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One Foot in the Grove

(Olive Grove Mystery #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  61 reviews
First in a delicious new mystery series about Eva Knox and her family’s Georgia olive plantation.
In the sweet Southern town of Abundance, Georgia, home of the Knox family’s olive farm, gossip isn’t the only thing that can kill you...
After leaving a man at the altar for the second time in her life, Eva Knox decides to head home to her family’s plantation to regroup and
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Berkley
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Jan 23, 2016 marked it as not-interested
Lost interest

I feel like I've read too many Southern cozy mysteries and this one has nothing out of the ordinary to gain any attention from me. From the few chapters I've read so far it's pretty average story with the pampered daughter, big rich family, quaint, little perfect town and the annoying habit of saying y'all even when there is only one person being addressed.
It's been a while since I've read a cozy mystery that's bugged me to this level. It's not the TSTL heroine, although dear god, why and how is she still living? It's the y'all. I can't. I live in North Carolina, travel to the boonies around here, and hear y'all often enough. I use it too, even though Indian English doesn't have much use for it. But I couldn't stand the over usage here, I felt like throwing the book at the wall when I read it. Daphne also says fiddle-dee-dee, and I hated it enough ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There were three things that first drew me to want to read author Kelly Lane’s ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE.

The story is set in a small Georgia town, the theme deals with olive growing, and it is a new murder mystery series. I was rewarded with a tantalizing story featuring a very likable protagonist and a cast of delightful townsfolks.

Eva Knox seems to have the worst luck with men, she keeps leaving them at the altar. After her second failed attempt to marry, Eva leaves Boston and returns home to Abun
Probably one of the best cozy debuts I've read in a long time, One Foot in the Grove was a simply breathtaking first book in what I hope will turn out to be a great series!

The characters were amazing, I absolutely loved Eva, she was witty, smart, and courageous. Buck, Pep, Precious, and Daphne were also wonderful and completely stood on their own as strong characters. Precious was absolutely a hoot! Daphne, though a good character, however, was slightly annoying with her overuse of the word y'al
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Half the chapters are useless and should be left out. All of the characters are annoying. I almost didn't finish this book and won't be checking out the next one.
Okay, I admit it, I was curious.

Eva Knox has returned to Abundance, Georgia and her family's olive plantation after leaving her fiancé at the altar in Boston. This is a repeat of a scenario eighteen years ago when she left Buck Tanner at the church. The Boston episode went viral because she was engaged to a high profile weatherman. Eva hopes to use her public relations experience to promote the bed and breakfast her sister is running and the olive oil business for her dad. Soon after her return,
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Note: I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was definitely a good start to a new cozy series! Set in Georgia on a combination B&B/olive grove, Eva and her family work hard to establish their new business ventures amidst a murder investigation on their plantation. And it doesn't help that Eva has a reputation in town- moving back south after living as a Yankee for several years, having just left her second fiance at the alter- she's not the town'
Stacie Amelotte
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Okay, I admit it. I was curious. I’d lagged a bit, stepping past the beauty shop doorway.”

This is the first book in the series. I was intrigued at the setting being an Olive Grove Plantation in Abundance, Georgia. Love fresh ideas that break out of the traditional cozy norm. The main character is Eva Knox also known nationwide as “The Runaway Bride.” She returns home after nearly two decades to help her two sisters with the family’s olive farm. She is a feisty, southern gal who makes a great am
Peggy R
This was a terrific debut for Ms. Lane. I read this book over the course of two days. I probably would have finished sooner but real life got in the way (sleep, work, etc.). I found this to be a very enjoyable read. It had a fast pace with an intriguing mystery that kept you guessing until the end as to the real culprit. The book is set in small town Georgia so you can expect a lot of southern charm both from the town and the characters. There is a lot to like about the cast of characters. The m ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried to like this book, I really did. I just found the characters very grating on the nerves, too much very Southern y'all and the damn Fiddle Dee Dee just got on my last nerve. The story was very slow, the murder part itself was silly, and I just never related to any of the characters in the book. I had such hope for it, with the runaway bride angle, and I wanted so much to find a good new cozy writer that I could add to my extensive list, but alas, this was not to be. Even for a "light" rea ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel is the first in a new series and that normally gets me excited. However, no matter how much I liked Eva at first and loved Dolly... Dolly gets lost at a murder scene and Eva doesn't even think of her precious pooch.

The y'all got me pooped. You do not use that word for first person. I love the state of GA and this book just wasn't for me.
Kim Freitas
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written, lots of interesting twists and turns. Plot was interesting. Enjoyed very much and look forward to the next book by this author. This one was a win from the Goodreads sweeps, therefore getting me started on this author - glad for that; thoroughly enjoyed :)
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just awful. The dialogue is beyond bizarre.
Caitlin Copp
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: march2018
I was excited for this series and for the most part I liked the first one. I really liked the story line and most of the characters but I think the Southern-ness was way overdone. It was a little too thick. The sister, Daphne said fiddle-dee-dee which really irritated me for some reason. Eva has returned from Boston to her family's olive orchard in Georgia after her second time leaving her groom at the alter (different grooms). She is using her PR skills to help her dad further his olive oil bus ...more
mitchell k dwyer
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
She's known nationwide as the Runaway Bride, a Boston public relations expert who left her popular TV weatherman fiancé at the altar in a viral video that shows her in an unflattering light.  In order to get away from the flurry of media attention, Eva Knox returns to her family's plantaion inn in Abundance, Georgia, to help run her father's new olive grove, and to market its award-winning olive oils.  Her sisters Pep and Daphne welcome Eva back, but not everyone in the small town is happy to se ...more
Sharon Chance
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"One Foot In The Grove" is a charming Southern-themed cozy that features not one, but three amateur sleuths in the form of the Knox sisters. This makes for a whirlwind of a story!

I really enjoyed the interaction between Eva and her sisters, and I was especially intrigued with the setting of this novel - a Georgia olive grove. I didn't know they grew olives in Georgia! And I enjoyed the lively action as the three sisters work to figure out who was trying to mess with their family - and lordy, y
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Should have been called "Ya'll Foot in the Grave." The ending was pretty good, but getting up to it was just about a DNF read. If it wasn't a book club discussion read I would have just tossed it. No love triangle....but it IS book 1...although I could do without the mystery man business. It comes across like a ploy to get readers to buy book 2 just to find out who he is. Since I never warmed up to any of the characters I won't be finding out about him. There were just too many "Ya'lls"....and I ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lot of stuff going on in this book! The story was jammed packed with quirky people like Precious Darling, a housekeeper-cook who wears designer clothing and shoes and this is only one of many in this book. Yes, there were some flaws here and there but the story ran at a fast pace and was very entertaining. I can see that future stories will enlarge on the role of some of the characters.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was an ok effort. Kind of cuter, but predictable and the characters were a little to done to death already. New York mobsters talking like a 1950's movie- really?
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookshare
Eva Knox is a runner. Granted, she runs for exercise, but that’s not the kind of running for which she’s known. Eighteen years before the book opens, Eva walked away from the marriage altar, standing up bad-boy Buck Tanner. So much heat did she receive for that decision that she fled town as well, working in public relations in Boston for nearly two decades.

But Eva ran again. This time, she escaped what would have been a loveless marriage to a philandering TV weatherman who wanted to marry her b
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh I wanted to like this book. I was really looking forward to some information and education about olive growing and olive oil production in the US south. But I got....nothing! Just a constant list of all the things you could make out of olives or olive oil, passed off as an afterthought. There are recipes at the end of the book but by that time I didn't care. There has been such a scandal and misinformation about olive oil and the types of faux products that are on offer in the stores it would ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This could be a really good series; it certainly has a lot going for it - quirky, but loveable characters, southern charm, a unique setting on an old plantation now serving as olive grove, some backstory that is intriguing (the runaway bride - why did she run the first time?), etc. However, there are some detractions too, such as the over the top Southern dialect and colloquialisms and the ruminating/fantasizing internal dialogues that go on too long, imho.

I liked this enough to give the next in
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I’ve read some of the other reviews and I say- People- don’t take things so seriously! This book is meant to be what used to be called a screw ball comedy. I found every over the top dialogue, character, and plot twist very funny and entertaining. I think it is very well done. As far as I’m concerned, bring more of this type of writing on. Kudos to having fun and thanks to the author. Keep writing!
Caryn Byrnes
It seemed like the author had never actually been to the northeast, and probably should have done more research. Also the whole premise was completely ridiculous.
Rosalyn Dunsford
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this first in the series. The setting and characters kept me entertained right to the end.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
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One Foot in the Grove
An Olive Grove Mystery #1
By Kelly Lane
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis: One Foot in the Grove

In the sweet Southern town of Abundance, Georgia, home of the Knox family’s olive farm, gossip isn’t the only thing that can kill you…

After leaving a man at the altar for the second time in her life, Eva Knox decides to head home to her family’s plantation to regroup and soak in some Southe
Faythe Shattuck
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
After she leaves a man at the altar in Boston for the second time, Eva Knox heads home to her family’s plantation in Abundance, Georgia to regroup and soak up some Southern charm. But hiding from her woes is a more slipper situation than Eva ever imagined it would be. Most of the people in town haven’t forgiven her for leaving Buck Tanner at the altar and running away up north eighteen years ago. When a murder happens on her family’s olive farm, soon makes her the lead suspect and the sheriff in ...more
Danielle Urban
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Foot in the Grove by Kelly Lane is a hilarious yet dark murder mystery. I love the main charcaters. Eva a woman returning home only to dig into a murder case, meet her former lover, and be labeled as a prime suspect when she's really the next victim. I found Kelly Lane's absolutely thrilling. Eva maked me laugh along as the clues fell into place. Suspense, intrigue, and sparks...all found inside One Foot in the Grove. This book was easy to read. Both the sheriff and leading female sleuth mad ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
There's is no shortage of southern charm and gossip in this first in An Olive Grove Mysteries. Eva Knox certainly has no shortage of man troubles. After leaving Buck Tanner at the alter in her home town of Adundance, Georgia and running off to Boston then leaving another man at the altar. Years later,Eva is coming home to her family's olive tree plantation and to the families business of olive oil. When Eva shows her face back in town she is not met with a happy reception. It seems the town of A ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun cozy mystery about three adult sisters living on the family olive plantation. The setting is a small town in south Georgia that has the exaggerated strengths and weaknesses of such a place. Gossip runs rampant; appearances are all; but neighbors are friendly and wave whenever they see someone pass. It is populated with over-the-top characters who end up in hilarious situations.
Daphne is the oldest sister and the family drama queen. She is anxious to uphold Southern manners and do
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Farm gal, garden junkie, recipe lover, award-winning photographer, animal hoarder and anti-housekeeper, Kelly Lane is author of Berkley Prime Crime's Olive Grove Mystery series. Awarded a Library Journal starred review, the series opening book, ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE, is Lane's first cozy mystery.

Lane lives and writes in the bucolic foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. She's worked as a j

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