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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler, Review and Guest Post

Garden of Death
by Chrystle Fiedler

Garden of Death:
A Natural Remedies Mystery

Series: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (March 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1476748917


Murder is unearthed when an outspoken surgeon turns up dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal herb garden.
When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.
Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.
Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…
But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?
What I Thought:
This was a book that caught my attention and kept it.  It is well written, so it flows really well.  I also like that each chapter starts with information about an herb or plant.  I liked the setting of this series, and this book is set during a Maritime festival, which makes it more interesting.  There are a lot of things going on in this story, not just a murder to solve, and Willis threatened in different ways.  But she is tenacious, and she doesn't give up.  This one kept me guessing till the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author
I love natural remedies and I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.
My interest in natural remedies continued after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I’d always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.
My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Vegetarian Times, as for over five years I was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.
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Guest Post:

Happy Spring!
By Chrystle Fiedler
Next Friday, March 20th, is the first day of Spring! I don’t know about you but after a very cold and very white winter in the Northeast, I’m ready for warm weather and beautiful blooming flowers! My passion for gardens and flowers was the inspiration for my new book the Garden of Death: A Natural Remedies Mystery. In it, my protagonist, Willow McQuade, a holistic doctor who runs Nature’s Way Market & Café located on the East End of Long Island, NY, decides to create a medicinal plant garden next to the store, and opens it on the first day of our annual Maritime Festival. Murder, madness, and mayhem follows along with pirates like Captain Kidd, and even, buried treasure!   
I got the idea for this type of garden after visiting the Chelsea Psychic Garden in London England in 2008.  I was especially intrigued by the section that featured different plants for different health conditions. Years later, I was able to put my inspiration to good use, in the Garden of Death, both in terms of plot and the information about medicinal plants at the beginning of each chapter.
Many medicinal plants are really effective when it comes to common complaints. So, I thought I’d tell you more about some of the plants mentioned in the Garden of Death that you may want to consider growing and using. Usually, natural remedies like these are perfectly safe, but it’s best to discuss their use with your doctor first. I hope that you enjoy learning more about beneficial plants and enjoy the Garden of Death!    
Happy Spring!
Chrystle Fiedler
Aloe Vera
Botanica Name: Aloe barbadensis
Medicinal Uses: Aloe is a handy plant that no household should be without. This juicy, succulent plant features spiky leaves that contain a thick gel that you can use topically to soothe and heal minor burns, sunburns and blisters and prevents scarring. You can also use it for insect bites, rashes, acne and other skin conditions like eczema, poison ivy and poison oak. Place this hardy plant on your kitchen window sill or plant in your garden. Just make sure your aloe plant has sunshine, well-drained soil, and moderate water and then, watch it grow and reap the many benefits it provides!
Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile (Roman chamomile; syn. Anthemis nobilis), Matricaria recutita (German chamomile; formerly Chamomilla recutita; syn. M. chamomilla)
Medicinal Uses: Since the times of ancient Greece, both types of chamomile have been used medicinally in the same ways. Tiny but mighty, chamomile is rich in nerve and muscle relaxing nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins that help promote relaxation, easing stress and anxiety, encouraging the movement of chi or good energy, and promoting sleep. It is has also been approved for use by the pharmacopoeias in many countries to treat inflammation, indigestion, muscle spasms, and infection. Chamomile is a useful herb those that are "bothered by almost everything." 
Botanical Name: Allium sativum
Medicinal Uses: Garlic is an edible bulb from a plant in the lily family, and one of the superstars of medicinal plants. It has been used as both a medicine and a spice for thousands of years. Antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial, garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells, improving immunity and helping to speed healing from colds and flu. There is a reason Grandma’s Chicken soup makes you feel better! Garlic also is effective at lowering high cholesterol and lowers blood sugar levels. You can eat garlic cloves raw if you’re feeling brave or add them to your next soup or stir fry. 
Botanical Name: Borago officinalis
Medicinal Uses: Borage leaves, flowers, and seed oil can help you feel happier and can even, inspire courage. In 1597 herbalist John Gerard quoted in his writings an old saying, “Ego borago gaudia semper ago,” meaning “I, Borage, always bring courage.” In fact, the flowers have long been used to bolster courage; perhaps the fact that they nourish the adrenal glands explains why. In medieval times the flowers were even embroidered on the mantles of knights and jousters to give them courage. Borage was also sneaked into the drinks of prospective husbands to give them the courage to propose!
Borage leaves and flowers have long been used in treatments for anxiety, mild depression, grief, heartbreak and worry. As a flower essence, borage is used to lighten mild depression and ease discouragement. Borage helps bring joy, optimism, enthusiasm, and good cheer, improves confidence, and dispels sadness.
Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Medicinal Uses: Calendula is a hardy, long blooming plant with radiant yellow flowers that will brighten your garden. But there’s more.  Calendula also has amazing healing properties.  Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, this flower helps to promote cell repair and growth. You’ll find calendula in many items at your health food store such as lotions, salves and creams that treat everything from cuts and scrapes, to insect bites, varicose veins and Athlete’s foot. Calendula also is a nourishing and cleansing tonic for the lymphatic system, which helps to improve immunity. It also aids digestion, helps to ease throat infections, and is used in children’s ear drops. Inside and out, this is a helpful herb that speeds healing and improves health. 
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  1. Thank you for the book review. I am looking forward to reading it.

  2. Thanks so much for your great review Melina! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the Garden of Death and I hope your members do too!

  3. Very interesting review, which makes me more interested in the book and series! A maritime holiday, info on herbs on each chapter opening page...and Ms. Fiedler's comments with herb info, also - a great start on the tour! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  4. This sounds like a great series. It made me think of the mystery show, Rosemary and Thyme. Every crime had to do with different plants. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  5. I think that herbal remedies are often better than some of the chemicals we use.

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  6. I certainly like to garden, sounds like a great series.

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