SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nature is the best natural remedy. That's why I was at my favorite beach early on a Sunday morning.My Thoughts:
SCENT TO KILL is an exciting cozy mystery and enlightening aromatherapy guide in one. I could almost smell the lovely fields of lavender at the Bixby Estate.
The mystery in this book was intriguing and not easy to figure out. There are actually two mysteries here - the murder of Roger Bixby, present owner of the estate, and the murder of the estate's caretaker back in the 1930s. The crimes were just too similar to be a coincidence, so amateur sleuth Willow McQuade had to research the Bixby Family, all the way back to Prohibition. Very interesting tidbits on illegal rum running were revealed.
Willow was a likable character. As a naturopathic doctor, she was knowledgeable and compassionate, always willing to help those in need. You'd have to be a nice person to get involved in a dangerous murder investigation to keep your ex-boyfriend out of jail!
I think this book would appeal to romance fans too, because Willow's relationship with her current beau Jackson is prominent in the story, and he does help out in bringing the culprit to justice. Plus, he's a really great guy. :-)
A fun and unique component of this book was the information provided on aromatherapy. Each chapter begins with a brief post from Willow's "Healthy Living Tips" blog. Common ailments are discussed, and essential oils are suggested that may help ease symptoms. I was very big into aromatherapy at one time, and reading this book made me want to jump back in!
SCENT TO KILL was an enjoyable cozy mystery - looking forward to future books in the Natural Remedies series. 4-stars!
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
About the Author:
I have been writing since I could pick up a pencil. When I was a kid, I wrote plays and even musicals. When I was a teenager I wrote children’s books, in college, I learned how to write like a journalist, and when I moved to L.A. in 1993, I wrote movie and TV scripts.
In 1998, when I moved from Hollywood back home to Greenport (the setting for the natural remedies mysteries) I was happy to be finally be able to combine my interest in natural remedies and journalism.
Over the past ten years I have written about conventional and alternative health topics for many national publications including Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Remedy, and The Health Monitor Network. I was also the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine from 2006-2009.
In 2008, I began writing non-fiction including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies (Alpha, 2009), co-author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press, 2010 4th printing) with noted holistic physician Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds Press, 2011) with noted herbalist Brigitte Mars.
So it was only “natural” that when it came to fiction I wanted to incorporate my love for natural remedies into a cozy mystery. In 2011, my life-long dream came true when I was offered a contract for Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery and its sequel Scent to Kill from Simon & Schuster.
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with family and friends, playing with my two dachshunds Holmes and Wallander, my two cats Tinker and Tuppence, taking a walk on the beach, gardening, enjoying Psych, Monk and The Mentalist on TV or reading a cozy mystery in my cozy cottage by the sea.
Author's Website: www.chrystlefiedler.com
Chrystle is giving away a paperback copy of SCENT TO KILL at each stop on her book tour! This giveaway is open to US shipping only. To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your e-mail address. Entries will be accepted until next Tuesday, March 5th, at 11:59 pm CST. Good luck!