“Ms. Donovan takes her skill as a romance novelist and translates that skill into a cozy mystery with emotionally flawed characters that you absolutely love.”
5 Stars from Daniel Tomson on Amazon.
“Truly enjoyable! This book has a great pace, well developed characters and setting. Val and Bishan are two of the most endearing characters I’ve maybe ever experienced in literature. Val is a perfect protagonist and I found the relationship between he and Bishan to be very personal and eye opening. A personal thanks to the author for providing such insight into living with autism and the romantic complexities entailed. I have purchased all three books in the trilogy and cannot wait to read “Dead In The Pond” . I would love to see Val take a more active role in “sluething”, as opposed to his friends gathering clues for him, but I didn’t mind as they are enjoyable characters. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking strong, well developed characters, a protagonist with true wit and humorous dialogue and appreciation for an authentic “cozy mystery”. I cannot wait to continue on with the series and others by the author. I’m sure I’m already a big fan. Thank you, Dahlia Donovan for telling a truly enjoyable story. I hope that it was as much fun for you to write as it was for me to read! Thank you for sharing this amazing cast of characters with us!”
5 Stars from Adam W. on Amazon.
“If you are looking for a super cozy murder mystery that doesn’t skimp on the murder or high drama (car crashes, homophobic relatives, police stings, explosions, kidnappings, death-by-cinnamon) then I’m sure you’ll love this book.”
“So pick these up. They will do great things for your heart. Stupendous characters who love each other in a cottage complete with cat and crazy neighbor. The plots are terrific, the writing marvelous, and all things combined…makes these the cosies of your heart. Don’t miss out. I highly recommend them one and all.”
“There’s just something so thoroughly appealing about Dahlia Donovan’s writing that I can never seem to resist signing up to read one of her books and reviewing them EVEN when my schedule is already swamped…
Take her newest release, for example; Dead in the Garden is the first in a collection of three books called Grasmere Cottage Mystery. We’re introduced to committed couple Valor Scott and Bishan Tamboli and how they unwittingly became part of a murder mystery involving a dead body they find in the garden of their cottage. They don’t recognize who the victim is, but based on the reaction of the lead inspector, they should. When Bish becomes the prime suspect and is summarily arrested, Val, along with Bish’s family, their closest friends, and a sympathetic detective inspector, will need to decipher cryptic clues and eliminate their suspects before the killer strikes again.”
“The story is very well written and thought out. I love all the characters. There are very many in this book, but with out everyone of them the story would be lacking. I think the biggest thing for me was How Bishan was portrayed. I have a son with autism and I just loved that there was a character like him. Bishan is brave and strong, he has things he doesn’t understand but is still this amazing person who really tries. How him and Valor are together just makes me so happy. I definitely laughed and cried along the way with the story.”
“As cozy mysteries go, this one is really good. It had enough detail and intrigue to keep me interested, and as I said before, I loved Valor and Bishan.” 4.5 Stars
“This is the first I’ve read from this author and I thought the writing was really well-done. I especially love cozy mysteries and I thought this series fit well within that genre. The author has built a world full of interesting people.” 4 stars