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Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Joanne Fluke, a bitter discovery is made in a sweet-as-candy town, in Kitt Crowe's Sweet Fiction Bookshop series debut. Life is sweet when you live in Confection, Oregon. Or, at least, that's how it's supposed to be. But on a summer day, when tourists and locals alike gawk at the majestic mountains, quaint Craftsman houses, and love Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Joanne Fluke, a bitter discovery is made in a sweet-as-candy town, in Kitt Crowe's Sweet Fiction Bookshop series debut. Life is sweet when you live in Confection, Oregon. Or, at least, that's how it's supposed to be. But on a summer day, when tourists and locals alike gawk at the majestic mountains, quaint Craftsman houses, and lovely flowers--particularly the renowned Confection Rose--the last thing anyone has come to see is a dead body, unearthed from a shallow grave by a curious dog. A bathrobe-clad Lexi rushes next door to her neighbor's backyard to find her pooch, Cookie, stalwartly sitting watch over a body in the vegetable garden. Cookie, encrusted in dirt, grips a copper pipe between her teeth. Was this the murder weapon? And was Lexi the murderer? It sure looks that way, seeing as she was spotted squabbling with the victim just the day before. The case becomes all the more perplexing when the real murder weapon turns out to be a garden stake. Then where does the copper pipe fit in? And might a more likely suspect let Lexi off the hook? All the volumes in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop, and all the specials at Eats n' Treats, prove of little help in jogging Lexi's brain to find a solution. Fortunately, Cookie is not finished digging up clues. As the fur flies, can this trusty border collie mix save sweet Lexi from a bitter end?


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Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Joanne Fluke, a bitter discovery is made in a sweet-as-candy town, in Kitt Crowe's Sweet Fiction Bookshop series debut. Life is sweet when you live in Confection, Oregon. Or, at least, that's how it's supposed to be. But on a summer day, when tourists and locals alike gawk at the majestic mountains, quaint Craftsman houses, and love Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Joanne Fluke, a bitter discovery is made in a sweet-as-candy town, in Kitt Crowe's Sweet Fiction Bookshop series debut. Life is sweet when you live in Confection, Oregon. Or, at least, that's how it's supposed to be. But on a summer day, when tourists and locals alike gawk at the majestic mountains, quaint Craftsman houses, and lovely flowers--particularly the renowned Confection Rose--the last thing anyone has come to see is a dead body, unearthed from a shallow grave by a curious dog. A bathrobe-clad Lexi rushes next door to her neighbor's backyard to find her pooch, Cookie, stalwartly sitting watch over a body in the vegetable garden. Cookie, encrusted in dirt, grips a copper pipe between her teeth. Was this the murder weapon? And was Lexi the murderer? It sure looks that way, seeing as she was spotted squabbling with the victim just the day before. The case becomes all the more perplexing when the real murder weapon turns out to be a garden stake. Then where does the copper pipe fit in? And might a more likely suspect let Lexi off the hook? All the volumes in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop, and all the specials at Eats n' Treats, prove of little help in jogging Lexi's brain to find a solution. Fortunately, Cookie is not finished digging up clues. As the fur flies, can this trusty border collie mix save sweet Lexi from a bitter end?

30 review for Digging Up Trouble

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is a good introduction to a new series set in a small town in America called Confection. With that for the town's name all of the businesses are called something along the same lines, hence the Sweet Fiction Bookshop run by the main character, Lexi. In true form for a cosy mystery not many pages pass before Lexi stumbles over the dead body of her next door neighbour. She becomes a suspect for the murder and consequently gathers all her friends to work together to find the real guilty party. This is a good introduction to a new series set in a small town in America called Confection. With that for the town's name all of the businesses are called something along the same lines, hence the Sweet Fiction Bookshop run by the main character, Lexi. In true form for a cosy mystery not many pages pass before Lexi stumbles over the dead body of her next door neighbour. She becomes a suspect for the murder and consequently gathers all her friends to work together to find the real guilty party. There's a cute and clever dog called Cookie, two possible love interests for Lexi and a whole bunch of local characters, some friendly and some not so much. I enjoyed the mystery, got confused by all the red herrings, selected which of the possible love interests I want to succeed and decided I want a dog like Cookie. I will look forward to discovering what happens next. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Confection, Oregon – the town with the shop names to match. Lexi owned the Sweet Fiction Bookshop, where she also ran the Bookclub. Her good friend Cat helped her run the shop, while cooking delicious cookies which were also sold at the shop. Lexi’s mischievous dog, Cookie, was always in trouble for digging and Inspector Berg was often in Lexi’s face about Cookie. But it was early one morning when Lexi had unlocked the doggy door and fallen back to sleep, when she heard a ruckus. It was Cookie i Confection, Oregon – the town with the shop names to match. Lexi owned the Sweet Fiction Bookshop, where she also ran the Bookclub. Her good friend Cat helped her run the shop, while cooking delicious cookies which were also sold at the shop. Lexi’s mischievous dog, Cookie, was always in trouble for digging and Inspector Berg was often in Lexi’s face about Cookie. But it was early one morning when Lexi had unlocked the doggy door and fallen back to sleep, when she heard a ruckus. It was Cookie in the back yard, pipe in mouth (Cookie had stolen that from Gil next door the day before) and the police standing over what looked like a grave… With Lexi on the police’s suspect list, she knew she had to dig for answers – would she recruit the bookclub members to help? It seemed gossip was rife in the town and the word was out that Lexi was a killer – the real killer had to be found. But when another body was found, and Berg had told Lexi in no uncertain terms to stay out of police business, Lexi knew she needed help. She didn’t want to be jailed as a killer! But would she find out whodunnit? Digging Up Trouble is the 1st in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop mystery series by Kitt Crowe and it was entertaining and fun. I loved Cookie and laughed when he was watching “Pit Bull Rescue” on the TV while Lexi was otherwise occupied! A good start to a new series, I’m looking forward to #2. Recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    New cozy Author Kitt Crowe offers a light, yet solid mystery with humor in all the right places. It features Lexi Jones, manager of Sweet Fiction Bookshop in Confection, Oregon. Lexi’s free-spirited dog, Cookie stays ‘in the doghouse’ because she loves digging under rosebushes and stealing sweet treats! When Lexi’s grouchy, old, next door neighbor is found murdered, Lexi and her bestie’s, Teri and Cat, begin sleuthing for clues to whodunnit. I enjoyed the book club Macaroons, who meet to discuss New cozy Author Kitt Crowe offers a light, yet solid mystery with humor in all the right places. It features Lexi Jones, manager of Sweet Fiction Bookshop in Confection, Oregon. Lexi’s free-spirited dog, Cookie stays ‘in the doghouse’ because she loves digging under rosebushes and stealing sweet treats! When Lexi’s grouchy, old, next door neighbor is found murdered, Lexi and her bestie’s, Teri and Cat, begin sleuthing for clues to whodunnit. I enjoyed the book club Macaroons, who meet to discuss and sort through murder clues. There are a bevy of potential suspects beginning with those associated with a fierce gardening competition with a huge monetary prize for the winner. Lexi is an aspiring writer and the creepy local Detective Berg seems to have it in for her, plus he’s angry at Cookie’s digging, and at Lexi for rebuffing his romantic advances. The plot moved at a steady place through about 60%, then it seemed to lose it’s wind until the final wrap-up. I did enjoy several of the characters and look forward to seeing them grow in future stories. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rekha Rao

    A unique and entertaining cozy series debut. I am always on the lookout for new cozy mysteries to try and I must say I am impressed with the storyline of A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery series. I loved the setting and the character portrayal. The doggo Cookie certainly added oodles of cuteness to the story. The mystery behind the vandalisms and murder(s) kept me guessing till the end. As the story ends, we see our protagonist left with two possible suitors - woo-hoo, love triangle!! Overall, Dig A unique and entertaining cozy series debut. I am always on the lookout for new cozy mysteries to try and I must say I am impressed with the storyline of A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery series. I loved the setting and the character portrayal. The doggo Cookie certainly added oodles of cuteness to the story. The mystery behind the vandalisms and murder(s) kept me guessing till the end. As the story ends, we see our protagonist left with two possible suitors - woo-hoo, love triangle!! Overall, Digging Up Trouble was am impressive start to the series and I am looking forward to knowing what's next for Lexi and her friends.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Books Yada Yada

    **Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review** Great debut Ms. Crowe! Confection, Oregon is a place that makes you envision a town like Candlyland except with MURDER! Kitt Crowe does a brilliant job of taking the reader into the world of Confection, Oregon. This is a place you wish existed in real life. Perhaps, it does. The author paints this "sweet" little town as a sort of Candyland (the children's game) meets Charlie & The Chocolate Factory with places like Soda Creek, Le **Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review** Great debut Ms. Crowe! Confection, Oregon is a place that makes you envision a town like Candlyland except with MURDER! Kitt Crowe does a brilliant job of taking the reader into the world of Confection, Oregon. This is a place you wish existed in real life. Perhaps, it does. The author paints this "sweet" little town as a sort of Candyland (the children's game) meets Charlie & The Chocolate Factory with places like Soda Creek, Lemon Loop, and Cinnamon Avenue. I wanted to be there. Digging Up Trouble is a wittily written mystery with plenty of LOL moments. Our main character Lexi is a sassy borderline obnoxious but likable hot mess who fortunately has a great group of friends and relatives to help her "simmer down now". However, Lexi's dog, Cookie, is really the star of the story. My only caveat with this book is Lexi's use of the terms "idiot" and "doofus" when talking to or about Cookie. For me personally, I found that in poor taste. DON'T. DISS. YOUR. DOG. Especially when your dog is smarter than you. Although, I did chalk this up to Lexi being "filter challenged". I hope this is remedied in the next book which I will definitely read. I loved Lexi's sass when it came to various characters in the story. Overall, a really fun read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Digging up Trouble is the first book in the new Sweet Fiction Bookshop Cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the book and the characters. There is a large cast of diverse characters, beginning with the protagonist Lexi and her sweet but troublemaker dog Cookie. There are plenty of characters to like and I am looking forward to seeing the character growth. There are two possible romantic interests for Lexi which is what gives me pause. I don't particularly care for the romance triangle so I would have p Digging up Trouble is the first book in the new Sweet Fiction Bookshop Cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the book and the characters. There is a large cast of diverse characters, beginning with the protagonist Lexi and her sweet but troublemaker dog Cookie. There are plenty of characters to like and I am looking forward to seeing the character growth. There are two possible romantic interests for Lexi which is what gives me pause. I don't particularly care for the romance triangle so I would have preferred that not potentially be part of the story. Lexi's two close friends and her book club provide plenty of assistance as she attempts to solve the murder of her next-door neighbor to prove she didn't kill him. The mystery was well done and has plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing. The author does drop plenty of clues along the way and I was partially right about the killer's identity but was surprised by the motive. The only criticism here is how quickly the police jumped to Lexi as a suspect when the victim was not liked in the community at all. This was a cute, quick read and I will be looking forward to seeing what the author does with the next book in the series. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I seem to have fallen into a rut when it comes to cozies. All these new ones don't seem to live up to what I want them to be. Yes, they're still light mysteries in quaint towns with quirky characters but not much more than that. This particular cozy had the cute town and quirky characters. Its failing is in the HUGE number of characters, so many that it was difficult to keep up with all of them. It also seemed to move pretty slowly and did not hold my interest. I'll read the next one because I'v I seem to have fallen into a rut when it comes to cozies. All these new ones don't seem to live up to what I want them to be. Yes, they're still light mysteries in quaint towns with quirky characters but not much more than that. This particular cozy had the cute town and quirky characters. Its failing is in the HUGE number of characters, so many that it was difficult to keep up with all of them. It also seemed to move pretty slowly and did not hold my interest. I'll read the next one because I've been approved for it and hope the author has improved. I received a copy from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    samantha vogel-Hespos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was adorable. The author is definitely a dog lover. I liked Lexi’s character. Even though everyone blamed her as a murderer she never gave up proving herself to be innocent. Cookie the dog.. cute and silly but also a good detective… I think the cop likes Lexi.. dash also likes Lexi. I hope there are more books to read by this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Title: Digging Up Trouble Author: Kitt Crowe Genre: Mystery/thriller Rating: 3.0 out of 5 Sometimes cozy mysteries featuring pets are so charming and well-done and sometimes I think they’re cliched and overblown. Cookie felt like a caricature, not a believable animal. That’s too bad, as that made the whole thing feel like a cartoon. And Lexi…felt pretty self-absorbed and oblivious. This could all just be a “me” problem, as the writing was solid, but the story was on the verge of boring because of th Title: Digging Up Trouble Author: Kitt Crowe Genre: Mystery/thriller Rating: 3.0 out of 5 Sometimes cozy mysteries featuring pets are so charming and well-done and sometimes I think they’re cliched and overblown. Cookie felt like a caricature, not a believable animal. That’s too bad, as that made the whole thing feel like a cartoon. And Lexi…felt pretty self-absorbed and oblivious. This could all just be a “me” problem, as the writing was solid, but the story was on the verge of boring because of the character issues. (Galley courtesy of Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    2 1/2 stars. A fun and sweet cozy with good characters. The real star of the show is Cookie, Lexi’s dog. Overall, the mystery is good but it gets a bit mired down about 2/3 of the way through and then picks up at the end again. I would read another story in the series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Digging Up Trouble by Kitt Crowe has Lexi Jones managing her families’ bookstore in Confection, Oregon. Lexi’s dog, Cookie has managed to escape the yard once again and has landed her in hot water with Detective Berg (again). The next day, Lexi awakens to find Cookie has done a Houdini and is in her neighbor’s yard along with Detective Berg. Gil, Lexi’s grouchy neighbor, is dead and Cookie has the murder weapon in his mouth. Lexi is at the top of the suspect list after Gil was seen yelling at he Digging Up Trouble by Kitt Crowe has Lexi Jones managing her families’ bookstore in Confection, Oregon. Lexi’s dog, Cookie has managed to escape the yard once again and has landed her in hot water with Detective Berg (again). The next day, Lexi awakens to find Cookie has done a Houdini and is in her neighbor’s yard along with Detective Berg. Gil, Lexi’s grouchy neighbor, is dead and Cookie has the murder weapon in his mouth. Lexi is at the top of the suspect list after Gil was seen yelling at her the previous afternoon. Lexi with help from the Macaroons digs into the case in the hopes of exposing the killer. Digging Up Trouble is the debut of A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery series. Confection, Oregon is a small town where the residents lavish their time and attention on their gardens. The upcoming contest with the large cash prize has people pushing for their gardens to look their best. They do not appreciate a cute dog digging in their flowerbeds. Lexi Jones has returned to her hometown where she manages the family bookshop, Sweet Fiction and, in her spare time, is working on a novel. I would have liked to learn more about Lexi (lack of background). There are a number of secondary characters that include Lexi’s besties, her uncles, and the Macaroons (the book club). The whodunit is straightforward. There are several suspects and I thought there were too many red herrings. There are clues a plenty to help readers arrive at the solution before the reveal. I did not understand why Detective Berg was so focused on Lexi. The story flowed well until about two thirds of the way through. It slowed down then until the reveal scene. The author has set up a love triangle that I wish was not a part of the book. Cookie was the highlight of the book. He is a smart, wily, and entertaining canine. Digging Up Trouble is a lighthearted whodunit with crafty canine, rampant rumors, flower garden fanatics, a devious digger, a cunning killer, curious clues, and a surfeit of suspects.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I love cozy mysteries, and this book - first in a new series - was a perfect setup for the future. Lexi has moved back to Confection to run a bookstore and, with the “help” of her dog, runs into dead bodies and trouble. Will she be able to solve the whodunnit before she’s arrested or killed? There’s two love interests, a rapscallion dog, small town secrets, no terrible inte Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I love cozy mysteries, and this book - first in a new series - was a perfect setup for the future. Lexi has moved back to Confection to run a bookstore and, with the “help” of her dog, runs into dead bodies and trouble. Will she be able to solve the whodunnit before she’s arrested or killed? There’s two love interests, a rapscallion dog, small town secrets, no terrible interference in police investigations (I can’t STAND that!), a couple of friends, a bookstore, lots of action, and baddie I picked early on in the story with a twist I didn’t! I thought it was really well paced. It took a few chapters to get into the character of Lexi and the particular brand of small town life, but once I got there I loved the snark and minutiae. and I enjoyed the cast of characters that were featured (especially a couple of the book club members). I thought it was well paced, with a decent amount of action and some very well placed red herrings. I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who likes to read cozy mysteries, and I’ll be following for the next one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Author Kitt Crowe kicks off her brand new Sweet Fiction Bookshop series in this instalment, Digging Up Trouble in style! Set in a small touristy town called Confection in Oregon, it features Lexi Jones along with her doggy, Cookie, a border collie. Twenty-seven-year-old Lexi is a former book editor who is looking after her parents' business while they are away; they are bookshop proprietors. Lexi also facilitates a book club known as the Macaroons and they get involved when Lexi is placed at the Author Kitt Crowe kicks off her brand new Sweet Fiction Bookshop series in this instalment, Digging Up Trouble in style! Set in a small touristy town called Confection in Oregon, it features Lexi Jones along with her doggy, Cookie, a border collie. Twenty-seven-year-old Lexi is a former book editor who is looking after her parents' business while they are away; they are bookshop proprietors. Lexi also facilitates a book club known as the Macaroons and they get involved when Lexi is placed at the top of the list of suspects after arguing with cantankerous neighbour Gil, who is later found dead. I found Digging Up Trouble a fun, thoroughly enjoyable and humorous read with the possibilities of not one, but two love interests. I'm already hotly anticipating a return to Confection. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Coatney

    DIGGING UP TROUBLE by Kitt Crowe is a Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery set in Confection, Oregon. It's a fun cozy mystery that has something for everyone. Lexi Jones, manager of the Sweet Fiction bookshop, and her dog, Cookie, are out to find who murdered her neighbor—the crankiest, most cantankerous man in all Confection. Assisting her search are her best friends, her uncles, and the Macaroon book club.  The list of suspects is long and there is plenty of motive to go around between the coveted Cen DIGGING UP TROUBLE by Kitt Crowe is a Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery set in Confection, Oregon. It's a fun cozy mystery that has something for everyone. Lexi Jones, manager of the Sweet Fiction bookshop, and her dog, Cookie, are out to find who murdered her neighbor—the crankiest, most cantankerous man in all Confection. Assisting her search are her best friends, her uncles, and the Macaroon book club.  The list of suspects is long and there is plenty of motive to go around between the coveted Central Oregon Gardener's purse, worth $15,000, to the mysterious treasure map that has someone digging up roses all over town  DIGGING UP TROUBLE has it all, a cast of quirky characters, murders to solve, and a hint of a maybe romance between the heroine and her high school crush, or will it be the hunky detective? The mystery kept me up late to find out whodunit. A totally fun read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I really enjoyed this book and the new characters I was introduced to. It seems that Lexie Jones and her canine companion are causing quite a stir among the residents of small town Confection. Someone is digging random holes around the neighborhood, and it seems everyone is pointing their finger at Cookie. While Lexie takes some responsibility for her dog, things take a drastic turn when Cookie and Lexie find a dead body. It's up to Lexie to clear her name, and prove that Cookie isn't the only on I really enjoyed this book and the new characters I was introduced to. It seems that Lexie Jones and her canine companion are causing quite a stir among the residents of small town Confection. Someone is digging random holes around the neighborhood, and it seems everyone is pointing their finger at Cookie. While Lexie takes some responsibility for her dog, things take a drastic turn when Cookie and Lexie find a dead body. It's up to Lexie to clear her name, and prove that Cookie isn't the only one digging up trouble. If you enjoy a fast paced cozy mystery, add Digging Up Trouble to the top of your list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    In this cozy mystery centred around a book shop and a book club, we plunge into the chaos that is Lexi's life with her mischievous dog from the very first page. She is back in her home town after a not-so-happy stint outside in a bigger city. As with many of the 'towns' that feature in books like this, this one also has a focal point. Here it's gardening and festivals. Lexi is struggling to write her own book and finding it hard to choose between two men (as lead protagonist for her fictional and In this cozy mystery centred around a book shop and a book club, we plunge into the chaos that is Lexi's life with her mischievous dog from the very first page. She is back in her home town after a not-so-happy stint outside in a bigger city. As with many of the 'towns' that feature in books like this, this one also has a focal point. Here it's gardening and festivals. Lexi is struggling to write her own book and finding it hard to choose between two men (as lead protagonist for her fictional and real-world). In this already unsteady life, she finds her neighbour dead. The police are called in, and an official investigation begins, with Lexi doing an unofficial one. The formula is present, with helpful and unhelpful compatriots, some twists and a naughty dog. It works well in combination with the actual turns the story takes. I partly guessed the solution but found it a little unfair because we do not get appropriate information for it when we should, making it almost impossible to see the ending coming. I reserve my recommendation to others to try this series until I try out the next book in the series, which I might get to at some point soon. I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

  17. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    2.5 stars because of Cookie and I couldn't put it down. Lexi returned to her hometown of Confection, Oregon, about a year and a half ago to run her parents' bookshop, Sweet Fiction, as her parents travel the country. She was happy to come back to the place where everyone knows her and her best friend still reside. Along the way, Lexi picked up a mischievous mutt she named Cookie, and the one thing Lexi can't stand about her hometown is the Confection Garden Club, a group of overzealous garden ent 2.5 stars because of Cookie and I couldn't put it down. Lexi returned to her hometown of Confection, Oregon, about a year and a half ago to run her parents' bookshop, Sweet Fiction, as her parents travel the country. She was happy to come back to the place where everyone knows her and her best friend still reside. Along the way, Lexi picked up a mischievous mutt she named Cookie, and the one thing Lexi can't stand about her hometown is the Confection Garden Club, a group of overzealous garden enthusiasts who treat her dog like a criminal! After Cookie nearly digs up the town's prize rosebush, Lexi tries to be extra careful but somehow Cookie slips out and under the fence next door to the yard of Gil Cloutier, Lexi's cranky elderly neighbor who already has it out for Cookie for digging in his garden the day before. Lexi discovers her pup with a copper pipe covered in blood and the police are already there looking into Gil's murder! They seem to think Lexi killed Gil because he's never been a good neighbor and loathes Cookie. Lexi knows she and Cookie had nothing to do with this. She's determined to clear her name and for that she has to learn to trust her friends in her book club known as "The Macaroons." The problem is: which one/s can she trust? Her besties, Cat and Teri, of course but who else because someone set Lexi up and if she trusts the wrong person, she'll end up in jail. I wanted to love this novel. Books + dogs + even some baking so naturally it has all my favorite elements. I really liked the way the dog was worked into the story and not just a pet, but the novel was too long, the plot was too convoluted and there were way too many characters. I never even had a clue whodunit or why. It seemed to be so random when all was revealed. It was very strange. Even though this is a professionally printed book, there are unacceptable errors. A few typos and at the end, the name of the victim and the name of the murderer are switched. The author resorts to the lazy way of describing people- by their race. I don't need to know that at all about the secondary characters. Why mention it? Lexi is sweet, calm, a good friend and terrible pet parent. Cookie has Lexi wrapped around her paw and is basically in charge. I liked the way Lexi held her own in the shop and with the book club members trying to change her. It was funny that she's writing a romantic suspense crime novel that mirrors her real life. I did not like Lexi in general. She's TSTL. She repeatedly badgers suspects, pushing buttons, even after she's told not to because it's dangerous, even after something happens to scare her. She behaves like a complete idiot in front of men, staring at them, objectifying them and imagining them as the hero of her novel. She wouldn't like it if a man did that to her. She's clueless as to what a real romantic hero looks like even when he's right in front of her face-two of them! Her Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Elvis are a hoot. They love Lexi, especially Jimmy who sees himself as Lexi's surrogate father while his brother is away. I was impressed they had the courage to be themselves in this conservative town. Lexi's best friends since childhood, Teri and Cat, are completely different. Teri is a conspiracy theorist and into the paranormal and horror films. She's also into designer fashion and sometimes waitresses at her brother's bar when he needs her to. They don't seem to always get along as siblings do but they have each other's backs. Cat is a former pro basketball player, a bit socially awkward and an amazing baker. I want the recipe for the S'More Books, Please cookies! I didn't like how both women behaved around their crushes. It was immature and the constant rehashing of their dates was pointless. Dash, Teri's older brother, was once the man of Lexi's dreams- when she was much younger. They're grown now and he doesn't even read so how could she have a relationship with him? He still acts like an overprotective big brother and a testosterone filled jerk most of the time. He has his moments when he's sweet with Lexi when she needs some tenderness but mostly I don't like him. Lexi thinks Detective Berg is an arrogant jerk. He may be handsome, with icy cold eyes but that's about all he has going for him. Actually, she's the problem. He's trying to do his job and trying to shop and she just has to act like a moron and give him a hard time. I think he like LIKES Lexi. He's definitely into her but she can't see it. I grew to like him better than Lexi. Cat's love interest is police officer Roger Halston. He's not too bright but he's kind and appreciates Cat the way she is. Plus they share a love of basketball! He's nicer than Berg but can't see how he's being pumped for information. Good thing Cat does genuinely like him. Darcy Mason is Lexi's least favorite Macaroon. She's a snob and loves to gossip. Her gossip is somewhat malicious and she doesn't care if it's true or not. I suspect she turned Lexi in to the cops because she was snooping and found something meant to be innocent but makes Lexi look bad. Nestor and Peggy Donahue are a wealthy older couple, deeply religious and conservative. Peggy is snippy and unfriendly as all the garden club members seem to be. That is, except the Danvers. They're friendly enough and take pride in their flower garden and their flower shop. Nadine, owner of confection coffee is Lexi's antagonist. Lexi provokes Nadine and they both end up saying rude and unkind things. Nadine can't be a bad person, she likes Cookie! Stefanie Connett, a Texas transplant, member of the garden club AND Macaroons, is unpleasant. She speaks her mind and tells it like she sees it which makes her rude. She and her BFF Alison Wills do everything together and seem to share the same thoughts. They're trying to change who Lexi is and that's not right. Alison turned out to be a big surprise. I kind of liked them both. Kay, another Macaroon member and mom of a large family, is fun and lively. She's the most enjoyable of the bunch mainly because she doesn't have time to gossip! The murder victim, Gil, was an angry, bitter man. Life dealt him some hard blows, like losing the love of his life and his youngest son becoming an alcoholic. Gil sounds like he had mental health issues himself because one week he's swearing and screaming, insulting his son and then the next week they're patching things up and working on their relationship. He was always rude to Lexi for no good reason, like leaving a light on or Cookie barking (once, when Gil was mowing his lawn at 6:30 AM on a Saturday). I don't blame her for that! He probably did it to provoke Lexi. Gil's pride and joy was his garden. He tended it like a baby and freaked out if Cookie so much as approached her side of the fence, which really needs to be filled in underneath. He didn't offer to help Lexi close the gap Cookie keeps slipping through, just yelled and swore so the whole neighborhood and tourists on the garden tour could hear him. He was a lousy father as well. Was the murder connected to his family or to the gardening club prize he was sure to win -again!? His eldest son, Scott, is a tech guru, married and wealthy. He is Gil's favorite because of his success. Scott is a reader and member of the Macaroons, one of the only men. He acts genuinely sad his father is dead and seems like a nice person. He's a reader so he can't be the murderer! Yet the guys say Scott is an arrogant jerk when he's alone with other men. Could that be true? Could he have the same personality disorder as his father or is he faking his niceness? Second son Mark lives in Portland and owns a chain of smoothie shops. He's discounted as a suspect because he lives so far away. Youngest son Abe is an alcoholic and recently seen in public arguing with his father. I think Abe seems nice and like a kinder person than his dad. It must be psychologically damaging to have your dad think you're a loser. I didn't get the impression Abe had it in him to murder but if he was drunk or they were arguing? Plus he has a motive. He was spotted at the bar showing off a treasure map his dad left in the house. It's supposed to show the location of Gil's buried treasure. All three sons are skeptical but are they serious about doubting their father or are they secretly hunting for treasure while Cookie takes the blame for the messes they leave behind? The Confection Garden Club includes many unpleasant people like Ed Mullins who doesn't like dogs and is inclined to blame Cookie for all the dug up plots of dirt around town. Is she the ONLY dog in town? Are the holes even made by paws? Why is no one thinking about these things? Bill is the winner of the best vegetable category three years running. He's eager to claim the top prize. How far would he go to get it? Does that include murder? Joe Jacobs is also obsessed with gardening and wants to claim the hefty prize. Could HE be the murderer? Lexi overhears something that makes her rethink the people she's known all her life. Mandy, a photographer, seems to be the only person in town unrelated to Gil to mourn his loss. Why is she taking random pictures of rose bushes and other scenes around town? Is it for a magazine? I think she's suspicious and either is the murderer, was having an affair with Gil or is up to something not good. Anna and Bob are tourists. They're garden enthusiasts and treasure hunters. Something about their relationship seems wrong to me. The way he touches her is not nice and they keep popping up in town. I think they're suspicious. I think they're the ones digging up the town, not being aware of the OBSESSION these people have with their rose bushes. I didn't like this book enough to want to read the next. TSTL heroines are not my thing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    After a hectic career as an editor in Seattle, Lexi Jones is back in her hometown of Confection, Oregon, running Sweet Fiction and taking care of her rescue dog Cookie. She's surrounded by family and friends and life would be great if her dog wasn't a digger in a town with too many competitive gardeners getting ready for the annual garden contest. Cookie has drawn the attention of new police officer Chad Berg who keeps threatening to give Lexi a citation if she can't keep Cookie on her leash. Le After a hectic career as an editor in Seattle, Lexi Jones is back in her hometown of Confection, Oregon, running Sweet Fiction and taking care of her rescue dog Cookie. She's surrounded by family and friends and life would be great if her dog wasn't a digger in a town with too many competitive gardeners getting ready for the annual garden contest. Cookie has drawn the attention of new police officer Chad Berg who keeps threatening to give Lexi a citation if she can't keep Cookie on her leash. Lexi's next door neighbor is a cranky old gardener who complains about everything Lexi and Cookie do. So when Cookie gets out in the yard and climbs under the fence into Gil Cloutier's yard, Lexi is quick to try to get her back. But Cookie has made an interesting discovery; someone has murdered Gil and buried him in his yard. Lexi looks like the perfect suspect since she's a beginning author who wrote a death scene starring Gil after their last argument. Lexi recruits her best friends Cat and Teri along with the Macaroons - the book club at the store - to help her clear her name and find out who really murdered Gil. Finding Gil's enemies isn't hard. It seems he's angered quite a number of people in town including his three grown sons and the other members of the Confection Garden Club. While Lexi investigates, against Detective Chad Berg's strong advice, she learns a number of town secrets. She also finds herself the target of someone who doesn't want her looking into Gil's death. I liked the interesting group of characters and the small town setting of this story. Lexi is the narrator of the story and I really like her voice and style. I liked her two potential love interests, Detective Chad Berg and her best friend's older brother Dash who might finally be seeing Lexi as someone other than his little sister's best friend. This was an entertaining start to a new cozy series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    3.5 stars I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, there were parts that made me laugh and I love the banter between Lexie and Chad "Iceberg" Berg. On the other, I thought this book went on for far too long and towards the middle it got a bit tedious. Lexie Jones is home running her parents' bookshop, Sweet Fiction, in the cute little town of Confection, Oregon. Apparently, the gardening competition in this community is fierce and the CGC is akin to cult status. Lexie discovers someone 3.5 stars I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, there were parts that made me laugh and I love the banter between Lexie and Chad "Iceberg" Berg. On the other, I thought this book went on for far too long and towards the middle it got a bit tedious. Lexie Jones is home running her parents' bookshop, Sweet Fiction, in the cute little town of Confection, Oregon. Apparently, the gardening competition in this community is fierce and the CGC is akin to cult status. Lexie discovers someone has been digging holes in the prized gardens' yards and angry gardeners are blaming her dog. When Lexie's next door neighbor, whom no one likes, ends up murdered and Lexie is the prime suspect (for a bit) she launches her own investigation to prove her innocence. Lexie's dog is the best character in this story. I did like all the other characters, none of them felt unnecessary or out of place, although I admit that sometimes I had to refresh my who was who memory. The author has a great ear for dialogue, which made the story much better and is what kept me in there until the very end. The whodunit is a clever one. I would read another in this series. I will say that since this is an ARC, perhaps more editing will be done to pare down the book a little. Overall 3.5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Lexi is running the family bookstore while her parents spend the year traveling. Having returned to Confection, Lexi lives in her grandmothers old house with her dog, Cookie. With the annual Garden tours coming up, the local gardeners aren’t happy with Cookie. It seems she’s been digging holes around town wherever a rose bush is located. But when Cookie leads Lexi to a big hole in her neighbor’s yard this one is bigger and contains the body of her next door neighbor. Now Lexi is in the hot seat Lexi is running the family bookstore while her parents spend the year traveling. Having returned to Confection, Lexi lives in her grandmothers old house with her dog, Cookie. With the annual Garden tours coming up, the local gardeners aren’t happy with Cookie. It seems she’s been digging holes around town wherever a rose bush is located. But when Cookie leads Lexi to a big hole in her neighbor’s yard this one is bigger and contains the body of her next door neighbor. Now Lexi is in the hot seat as a suspect and she must clear her name unless she wants to go to prison for a murder she didn’t commit. The first book in a new series set in Oregon, I found the setting, characters, and whodunit quite enjoyable. There’s so much excitement when a new series in launched and holds great promise, and this book provides just that. Looking forward to the next entry in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Unfortunately, I DNF'd this book. I found myself putting it down with no desire to pick it up again, I found the main character immature and that was tough to get past for me. Unfortunately, I DNF'd this book. I found myself putting it down with no desire to pick it up again, I found the main character immature and that was tough to get past for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    “Digging Up Trouble” is the first in a new mystery series set around Lexi and her bookstore, Sweet Fiction. Her dog, Cookie, is being blamed by some of the people living in Confection, Oregon of digging holes around the community. When Lexi’s grumpy next door neighbor is killed and Cookie brings Lexi a dirt covered pipe, it doesn’t take long for some of the residents to point the finger at Lexi as the murderer. This would appear to make sense as she had been seen fighting with him the day before “Digging Up Trouble” is the first in a new mystery series set around Lexi and her bookstore, Sweet Fiction. Her dog, Cookie, is being blamed by some of the people living in Confection, Oregon of digging holes around the community. When Lexi’s grumpy next door neighbor is killed and Cookie brings Lexi a dirt covered pipe, it doesn’t take long for some of the residents to point the finger at Lexi as the murderer. This would appear to make sense as she had been seen fighting with him the day before. There is no shortage of suspects given that Gil was generally a contrary and annoying person and not many people in the community liked him. Given the suspect pool, the book keeps you guessing with twists and turns. Was it one of his sons? A neighbor who wanted to win the annual gardening prize? Someone yet unknown? The story was well-written and the characters likeable. I enjoyed this book a lot. I particularly liked Lexi’s uncles and thought they were funny. While not a fan of love triangles (it was not overt), I can see why Lexi would have passing thoughts of romance regarding Dash (her best friend’s brother) and Detective Berg (who is investigating the death). Both are strong handsome men in her community whom she was interacting with regularly during her investigation. The Macaroons, members of a book club that meets at her bookstore, slowly join forces with her to investigate the death. I like that the story had plot twists that kept me guessing until the end on who the murderer was. I will admit there were times the manner in which Lexi was investigating was somewhat annoying, but I found that ultimately it was a good thing and really was more in line with an amateur sleuth stumbling around trying to find clues. I really hope there are more in the series to see if anything develops with her friendship with the two men and if her parents come back to take over running the store again. Also, I want to see how Teri’s and Cat’s relationships work out with their boyfriends. Plus the uncles! Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Digging up Trouble is the debut of the Sweet Fiction Bookshop series set in Confection, Oregon and featuring Lexi Jones and her furry, troublemaking canine, Cookie. Lexi is living in her grandmother's house and managing her family bookstore while her parents are touring the country. The Confection Garden Club is gearing up for their annual contest and all the competing gardeners are vying for the Best Gardener of the Summer grand prize of $15,000 and tensions are running high. Unfortunately for Digging up Trouble is the debut of the Sweet Fiction Bookshop series set in Confection, Oregon and featuring Lexi Jones and her furry, troublemaking canine, Cookie. Lexi is living in her grandmother's house and managing her family bookstore while her parents are touring the country. The Confection Garden Club is gearing up for their annual contest and all the competing gardeners are vying for the Best Gardener of the Summer grand prize of $15,000 and tensions are running high. Unfortunately for Lexi, Cookie has developed a bad habit of digging holes wherever she goes and people are getting mad. But, is Cookie really the one digging random holes around the neighborhood? Lexi's grouchy neighbor Gil Cloutier doesn't like Lexi but he likes Cookie even less. So, when Cookie escapes into his yard and reappears with a pipe, Lexi isn't looking forward to going to apologize to Gil. Another nasty argument between the two is witnessed by several of their neighbors and when Cookie once again escapes into Gil's yard and is found standing over a shallow grave containing the body of the man, all fingers are quick to point to Lexi as a killer. Anxious to clear her name, Lexi sets out to find the real murderer and soon realizes that Gil has a lot of enemies in the form of competing gardeners and his own children. Going head to head against Detective Berg who is determined to proved Lexi and her dog are responsible, Lexi digs up a mystery of hidden treasures. A fast paced plot, colorful characters and a furry canine make for a delightful afternoon read. A perfect blend of friendships and a touch of romance will leave you yearning for more adventures in Confection. I received an advanced copy of Digging Up Trouble from NetGalley via Crooked Lane Books. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DIGGING UP TROUBLE (Book 1 of the Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mysteries) by Kitt Crowe in exchange for an honest review. Dissatisfied with corporate life, Lexi returns to her hometown Confection, Oregon to mind her parents’ shop. The town seems to be ruled by the garden club, known locally as the garden mafia. It’s a beautiful town where businesses and residents compete to have the best food crops, best flowers, and best overall gardens. Since Lexi has a d Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DIGGING UP TROUBLE (Book 1 of the Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mysteries) by Kitt Crowe in exchange for an honest review. Dissatisfied with corporate life, Lexi returns to her hometown Confection, Oregon to mind her parents’ shop. The town seems to be ruled by the garden club, known locally as the garden mafia. It’s a beautiful town where businesses and residents compete to have the best food crops, best flowers, and best overall gardens. Since Lexi has a dog that loves to dig, it took little time for Lexi’s Cookie to become public enemy number one. So, when someone begins digging up the local flora and damaging those prize-winning flowers and gardens, the police and townspeople blame Lexi and her sweet dog Cookie. Even though Lexi keeps telling the police that Cookie is innocent and has alibis, local law enforcement and the townsfolk are determined to blame Cookie instead of finding the real culprit. When the local curmudgeon, who was Lexi’s next-door neighbor, is murdered with a garden implement shortly after publicly berating Lexi for Cookie’s digging, it seems like the town wants to apply that same blame to Lexi as well as same the unwillingness to investigate. Lexi, along with Cookie and a few steadfast friends, begins her own investigation in order to prove her and Cookie’s innocence. However, tracking a killer is a risky endeavor. I thought this was a good start to a new series. I liked the characters and the quirky setting. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, homecoming, quirky towns, small businesses, and too-smart canines. #DiggingUpTrouble #NetGalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Lexi Jones used to work in publishing until her parents went off on the holiday of a lifetime and left her in charge of their store, the aptly named Sweet Fiction Bookshop, and their monthly book club, the Maccaroons, in Confection, Oregon. To her relief It had all been relatively painless until her ever curious pooch, Cookie, found a dead body in the next door garden! Now the main suspect due to a very public disagreement with her grumpy, irrational, and cantankerous neighbour, Lexi knows it's Lexi Jones used to work in publishing until her parents went off on the holiday of a lifetime and left her in charge of their store, the aptly named Sweet Fiction Bookshop, and their monthly book club, the Maccaroons, in Confection, Oregon. To her relief It had all been relatively painless until her ever curious pooch, Cookie, found a dead body in the next door garden! Now the main suspect due to a very public disagreement with her grumpy, irrational, and cantankerous neighbour, Lexi knows it's only a matter of time before the handsome, mysterious detective in charge of the case packs her off to jail. With strange holes appearing nightly in yards all over town being blamed on her beloved Cookie, Lexi is beginning to panic about a positive outcome for either of them. This is the first book in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery Series and so there is quite a bit of getting to know you narrative included. Lexi is a good main protagonist without being anything earth shattering but there is the possibility of more investigations and a romance in her future with more than one prospective suitor lined up ready. Although this is definitely a work in progress the mystery itself was engaging with numerous red herrings and coincidences to work through as well as hints about some potential antagonists for future storylines. I will keep my eyes peeled for book two as I want to like and root for Lexi just a bit more than I was able to this time. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a good start and I look forward to reading more about Lexi in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Lexi is back in her hometown of Confection, Oregon. She runs her folks bookstore. A funny thing is happening around town, Someone is digging up people's gardens. Just little piles of dirt around town. Cookie, Lexi's dog has been caught sniffing around and people think the dog is doing the digging. Especially Detective Berg (or iceberg as some people call him). When Lexi's crotchety neighbor is killed and Cookie finds the body, Lexi becomes a suspect. Just the night before, people say Gil yelling Lexi is back in her hometown of Confection, Oregon. She runs her folks bookstore. A funny thing is happening around town, Someone is digging up people's gardens. Just little piles of dirt around town. Cookie, Lexi's dog has been caught sniffing around and people think the dog is doing the digging. Especially Detective Berg (or iceberg as some people call him). When Lexi's crotchety neighbor is killed and Cookie finds the body, Lexi becomes a suspect. Just the night before, people say Gil yelling at Lexi about her dog. Then her dog finds the body. Lexi and her friends Cat and Teri are members of a book club. They decide to and solve the crime to keep Lexi out of jail. Iceberg wants them out of his investigation. This was a fun cozy. The town sounds delightful with varied characters. Lots of suspects as well as Gil was hard to get-along-with. Could his sons have killed him, or any member of the Confection Garden Club? The story moves along nicely and I enjoyed the tension between Lexi and Detective Berg and with her best friends brother as well. Lots of avenues to explore. These characters are young. Hopefully they will grow up a bit. Sometimes they seemed a tiny bit juvenile. Maybe I just enjoy slightly more mature cast of characters. Thanks to NetGalley for another enjoyable story and for the opportunity for me to read this book and offer my unbiased review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    L.D.

    Digging Up Trouble (Sweet Fiction BookShop 1) by Kitt Crowe. Ms. Crowe did some serious world-building here and I enjoyed every minute of it! I can hardly wait for book 2 to be released. I was really impressed by the quality and flow of Ms. Crowe’s writing. I loved the small-town feel of the book. I also loved how when Lexi did something stupid but frankly realistic of a few people the author/character owns it. The story is set in Confection, Oregon a town that’s all about gardening. Gil Cloutier Digging Up Trouble (Sweet Fiction BookShop 1) by Kitt Crowe. Ms. Crowe did some serious world-building here and I enjoyed every minute of it! I can hardly wait for book 2 to be released. I was really impressed by the quality and flow of Ms. Crowe’s writing. I loved the small-town feel of the book. I also loved how when Lexi did something stupid but frankly realistic of a few people the author/character owns it. The story is set in Confection, Oregon a town that’s all about gardening. Gil Cloutier is that mean old man who seemingly hates everything (except gardening) and everyone, even his own family. Lexi Jones is our main character a former book editor, who is writing a mystery novel while running both the Sweet Fiction Bookshop and book club Macaroons, owned by her parents who are away traveling. Her dog Cookie is a digging fiend upsetting many of the locals, especially her next-door neighbor Gil! She has hired Cat, one of her two best friends to help out and sell her baked goods out of the shop. I love how the author refers to the CGC (Confection Garden Club) as a mafia group where you’re either in or out! If you’re a fan of Jenn McKinlay (Library Lover’s), Paige Shelton (Scottish Bookshop & Dangerous Type), Allison Brook (Haunted Library), Victoria Gilbert (Blue Ridge Library & Book Lover’s B&B) here is a new author to add to your must-read list! I’m so ready for book two! 5***** Thank you to NetGalley, publisher, and author for the ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: It took me a while before I liked the heroine Lexi. I liked her doggie, who is not only clever and loyal but very badly trained, or so I thought at first. It turns out I judged too hastily. While Lexi can come off a bit acerbic, she actually is an interesting character. She has left an editing job to return to her home town to open a book store. She also has the desire to write her own mystery. She is working on the plot in a workbook and when her surly neighbour yells Princess Fuzzypants here: It took me a while before I liked the heroine Lexi. I liked her doggie, who is not only clever and loyal but very badly trained, or so I thought at first. It turns out I judged too hastily. While Lexi can come off a bit acerbic, she actually is an interesting character. She has left an editing job to return to her home town to open a book store. She also has the desire to write her own mystery. She is working on the plot in a workbook and when her surly neighbour yells at her and Cookie, she vents her frustration by writing a highly satisfying death for him. Too bad life imitates art and Cookie discovers his body in his backyard with the possible murder weapon. Generic notes in her journal end up making her a suspect. If anyone read the scenario she has written, she is doomed. As it happens, between friends and family and even some possible love interests, she works her way through the suspect pool. Another murder eliminates one suspect and one by one, she can strike off various townspeople. Once the story got traction, it was very entertaining. I did suss out one of the murderers although the motive was a big surprise. Too bad Lexi didn’t before she finds herself in an exciting but death defying situation. The heroine of the piece will turn out to be Cookie and not Lexi. She is the smartest one around. It will be interesting to see where the characters develop in future books. Four purrs and one paw up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is the first in a new series. Lexi, the heroine manages her parents' bookstore so there is a little bit about books and selling. A mystery book groups meets there so there is a bit of an exploration of fiction components such as point of view and plot structure, particularly those of Agatha Christie. Lexi is also secretly writing a mystery herself. That turns out to be a problem, however, when the grouchy neighbor she has murdered in her novel actually does get murdered. For me, the best as This is the first in a new series. Lexi, the heroine manages her parents' bookstore so there is a little bit about books and selling. A mystery book groups meets there so there is a bit of an exploration of fiction components such as point of view and plot structure, particularly those of Agatha Christie. Lexi is also secretly writing a mystery herself. That turns out to be a problem, however, when the grouchy neighbor she has murdered in her novel actually does get murdered. For me, the best aspect of this novel was the location, a fictional town on the east side of the Oregon Cascades, not too far from Bend. I liked the mention of the mountains and lakes and hikes nearby. The area is beautiful high desert and it was fun to have a novel set there. Investigating the murder for Lexi turns out to be mostly talking to people. It is a typical small town harboring lots of gossip and secrets and grudges. I had mixed feelings about Lexi. She has some friends who help her in her quest and I liked that. But Lexi herself has a tendency to be sarcastic to those who irritate her. That's not a great personality trait for a store manager. And, while her rescue dog is a good sidekick and helps her with the mystery, I do wish Lexi would have kept her on a leash. This is an entertaining cozy mystery, especially for dog lovers. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Kitt Crowe’s charming debut, Digging up Trouble, is the first installment in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop mystery series. This is a sassy cozy with plenty of giggle-worthy scenes thanks to main character Lexi’s adorable pooch, Cookie. Set in the sweet, small town of Confection, Oregon, Lexi runs her family’s bookstore, the Sweet Fiction Bookshop. The town is full of quirky, fun residents - several of whom are avid gardeners. I especially loved Lexi’s gay uncles with the penchant for scooters and de Kitt Crowe’s charming debut, Digging up Trouble, is the first installment in the Sweet Fiction Bookshop mystery series. This is a sassy cozy with plenty of giggle-worthy scenes thanks to main character Lexi’s adorable pooch, Cookie. Set in the sweet, small town of Confection, Oregon, Lexi runs her family’s bookstore, the Sweet Fiction Bookshop. The town is full of quirky, fun residents - several of whom are avid gardeners. I especially loved Lexi’s gay uncles with the penchant for scooters and delicious brunch dishes. Lexi’s neighbor Gil is the one exception. He’s the town curmudgeon who gets along with no one including his sons. Gil, an award-winning gardener, particularly dislikes Cookie who can’t seem to dig enough holes in his yard. When Cookie discovers Gil’s corpse in his backyard, it doesn’t look good for her Lexi. It’s up to the mystery-loving friends and members of the Macaroons book group to clear Lexi and Cookie. This perfect quick read scratches all of those cozy mystery itches. Plenty of humor, hints of romance, lots of suspects, and a great twist of an ending. If you’re a fan of bookshop/book group mysteries – think Paige Shelton, Olivia Blacke, or Maddie Day – this is the book for you! I’m really excited for the next book in the series so I can revisit Confection and its inhabitants, especially Cookie!

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