Title: Roots of Evil (Merrychurch Mysteries #2)
Author: K. C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 22, 2019
Page Count: 228
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Many consider Naomi Teedle the village witch. Most people avoid her except when they have need of her herbs and potions. She lives alone on the outskirts of Merrychurch, and that’s fine by everyone—old Mrs. Teedle is not the most pleasant of people. But when she is found murdered, her mouth bulging with her own herbs and roots, suddenly no one has a bad word to say about her.
Jonathon de Mountford is adjusting to life up at the manor house, but it’s not a solitary life: pub landlord Mike Tattersall sees to that. Jonathon is both horrified to learn of the recent murder and confused by the sudden reversal of public opinion. Surely someone in the village had reason to want her dead? He and Mike decide it’s time for them to step in and “help” the local police with their investigation. Only problem is, their sleuthing uncovers more than one suspect—and the list is getting longer….
I read the first book and it was enough to make me want to read the second. I think I liked this one even more, because it was, I don’t know, warmer and cozier.
There is more of a focus on romance, not that the mystery plot was anything to sneeze at. I was puddle of goo at the end, it was so charming and heartwarming.
Now the relationship is established and Jonathon and Mick are comfortable with each other. Jonathon is trying to get accustomed to life in the village (and let village be accustomed to him). Mick is lovely incentive for him to stay, even if he still has some doubts about direction his life has taken.
In effort to get to know people better, Jonathon organizes a bonfire and soon after, stumbles onto a dead body. The woman was controversial figure in the village, so Jonathon is eager to investigate. In the process he and Mick stumble onto long held secrets some people are willing to kill for.
It was easy to read, there was no angst and it was relaxing. Perfect book for enjoying cup of tea on rainy day!