doesn’t understand small town ways, but she seems to rub everyone wrong with her big town ways & her snipe remarks with a smile on her face. Bash Haygood, Chief of Police, is a good friend of Lilly’s & has known her all his life. He respects her as a person & for her opinion so he keeps her in the loop during the investigation & she in turn tells him of any facts she learns. The Garden Squad with members like Ernie Johnson-owner of the Triple B’s as it’s fondly called, Stan Freeman–owner of the Star Café, & Delia – who worked for Lilly’s husband & has lived with her since his death becoming a dear friend & who helps them keep on track of the “true” facts, are all workiing together to figure out the who, when, how & why was Gladys murdered. In their investigation, they start finding clues that maybe, just maybe there are connections between Harmon’s death, the open house fiascos, vandalism on the bird sanctuary & Gladys’ death. Why was Lenny changing from small renovations jobs to new big construction with no money or crews to work with? How does that connect with his getting caught coming out of Gladys’ house after her death? Was Harmon’s death connected to Gladys’? Does the covenant on the three houses where Harmon lived play into the deaths? Was someone doing all the pranks at the open houses to try to frame Tamara? Are they trying to stop the bird sanctuary for the money or the land? Will Delia accept the new teaching job in Boston and leave Lilly alone at Windward? What kind of wool is Regan trying to pull over everyone’s eyes and will she get the folks to accept big town ways? Julia Henry did an excellent job of bringing the whole town of Goosebush to life in TILLING THE TRUTH. Loved Lilly from page one. Love when they show that seniors can have spunk and brains. It was fun to keep up with the twists and turns of this mystery absorbing the hints along with the Garden Squad with a little wine to wash it down with. Definitely recommend this book, this series & this author!
chefdt 12 days ago
Tilling The Truth is the second book in the Garden Squad Mystery series. The Garden Squad are back and working on plans for more beautification of Goosebush MA. Lilly Jayne, leader of the Garden Squad is facing the loss of Delia. Delia has been helping Lilly manage her house. Delia has been acting as interim town clerk and has decided to start her college teaching career. Lilly has been appointed an executor of Harmon Danes estate with the expressed proviso that monies from the estate be used to protect and provide a home for the birds that he loved. Braden and Miranda, Danes’ relatives, are pushing Lilly to advance them funds from the Dane estate while Lilly’s good friend, Tamara, tries to sell the house. But somebody is sabotaging her open house plans. Tamara finds evidence that Gladys Preston, who lives next door to Dane’s estate, might be responsible for ruining the open houses. Gladys texts Tamara to meet her at the cities dumpsite. But meeting won’t take place, as Gladys is dead and Tamara is found standing over the lifeless body holding the murder weapon. It seems that there are other possible suspects and Lilly and the Garden Squad set off to clear Tamara’s name. I find this to be a very enjoyable and interesting series. It is well-plotted and written story, with a cast of well-developed and interesting characters. I would love to live in a community like Goosebush and call the residents my friends. Helpful gardening tips are also included in the book. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
4GranJan 14 days ago
Real Estate Troubles and Murder This is the second book in this series. I have read both books in the series. I think this book could stand alone. I also know that the reader will get more enjoyment from reading the books in order. There are all sorts of vandalism occurring across town and most real estate sales are causing arguments at Town Hall meeting. The plot of this book is busy and well planned. It is a fun read with no extra padding with menus, recipes or fashion. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
MysteryluvrOK 26 days ago
Visiting with Lilly Jane, Delia and the Garden Squad, in Goosebush, is like coming home to visit old friends! A ruthless real estate agent, the surprising death of Lilly Jane's friend Harmon, greedy relatives, Delia moving out to follow her teaching career and bickering neighbors lead to murder and unrest in Goosebush. When Lilly Jane's best friend Tamera, is a suspect in a murder, the squad goes into action to clear her name. I'm in "book" love with this series! The main character, Lilly Jane, is mature and has seen both happiness and sadness in her life, like we all have experienced, without letting the sad times overwhelm her. The credit for this goes to her strong will and the lovely group of friends she has had for years. Not only are they friends, but they share her curiously and need for the truth. The addition of Lilly Jane's new neighbor, Roddy, adds a small but if romance and I wonder what his"story" will be! The mystery is fast-paced and filled with red herrings. The perfect mystery for me! I received an ARC from Net Galley for a fair and honest review of this book.
AMGiacomasso 26 days ago
I fell in love with the first book in this series and had high expectations for this one. I'm happy that I wasn't disappointed. I love Lily, she's a great and well written characters. It was great to meet again the cast of characters and read about the changes in their life. The setting is lovely as usual and the plot is engrossing and entertaining, based on an original idea. The mystery kept me guessing till the end and it's full of red herrings, twists and turns. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Carstairs38 26 days ago
It’s August in Goosebush, Massachusetts, but Lilly Jayne and the rest of the Garden Squad just as busy as every trying to make their town beautiful again. But there are some thorns among the blooms. The recent death of a friend has left Lilly, as executor of his estate, dealing with his greedy relatives. Meanwhile, Lilly’s best friend, Tamara, is finding her efforts to sell the dead man’s house meeting with sabotage, something that is only making her stress over the new relator in town worse. But things come to a head when Tamara is found standing over the dead body of Gladys Preston. Gladys didn’t have many friends in town, but she recently had a very public fight with Tamara. As the rumor mill begins to heat up, Lilly knows she needs to figure out what really happened to help her friend clear her name. Can she do it? I fell in love with these characters with the first book in the series, and it was great to be back to visit them again. I will admit it took me a bit to get completely back in the flow of the characters and Goosebush, but it wasn’t long before I had. Lilly and many of her friends are on the older side, and I enjoy this break from the traditional cozy lead character. They and the new characters came to life for me as the story unfolded. The plot takes on quite a bit, so as a result the book appears to be wandering a little before Gladys dies, but everything is important and comes into play. I’m actually a little in awe of how it all came together, although the ending was a tad rushed. I also appreciated how the theme of old versus new or tradition versus change played out in the book. I suspect we will see that again in future books. For those who have a green thumb, some gardening tips are included at the back of the book. This second book is fun as we get to watch Lilly weed out another killer.
BeagleGirl123 26 days ago
When a Goosebush, Massachusetts resident is found dead at the town dump, Lilly Jayne and her friends need to work together to discover who killed cranky Gladys and why. Add to the mix an annoying real estate agent trying to sabotage Lilly's bestie, greedy relatives of her recently deceased friend, and some possibly shady development deals happening in this quaint New England town, and Lilly's got her hands full! Julia Henry's much anticipated second Garden Squad mystery, Tilling the Truth, was a joy to read and the storytelling, characters, and mystery were all very nicely woven into a lovely and quite cozy story. A+++
CozyOnUp 26 days ago
Lilly Jayne and the Garden Squad are back and making Goosebush, Massachusetts a better place to live. When a local woman is murdered, the Garden Squad steps up to find out who did it and why, especially since one of their own was set up to take the fall. As the group of friends begin digging, they find quite a few trails that lead back to a group of locals and find that one of Lilly’s dear friends may have been murdered after everyone thought he had died of a heart attack. But trails need proof and the gang needs to find it before they can clear up not just one, but two murders. This has to be one of my favorite newer series. The first book gripped me and I was waiting for the second book with bated breath. While the main character is older, the Garden Squad members range in age on down to a newly minted college instructor. There is something for everyone in this series and the mysteries are well thought out and give clues that help you discover the murdered and determine why if you piece them all together. Let the count down to book three begin! #GardenSquadGoals
Nancy0708 27 days ago
Lilly Jayne is not your normal protagonist. A senior who is always on the go is now trying to figure out who killed the town troublemaker to get her close friend off the hook. I enjoyed the original plot and the large, diverse group of characters. Although it would have been easier to follow if the cast of characters was a bit smaller. I had an entertaining time with the Garden Squad gang in Goosebush, Massachusetts. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
MKF 27 days ago
Lilly is coping with a lot- she's trying to settle the estate of her friend Harmon, her friend Delia is moving, and then Tamara is accused of murdering Gladys, a loathsome person. Turns out there might be more to Harmon's death than originally met the eye. Lilly, however, is going to investigate it all. Real estate in small towns like Goosebush can be so difficult and development even worse. Is that the issue here? Or is it something else? Lilly is a retiree who moved to town after the death of her husband and she's settled in nicely, developing a group of friends known as the Garden Squad. They are smart and they are determined. They also work nicely with Chief Bash, which is not always the case in cozys. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This has some nice twists and red herrings but it's the characters that shine through.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Thoroughly enjoying this new series, with a fascinating cast. Lilly and her friends bring a low key but effective and thoughtful approach to solving both mysteries and small town issues. Looking forward to their next adventure!