Last weekend I planted my back garden (okay, I picked out the plants and read a book while my husband killed his knees planting everything). I figure this is the time of year for gardening to truly get underway, so this week's book recommendation leans that way. A little.
There is a flamboyant best friend, who runs the neighboring New Age shop, an ex-cop boyfriend (spoiler alert - if you stick with the series, you will see their relationship develop in a very satisfying way, and yet with many surprising twists), a light-hearted tone but some very smart investigating. As the series continues, deeper issues are covered, so it really does stay fresh. In this book, one of China's best friends commits suicide...and yet China doesn't doesn't buy that explanation for her death...especially once more bodies start stacking up. You will learn lots of interesting tidbits about herbs and become an instant fan of this smart, independent, wise-cracking heroine.