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The Garden Club Murder

(Tish Tarragon #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Literary caterer Letitia 'Tish' Tarragon is preparing her English Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek's annual garden club awards, but when she is taken on a tour of some of the top contenders with the garden club's president, Jim Ainsley, Tish is surprised at how seriously the residents take the awards - and how desperate they are to win. Wealthy, retired busi ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Severn House Publishers (first published September 1st 2019)
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I just love this series from the literary cafe and its dishes, to the characters, and the mystery that is never quite what it seems.

I enjoyed so many things about this book/series.  Tish is a reluctant sleuth.  She can't help it if people just open up to her and she knows what questions to ask.  At least she shares all of the information with Sheriff Reade so that he can do his job and catch the criminals.  The banter between Tish and Jules (Julian) is witty and had me chuckling throughout the b
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was delighted when I open this book, the name given me imply about garden, I was disappointed when I started to read the to learn, it and book a food which there are many of cooking books in several different mediums. This a new author and the second book in this series., I will read this author again. I have downloaded the first book one Marge McClellan series.
I found a well-written book that move fast with the background different gardens. Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon caters parties and runs a ca
K.A. Davis
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER by Amy Patricia Meade, is the second book in the Tish Tarragon mystery series. The senior citizens preparing for their annual garden club competition and luncheon are a varied lot and not exactly who I would expect to toil in the sun and soil to create beautiful works of nature. There’s the cosmetic queen, the wealthy yet abusive businessman, the grief-stricken mother and wife, the confirmed bachelor, and the live life to the fullest woman. There is plenty of strife betwee ...more
The Cozy Review
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: A Tish Tarragon Mystery - Book 2
Author: Amy Patricia Meade
Genre: Cozy Mystery\Culinary\Garden
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Page Count: 208

The Garden Club Murder is the latest addition to the “A Tish Tarragon Mystery” series published by Severn House. This is a wonderful cozy book filled with delightful characters, beautiful descriptions of gardens anyone would want to spend time in, and a surprise ending readers will not see coming.

Tish is an unusual hero in a cozy book. She is a r
Patricia Romero
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Tish Tarragon Mystery Book Two

Tish and friends are back at Cookin' The Books Cafe' and Catering. This time Tish has been hired to cater an awards luncheon with an English Secret Garden theme at the annual garden club awards ceremony.

Jules is helping out and wishing he could live in the Coleton Creeks over sixty community with all of its amenities and lovely ladies fawning all over him. But it's all business this time. As Tish tours the gardens for a bit of inspiration she instead finds a dead
Jerri Cachero
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Garden Club Murder was an entertaining read. When Tish Tarragon and one of her best friends_- Jules - work a catering job at Coleton Creek SixtyPlus Community, a senior living neighborhood, the last thing they expect is to become involved in solving a murder.

Catering the luncheon/awards ceremony for the best garden at Coleton Creek, is a great opportunity for Tish to expand her literary catering business. With dishes named after famous literary characters and books, combined with lovely gard
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Caterer/café owner Tish is trying to prepare a luncheon for the garden club awards at the plush retirement center, but things go awry when she and one of her best friends, Julian Davis, find the body of an unpopular, but successful, gardener. She's also coping with her other best friend's marriage imploding, leaving MJ and her two children camping out in Tish's small apartment. As she struggles with plans for the lunch and people wanting to talk about the case, she gradually develops a theory th ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part of the appeal of the Tish Tarragon series is the amazing feasts that Tish creates for her clients. I love the idea of a literary caterer and the concept of doing a luncheon with a Secret Garden theme to celebrate garden club awards is so whimsical and fun. Plus – sausage rolls, scones with real clotted cream and jam and mini Yorkshire puddings *drool*! It’s always a treat to see what menus Amy Patricia Meade dreams up for her stories!

Honestly, I was daydreaming about the food while I kind o
S.J. Higbee
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one started promisingly enough – Meade took us straight into the story and effectively introduced us to the main character. The setting was convincingly portrayed, I liked the supporting cast, the murder was committed with plenty of drama and a satisfying number of suspects with strong motives were introduced.

However I found Tish increasingly annoying – the woman was a veritable saint in all but name. Everyone immediately liked and trusted her, so tended to confide in her no matter how nose
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm no gardener, I can only grow weeds but I do enjoy gardening mysteries - the addition of a corpse found pushing up daisies during a garden competition tour shakes things up. Tish Tarragon is doing a secret garden luncheon for the local over 60 retirement community and the event will include the awarding of the coveted best garden over an extended period, not just one season. So not just a prize rose bush but how good your lawn looks in all seasons, how your plants bloom, etc. The emotions run ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tish Tarragon is catering a Secret Garden themed lunch at the Coleton Creek as they announce the winners of the annual Garden Club awards. Competition is stiff and so is the most disliked man in the community and winner five years running when Tish and Jules find him dead in his garden as they are being a tour of the top gardens.

While Tish has a knack for speaking with people and finding clues, she insists she is only there to cater the lunch. That’s it. No sleuthing. But a girl can’t help it if
Jordan Stivers
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this cozy series! Within the first few pages I was already smiling to see all the great characters set up in book one going about their lives and I enjoyed how the action of it all started right from the get-go. Tish continues to be a great leading protagonist in this complex web of characters. Her repeated insistence that she wasn't involved in the investigation cracked me up and, again, her nose for the truth in people doesn't disappoint.

Unlike so many cozies, this one makes it easy to
Cozy Cat Reviews
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE GARDEN CLUB MURDER by Amy Patricia Meade, is the second book in the Tish Tarragon mystery series. I have read the first in series and highly recommend the series. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for your gift of the ARC. My opinion is my own,.
Tish is successful with her " Cookin' The Books Cafe' and Catering" business. When she is offered the chance to cater a awards lunch with a garden theme she accepts. As she tours the garden at the event she finds the dead body of the previo
Grace Koshida
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cookin' the Books Cafe's Tish Tarragon has been hired to cater a Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek retirement community's annual garden club awards. The garden club's president Jim Ainsley takes Tish and her friend Jules on a tour of some of the gardens that are competing for awards and they are impressed. But retired insurance company owner Sloane Shackleford has won the coveted best garden category five years in a row. Ainsley, Tish and Jules are shocked when they find Sloane's b ...more
Laura Reading
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a womanizing senior is found dead in his garden shortly before a highly competitive garden design contest, the motive for his murder is unclear. Did it have to do with the contest or his manipulative ways or his cheating heart? Could it have been done by a woman done wrong or a man offended by his woman being stolen or even someone upset about the victim's dog sabotaging other gardens? How about the owners of the development who have their own motives for the dissolution of the popular gard ...more
Diane Hernandez
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tish and Jules are catering the Coleton Creek Garden Club’s annual award dinner when they become embroiled in a Garden Club Murder.

Sloane had won the Best Garden award for the past five years. He is also a playa in the senior housing development. When he is killed on the eve of the award’s dinner, was it because of his amorous wanderings or his gardening title? Tish and Jules decide to find out.

There are suspects aplenty in the Garden Club Murder. It is always fun to try to uncover the killer be
Kathleen Gray
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Turns out lots of people disliked Sloane for more reasons than that he won the garden club award five years running! Tish, who has a catering business, is touring gardens to help her decide the menu for Coleton Creek's annual garden club awards, is the one who finds his body. Well, in classic cozy fashioned, she investigates and discovers there was more to him - and to others in the community - than met the eye. Not all senior citizens are nice, for one thing. Good characters, a sufficiently twi ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
At first I wasn't entirely sure what I thought of this book. There's a little to much emphasis on Tish having a past investigating, but saying that she won't be investigating this murder. Then everyone confides in her. The answers seem to be coming a little too easy with no real investigation required.

As the book progresses more drama and mystery are created and the story transitions from ok to good. The ending of the book also has a bit of a tagged on bit about Tish's relationship, that I didn'
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good cozy mystery.
I read it as fast as I could as the plot is gripping and kept me guessing till the end.
It's well written, there a lot of character development and the plot is full of twists and turns.
I loved the fleshed out cast of characters, the setting and humor.
I appreciated both the plot and the subplots as they both feature interesting themes and there's a lot of empathy for the characters involved.
I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is book 2 in the Tish Tarragon series. Tish is a caterer and is happy to be cooking for the Coleton Creek Garden Club Award luncheon. The theme is the secret garden and as Tish sets up at the club house the body of 5 time winner Sloan is found murdered. There are a lot of suspects since he was hated by all. She works along with Sheriff Reade finally deciphers the clues. This book can be read as a stand alone. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Barbara Tobey
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Senior citizens have many secrets. A comfy cozy mystery with a few surprises. I did shed a tear or two near the end. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Karen's World
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very clear, easy read that did keep you guessing about who committed the crime. I enjoyed 5nisvas it wasn’t too heavy and with a small amount of characters so I didn’t get confused. Very well writt3n.
Jeanie Jackson
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Garden Club Murder, book 2 in the Tish Tarragon series by Amy Patricia Meade, is an excellent mystery that got even better the further I read. Ms. Meade slowly reveals a peek into the depths of each of the new characters, and for those of us who are new to the series, she provides adequate background blended into the story so that we can become part of that core group of friends. While I can not relate to the intensity the community feels about their gardens, Ms. Meade pulled me into their s ...more
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Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, the Rosie the Riveter historical mysteries, and the recent Vermont series, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY, where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.

Later in her youth, she’d come to admire the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, leading her to pursue a

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