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Nina Quinn has a landscaping firm called Taken
By Surprise. They specialize in surprise garden makeovers.
She thought she had the perfect life until she found lipstick
on her husband’s boxers. Kevin is a police detective. He
admitted he is cheating on her. She has kicked him out, but
her teenaged stepson Riley has remained. He’s making life
difficult for her.
Plus gardening tools are ending up missing every day. Who is
stealing them and why? Could it be on e of the excons she
To top it off her gardening mentor is found murdered. What
has happened to her quiet idyllic life?
Can Nina get to the bottom of everything while still dealing
with Riley and Kevin? And can she find the murderer and the
thief without putting herself in danger?
I really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to read more of
Nina’s adventures. This book is a quick, easy cozy to read.
The story is paced well and keeps you wanting to turn the
page and find out what happened. I highly recommend this
This story commences as Nina places her husband's picture down
the garbage disposal. He is a fine-looking man but not a very
good guy. A respected police detective, Kevin is no longer
welcome in Nina's bed after she learns he was cheating on her.
Nina's teenage stepson Riley also can be a handful. He cuts
school occasionally and Nina has concerns about some of his
friends. As well, there is his pet snake loose in the house.
This theme was particularly well done. I was even looking for
the snake! Nina has a tough love approach with Riley that is
realistic. She is in his corner even when she does not have to
be. Theirs is an interesting relationship.
In A HOE LOT OF TROUBLE, the first mystery in this series,
author Heather Webber introduces an inventive and creative
theme. In a media saturated with make-overs, this is the garden
and landscaping theme. Nina owns a landscaping business called
Taken By Surprise, Garden Designs. Her mentor, Farmer Joe
Sandowski, died recently under strange circumstances.
The Sandowski family is comprised of Joe's wife, his son Tim and
daughter-in-law, Bridget. Bridget and Nina have known each other
since kindergarten. How pleased Nina is for Bridget to learn she
is pregnant as Tim and Bridget have wanted a baby. Unfortunately
the happiness is coupled with the sad occasion of Joe's sickness
and then his death.
Nina wants to discover what really happened to Joe. She is able
to use her business as a cover and already knows that the Vista
View Project was trying to purchase the Sandowski property
without success. Is there a connection between Joe's murder and
this? Nina knows she is getting closer when she starts being
jeopardized and threatened.
Four problems confront Nina. Her unfaithful husband is playing
footsy with his work partner. Farmer Joe has been murdered.
Riley (her stepson) has had a change in his behavior as well as
misplacing his pet snake. Work items (especially hoes) are
stolen from the business. Mysteriously, sometimes they are
There is a surprise ending that this reader did not see coming.
I enjoyed the format and will anticipate the next book in this