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Rooted in Deceit

(A Greenhouse Mystery #4)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  30 reviews
It’s summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan is preparing for the grand opening of their wood-fired pizza farm, and things with Megan’s beau, handsome Dr. Finn, are getting as hot as the August temperatures. But when Megan’s ne’er-do-well father arrives in Pennsylvania with his high-maintenance Italian wife, Sylvia, and announces they’re staying at the new ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Henery Press
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Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Summer brings Megan’s father and his wife Sylvia to Winsome from Italy. Megan thinks it a vacation to see her but Sylvia quickly tells her it is for business and that they will be staying at a new resort a whole town away. Her feelings are hurt but realizes having Sylvia and her dad at the resort will give her more time to focus on the grand opening of the new wood-fired pizza farm.

But when one of the artists Sylvia met with to acquire pieces for boutique ends up dead and the
Mark Baker
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Megan Sawyer is finding August to be extremely busy. While trying to keep the farm running during a drought, she is helping get things ready for the opening of the wood-fired pizza farm in her barn and her father and his wife, Sylvia, are in town for a visit. Then there's the new yoga retreat center opening nearby. As part of their opening celebration, they are hosting an art festival, and the headlining artist is Megan's old friend Thana. However, the celebration turns to tragedy when Thana is ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth installment of the Greenhouse mysteries has Megan excited about her wood-fire Pizza restaurant about to open. She is expecting her Father and his new wife, Sylia. Megan and Bibi are disappointed when they learned that her Father and Stepmother are going to stay at the new yoga center that just opened. She is surprised that two of her childhood best friends are at the center. One, Thana Moore is a feature artist at the spa. Megan was visiting her Father when Thana is murdered. Silva an ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
“Rooted in Deceit” earns 5/5 Farm-to-Oven Pizzas…Murderously Fun!

After a two-year absence, Megan’s father has returned from Italy, new wife in tow, but instead of staying with her and her grandmother at the family farm, the wife made arrangements for them to stay at the upscale Summit Yoga Retreat Center and Spa. That leads to discovering former friends, missing artwork, a strangled body, stalkers, and step-mom at the top of the suspect list. Alibis are not solid, and when the investigation expa
Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
It’s summer in Winsome, and Megan’s is busy getting ready for the opening of their second restaurant – a brick oven pizza restaurant right on the farm. But the success of their new venture isn’t the only thing weighing on Megan’s mind. Her father Eddie and his new wife Sylvia are in town (but not spending much time with the family), a new health center (“Peaceful Summit Yoga Retreat Center and Spa,” complete with an upscale restaurant) is opening nearby, and her boyfriend Denver is returning to ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
The seasons change in Winsome, but murder is omnipresent!

Megan and her staff are starting a new venture, in the old barn (which they have done up) they have set up a wood-fired pizza oven and tonight is the trial for it, her father (and his new Italian wife) are here, however although the pizza goes down well (apart from with Italian Sylvia) the rest of the time isn't so great, rather than staying with family Eddie and Sylvia are booked into a newly opened Yoga and Retreat Centre. Things go even
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Megan's former H.S. best friend, now estranged is killed. Megan starts looking into it after her friend and chef's wife is implicateds.

Thana Moore has become an artists with some talent and has some of her work going several thousand each. She has had arguments with several of the staff members as well as her now ex-boyfriend.
Megan's father and his new wife are also in town, the wife had a meeting with Thana about her art, and also argued with her, now she is also a suspect.

Megan beleives
Sandra Hutchison
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but the seed-packet style cover of the first one pulled this gardener in and now, with the fourth book, I was just happy to get my hands on it. I just plain enjoy the ongoing story of Megan and her friends and relatives in the small Bucks County town of Winsome. She's trying to make a go of the family farm but somehow keeps getting involved in murder cases. The mysteries are capably drawn and well-paced, but I'm really aboard more for the characters and the setti ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Washington Acres Farm has a new addition - a wood-fired oven set in a renovated barn. All ingredients for the pizza are from locally-sourced farms including her own, and Megan is excited about the opening. In Rooted in Deceit by Wendy Tyson, Megan's excitement is dimmed by the arrival of her estranged father and Sylvia, his Italian, high-maintenance wife. When Sylvia is accused of murdering a local painter, Megan promises her father she will help clear her.
“Lively characters, a charming setting, red herrings galore, and a satisfying denouement make this entry a winner.” - Publishers Weekly

Review to come later.

Quick thoughts:

Def love the town and characters that Wendy Tyson has created. The relationship between Denver and Megan is moving along nicely. Good mystery and story,
Deborah Almada
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I really enjoy Megan, the main character, her relatives and found family and friends. The depth of the characters is one of the things I really love about this series. In this volume friends from her teen years feature prominently and when that get tanglec with her strain relationships with her parents, Megan gets pulled in my directions trying to help figure out her old friend. I great mystery with many options and a surprise ending!!!!!
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wendy Tyson’s Rooted in Deceit is another stellar cozy mystery in The Greenhouse Mystery Series. Megan is the owner of Washington Acre Farms, a farm that supplies organic produce for her own café and organic store in Winsome as well as several restaurants in Philadelphia.

Tyson dumps the reader into the story immediately with four major plot pieces. Megan’s mini-enterprise is almost ready to expand as her crew puts the finishing touches on the long awaited pizza farm restaurant. Her father Eddie
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The the series infers that the books are based on a greenhouse style mystery, the setting is actually a small goat/organic vegetable farm. The trials and tribulations of a small farmer making her way are part of the story and, for me, an important part.

Our farmer/sleuth, Megan, has her hands full when her father and his new wife unexpectedly descend on their small town. At the same time, a spa retreat opens and Megan’s high school sweetheart turns out to be involved with the venture.

Things turn
Angela Jett
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars
This fourth installment in the Greenhouse mysteries is pure enjoyment to read. Washington Acres farm has renovated a barn into a wood burning pizza restaurant and is preparing for a Grand Opening event.
Megan is expecting her father hand his new wife, Sylvia who is a business owner looking to expand into buying and selling artwork. They don’t stay with Megan and Bibi at the farm, but decide to stay at the new hotel / yoga retreat that just opened up. Megan finds out that two of her close
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book number four in the series has Megan Sawyer opening a farm to table pizza kitchen on her Washington Acres farm located in Winsome, Pennsylvania. To add more stress to the days before the opening, Megan’s father and his high maintenance wife Sylvia appear and while they have been invited to stay at the farm, they decide that a nearby yoga wellness center would suit them better. Unfortunately, that creates issues all its own when Sylvia confronts an artist in residence, Thana Moore, whose body ...more
All I can say is “wow!” Actually, that’s not all. Wendy Tyson truly gets better with each book in the Greenhouse Mystery Series. Yes, there is an excellently paced plot with a truly intriguing mystery. Yes, the farm/store/restaurant/town are charming and delightful. And yes some of the characters are quirky and add to an almost Stars Hollow feel. BUT what makes these books, and ROOTED IN DECEIT specifically, so good is the characters. And I’m not just talking the main characters of Megan and her ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be more focused on personalities and relationships than on a cozy murder. Reading it in series order might be the wisest way to get maximum benefit from this episode in the series.

Megan's father, Eddie, arrives with his new Italian wife, Sylvia but their focus is on acquiring art at the new Centre, especially paintings by Thana Moore, Megan's former BFF, and not on Bibi or the farm Eddie abandoned.

With Denver back in Scotland for a family emergency, Megan is left to tackle a
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 4th book in this series is as good as the previous ones, well-written with believable characters and a plot that isn't so far-fetched it's off the planet! Megan is intelligent, kind, and cares deeply about her grandmother, who brought her up, and her employees in her farm and cafe business. She has a developing relationship with the local vet, though he spends most of this book in Scotland; and much of the plot concerns both Megan's father, who effectively abandoned her years ago, his new wi ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing plot and characters. The author has the gift of describing setting and characters in a way that brings them to life without being overly verbose. This one could stand on its own; however, I chose to read the prior three in the series and I'm glad I did. They were just as well-written and allowed me to have background on the farm, town and relationships that made this entry in the series that much more interesting, especially the ending. Wendy Tyson has the gift of being able to captur ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy my visits to Winsome, Pennsylvania, to spend time with Megan Sawyer, her grandmother Bibi, and friends Clay, Clover, Bobby, and Denver. My one complaint, and it is minor, was the repeated bashing of how Bibi raised Megan's dad, Eddie. Yes, she made mistakes. What parent doesn't?

Looking forward to a fifth book in the Greenhouse Mystery series.
The character bothers me because she is basically a doormat for everyone. She lashes out at people who are worthy of trust but then when someone hurts her, she just takes it. I can't give it four stars because of that.
Ashley Carmichael
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyson's best in the series. It develops the characters and weaves in and out of the plot lines better than all the others. There were even a few surprises, which impressed me. Focusing on the plot really helped to drive the narrative forward.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome series

I enjoyed this whole series! Such well- drawn characters, people you can really see and love. Read all four books in four days! Very good twists in the story kept completely interested.
Caren Donohue
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wendy's tyson popped up on my Facebook page as an author I might like since I love mysteries. I love her books! I read the first 3 and was happy to read the 4th. I'm now following her and see book 5 will be out soon. Can't wait!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced can't put down mystery

Wendy's books keep getting better and better. I couldn't guess who the killer was. She kept me guessing the entire time. Loved it. Recommend it highly.
Barbara Tobey
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Great series. This one kept me guessing until the end. Some sweet moments, some sad. I am eager to read the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Edelweiss.
Kathleen Huben
An enjoyable light read.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As all of the books in the series, this is excellent! I love Megan's adventures. The character development is wonderful. I look forward to the next book in the series!
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Wendy Tyson is a writer, lawyer, and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy writes three mystery series, the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series, the popular Allison Campbell Mystery Series, and the forthcoming Percy Powers Crime Series.. Wendy’s short stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has short crime fiction in two anthologies, Betray ...more

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A Greenhouse Mystery (5 books)
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  • Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)
  • Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery, #3)
  • Ripe for Vengeance