Rhubarb Pie Before You Die by Gin Jones is the 2nd A Garlic Farm Mystery series. It can be read on its own if you have not
read Six Cloves Under. I found Rhubarb
Pie Before You Die to be easy to read with an interesting cast of characters
that includes cats. Mabel is doing her
app work as well as keeping the farm running with help from her friends, neighbors,
and co-op members. While Mabel likes the
nearby town and the friends she has made, she still wishes to return to her
regular life. She is thrilled when the
local realtor finds a buyer for the farm who assures her that he is going to
maintain the farm and is eager to get started.
Mabel decides to have her lawyer check out this buyer before signing on
the dotted line. The problem is, though,
that her lawyer is failing to answer his phone or return her calls. Mabel’s life if further complicated when she
stumbles upon the local rhubarb farmer dead in his greenhouse after she had a
public altercation with him over grass clippings (they are organic which is desirable
for the farmers). Mabel is once again
under suspicion which has her donning her sleuthing cap to prove her innocence.
I found Rhubarb Pie Before You Die to be
lacking in depth and there is too much repetition especially regarding the list
of suspects. She calls her lawyer who
does not answer, feeds the cats, the one cat meows frequently, and the sale of
the farm are some of the repetitive scenes.
The mystery was light and can easily be solved by readers. It was interesting to learn about rhubarb and
there are recipes at the end. I do like
that Mabel is an introvert who prefers to work at night (I am the same
way). This gives us a different type of
cozy mystery protagonist. For those
looking for an escape story (an easy breezy relaxing story), then you will
enjoy Rhubarb Pie Before You Die. Rhubarb Pie Before You Die is a lighthearted cozy mystery with clipping chaos, fervent
rhubarb farmer, cute cats, a neglectful lawyer, and an eager beaver buyer.