Roots of Evil (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Roots of Evil (Merrychurch Mysteries #2)
Author: K. C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 22, 2019
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery
Page Count: 228
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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….

In “Roots of All Evil,” K.C. Wells returns us to the very charming, very British village of Merrychurch, with Jonathon organizing a Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night Party complete with fireworks at the manor. We meet up again with familiar characters as well as a new-to-us villager Mrs. Teedle, who inspires varying amounts of distrust and disgust, while others call her the village witch. And when Mrs. Teedle is found murdered, Jonathon and Mike put themselves on the case again to solve the mystery.

The author does a great job doling out clues bit by bit while tossing some red herrings into the mix and keeping the story interesting. I like how this book focuses a bit more on the relationship between Jonathon and Mike and how they have moved into a easy domesticity. Or as Jonathan says:

“I guess the honeymoon is definitely over.”
Mike snorted. “Sweetheart, the honeymoon was over the first morning you rolled onto your side, smuggled up against me, and farted.”
Jonathon gave him the sweetest smile he could muster. “How does the saying go? ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?’ Because that’s all I was doing.”

As in the first book, there is no on-page sex but I like how their relationship is freshingly angst-free and between two reasonable adults confident in their own skins and just hoping to find someone with whom to share their life. 4 stars for another entertaining cozy book in the “Merrychurch Mysteries” series and let’s hope there are many more to come!

Merrychurch Mysteries

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