Nipped in the Bud by Susan Sleeman

nippedGenre: Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: October 2010

Every citizen of Serendipity hates Bud Pickleman. However, only Paige Turner threatens him hours before his body is unearthed at her work site and with her bloodied shovel lying nearby. But she didn’t murder him.

Police Chief Mitch Lawson, an old classmate who carries a grudge, will stop at nothing to put Paige behind bars. Paige hires an attorney, Adam Hayes as her defense. Their differing opinions on how to handle the situation only complicates things further, especially once sparks start to fly between them.

Although Susan Sleeman’s whodunit novel Nipped in the Bud doesn’t hold too many mysteries, it is still a quick and enjoyable read for a lazy Saturday afternoon. At times, Paige Turner’s desperation for a guy annoyed me, but it makes her very blunt as she says things most of us wouldn’t dream of saying. Sometimes, I couldn’t decide whether to blush or laugh. I also think the romance between Paige and Adam comes on too fast. I would have liked the “attraction stage” to have lasted longer, but Paige isn’t one to beat around the bush.

Each chapter starts with “the best of Through the Garden…” These are supposed to be excerpts of the craziest calls Paige received at her radio show. Several times, I had to chuckle at these and the conundrums some of the callers got themselves into.

While Nipped in the Bud won’t make it to the top of my list, I did have a good time reading it. This is the kind of novel for someone looking for an easy, one-sitting read.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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