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Silent Bud Deadly

English Cottage Garden Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Poppy never imagined she’d move to the English countryside and fall in love with a smug, demanding, ginger-haired male. Of course, that was before she discovered that she’d inherited a cottage garden nursery and before she met a certain talkative orange cat. Now she’s embracing a new life filled with rambling roses, fragrant herbs, warm summer days…and weeds (lots of weeds), as she attempts to restore the neglected cottage garden to its former glory. 

When she lands her first gardening job at a beautiful country house, Poppy is delighted to earn some much-needed money. But she barely sets foot in the flower bed before the meddling neighbour drops dead in front of her - murdered by a lethal poison. Before she knows it, Poppy is busy weeding out suspects, helped by mad scientist Bertie and his feisty terrier, Einstein, plus a whole host of nosy villagers…not to mention maverick crime author Nick Forrest. 

But with her clients’ flowerbed mysteriously dying and red herrings at every turn, Poppy soon discovers that neither gardening nor sleuthing are as simple as she thinks....

©2019 H.Y. Hanna (P)2019 H.Y. Hanna

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This series keeps getting better

I found myself totally engrossed in this story. I really enjoyed hearing about how Poppy has started to really settle into her new life and is sorting out business. She lands a job planting an English garden when nafarious happenings take place and a nosey neighbor winds up dead. With the help of a certain dark and handsome author, quirky scientist and of course a handsome ,demanding ginger tomcat Poppy tries to uncover the killer when she insteads lands herself in hot water.
I was keapt guessing on the identity of the killer and was completely surprised when the identity was revealed.
Pearl Hewitt casts her spell again bringing this story to life. I didn't want to stop listening! I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange a review. The thoughts above are my own.

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Delightful diversion

I've been following the English Cottage Garden Mysteries series from the first. This is the second book in the series, and it does not disappoint.
I've been a particular fan of small town cozies since I was a girl. Now that I'm a senior, who craves a relaxing respite from the stressful and demanding life of adulthood, they've become a favorite choice. H.Y. Hanna's books are always a pleasure. This series, with its humor, engaging plot, and plucky young heroine, kept me entertained. The strong points are the charming setting, recurrent likable characters, the possibility of a future romance, and plenty of fun and wit, as promised by the punny title.
The story expands on characters from the first, but gives enough description and background that it could be enjoyed as a standalone.

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A. Deadly killer

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait for it to be released as an audio book. It was so worth the wait I really enjoyed the audio version even more than reading it, with fun characters , quirky pets, mystery, murder and gardening tips what's not to like! I like all the series the author writes but I think this series is firmly becoming my favourite. I can't wait for the next book.

This is the second book in the series and if you haven't read the first book why not? Don't worry you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one but with recurring characters it helps and it is fun to learn more about each one too.
Poppy lands herself her first paying job and is hired to make over a garden but it is not long before things start to die and I don't just mean the plants. In a small English town Poppy finds that the villagers will say more to her than they will to the police and she is talked in to investigating. With plenty of suspects, gossip and alibi's she will have her work cut out for as well as trying to not become a murderer herself by committing plant homicide. Who said living in the country was boring. A fun read and listen.
I liked the narrator and found she added humour to characters with her interpretations of them. Especial the vocal cat's 'Now".