Monday, January 11, 2016

One Foot in the Grove {+ Giveaway}

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There were three things that first drew me to want to read author Kelly Lane’s ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE.

The story is set in a small Georgia town, the theme deals with olive growing, and it is a new murder mystery series. I was rewarded with a tantalizing story featuring a very likable protagonist and a cast of delightful townsfolks.

Eva Knox seems to have the worst luck with men, she keeps leaving them at the altar. After her second failed attempt to marry, Eva leaves Boston and returns home to Abundance, GA, to help with her family’s olive farm.

While she knew there’d be a few rough spots (she’d run away from home 18 years ago leaving local boy Buck Tanner at the altar), she wasn’t expecting to be a murder suspect. To make things worse, the investigating officer is her ex, Buck. With her sisters’ help, Eva has to find the killer before she gets squeezed out.

Lane has crafted a fun setting for this charming new series. The small town atmosphere is spot-on with zany residents and a beautiful described backdrop. The characters are well-developed, likable and realistic.

ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE moves at a good pace and holds your interest from beginning to end The suspense is blended with humor and friendship for a well-rounded story.

Lane has harvested a winner with this first installment in her Olive Grove Mystery series.

One Foot in the Grove by Kelly Lane, An Olive Grove Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425277225, Paperback, 352 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the wonderful folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress One Foot in the Grove Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by for my review of this intriguing mystery. Hope I’ve enticed you to check out Eva and her family’s olive farm. Did you know olives are really grown in Georgia? Are you an olive oil fan?

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  1. It looks great,, love the title. Thanks for the chance to win it :)

  2. Olive farm instead of a peach farm? Interesting.
    Dogs one, cats none.

  3. I had no idea Georgia could be a good place for olive groves. Looks like a great premise. Thanks!

  4. The context for this one sounds interesting, Mason. Olive-growing isn't something you see a lot in crime fiction. And the small-town setting can be great for a murder mystery. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. This sounds like a fun book. I like the idea of the olive grove theme

  6. I love cozy mysteries—thanks for the chance to win a copy of One Foot in the Grove!

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  7. This sounds like a fun cozy, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  8. I didn't realize there were olive groves in Georgia either. I always think of Italy and Greece. It's good to get in at the beginning of a series.

  9. What a lot of information in the cover

  10. This cozy sounds unique and intriguing. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

  11. Olive trees in georgia interesting.

  12. I never knew that olives grew in Georgia, I just learned something new...and who said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I love olives, anyway that I can get them. I also use olive oil when possible. Thanks for the chance to I have to go dig out my jar of olives, I have a craving, I wonder why? LOL

  13. Sounds like another one for my t-b-r list.

  14. Charming is the word that fits this book. The cover. The title. The premise!

  15. Olive Grove Mysteries. Sounds like a winning series to me!

  16. Sounds like a series I would like to read. Thank you for a chance to win!

  17. I am not an olive fan but my family loves them. I didn't realize they were grown in Georgia.

  18. I love cozy mysteries--I'm just starting to read them. This one sounds like it would have southern charm.


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