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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for Murder in the Community Garden by Judith Gonda

Murder in the Community Garden

 (A Tory Benning Mystery) 

 by Judith Gonda

About Murder in the Community Garden

  Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series  
Setting - California
  Beyond the Page Publishing (May 10, 2022)  
Number of Pages: 256 
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1954717946  
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954717947 
 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VLL17QJ

Budding sleuth Tory Benning has to overcome planted evidence and growing suspicions to save an innocent man from being framed . . .

Designing a community garden as part of a new condo project seemed like a no-brainer to landscape architect Tory Benning, since it would bring people together and enhance the environmental profile of the property. But soon members of the garden begin squabbling and even leveling accusations of sabotage against each other in a friendly growing competition. Then one of the gardeners is found murdered at the grand opening, and Tory realizes she’ll have to weed through some damning false evidence to help prove her implicated friend is innocent.

It’s a daunting challenge given that her friend was seen threatening the victim on live TV and all the clues point to him as the culprit, but Tory is certain someone is behind a devious plot to set him up. As she starts looking into the backgrounds of those closest to the victim, secrets begin to emerge about marital infidelity, a sizable inheritance, and estranged children. Fearful now that she might be going up against someone far more cunning than a garden-variety killer, Tory will have to stand her ground to bring the culprit to justice—and be careful not to dig her own grave . . .

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I must say I enjoy the community garden theme of this new cozy mystery. Tory helped create the space as part of her landscaping business and is really looking forward to spreading the word as it will be so useful to lots of people. In preparation for the grand opening she allows twelve handpicked gardeners to start their plots ahead of time so there would actually be plants to look at. No one could have expected two of them to bicker on live television shortly before one of them collapses dead shortly after. With such a large crowd the suspect pool is rather large but wanting the garden to be a success Tory tackles investigating to ensure it. This makes for a fun read as we follow along finding clues along the way. I especially enjoy all of the pet appearances. Sure to be a great choice for cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Judith Gonda

judith gonda

Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians, plants, and puns, so it's not surprising they all pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning. To learn more about her books, please visit her website:

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  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. This sounds like a fun book/series!