It’s a Mystery: Lavender Lies, by Susan Wittig Albert

Light and cozy

Herbalist and detective China Bayles is planning her wedding when a town development magnate is murdered. Not trusting her fiance, who is acting police chief, to solve the crime in time for their nuptials, China and her friends get on the trail.  No one is town is particularly bothered by the death of a man who seems to have been blackmailing just about the entire town.  A subplot involving the daughter of China’s dentist becomes part of the mystery. This one’s as cozy as they come, with well meaning kids finding the murder weapon and a hurricane threatening to ruin the wedding. Lavender plays no part in the goings on, other than in its guise a a flower that signifies distrust and suspicion. Very light, quick reading.

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