In the second novel in the “engaging” (Gayle Trent, author of Killer Sweet Tooth) Natural Remedies cozy series, holistic doctor Willow McQuade must solve the murder of a producer of a new psychic television show.
When naturopathic doctor and shop owner Willow McQuade’s ex-boyfriend Simon Lewis invites her to a party for the cast and crew of a new television show at Long Island’s scenic Bixby Estate, she’s most excited to visit the property’s exclusive lavender farm. But a whole field of her favorite stress-reducing herb can’t provide enough soothing support to calm the effects of a murder!
Even the show’s psychic star didn’t predict the demise of Roger Bixby, the estate’s owner and estranged husband of Simon’s new girlfriend. Now Simon, who’s been collared by police, needs Willow’s help to remedy the situation. As Willow snoops about the mansion, offering natural cures to ease the mounting tension, a strange energy—and the discovery of an eerily similar unsolved murder decades earlier—makes her wonder whether the alternative source of the crime might actually be . . . supernatural. Can she find harmony between mind, body, and possibly even spirits before somebody else goes up in smoke?
In Fiedler's well-crafted second mystery, set on Long Island's North Fork (after 2012's Death Drops), a film crew plans to shoot a segment for a TV show about psychics at producer Roger Bixby's Southport mansion, reputed to be haunted by a 1933 murder victim. When Bixby drowns one night, a victim of foul play, naturopathic doctor Willow McQuade, the owner of Nature's Way Market and Caf in nearby Greenport, rushes to the defense of the chief suspect her former boyfriend, Simon Lewis, who quarreled with Bixby earlier in the day. Two almost identical murders decades apart spur Willow to unravel the complex relationships between Bixby and his film crew, as well as between his forebears and the townspeople, to discover who might have wished the producer dead. Devotees of natural medicine and aromatherapy will enjoy the tips that appear at the beginning of each chapter and scattered throughout the text.