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The Begonia Killer

(Third Chance Enterprises #3)

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When Molly McGill – the founder and sole employee of McGill Investigators – hears Martha Dodson's account of her neighbor hacking up his begonias in a fit of rage, she's curious. When she hears about the papered-over bedroom above the man's garage, she's intrigued.

When Martha reveals her theory, that Kent Kirkland is holding two boys against their will in his home? A boy w
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published November 15th 2020 by Jeff Bond books
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The Cats’ Mother
The Begonia Killer is nominally the third book in the Third Chance Enterprises series, but is more like a spin-off from The Anarchy of The Mice, with Molly now centre stage, as Quaid and Durwood don’t feature here, although they are mentioned. There would also be no problem reading this as a stand-alone. This one is more like a cosy - but without the formulaic plots that normally go with that genre, and has a little romance thrown in - so not my usual cup of tea, but Molly is a very likeable her ...more
Joan
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Starting a Bond book is an experience full of anticipation. I know there will be an odd plot, crazy adventures and quirky characters. How will he do it this time?

This novel involves one of those nosy neighbors every villain fears. You know, that old lady down the street who who suspects nearly every house she can see contains secrets. Is she crazy or is she the answer to a terrible crime?

I like Molly's dogged determination to see this case to its end, whatever that might be, even as she tries to
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Vintagebooklvr
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a mystery with a female private detective looking into a claim by a woman that she thinks two missing boys are being held captive by someone in the neighborhood. Not quite a cozy but close, it focuses a lot on Molly McGill’s domestic situation and how she balances her P.I. business. She gets involved in a few crazy stunts but overall a satisfying story.

It quickly becomes obvious from the numerous mentions of other adventures that this is not a stand-alone even if it might not quite be a
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I was attracted to the book by it's cover first and when I read an excerpt for the book tour, I knew I had to read this book.

Molly McGill, our protagonist, is a single mother of two, while running a one-woman investigation business. She clearly needs to take on as many cases as she can handle and so when Martha Dodson comes to her with her concerns about her meticulous garner neighbour, Molly takes on the case despite her initial scepticism. With the police department showing no interest in her
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James W
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
‘The Begonia Killer,’ by Jeff Bond, is yet another solid addition to the prolific author’s ongoing catalog of work.

Molly McGill, first introduced in Bond’s ‘Anarchy of the Mice,’ is back, and this time she’s taken on a case involving a pair of kidnapped boys. The single-mother by day, P.I. by night, McGill is contacted by Martha Dodson, an elderly woman who’s all but convinced that her neighbor is up to no good. While the local police and even Martha’s husband have all dismissed her claims, a ca
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Raghav
Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve come across some of Jeff Bond’s books time and again but refrained from picking them up simply because they were too long (300 pages plus) for me at the time. However, the covers were always why his books, especially the Third Chance Enterprises series, caught my eye. There’s this rustic, amateurish, yet hipster vibe about the covers that I really like.

So, when I stumbled upon The Begonia Killer, a mystery well under the 300-page mark, I figured it was finally time to read Jeff Bond. Even
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Felicia
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Okay. She’s no Durwood Oak Jones, but I could hang out with Molly McGill… and get in way too much trouble!

Martha Dodson believes her secretive neighbor may be holding two young boys hostage in his home. However, like law enforcement, Molly feels she has an over-active imagination.

But Martha does raise a few good points, and Molly is not happy about the way the woman has been blown off and dismissed. While doubtful, she agrees to look into the situation.

And just like that, Molly McGill Investigat
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Justin
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
When you're looking for a versatile author who displays expertise in his craft over a variety of genres, the name's Bond... Jeff Bond. To date, Bond has penned a traditional thriller, a techno-terrorism book, a political drama, a global domination plot, a Western mystery, and more.

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of his work, and this book delivers in spades. This one is perhaps the smallest in scale from his other books, but this is no slight. Afterall, it's really hard to top the stakes of T
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Annarella
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Even if the synopsis talks about “Anarchy of the Mice” this is the first Jeff Bond book I read. It won’t surely be the last as I loved his style of writing, the storytelling and the quirky characters.
This is not the usual cozy mystery as there’s not a single cozy mystery I read that could somehow relate to this story.
It’s quirky, fast paced and full of twists and turns and I read it in one setting as it’s quite a page turner.
There’s plenty of humor and I laughed a lot reading Grandma antics or s
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Mrs Rj
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any of the previous books in this series but this wasn't a problem at all (although having enjoyed this one I shall go back and find them out!). This was a book that I read over a weekend break and it was perfect, it is light, fun and still with some decent twists and turns. I enjoyed having a female detective and Molly made me smile along with her family's antics. Having been asked to investigate the disappearance of two boys by an elderly lady, who has her suspicions of who is t ...more
Salimah
Jul 28, 2021 rated it liked it
The author's confident and competent prose establishes the voice of the novel--his first-person narrator, Molly McGill--on the first page. I know that The Begonia Killer is part of a series, so Molly McGill has lived and breathed in other stories and there were likely more details about her past revealed in those, but even without the benefit of reading those, I felt I understood her. The first scene between her and her client subtly conveyed several critical insights into the private investigat ...more
Laura
Jul 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bond brings back his character of Molly McGill from his The Third Chance Enterprises series in this new standalone, The Begonia Killer. Molly McGill is a single mom who balances her time between raising her 2 children and working as a private investigator. Not having a private investigator certificate is only a small setback. McGill Investigators' newest client is housewife Martha Dodson, who asks Molly to look into her strange neighbor, Kent Kirkland. Martha suspects that Kirkland is holding 2 ...more
CL Ngwe-Nwi
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Light-Hearted, Fast-Paced, and Very Enjoyable!

This week, the murder mystery bug bit me and I fell on this fast-paced P.I. Mystery. Although it is part of a series, “The Begonia Killer” by Jeff Bond can be read as a standalone novel and still be just as enjoyable for anyone with a sweet tooth for murder mystery novels. I would know coz I dug in without going back to read previous books in the series.
Moly McGill is a private investigator who uses unconventional methods to investigate cases assigne
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Angie Blocker
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to read the first two books in this series and that was okay! I do however plan to read them. I was not lost at all as this is a standalone book. I absolutely fell in love with Molly McGill! She had me laughing out loud in many parts of the book during her investigation. Martha was a pretty awesome character as well. I feel Bond did an amazing job writing this book. I felt connected to the characters. I could easily visualize them and I could hear their ...more
Caitlynn Akin
Jul 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The Begonia Killer” is a quick-paced detective mystery that follows private investigator, Molly McGill, as she works to determine if the man she was hired to look into is just a quirky neighbor or a kidnapper of two missing young boys. While she initially doesn’t think there is much credibility to this case, Molly’s unconventional methods send her down a path of discovery that she doesn’t expect, including a surprising romantic prospect in a detective she seeks assistance from. While there was ...more
Nancy
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The police think she’s nuts. Molly is beginning to wonder. Will Molly keep investigating or will she tell Martha there’s nothing left to investigate? But she does need the income from the case to keep the bills paid.

Martha manages to dig up some information that could be helpful. Molly keeps working at it, but she could be putting herself in danger. She and Martha have tried to get the police interested with no luck.

But Detective Judd does get interested in Molly. Will this eventually help Molly
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Naomi
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Begonia Killer was a pleasure to read. It's fast-paced without an overly complex plot, but it pulls you in and holds you until you've devoured the book! It's a straightforward detective story with a brilliant protagonist and many memorable moments.

The Begonia Killer is the third installment in the series by Jeff Bond. However, you can easily pick this book up and read it as a standalone book. The plot doesn't focus on the previous books, and the few mentioned references are not too signific
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Delphia  Von Heeder
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Begonia Killer, A McGill Investigators Novel by Jeff Bond. This is a marvelous mystery and I can’t wait to read another book by Jeff Bond. Martha Dodson saw her neighbor, Kent Kirkland, madly cutting his begonias with shears. She saw his garage apartment windows covered with paper, and decided that Kent had kidnapped two boys, Calvin and Jhonny. Since the police will not help her, she hires an investigator, Molly McGill. Jeff Bond weaves this story masterfully. Molly looks for clues and she ...more
Teresa
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a funny and fun mystery to read. Molly McGill, investigator is called by a woman who is sure her quirky neighbor has two boys hidden at his house. How does she know this? Because she saw him get angry at his begonias and viciously slaughter them, hacking them to death. Of course Molly has to go meet this guy and gets into house under the ruse of a gardening expert. While she is trying to search she creates more and more incidents that cause her to stay while he is trying to get her out ...more
Janelle
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
The third book in the Third Chance Enterprises series is a quick, easy read that I enjoyed. Following a quasi-private investigator as she follows clues/tips given to her by her neighbor about the strange man down the street.

It all starts with the brutal destruction of Begonias in a garden and tumbles into the case of two missing boys possibly kidnapped by the flower murderer. The book was a good cozy mystery that moved a fast pace that I finished in one sitting.

Bond created a story that kept m
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Donna Costello
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lately I have been in a murder mystery mood, so my reading has been dedicated to the genre.

Picking up this book was like meeting a new friend. I have not read any of Bond’s books prior this one, but I will be. It is rare that a book manages to surprise me but some of the twists in this were fantastic and I was kept guessing. The main character Molly has a strong, distinctive voice and I was impressed by how defined she and other characters were within the novel were.

Bond has a very clear writin
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Martin L.
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quick, action-packed, down to earth: I read this book in one go - partly because of the length, but mostly because it was a page turner with its sometimes hilarious, other times scary twists. The kid that constantly stole the investigator's phone was a funny addition that made the characters more real. Just like in real life, the book proved that no matter how important your task is, there are always distractions and obstacles to shift through (even if you are trying to chase down a potential ki ...more
Ciarán Coleman
Jul 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A well written, fun and enjoyable read

The Begonia Killer is brilliantly coherent and fast paced, never bogged down by trivial, unnecessary plot points. This is a great book for both fans of the franchise and those unfamiliar with Jeff Bonds previous work. If you’re in any way a fan of mysteries this book meets all the demands for a simple, fun read. It’s short, excellently paced and full of great writing.
Maria-Anne
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was looking forwards to reading a little more about Molly McGill adventures. Love the interactions with the grandmother and the kids.
This is a quick read. The book is only 183 pages long. Perfect to get away for a while from our daily live. I do like Jeff Bond other books "The Winner Maker" and "Blackquest 40" better. They are a bit more serious and more realistic on the other hand when your feel like some light reading with a bit of humor and lots of twist this book fits the bill.
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Emma Leadley
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I was fascinated by the description of The Begonia Killer, down to "[It's] not your grandparents’ cozy mystery" and the pulpy, edgy cover.

Although it's part of a series, The Begonia Killer is described as a standalone and very much is.

It hit the spot for me: fast-paced, compelling characters and rather than trying to prove the innocence of a suspect, proving why he's guilty.

I don't know I'd read the others in the series as they seem more fantastical and science-fiction based, and whilst I love t
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Jeff Bond is an American author of popular fiction. His books have earned multiple starred reviews from Kirkus and BlueInk and been featured in The New York Review of Books. His 2020 release, The Pinebox Vendetta, received a gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. A Kansas native and Yale graduate, he now lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. (Who share his Kindle account ...more

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