Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blog Tour: Murder in the Arboretum by Christa Nardi (Review/Giveaway)

About the Book

Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1496132291
E-Book File Size: 1423 KB

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising. Clive Johnson, the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College, is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution. Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong, professor and psychologist Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive's innocence. But not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth. Just as her life is looking up personally, it looks like she might be the next victim.

My Review

Professor Sheridan Hendley begins to build a relationship with Brett, a detective from Virginia, who she met during a murder investigation. Imagine their surprise when yet another murder occurs at Cold Creek College. Brett warns her to stay out of the investigation, but Sheridan can’t help herself. She’s convinced the wrong man has been arrested.

Cold Creek College’s groundskeeper Clive Johnson is immediately accused of the crime, even before a complete investigation is performed. He’s in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Chief Pfeiffe opts to take the easy way out and arrest him. No way is Sheridan going to stand quietly by and let that happen. As she delves further and further into the murder, she becomes the murderer’s target herself. She doesn’t want to be the next victim, but she’s not about to see the wrong man go to jail.

This is the second book in the series. I honestly think this one stands alone, but it’s always nice to read series books from the beginning to get a good feel for each character. It’s not necessary with this one, but I think it makes it even more enjoyable. I thought the first book was good, but this one gave me even more insight to the characters.

It took me a little bit of time to really get used to the author’s writing style as it’s told in the first person and it’s mostly narrative. I like more dialogue, but this technique works for this book. The author goes into great detail and it gives the reader a good visual of where and what is happening. It’s almost as if you are right in the middle of the scene.

I always love to re-visit characters and this book is no exception.  We get to see Sheridan and Brett's relationship grow and even see what Sheridan's friends and co-workers have been up to. 

The mystery had me flip flopping back and forth as to who is the killer.  Just when I thought I figured it out, another curve is thrown in. I was completely off the mark.  It's fun to be kept in the dark until the end.    I’m looking forward to book #3.

For reading challenges:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2015
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015
Where are you reading? challenge (Virginia)

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author/Book Links

Blog: Christa Reads and Writes (

Purchase Link:

Book 1 in Series

Author Bio

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories growing up to technical, research, and nonfiction in her professional life. With Murder at Cold Creek College, Christa is joining many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast.

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  1. I can see the writing style taking awhile to get used to. I'm not in love of a more narrative style but this one does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So many good books. This one is on the TBR. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Looks like a good book. Definitely adding to my TBR list.

  4. Sounds like a series I would enjoy. I like the idea of a small college town setting.

  5. I am just a little weary of mysteries where women have boyfriends who are in law enforcement who keep telling them to stay out of the case. I know it sets up a conflict, and it's handy to be able to get knowledge about what's going on - but I'm still tired of it. I'm reading fewer of these types of mysteries.....

  6. I do like books that can work as stand alones

  7. Books with a college setting always seem to interest me.

  8. Thank you Yvonne for the kind words and for posting today!!!

  9. This book sounds great-I'm eager to read it. Thank you for the contest!


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