29 June, 2021

#BookReview :: The Begonia Killer (Third Chance Enterprises #3) by Jeff Bond - @partnersincr1me @jeffABond #CozyMystery #WomenSleuths


I was attracted to the book by it's cover first and when I read an excerpt for the book tour, I knew I had to read this book.

Molly McGill, our protagonist, is a single mother of two, while running a one-woman investigation business. She clearly needs to take on as many cases as she can handle and so when Martha Dodson comes to her with her concerns about her meticulous garner neighbour, Molly takes on the case despite her initial scepticism. With the police department showing no interest in her target, Molly had hoped for some cooperation from Detective Art Judd, but without it, she needs to find her own way around. With two missing boys' lives on the line, Molly needs to step up her game if she is to solve this case.

The Begonia Killer, as a story turned out to be much more than what I had expected from the cover, blurb and excerpt. I enjoyed getting acquainted with Molly McGill. The author provides us with enough details of both her personal and professional life to be able to really get to know her. As a mother to a 6 year old and a 14 year old, Molly has plenty on her plate. Add her investigative business, that can get downright dangerous, and a curious grandma to the mix, one has to admire Molly's grit. The author has managed to maintain a good pace despite providing so much additional information on Molly's personal situation. It was easy to stay involved and keep turning the pages as there was enough drama and action with a hint of humour in the story. As for the plot, it was quite simple and peppered with enough twists to keep the readers engaged if not guessing. The character development of the antagonist did surprise me quite a bit and certainly one of the more shining qualities of the book.

Though this is the third book in the series, and there is some mention of previous cases/books in this one, I had no trouble understanding the story. So, this can be read as a standalone. I think this book will appeal to cozy mystery enthusiasts. This book has definitely captured my interest enough to want to go back and read the previous books in the series. I would definitely recommend cozy mystery lovers to give this a try as this is quite a quick and entertaining read.

Review Copy received from Partners in Crime Book Tours

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  1. Thanks, great review! This one is on my list of "to read", sounds great!

  2. Thanks so much for reviewing my book here, I'm glad you liked it! 😀