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Murder. It’s a perennial problem. Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry… Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious clie Murder. It’s a perennial problem. Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry… Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious client. When a series of freak accidents kills the customer, all signs point to Verity as the killer. The hunt for answers is on, and Verity must question a tipsy carpenter, a bacon-peddling vegan baker, and her dreamy landscaping competitor to keep her new life afloat. Failure to find the truth could put her back in a confined space for much more than two years… If you like lovably quirky characters, deceptively idyllic Canadian villages, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow Mysteries series.


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Murder. It’s a perennial problem. Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry… Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious clie Murder. It’s a perennial problem. Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry… Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious client. When a series of freak accidents kills the customer, all signs point to Verity as the killer. The hunt for answers is on, and Verity must question a tipsy carpenter, a bacon-peddling vegan baker, and her dreamy landscaping competitor to keep her new life afloat. Failure to find the truth could put her back in a confined space for much more than two years… If you like lovably quirky characters, deceptively idyllic Canadian villages, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow Mysteries series.

30 review for From Garden To Grave

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    Surprisingly good. Verity lost her mother and then her husband she became overwhelmed and shut off from the world for two years. Then her aunt disappeared and she had to go deal with her estate that was a bigger mess than imagined. This cozy mystery had some good characters and some good villains and some interesting questions it left unanswered, but definitely keeps the reader intrigued. There were some nice twists and read herrings, too. I’m gonna read the next in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene Martinson

    review From Garden to Grave is very enjoyable. It really captures your attention and keeps you reading. It is hard to put down!!! I highly recommend it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the first book I have read by Rickie Blair. A fast paced fun mystery with quirky characters. Small village life in Leafy Hollow, Canada and adventures for Verity when she gets a call that her aunt is dead, presumably and she is the only heir. Greed, deception and some laughs along the way to keep you guessing. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    A good start Whoa what a crazy scenario to be in. Whatever way Verify went she always managed to get herself into trouble and she doesn't get why. I wouldn't either especially when all you're trying to do is figure out what happened and get things done and get back home. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. A good start Whoa what a crazy scenario to be in. Whatever way Verify went she always managed to get herself into trouble and she doesn't get why. I wouldn't either especially when all you're trying to do is figure out what happened and get things done and get back home. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Cadet

    The characters are completely over the top in their actions and very unbelievable - they remind me of characters in a melodrama, and that's not the kind of 'quirky' I enjoy. I'll finish it to find out who did it, but so far it's a bit of a slog. The writing is not awful, I just can't take any of the characters seriously. The characters are completely over the top in their actions and very unbelievable - they remind me of characters in a melodrama, and that's not the kind of 'quirky' I enjoy. I'll finish it to find out who did it, but so far it's a bit of a slog. The writing is not awful, I just can't take any of the characters seriously.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen - Reviews

    I really enjoyed this murder mystery. Its the first in a trilogy. I love the characters and how each one is important to the story. I've always loved small town stories and this one is fabulous. On to book 2. I really enjoyed this murder mystery. Its the first in a trilogy. I love the characters and how each one is important to the story. I've always loved small town stories and this one is fabulous. On to book 2.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    I almost didn't answer the call that changes my life. Verity Hawkes has been a virtual recluse since the death of her husband two years previously. An early morning call from an attorney in a small town in Ontario has her travelling two thousand miles to discover what happened to her Aunt Adeline. Verity does not believe that Adeline is dead even though Adeline's car was found in the river. Verity finds the family cottage in disrepair and her aunt's landscaping business a mess. She attempts to ta I almost didn't answer the call that changes my life. Verity Hawkes has been a virtual recluse since the death of her husband two years previously. An early morning call from an attorney in a small town in Ontario has her travelling two thousand miles to discover what happened to her Aunt Adeline. Verity does not believe that Adeline is dead even though Adeline's car was found in the river. Verity finds the family cottage in disrepair and her aunt's landscaping business a mess. She attempts to tackle some of the contracts herself to only upset the first client. Verity is suspect number one when that client suddenly has two strange accidents and is killed during a third mishap. Leafy Hollow is a quaint little town where everyone knows your business. Verity is an oddity and becomes the focus of rumors following the murder. There are strange things going on with a projected housing development, a crazy code enforcer and a perhaps secret society. The characters were introduced so quickly I had to flip back a couple of times to see who they were. I liked the friendships that Verity cultivated and the quirky townspeople. I will read the next book to see where to the storyline is going.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    There are some major plot holes and it came off as overly cheesy to me. If it’s a series- I don’t want to read anymore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “From Garden to Grave” earns 5/5 Antique Dresden Figurines! Verity is the closest relative and her Aunt Adeline’s lawyer implores her to come to Leafy Hollow; two thousand miles away is a problem since Verity hasn’t left the house much since her husband suddenly passed away. However, her aunt is missing. The police say she died in the accident and the body swept away by the river’s current, but Verity has had questions all her life about her aunt’s strange behavior and can’t see that the evidence “From Garden to Grave” earns 5/5 Antique Dresden Figurines! Verity is the closest relative and her Aunt Adeline’s lawyer implores her to come to Leafy Hollow; two thousand miles away is a problem since Verity hasn’t left the house much since her husband suddenly passed away. However, her aunt is missing. The police say she died in the accident and the body swept away by the river’s current, but Verity has had questions all her life about her aunt’s strange behavior and can’t see that the evidence indicates her aunt is dead. When she arrives in Leafy Hollow as directed by her aunt’s lawyer, she gets thrown, well threatened, into a landscaping job her aunt had yet to finish which doesn’t end well…finicky mower, bald patches on the lawn, cut up wisteria, verbal threats, broken ladder, coyote trap, broken ankles, police interrogation. Whew, what a welcome! Then a death, accident not likely, but Verity will need to do a lot of talking to get out of this one. I am new to Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow Mystery series, but I decided to start with the newest release “A Branch Too Far.” I understood the book was a kind of standalone with the immediate mystery finding a conclusion, but the references to a missing aunt, an issue that is said to weave throughout the series, made me curious I’d missed something. BUT…now, I get it…this first book answered several ‘How?’ questions that lingered because of starting with the third book. How Verity came to live in Leafy Hollow and run the landscaping business? How strangers became BFFs? How the mystery of the missing aunt becomes even more mysterious? How the police get to know Verity’s name by heart? The story was very clever and entertaining incorporating various family dramas, turn-coat neighbors, landscaping competitors, a hint of a future romantic entanglement, a kitten, a chicken, and nothing but secrets about Verity’s aunt. Although the immediate mystery comes to a ‘Wow!’ ending, the missing aunt and her secrets get a bit “What!?” at the end. Cool! "Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author/publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Verity is a window who has turned into a hermit of sorts. She hasn't left the house in the two years since Matthew died, well, except to go across the street to the bookstore for self-help books. Shen she receives a call from her Aunt's attorney saying that her aunt is presumed dead, Verity gets on a plane and travels across Canada from BC to Ontario province and finds her Aunt's house in total decay, a landscaping business that needs attending to, and of course, no sign of her aunt. After meetin Verity is a window who has turned into a hermit of sorts. She hasn't left the house in the two years since Matthew died, well, except to go across the street to the bookstore for self-help books. Shen she receives a call from her Aunt's attorney saying that her aunt is presumed dead, Verity gets on a plane and travels across Canada from BC to Ontario province and finds her Aunt's house in total decay, a landscaping business that needs attending to, and of course, no sign of her aunt. After meeting one of her Aunt's more disagreeable customers, Verity agrees to go to her house and take care of the lawn, and not knowing anything about landscaping, makes a mess of it. She argues with the client, and when the client turns up dead, Verity becomes a suspect. I struggled between 2 stars and 4 stars with this book. When I started it I was enjoying it and would have gladly given 4 stars. When I finished it, I was down to 2 stars. I liked the premise, aunt gone missing, Verity slowly coming out of her shell and meeting people, and making some friends. I liked that the book was set in Canada and that my favorite coffee in the world (Tim Horton's) was mentioned a lot. I thought the handling of Verity's slowly coming out of her shell was well handled. Some of the characters were well developed in this first in series. Some of the characters were just bizarre. I'm torn on the character development. The book had a Maxwell Smart feel to it. I didn't like that at all. And I hated the ending. That is where the 2 stars comes into play. A compromise at 3 stars. I probably will not be seeking out the next in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Surprising Good book. Lots of surprises. Fun read. Will read the next book, liked the teaser. Enjoyed the escape from everyday life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This book was SO much more than your standard cosy mystery. Novel length, it has a certain "body" to it that is missing from other cosies. Funny with an entertaining plot, it was one of those books you just couldn't put down. One of the most enjoyable "cosies" I have read this year; I have already downloaded the second in the series. This book was SO much more than your standard cosy mystery. Novel length, it has a certain "body" to it that is missing from other cosies. Funny with an entertaining plot, it was one of those books you just couldn't put down. One of the most enjoyable "cosies" I have read this year; I have already downloaded the second in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Library

    Cozy Mystery: Looking for a great cozy mystery series. This is not it. Hate characters that are too stupid or wrapped up in their own drama to do anything sensible. The writing was spotty; there were so many times the storyline just dropped or started up randomly. Too bad, because the extra characters were interesting but the writing was too poor for me to try and get through another book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rita Sheppard

    As the new girl in town, Verity becomes the most likely suspect in two murders so she decides to prove her innocence by tracking down the real killer. This becomes a recipe for disaster as Verity lands in trouble with the local police when she breaks into houses and takes evidence, peeks into windows, and follows suspects. In her spare time, Verity is also trying to find out what happened to her missing aunt which leads to possibly dangerous situations. This is light reading with interesting char As the new girl in town, Verity becomes the most likely suspect in two murders so she decides to prove her innocence by tracking down the real killer. This becomes a recipe for disaster as Verity lands in trouble with the local police when she breaks into houses and takes evidence, peeks into windows, and follows suspects. In her spare time, Verity is also trying to find out what happened to her missing aunt which leads to possibly dangerous situations. This is light reading with interesting characters and a rooster and one-eyed tomcat to round out the fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natelle

    Verity Hawkes hasn't had the best couple of years. After losing her husband, she becomes borderline agoraphobic, spending most of her time locked away in her apartment. A kindly neighbor checks in on her and brings her inedible food (don't look for the recipes for her creation at the end of the book), and Verity's collection of self help books continues to grow. Then she receives a phone call. Her estranged aunt has disappeared and is presumed dead. She must fly across the country to put her aff Verity Hawkes hasn't had the best couple of years. After losing her husband, she becomes borderline agoraphobic, spending most of her time locked away in her apartment. A kindly neighbor checks in on her and brings her inedible food (don't look for the recipes for her creation at the end of the book), and Verity's collection of self help books continues to grow. Then she receives a phone call. Her estranged aunt has disappeared and is presumed dead. She must fly across the country to put her affairs in order in the quaint town of Leafy Hollow. Soon she finds herself at the center of the town gossip and a murder investigation. What else will she find as she tries to clear her own name? An amusing and quick read though some of the underlying plot points are mildly unbelievable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    From Garden To Grave by Rickie Blair was a lovely afternoon read. Ms. Blair has done a nice job of setting up this new cozy series in this first book. I liked Verity and admired how she began to grow and move out of her mourning for her husband as she moved to Leafy Hollow temporarily to take care of her aunt's estate. The secondary characters, Emy, Lorne, Carson, and Gideon, are all quirky and fun to spend time with. I really did enjoy getting to know them all a little and I look forward to gett From Garden To Grave by Rickie Blair was a lovely afternoon read. Ms. Blair has done a nice job of setting up this new cozy series in this first book. I liked Verity and admired how she began to grow and move out of her mourning for her husband as she moved to Leafy Hollow temporarily to take care of her aunt's estate. The secondary characters, Emy, Lorne, Carson, and Gideon, are all quirky and fun to spend time with. I really did enjoy getting to know them all a little and I look forward to getting to know them all much better as the series continues. They plot moved swiftly as Verity is accused of first one murder, then two as the "newcomer" to the town. However, there are a few other suspects that need to be considered as Verity soon learns. Then there's the disappearance of her aunt which still has Verity questioning whether it is suicide, murder or has her aunt staged her own disappearance. I'm already looking forward in the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Verity Hawkes is a newcomer in Leafy Hollow which is a small town in the Ontario province. Her Aunt Adeline has disappeared. Her Aunt’s lawyer believes that her Aunt is dead, making Verity the heir. He requests Verity come to a Leafy Hollow. Verity has flown over two thousand miles to find that her Aunt’s house turns out to be an overgrown and rundown cottage. Her Aunt also has been running a landscaping business has been totally ignored with some pre-paid customers who expect Verity to take over their Verity Hawkes is a newcomer in Leafy Hollow which is a small town in the Ontario province. Her Aunt Adeline has disappeared. Her Aunt’s lawyer believes that her Aunt is dead, making Verity the heir. He requests Verity come to a Leafy Hollow. Verity has flown over two thousand miles to find that her Aunt’s house turns out to be an overgrown and rundown cottage. Her Aunt also has been running a landscaping business has been totally ignored with some pre-paid customers who expect Verity to take over their lawn care and keeping their shrubs pruned. What does a former bookkeeper know about gardening?? Verity takes a crash course in landscaping, horticulture and various types of gardening plants. Verity has lived as a recluse after the death of her husband so now not only has she found herself with a cottage to repair, a landscaping business but accused of two murders. Come along with Verity as she gets her hands dirty not only with gardening but investigating her quirky neighbors who give her a bunch of colorful, feisty, oddball suspects all with secrets to hide. A great cast of characters, an original plot, good humor and a well written cozy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Taylor

    Enjoyable read I enjoyed this book and will probably read the series....Want to know more about the characters and what happens with the cottage....Took me awhile to figure out the murderer in this one..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mary Curd

    Good read and good fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Turner

    Fun read. A reclusive young widow as a main character does not sound like the start of a light hearted book, but quirky characters, a one eyed cat, and a lonely rooster help bring Leafy Hollow’s new landscaper out of her shell.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    I loved this story - from the first page to the last and now I am longing for more! A very likeable but troubled main character. The troubles didn't overshine the story just made the character more real and gave her more depth. The mystery is set in the small town Leafy Hollow, Ontario, Canada. We are introduced to a quite big cast of people but they are introduced so well and the characters are so different that it is not confusing or overwhelming. The mystery was very good paced without any bo I loved this story - from the first page to the last and now I am longing for more! A very likeable but troubled main character. The troubles didn't overshine the story just made the character more real and gave her more depth. The mystery is set in the small town Leafy Hollow, Ontario, Canada. We are introduced to a quite big cast of people but they are introduced so well and the characters are so different that it is not confusing or overwhelming. The mystery was very good paced without any boring passages and I always appreciate getting some chuckles out of a story. There's also the background story about the disappearance of Veritys' aunt that I can see to be developing very interesting in the following installments. This excellent story and it's wonderful characters make for a fantastic read. I can't wait to get back to my friends in Leafy Hollow!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    Excellent cozy mystery. This book is fast, riveting and fun. The author engages all of our emotions as we learn about the characters and their relationships. Verity, our hero, is a combination of vulnerable, strong, compassionate and hilarious. The mystery is complex and interesting as the story is sprinkled with clues. There is a wonderful and mysterious back-story about Verity’s Aunt that I’m sure will provide opportunities for many more adventures. I am looking forward to more stories about t Excellent cozy mystery. This book is fast, riveting and fun. The author engages all of our emotions as we learn about the characters and their relationships. Verity, our hero, is a combination of vulnerable, strong, compassionate and hilarious. The mystery is complex and interesting as the story is sprinkled with clues. There is a wonderful and mysterious back-story about Verity’s Aunt that I’m sure will provide opportunities for many more adventures. I am looking forward to more stories about this group of dynamic characters. I highly recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the best cozy mystery I have read in a long time. Could not put it down. Had a mystery on top of a mystery and then the writer added in a murder or two. Verity has been a shut in since her husband died two years ago until she gets a call from a lawyer in Leafy Hollow in Canada that her aunt is missing and she needs to come and take over her aunt's landscaping business. Once in Leafy Hollow she encounters some very strange neighbors of her aunts, a crumbling house in desperate need of rep This is the best cozy mystery I have read in a long time. Could not put it down. Had a mystery on top of a mystery and then the writer added in a murder or two. Verity has been a shut in since her husband died two years ago until she gets a call from a lawyer in Leafy Hollow in Canada that her aunt is missing and she needs to come and take over her aunt's landscaping business. Once in Leafy Hollow she encounters some very strange neighbors of her aunts, a crumbling house in desperate need of repairs and a town full of unusual characters. Then one of her aunt's clients is killed and she is the number one suspect because she is new in town and had an argument with the deceased. In order to clear her name so she can go back to her old life she starts doing her own investigating. So if you enjoy books with a great mystery, a handyman that likes his coffee with a touch of liquor, a next door neighbor who comes and goes through the shrubs and knows more about the disappearance of Verity's aunt then he wants to admit and a vegan who runs a bakery and a deli and a surprise ending then you will want to read this book. I enjoyed it so much I bought the second one to read immediately. Enjoy!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Knapp

    I read several of the reviews on this book, thinking it was time to read something light and funny and really hoping to get some good chuckles from it. Almost every review I saw said how funny it was, had them laughing out loud, and all that good stuff. That didn't happen for me. Actually through the first few chapters I didn't know if I was even going to stick it out, I was so disenchanted and ready to call it quits. But I hate to NOT finish a book once I've started, so I forced myself to keep g I read several of the reviews on this book, thinking it was time to read something light and funny and really hoping to get some good chuckles from it. Almost every review I saw said how funny it was, had them laughing out loud, and all that good stuff. That didn't happen for me. Actually through the first few chapters I didn't know if I was even going to stick it out, I was so disenchanted and ready to call it quits. But I hate to NOT finish a book once I've started, so I forced myself to keep going. In the end I found the characters pleasant enough, but the mystery was not good enough to prevent me from "guessing" correctly who the villain was before I reached the end of the story. I love trying to "solve" the mystery but I like it much better when they totally pull the wool over my eyes and I end up stunned when the reveal is made. Still, I will say it was more enjoyable during the last half. Maybe because by then the lead character was not quite so annoying to me as she was at first. I never laughed out loud, not once. But I am hard to please in that respect generally speaking. I don't blame the author, it's something inside of me that is broken, I think. :) When all was said and done, it was really OK, not nearly the disappointment I feared it was going to end up being, and not quite as exciting or thrilling or funny as I would have wanted, but a good story well told just the same.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    OH MY, WHAT A TALE! I was so caught up with following Verity and helping her find her aunt that the tale ended way before I was ready! Self imposed Verity chose to never leave her apartment after she and her husband were involved in a car crash that ultimately took his life. To make matters worse, her aunt's attorney called to say that her aunt was presumed dead after her car was found in the lake! With two murders occurring just days AFTER she arrived in the village and SHE is the prime suspect OH MY, WHAT A TALE! I was so caught up with following Verity and helping her find her aunt that the tale ended way before I was ready! Self imposed Verity chose to never leave her apartment after she and her husband were involved in a car crash that ultimately took his life. To make matters worse, her aunt's attorney called to say that her aunt was presumed dead after her car was found in the lake! With two murders occurring just days AFTER she arrived in the village and SHE is the prime suspect she is determined to find her aunt. I AM SO GLAD THAT THIS IS ONLY BOOK ONE!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed this first in the series. Verity gets a call that her eccentric aunt has disappeared an her estate needs to be settled. When she arrives she finds that nothing is like she remembered. She tries to help with the business but when her first customer has accidents, eyes turn to Verity. I enjoyed these characters, and the mystery was good and kept me guessing. A few times you get to see what another character is thinking which I found interesting. I will continue on with this serie I really enjoyed this first in the series. Verity gets a call that her eccentric aunt has disappeared an her estate needs to be settled. When she arrives she finds that nothing is like she remembered. She tries to help with the business but when her first customer has accidents, eyes turn to Verity. I enjoyed these characters, and the mystery was good and kept me guessing. A few times you get to see what another character is thinking which I found interesting. I will continue on with this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Small towns love gossip--and it flys faster then the speed of light! When the town decided that Verity Hawkes was guilty of just about everything---well it took a while. All she was trying to do was prove her Aunt was missing--not dead. She knew nothing about gardening but had to take over her Aunts Landscape business while living in her cottage that was in very bad repair! At least there were a few who befriended her and attempted to help her. People kept being murdered and because she was the ne Small towns love gossip--and it flys faster then the speed of light! When the town decided that Verity Hawkes was guilty of just about everything---well it took a while. All she was trying to do was prove her Aunt was missing--not dead. She knew nothing about gardening but had to take over her Aunts Landscape business while living in her cottage that was in very bad repair! At least there were a few who befriended her and attempted to help her. People kept being murdered and because she was the newbie in town she was blamed--Can she figure out who and why someone is murdering people? Will she be able to figure out where her Aunt is hiding-or is she really dead? This is a cute and clean cozy with many twists and turns to keep you guessing!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Good narration for this cozy story, enjoyable with a sense of humor added. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Lorraine Cox

    The main character is pulled from her hideaway existence into a community where she becomes a business woman who is forced to get outside and communicate with others, makes friends, and gets caught up into a murder investigation where she becomes a key suspect. We get to know the other characters well enough to start making our own conclusions. Maybe you’ll guess correctly or maybe you’ll be surprised.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    3,5 stars

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