Review: Pickled Petunia by Dahlia Donovan (Motts Cold Case Mysteries #3)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the publisher via Buoni Amici Press.

Pineapple Meg Mottley is back, and it should come as no surprise that where Motts is, a murder mystery is waiting to be solved. Without a doubt, Motts is one of the most memorable main characters that Dahlia Donovan has come up with, and the Motts Cold Case Mysteries series had become a personal favorite of mine. We're now on to the third book, Pickled Petunia, and it looks like change is something our dear Motts is having to deal with. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is her curious nature, so when someone shows up on her doorstep asking for her help on a missing persons case, Motts knows she should refuse, but she can't resist. However, the disappearance appears to have been a deadly one, and if she isn't careful, our amateur yet intrepid sleuth may find herself in real inescapable danger.

While curiosity may not have killed the cat (something Cactus is quite grateful for, thank you very much), it's definitely led Motts to her fair share of people who have been killed. But it's that curiosity that makes her such a remarkable main character. I love how her mind works, and her interactions with anyone she's with, whether it be her family and those closest to her or the authorities, witnesses, and suspects, are so patently her. As always, I enjoyed the mystery that needed solving because Dahlia Donovan keeps me on my toes as I try to figure out what's going on alongside Motts. We've also got a new character, Beckett Ferris, who has me wondering, but we shall see what happens in future books. Familiar supporting characters abound, giving Pickled Petunia that "cozy" feel, so mixed in with the mystery, I couldn't ask for more. I'm giving this 4.5 stars.

Date Read: 19 November 2021

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