Friday, February 17, 2012

Review # 116: Death Drops by Chrystle Fiedler

     Willow McQuade, a naturopathic doctor, decides to take an extended vacation to New York and visit her Aunt Claire, owner of Nature's Way Market and Cafe. Aunt Claire is excited and can't wait to tell Willow about a top-secret natural anti-aging cream she's developed. Unfortunately someone else is after the formula, and after returning from a meditative stroll, Willow finds Aunt Claire dead at the store; but the vial near the body doesn't just smell like flowers, it smells like murder! Can Willow work with officer Jackson Spade to find the killer and the formula before they go missing for good, or will they find themselves facing a "natural death" six feet under...
     Death Drops definitely caught my attention when I saw the blurb on BookTrib. The characters seemed fun and interesting and the plot sounded new and intriguing; I couldn't wait to start reading, thinking that it would be one of my usual mystery/comedy/romance compilations that would keep me up all night. Sadly, that was not the case. The book got off to an okay start, the storyline kept my attention and the characters - even the cats - had their own personalities; the dialogue was good too. I actually enjoyed learning about the natural remedies at the beginning of each chapter, but the balance of "mystery versus remedy" started to tip in the latter direction after chapter 7. There was so much detail about natural remedies that the mystery became lost. I had trouble staying focused on the content because I was constantly wondering when Willow and Jackson would get back to solving the case. However the book did "re-route" itself in the end and I did enjoy the ending. I feel like I would have liked the book better if it had been more of a murder mystery with a few naturopathic remedies mixed in, instead of all the excess. I wouldn't mind reading Chrystle Fiedler's future books or her non-fiction.

Rating: DNR (2.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (BookTrib) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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