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Dandelion Dead

(A Natural Remedies Mystery #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In a spicy cozy mystery filled with herbal remedies readers will love, a sustainable winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional naturopath and amateur sleuth Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer's true essence.

Business is blooming at Nature's Way Market & Cafe, and shop ow
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Pocket Books (first published December 29th 2015)
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Review: DANDELION DEAD by Chrystle Fiedler

Reading for entertainment is extra beneficial when it is also educational. I love this aspect of cozies, and DANDELION DEAD and its series, NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERIES, is both educational and entertaining, teaching readers while delivering a compelling and engrossing mystery. Characters are well-fleshed out, and quickly seem realistic and true-to-life. Although this is #4 in the series, the author weaves in sufficient backstory to bring the history of he
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Life has been good lately for Willow McQuade. Her store is producing a good business and the community has fully embraced her medicinal herb garden. Her relationship with Jackson Spade is strong and her best friend Simon is thriving as a new vineyard owner. The best news, though, is that it has been about a year since Willow, Jackson, and Simon have needed to put their sleuthing skills to work. Unfortunately, all of that changes when Amy Lord - sister-in-law to Simon's business partner, David, i ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I jumped in at the middle again – this is book #4 in the series, but the first one that I read. Although some characters did share a history, I had no problem figuring out who was who, or how they related to each other, so you don’t have to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one.

Cafe owner Willow, her animal rescuer boyfriend Jackson, and winemaker (and Willow’s ex-boyfriend) Simon are a great team. Each brings a unique set of qualities to the table, and they work well together.When Lily,
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Willow and Jackson are back, this time Willow's ex (and now great friend) Simon is part owner of a vineyard and it could be up for an award in the North Fork Uncorked festival. The problem is that someone is threatening his business partner David and then at their opening bash for the festival David's sister-in-law ends up dead (having eaten food prepared for David!), it turns out that not all is sweetness and light in David's world and Willow's assistant Lily is in the Police sights as the murd ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one a lot. I couldn't figure out the killer. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Susan Beamon
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This cozy mystery kept me guessing who did it until the reveal. I'm not going to say it was a complete surprise, but the bad person was skillfully hidden. I do admit I like that. Many books I read I know who the villain is chapters before the big reveal. Here not so much.
The book is filled with "natural remedies" and vegetarianism, not enough to be preachy but more than I cared for. Natural remedies are fine, I guess, but not when you're allergic to many of the plants, which I am. They could hav
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this fun series centered on natural cures from herbs and other plants. I'd love to try some of the recipes she posts..well scrubbed dandelion roots sautéed in sesame oil and tahini... but I'd probably be the dunce who picked the poisonous plant instead. Lots of action and excellent characters. I wish the cops weren't quite so stereotypically dense, but I guess that is the humor in the piece.
Julie Genninges
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great read
Would recommend for any one
Not a heavy read like some books
I like light murder mystery books
Lynn Demsky
Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, dnf
I believe in eating healthy but this book felt like I was reading a lecture on healthy veg. diets --- boring and not to my liking at all --- got a third of the way through it and just gave up!
Deana Dick
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read from this author and I must say I have really been missing out. I loved the part about the animal rescue that Jackson runs. He is the boyfriend of Willow McQuade. The author really brought a growing problem that plagues cities into the limelight as she spotlights animal rescue. I love animals and when I visit an animal shelter, I want to take them all home with me. Jackson is a great character and his desire to help the animals is a welcome addition to the story. ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dandelion Dead, by Chrystle Fiedler, is the fourth book in the Natural Remedies series. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book. Ms. Fiedler did an excellent job of giving the reader enough background information on the characters so you do not miss out on anything happening in the story.

Willow McQuade wears many hats, owner of Nature’s Way Market and Café, holistic doctor, animal rescuer and part time sleuth. It all starts when Willow is catering
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have never enjoyed a cozy mystery as much as I enjoyed this one. I wish I would have started this series years ago! Willow is a wonderful holistic character, and I love that she is natural remedy inclined. The murder in this book made me sad, as it did all the characters, it was one that we all seemed to like. But good and bad have to die in the name of a good mystery.

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Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
good easy book to read, interesting ending.
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I have been writing since I could pick up a pencil. When I was a kid, I wrote plays and even musicals. When I was a teenager I wrote children’s books, in college, I learned how to write like a journalist, and when I moved to L.A. in 1993, I wrote movie and TV scripts.

In 1998, when I moved from Hollywood back home to Greenport (the setting for the natural remedies mysteries) I was happy to be fina

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