Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Child Garden - by Catriona McPherson

3 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Catriona McPherson was born in Scotland, where she lived until moving to California in 2010.  Catriona is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.  You can find out more about her at

I must admit, I knew nothing about Catriona until I read the blurb for her new novel and saw the delightfully creepy cover from Kevin R. Brown.  The Child Garden wasn't the chilling tale I was hoping for, instead it's more of a straightforward whodunit.

Mitchell Best, or Moped as his friends called him, drowned nearly thirty years ago.  With the recent death of his classmate April Cowen, Gloria Harkness is drawn into a mystery which slowly reveals a number of suspicious deaths over the years.  All of the deaths were students at a small private school called Eden where they all were on the night Moped died.

The Child Garden is a solid piece of writing with a touch of quiet horror mixed in with this mystery tale.  There are the typical assortment of red herrings in such a novel.  My favorite was the Stone of Miharay on the property where Gloria was living.  The story was that someone was inside the stone and it was necessary to rock the stone a dozen times every day to keep that someone at bey.  Like many of the false leads, it falls by the wayside with little fanfare.

All in all, I'm glad I read The Child Garden which is available now for pre-order at Published by Midnight Ink.  The book is scheduled to be released both in paperback and e-book formats on September 8, 2015.

Recommended for mystery fans.

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