7.4.13

MURDER IN THE GARDEN, & FALSE PICTURE, by Veronica Heley

5, 6/series. I am not a fan of characters who pray almost constantly, as is the case with Ellie Quicke and others in this series set in a London suburb. And I have not too much sympathy for a woman who allowed her nasty-tempered husband (now deceased…yay!) to browbeat her endlessly. Ditto with her beyond-selfish daughter. Turning the other cheek for decades gets sooo boring. That said, these are well-plotted stories, the 5th and 6th in a series so Heley must be doing something right for some readers, and if you’re fond of English cozies with an overt "church" twist, these could be a decent read. But if you like Agatha Raisin, these probably aren’t for you. For me, they’re a 2 and a tad boring thanks to the endless religious and turn-the-other-cheek undertones and overtones.