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Monday, November 1, 2010

NIPPED IN THE BUD by Susan Sleeman

Here’s the blurb from the back of the book: 

Paige Turner has secured her first landscaping contract, sprucing up the city park for the upcoming Pickle Fest. But the day after a confrontation with the city manager, she finds him dead in a mound of mulch. With no alibi for the time of death and, according to the police chief, with plenty of motive to carry out the murder, Paige must dig her way out of the mess by finding the real killer. Attorney Adam Hayes aids in her search as he works hard to keep her out of jail….and his heart.

I loved this book! Susan has done such a great job of putting together suspense, humor, murder, and romance in one book! In addition to Paige having a landscaping company, she also has a morning radio program called, “Through the Garden Gate”. She gets some real strange characters calling in to her program. At the beginning of each chapter you get a little clip from the radio show. I got a real chuckle from these!

Susan’s characters are so true to life and her descriptions of the scenes take you right “in there”. I could picture every scene. I love books like this, where the writing is so good that the reader can be there, seeing everything just like the author wrote it! The suspense kept me wanting to read to see who killed Bud. It is not one of those books where the killer is obvious. I really loved that!

Adam, Paige’s attorney, is drawn to her but due to his professionalism wants to keep the relationship neutral. Paige is very “smitten” with Adam but hasn’t had the best luck with relationships in the past. Susan did a great job of writing their relationship.

I gave this book 5 stars! (It deserves more!) I would highly recommend it if you’re wanting a good suspense/murder with some romance and a little humor sprinkled in.

You can learn more about Susan here:

If you would like to win a signed copy of Susan's "Nipped in the Bud", please leave a comment with your email address. (no email, no win) A winner will be randomly picked and announced on 11/8/10. Open to US residents only.

Good luck and God bless!!


  1. This book sounds like such a awesome book that I am adding it to my wish list right now.Please enter me.


  2. I'd love to read this one! Enter me :)


  3. I love murder mysteries! Add humor and romance even better!
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you for the chance.

  4. Thanks for the nice review of Nipped in the Bud, Janet. This is a special book to me as I was able to share my love of gardening in it. And thanks to all who have already entered to win a copy of Nipped in the Bud.

  5. Nipped in the Bud sounds like a fun mystery with interesting characters, I love the landscaping aspect. Please include me!

  6. Cozies are my favorite genre. MY WIP is a cozy. Susan can also write great suspense. I've just read her new book "High Stakes Inheritance" you don't want to miss that one. Please sign me up.
    Deborah M.

  7. Awe, Deborah what a sweet thing to say. So glad you liked High-Stakes Inheritance. Good luck with your cozy and thanks for entering to win.

  8. I've seen this book but have not read it. Would love to win it to read. Thanks for giving away a copy.

  9. Oh I love mystery, suspense and romance all rolled into one book. Thanks for the great review and opportunity to enter the givewaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  10. We have a winner.....Deborah M! Thanks so much for all of you who entered! God bless!
    Deborah, I'll be emailing you shortly!


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