Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Clover Covered Corpse by Jackie Layton

Posted June 12, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Jackie Layton, mystery/suspense / 12 Comments


Clover Covered Corpse book review

Clover Covered Corpse by Jackie LaytonCLOVER COVERED CORPSE by Jackie Layton
SERIES:
Texas Flower Farmer Cozy Mysteries #2

GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Level Best Books
RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2024
PAGES: 308

Emma Justice never imagines working at the farmers market on a normal Saturday morning will lead to her second murder investigation. When two friends becomes suspects in the latest small-town murder, she’ll help prove they are innocent by tracking down the real killer.

Houston Turner, the successful owner of Texas BBQ Hut, is a hard man and has made many enemies in his life. Revenge, greed, and hatred are some of the motives Emma must sift through to catch the killer. Seeds of suspicion from family, friends, and employees leaves Emma digging for real clues instead of stumbling through the rocky soil of deceit and lies.

 

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Young widow/single mom turned flower farmer Emma Justice stumbles into another murder mystery in small town Texas, and her simmering attraction to swoony Jake (which I loved in book one) is blossoming into a sweet romance in Clover Covered Corpse!

As with the first book in this series, I enjoyed the setting and the circle of friends Emma has around her, including her cute golden retriever mix – Cowboy. I particularly appreciate Emma’s friendship and romance with Jake Hunter, as well as how he looks out for her while also respecting her strengths and letting her shine. They make a great investigative team and think well together, combining their individual experiences and talents to help one another connect the dots more quickly than if either were trying to solve it alone.

Speaking of the mystery, the victim is definitely most unlikable so needless to say there aren’t a ton of people who are distraught over his death. Which also means there ARE a ton of suspects though, and the more we learn about Houston the more suspects we add to the mix.  I kept changing my guess as to the culprit’s identity but really was suspicious of one person the whole time… only to be completely wrong LOL The author did a wonderful job of providing plenty of red herrings and clues for readers to chase right along with Emma, giving us the satisfaction of a case well-solved, even if we had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

Bottom Line: Clover Covered Corpse by Jackie Layton is warmly written with lovely characters and a clever mystery. Poison, pyramid schemes, and plot twists keep readers invested in the outcome, and the growing romance between Jake and Emma adds a dash of extra swoon & sweetness (which I loved) without taking over the story. While I did think the book could have been several chapters shorter (it sometimes felt like we were going over the same stuff again), I still stayed immersed in the investigation and actively guessing whodunit (even if I was all wrong in the end). Another enjoyable visit to Lutz, Texas, and Emma’s flower farm… and another murder solved! A good choice for fans of the Potting Shed Mysteries by Marty Wingate or the Domestic Diva Mysteries by Krista Davis!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Jackie Layton

Jackie Layton is the author of cozy mysteries with Spunky Southern Sleuths. Her stories are set in Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. She lives on the coast of South Carolina where she enjoys walks on the beach and golf cart rides around the marsh. Reading, gardening, and traveling are some of her favorite hobbies. She always keeps a notebook handy to write down ideas for future stories. Be careful what you say around her, because it might end up in a book. Connect with Jackie at her website.

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12 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Clover Covered Corpse by Jackie Layton

  1. Jackie Layton

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Clover Covered Corpse, MeezCarrie! I appreciate your kind thoughts!

  2. Roxanne C.

    This sounds like a fantastic and fun cozy mystery since it won’t be easy to figure out who the murder is.

  3. Nadine

    This is a possible choice for the mystery book group I belong to and we’re always looking for new authors.

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