A Shady Acres Mystery ~ Beware The Orchids ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: September 20, 2017 in Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews
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Beware the Orchids (A Shady Acres Mystery)
by Cynthia Hickey


Beware the Orchids (A Shady Acres Mystery)Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications
Release Date – February 4, 2016
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1944203061

My Review

This was such a fun cozy mystery. It had everything I liked. An intimate setting, Shady Acres Retirement Community.

A gal down on her luck, Shelby Hart, lands her dream job after an embarrassing break up. She’s adorable. I like that she had matching rubber boots for her outfits. She says just because her job gets her dirty doesn’t mean she can’t look good.

Diverse and colorful characters. Shelby’s best friend Cheryl. She’s very statuesque. Shelby could stand in her shadow. Her dedication to friendship is fierce yet she’s still kind of girly. Shelby’s mom is more demure. And then there’s grandma. She’s not slowing down with age. She’s just getting started. Three generations of feisty women who gave me the giggles.

Can’t forget the love interest, handsome Heath. He enjoys teasing Shelby. Knows she’s fresh out of a break up and willing to bide his time.

And then there’s the mystery. What’s a mystery without a murder or two. Nothing gory but it is a bit vicious. Wouldn’t expect it from our senior citizens. It took me most of the book to finally decide who I thought it was. Then the fun part, reading on to see if I was right.

I had fun with the folks at Shady Acres and look forward to visiting again soon.

This is the perfect weekend read for cozy fans. Not too long or too short. Just right for an afternoon of fun.

4 Stars



Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!

Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops.


About Author Cynthia Hickey

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for the review and giveaway as well. I appreciate it!

  2. This sounds like a fun one, cozies are always so much fun to read.:)

  3. Great title – love the cover too! I’ve got Orchids on my kitchen windowsill… they’re looking at me funny… or is that my overactive imagination? lol

  4. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. Oh no…attack orchids. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. link for signing up for newsletter not working so i gave me info in that spot when you get it working. I love flowers and orchids oh gosh!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’ll let them know it isn’t working. Thanks! I love flowers too. I feature a lot of different orchids on my pinterest page.

  7. You can almost tell how fun this is from the cover. Love the matching rubber boots aspect!

  8. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a good cozy.

  9. taylordeanbooks says:

    I want matching rubber boots for all of my outfits! Too cute. I love the cover.

  10. Kathleen Kendler says:

    Thanks for the review & contest!

  11. diannekc says:

    This sounds like a really fun cozy. Can’t wait to read.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I really liked the characters. I hope the next book has more about her mother. I sensed she was starting to let her hair down!

  12. Gwendolyn Jordan says:

    Sounds good

  13. Flower titles always grab my attention. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Sandra Watts says:

    Looks like a interesting book. Love the cover!