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DONNA ROSE AND THE SLUG WAR
NORMA TADLOCK JOHNSON
ISBN# (10): 0-373-26600-6/ (13): 978-0-373-26600-5
May 2007
Worldwide Library (Harlequin)
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario M3B, 3K9, Canada
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
251 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Donna Galbreath uses her garden for therapy. When a murder happens in the quiet, peaceful town of Cedar Harbor, it is a surprise. Then again, anger was a part of the town during the last water board meeting. When one member discourages use of water for gardens during the drought, even Donna is not happy.

Lyle Corrigan is chairman of the water board. His murder does not come as a shock to many since he was not well liked.

They say the early bird catches the worm but this time it found a body. Donna Galbreath was the early bird. After making the call, she waits for Police Chief Billy Donniker to arrive. He seems to be taking his sweet time then he never was swift even in school. Chief Donniker knows Lyle was not a popular citizen of Cedar Harbor. He informs Donna he will take care of matters. Donna recalls the last water board meeting. There had been complaints due to the drought. She needed water for her gardens. It was not right to stop watering gardens yet use water for people’s hot tubs. Officer Jake Santorini wishes to speak with Donna. He is curious as to who would wish Lyle dead and why everyone disliked him. Donna says she will keep him updated to any news she learns but when someone familiar strikes Donna’s attention and a new woman arrives in town, Donna decides to do her own searching. Unfortunately, this does not sit to well with Chief Donniker who believes her hunches are only causing more of a fiasco.

Donna Rose and the Slug War is a fast-pace read that is quite interesting. The reader gets a feel of the town of Cedar Harbor as well as all the people. There are quite a few colorful individuals living in Cedar Harbor, I must admit. They each have their own specialty that makes this story very unique. I absolutely adore the curves that Donna throws into the investigation as she searches for the truth. The way she butts heads with Chief Donniker keeps the reader engaged. Every small town has a chief like Billy, too bad they all do not have someone like Donna. Norma Tadlock Johnson makes Donna a great sleuth as well as compassionate and candid. This reader fell in love with her. Ms. Johnson pens twist and turns with some intrigue in this smart read sure to please.

Cherokee
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