Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Beware the Orchids

Beware the Orchids
By Cynthia Hickey
A Shady Acres Mystery #1
Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications, 2016


Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!

Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops.

My thoughts

Beware the Orchids is a cute cozy mystery, light and perfect for when you just want to relax and be entertained. The author is someone I would like to know in person because she surely has a great sense of humor, which easily translates to her writing.

I have loved being around older adults all my life, because there’s nothing quite like them, and I think it really is true that the older we get, the less inhibited we are. Having Shelby redefine her career and take a jot in a retirement village, doing something she loves, works well. There’s not a lot of character depth, but that’s okay because all the quirky characters made up for it. And what a live wire Shelby’s grandmother is!

Cynthia Hickey has written Christian fiction in the past, and while Beware the Orchids is a clean read, there’s some sexual innuendo that I wasn’t expecting. The story would have been much better without it, but was still good overall.

This is not the author’s fault, but the mobi review copy that I read was poorly formatted and difficult to read, which is probably why I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as much as I wanted to. I would like to read a correctly-formatted copy eventually and continue the series.

I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog.

She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer.”

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