I have read and reviewed the first book earlier on the blog
We are at the garlic farm almost immediately after the last visit. Mabel has had one harvest and is hoping not to have to participate in another. Luck is not on her side in this goal, neither are her new community and friends.
I will start off by pointing out the thing that struck me as the oddest here. The quarrel begins strangely without much content, which forms the basis of the rest of the narrative. Throughout Mabel assumes herself to be prime suspect but no one points out the extreme improbability given the utter lack of reason. This irked me throughout the book because nothing anyone said made her more valuable as a suspect! Mabel basis her investigation solely on this point and keeps circling back to it.
Now that I have pointed out the weird part, I want to mention the investigation itself. Despite the inane fear that drives Mabel to investigate, she does a good and thorough job figuring things out.
The case is about the death of a largely disliked man who wanted to start a new trend. I guessed the culprit around the same time as Mabel, so she did a pretty good job of leading me to it. This is a good second book for the series and other less finicky people than I will enjoy because life in this town is always happening.
I will definitely be picking up the next in the series if I get the chance.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.