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App developer Mabel Skinner is about to discover something rotten on her late aunt's garlic farm—and it's not the compost heap . . . Mabel doesn't know a stinkin' thing about garlic farming. She knows how to develop an app and how to code. But when her aunt, Peggy Skinner, dies suddenly, Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. She arrives during pe App developer Mabel Skinner is about to discover something rotten on her late aunt's garlic farm—and it's not the compost heap . . . Mabel doesn't know a stinkin' thing about garlic farming. She knows how to develop an app and how to code. But when her aunt, Peggy Skinner, dies suddenly, Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. She arrives during peak harvest time—with three days to bring in the entire crop before rain can destroy it. But Mabel has an even bigger problem: she suspects her aunt's “accidental death” was murder. As she digs for both garlic and clues, Mabel must contend with a mysterious crop thief, a rival garlic grower her aunt was suing, and a farmer who was after Aunt Peggy's green-thumb secret. It's up to Mabel to crack the code on a killer, before she joins the garlic bulbs six cloves under . . .


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App developer Mabel Skinner is about to discover something rotten on her late aunt's garlic farm—and it's not the compost heap . . . Mabel doesn't know a stinkin' thing about garlic farming. She knows how to develop an app and how to code. But when her aunt, Peggy Skinner, dies suddenly, Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. She arrives during pe App developer Mabel Skinner is about to discover something rotten on her late aunt's garlic farm—and it's not the compost heap . . . Mabel doesn't know a stinkin' thing about garlic farming. She knows how to develop an app and how to code. But when her aunt, Peggy Skinner, dies suddenly, Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. She arrives during peak harvest time—with three days to bring in the entire crop before rain can destroy it. But Mabel has an even bigger problem: she suspects her aunt's “accidental death” was murder. As she digs for both garlic and clues, Mabel must contend with a mysterious crop thief, a rival garlic grower her aunt was suing, and a farmer who was after Aunt Peggy's green-thumb secret. It's up to Mabel to crack the code on a killer, before she joins the garlic bulbs six cloves under . . .

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  1. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    New Adventure: Where: western Massachusetts Who: Mabel Skinner I wasn’t really sure what to think when I heard I was going to a garlic farm...really?? Um ok...I mean i do love garlic. I was going to be meeting Mabel Skinner who was the farm owner's niece. Peggy skinner the farm owner and Mabel’s aunt had recently passed away. Mabel an app developer is a little out of her element…. a lot out of her element. On top of dealing with trying to arrange services for her aunt, keeping up with her own New Adventure: Where: western Massachusetts Who: Mabel Skinner I wasn’t really sure what to think when I heard I was going to a garlic farm...really?? Um ok...I mean i do love garlic. I was going to be meeting Mabel Skinner who was the farm owner's niece. Peggy skinner the farm owner and Mabel’s aunt had recently passed away. Mabel an app developer is a little out of her element…. a lot out of her element. On top of dealing with trying to arrange services for her aunt, keeping up with her own job, she finds out she has to harvest her aunt's huge garlic crop in 4 days. Suddenly my visit seems like it was going to get a whole lot smellier. Mabel starts to believe her aunt was murdered...although most think of Peggy’s friends think she is just grieving. That is how I got roped into helping Mabel find out the truth about her aunts' death.... My thoughts: This was the first book in the series. I thought the writing was good, and the mystery was great. I was in the dark until the murderer was revealed. Overall, this book was ok. I had a hard time with the main character. She did grow on me (pun intended lol), but still wasn’t my favorite. She was rude, and we get it…. she doesn’t like the mornings…. she is a night owl. If she made that point one more time...I would have pulled out my hair. I will give this series another shot…there is a lot of potential. For more book fun check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Gin Jones, and the publisher for this opportunity

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Cahoon

    Garlic is my new obsession.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Mabel Skinner hasn’t visited her Aunt Peggy is years. Then her aunt suddenly dies and she has left her the Stinkin’ Stuff Garlic Farm. Mabel a successful App developer hopes she can tie up the loose ends with the final harvest and get back to her life. But Mabel starts to believe her aunt’s death may not have been as accidental as everyone believes. When she starts to dig for clues she finds much more than she bargained for. She has put herself in the killer’s path. She may fin Dollycas’s Thoughts Mabel Skinner hasn’t visited her Aunt Peggy is years. Then her aunt suddenly dies and she has left her the Stinkin’ Stuff Garlic Farm. Mabel a successful App developer hopes she can tie up the loose ends with the final harvest and get back to her life. But Mabel starts to believe her aunt’s death may not have been as accidental as everyone believes. When she starts to dig for clues she finds much more than she bargained for. She has put herself in the killer’s path. She may find herself buried six feet under, pushing up garlic, if she isn’t very careful. Mabel Skinner is a tough nut to crack, determined and smart, but a little hard to warm up too. Her analytical skills are top-notch and do come in handy when tracking a killer and determining the in and outs of a garlic farm. I really wish her relationship with her aunt had been more current because I think that is going to bother her beyond the pages of this first story. Mabel did grow on me by the end of the story. Ms. Jones does introduce us to a fine crew of supporting characters that come together to bring in the garlic crop. Many in the community are dedicated and loved Aunt Peggy. In fact, the entire town is counting on Mabel to finish the garlic harvest, which is touted as the Best Garlic on the East Coast. Restauranteurs, the local CSA, the farmer’s market, even the librarian is counting on that crop. All the residents we meet really grow over the pages of the first book. Rory is a true stand out. That woman has more energy in her little finger than I ever had in my entire body. The author has left plenty of room for growth for all the characters and I am excited about that. The mystery was very well-plotted. There really aren’t any straight forward clues until later in the book. I actually suspected everyone. Things didn’t add up for me or Mabel, but accidental death surely wasn’t the cause. She needed proof and it was hard to come by. I enjoyed the chase, the questions, the quest for the truth. When I honed in on the real culprit it was just a feeling. When that feeling proved right I was actually pretty stunned. I love garlic and the garlic farm theme is one I was am excited about. I learned a lot and that is always a bonus. I love that the farm is called the Stinkin’ Stuff Farm. The second crop of lavender also interests me. Six Cloves Under is a nice start for this series. A variety of characters and a puzzling mystery was a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Rhubarb Pie Before You Die will be released in December.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    App developer Mabel knows nothing about garlic farming, yet when her aunt, Peggy, dies unexpectedly Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. Mabel learns when she arrives at Peggy's that it's peak harvest time and she has to bring in the entire crop in the next three days or the forecast rain will destroy it all. Peggy has no employees but a few of Peggy's neighbors and friends are ready to pitch in and help, though it's going to take more people to get it done. Mabel nee App developer Mabel knows nothing about garlic farming, yet when her aunt, Peggy, dies unexpectedly Mabel inherits her Stinkin' Stuff Farm in western Massachusetts. Mabel learns when she arrives at Peggy's that it's peak harvest time and she has to bring in the entire crop in the next three days or the forecast rain will destroy it all. Peggy has no employees but a few of Peggy's neighbors and friends are ready to pitch in and help, though it's going to take more people to get it done. Mabel needs to find additional people to hire fast, harvest the crop, stop the thief who keeps stealing the garlic, and do her regular job (...she has to create and email her boss a finished app by the end of the week). On top of working two full jobs, Mabel begins investigating Peggy's death because things just don't feel right. She quickly becomes convinced Peggy's supposedly accidental death was murder. Learning about running a garlic farm was really interesting. Mabel describes herself as "a heartless misanthropist," which is basically the opposite of what a typical cozy mystery protagonist is, and makes her a fascinating and refreshingly different character. Mabel's an introvert who prefers to spend as much time alone as possible, and communicate via e-mail. Aunt Peggy's friends are determined to become her friends and help her, whether she wants that or not. Mabel knows who she is and is comfortable with herself which is great; she's not good at reading social situations but it's not depicted as something about her that needs to be "fixed". She enjoys statistics and computers. She also occasionally demonstrates some dry humor. When considering the possibility that a man she'd described as gorgeous might hug her Mabel stays in character, planning to knee him in the groin if he invaded her personal space bubble. Often books have the main woman character falling apart/all over a man, even when not rational, so it was nice Mabel didn't suddenly fling herself at him. As much as I liked Mabel, I adored Pixie - her attitude and behavior were hilarious. I wish there had been more information about Scott; I'd have liked to have gotten to know him better, and I think that would have bolstered the story. We hear about him frequently from Bettina's perspective, but not much from anyone else. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cochrill

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The mystery was good, but I don't know if I particularly liked any of the characters. Pixie the cat was probably my favorite! However, I'll read the next one and see where it goes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the first book in the A Garlic Farm Mystery by Gin Jones. I never thought a garlic centered storyline would be so thrilling! Mabel is an internet savvy app designer. She has come to town to deal with all the details after her Aunt Peggy’s untimely death. Aunt Peggy was a garlic farmer with the best garlic on the East Coast. And someone wants Peggy’s award-winning crop for themselves. Everyone is a suspect since Mabel doesn’t know anyone and her radar for people who would take adva 4.5 Stars This is the first book in the A Garlic Farm Mystery by Gin Jones. I never thought a garlic centered storyline would be so thrilling! Mabel is an internet savvy app designer. She has come to town to deal with all the details after her Aunt Peggy’s untimely death. Aunt Peggy was a garlic farmer with the best garlic on the East Coast. And someone wants Peggy’s award-winning crop for themselves. Everyone is a suspect since Mabel doesn’t know anyone and her radar for people who would take advantage of her has always been a bit wonky. I am totally digging this series. Not sure why all the farming stories have been my thing lately since I have the blackest green thumb there is. Plus I am allergic to nearly everything on a farm: hay, dirt, dust, grass, trees, horses, cats, dogs, etc. I could resonate with Mabel’s experience here. I would be just as baffled as she was. It is one thing to get thrust into the middle of a harvest season when you don’t know the ropes, but to be also stressed about whether or not your aunt was murdered… that took this to a whole new level for me. In a first book in a series, you get a lot of characters thrown at you in a short period of time. We will get to know them all better at some point since I am sure this series will just grow by leaps and bounds. It was unputdownable for me. Plus, I felt like there was this spark between Charlie contractor and Mabel. It may have been my imagination but I could sense the heat from a hookup that was bound to happen someday. The only thing this story lacked for me was a good love interest. Plus it was new and different to have a police officer who was not in that role. Heck, I even suspected both him and his wife at one point in the story. The whodunit part of this was amazing. I wish there had been a few more clues at the beginning pointing me toward the killer just to get that “ah-ha” moment when the villain is revealed. I totally can’t wait for the next book in the series! If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    After her Aunt Penny's death, Mabel Skinner inherited her garlic farm. As she heads to the farm to figure out what to do, her aunt's friends and the farming community pressure her to honor her aunt's memory by making sure the last harvest of the best garlic on the East Coast gets brought in. However, Mabel is an app designer who knows nothing of farming and very little about dealing with people. Looking through her aunt's logs, she becomes convinced that someone has been stealing garlic and that After her Aunt Penny's death, Mabel Skinner inherited her garlic farm. As she heads to the farm to figure out what to do, her aunt's friends and the farming community pressure her to honor her aunt's memory by making sure the last harvest of the best garlic on the East Coast gets brought in. However, Mabel is an app designer who knows nothing of farming and very little about dealing with people. Looking through her aunt's logs, she becomes convinced that someone has been stealing garlic and that her aunt's death was not a freak accident, but murder. Enjoyable cozy, the character of Mabel is intentionally off putting at the beginning, but begins to grow on you. Mystery is well plotted with enough suspects to keep you guessing. All in all, a debut of an interesting new series that I will continue to read. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I LOVED IT! Gin Jones always delivers something special and Six Cloves Under, the first book in her A Garlic Farm Mystery, fits the bill. I loved Mabel, an app designer and major introvert who still has adequate social skills to be able to be kind, the most important social skill of all. I feel in love with the bit of the community that I met, and I can't wait to spend more time with Mabel and the crew of special people who worked to help her gather the garlic. That doesn't sound like a big deal I LOVED IT! Gin Jones always delivers something special and Six Cloves Under, the first book in her A Garlic Farm Mystery, fits the bill. I loved Mabel, an app designer and major introvert who still has adequate social skills to be able to be kind, the most important social skill of all. I feel in love with the bit of the community that I met, and I can't wait to spend more time with Mabel and the crew of special people who worked to help her gather the garlic. That doesn't sound like a big deal but for her, and to some of the people helping her, that final harvest was a tribute to her late aunt. There are some relationships that are already in flux, mostly in a good way, and I look forward to seeing how those work out. Mabel's analytical mind insists that her aunt almost had to be murdered even though no one else accepts that idea, but she can't figure out who. Even the few people who didn't seem to love her aunt Peggy, don't seem like killers and most of them have alibis. With little to go on and too much work to do, Mabel is severally handicapped in her search for a killer. It is such a small thing, but I appreciate that Gin Jones lets us see bits of daily life to keep the flow moving forward comfortable without cluttering up the story. It makes me feel part of the story and makes the characters feel more real. I was excited to get an ARC from NetGalley, but you would have heard from me even if I hadn't. I am a big Gin Jones fan!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first book in the Garlic Farm Mystery series and the first book I've read by this author. I had a hard time getting into this book for a few reasons. First, and no fault of the author, the formatting on the ARC I received made everything run together. Second, is the protagonist. It was hard for me to warm up to her. Mabel is an app designer who is very analytical. She is also very self-contained and very introverted, making it difficult for me to really connect with her. There is a n This is the first book in the Garlic Farm Mystery series and the first book I've read by this author. I had a hard time getting into this book for a few reasons. First, and no fault of the author, the formatting on the ARC I received made everything run together. Second, is the protagonist. It was hard for me to warm up to her. Mabel is an app designer who is very analytical. She is also very self-contained and very introverted, making it difficult for me to really connect with her. There is a nice group of secondary characters that do round out the cast nicely. I like the community farm aspect of the story. Mabel's analytical side is a benefit when it comes to the death of her aunt. She finds it hard to believe her aunt's death was accidental even though the rest of the community does. This leads Mabel to try and solve the mystery on her own. The killer's identity was not a huge surprise for me but the story is wrapped up nicely. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This was a much different main character than I've ever read about as well as a different profession both in her day job and inherited farm job. At first, I didn't like her much at all. I mean, who doesn't like hugs? I'm a big introvert, but I like hugging people that are important to me. But as the book progressed, I found that I was agreeing with some of her lines of thinking, and I was even chuckling a little at her dry sense of humor that was sprinkled here and there. Mabel was basically a g This was a much different main character than I've ever read about as well as a different profession both in her day job and inherited farm job. At first, I didn't like her much at all. I mean, who doesn't like hugs? I'm a big introvert, but I like hugging people that are important to me. But as the book progressed, I found that I was agreeing with some of her lines of thinking, and I was even chuckling a little at her dry sense of humor that was sprinkled here and there. Mabel was basically a good person at heart, and I found myself thinking "atta girl" different times as she discovered the right thing to do for all these people who had loved her aunt so much. She was sort of like a computer or robot who did have a human heart after all. I think Rory was probably my favorite character, because she was just an all-around great friend to people but didn't take lip from anyone or excuses. She seemed like a good mom to her daughter, Dawn too. I can actually see Mabel becoming close friends with her and maybe even friends with Emily. The showdown with the killer was awesome and one I could just picture! I was surprised at the killer but in a way, not really. Now I'm anxious to read on and see what happens next, although I have no idea when the next book might be out. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. The book releases tomorrow, April 21, 2020.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Six Cloves Under earns 5+/5 Garlic Scapes...Deliciously Entertaining! Gin Jones is a favorite author who has again made me a fan of her new Garlic Farm series starring Mabel Skinner, a character with whom I identify as we’re both “...Virgo. Detail oriented, and love to have facts at [our] fingertips...” Mabel inherited her Aunt Peggy’s garlic farm, and struggling to “fill her aunt’s boots,” she is trying to honor her aunt’s memory and preparing to harvest a crop about which she knows little. She’ Six Cloves Under earns 5+/5 Garlic Scapes...Deliciously Entertaining! Gin Jones is a favorite author who has again made me a fan of her new Garlic Farm series starring Mabel Skinner, a character with whom I identify as we’re both “...Virgo. Detail oriented, and love to have facts at [our] fingertips...” Mabel inherited her Aunt Peggy’s garlic farm, and struggling to “fill her aunt’s boots,” she is trying to honor her aunt’s memory and preparing to harvest a crop about which she knows little. She’s also fallen into some contentious issues with other farmers wanting to swoop in on vacancies her aunt’s death has created and a lawsuit against a seed provider is still pending. Mabel is quite the novice in all things farming, but many are counting on this year’s premium garlic crop. No pressure...she needs to harvest in just a few days or lose the crop and her aunt’s spot at the Farmers’ Market. She’ll do her best to get this crop in and to market to uphold her aunt’s reputation, but Mabel has so many questions with no easy answers, and suspicions make her doubt the verdict her aunt’s death was accidental. Mabel is set to find the truth, but her safety may also be in jeopardy. Aromatically Brilliant! Along with a third-person narrative, sensory-laden language, and clever banter, Gin Jones has penned a very compelling and complex mystery. Although it took time to unfold since it wasn’t obvious that anything was untoward, I was totally engaged with getting to know Mabel as well as issues with the farm and local residents. It was hard to put down, and the ending was one I didn’t see coming. I was greatly intrigued by all the fascinating information of the “stinking rose” woven into the drama...who knew one could eat the scapes or even what is is. Google was a friend showing me more about the loopy stalk can be eaten just like one eats asparagus, but with its own “light garlicky flavor.” What a cozy! Engaging. Informative. Entertaining. Bonus! What’s a cozy without recipes...I don’t know, it’s scary to think there’s such a thing. Gin provides three tasty easy to-follow recipes perfect for garlic lovers everywhere: Roasted Garlic Bread, Garlicky Chicken and Rice, and Pickled Garlic. Disclosure: I received an ARC from Lyrical/Kensington thru NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    From Kensington Books comes a new series, "A Garlic Farm Mystery" by author Gin Jones. The first book, Six Cloves Under, will have readers learning a great deal about garlic and how difficult it can be for someone to step into a situation they have no clue how to handle. Mabel doesn't know anything about growing, harvesting, or selling garlic. She doesn't want to know either. But guilt-ridden she has no choice but to learn quickly. This character isn't at first very likable; she isn't just an in From Kensington Books comes a new series, "A Garlic Farm Mystery" by author Gin Jones. The first book, Six Cloves Under, will have readers learning a great deal about garlic and how difficult it can be for someone to step into a situation they have no clue how to handle. Mabel doesn't know anything about growing, harvesting, or selling garlic. She doesn't want to know either. But guilt-ridden she has no choice but to learn quickly. This character isn't at first very likable; she isn't just an introvert; she is the ultimate loner. She doesn't like people and isn't comfortable dealing with strangers. She's not the touchy-feely kind, and it appears that everyone she comes in contact with is just the opposite. Throughout the book, Mabel begins to grow; she starts to understand that maybe her issues with people are just that, her issues. Not everyone is out to hurt her or take advantage of her. This doesn't necessarily make the everyday contact easier for her but helps explain who she is or will become. Other characters in this story are garlic lovers and know far more about the process of farming than Mabel will ever know. Emily, Dawn, Charlie, and Rory are great characters that readers will want to know more about. The setting is not as well defined other than the farm, but there is plenty of room for growth, and not just for the characters. I would like to know more about the layout of the town and the personalities that clearly are obsessed with garlic, and with Mabel's aunt's garlic in particular. Aunt Peggy's death, thought to be an accident by everyone, doesn't take Mabel long to figure out it was anything but an accident. The killer is not necessarily unexpected, but the reveal is action-packed and exciting. This series is destined to become a favorite with cozy book readers. Garlic will become a must-have spice (or an herb, or a vegetable, depending on who you are) for everyone's pantry. The garlic aspect puts an unusual twist on this cozy. Mabel will continue to grow and evolve, maybe even get a love interest. I am happy to recommend Six Cloves Under and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones has Mabel Skinner inheriting her aunt’s garlic farm, Stinkin’ Stuff Farm in West Slocum, Massachusetts. Being an app developer, Mabel does not know a thing about farming. She is dumped in the deep end because the garlic must be harvested within the next three days. The more Mabel learns about her aunt’s death and the farm, the more she suspects that her Aunt Peggy’s death was not accidental. Mabel will have to proceed with caution if she does not want to tip off the Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones has Mabel Skinner inheriting her aunt’s garlic farm, Stinkin’ Stuff Farm in West Slocum, Massachusetts. Being an app developer, Mabel does not know a thing about farming. She is dumped in the deep end because the garlic must be harvested within the next three days. The more Mabel learns about her aunt’s death and the farm, the more she suspects that her Aunt Peggy’s death was not accidental. Mabel will have to proceed with caution if she does not want to tip off the killer and end up as fertilizer food. Six Cloves Under is the amusing debut of A Garlic Farm Mystery series. Mabel Skinner is an interesting character. She is an app developer who prefers to work at night (I can relate). She goes to bed around 3 a.m. and considers noon to be morning. I did not appreciate Mabel’s abruptness and rudeness with people. I can understand being cranky when being awoken at the crack of dawn (7 a.m.), but you can still be polite. Mabel is also an introvert and an analytical thinker. I did think that Mabel being a night owl was overmentioned (I got it after the first five times). There is a nice cast of secondary characters that round out the story especially the friendly next-door neighbor, Emily Cotter. I liked that the author chose a garlic farm for the setting. It is unique for a cozy mystery. There is also a lavender field which sounded like it is lovely when in full bloom. I enjoyed learning more about the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that the area farms are involved in. The mystery was different for a cozy. Peggy’s death had not been ruled murder, but I had to agree with Mabel that things did not add up. While I identified the guilty party early on, I enjoyed following Mabel as she put together the clues. Six Cloves Under is a fun tale with glorious garlic, a crop conundrum, a shortage of sleep, developing deadlines, friendly farmers, and a confounding crime.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Mabel is a brilliant but socially stunted computer programmer who has inherited her aunt’s garlic farm just before harvest. She has not been close to her aunt so there are gaps in her knowledge of her aunt’s wishes as well as a total lack of knowledge about farming or garlic. But happily, there are lots of people who cared about her aunt and are willing to help out. Mabel, introvert that she is, is not quite sure how to handle it all but she realizes it is important to Princess Fuzzypants here: Mabel is a brilliant but socially stunted computer programmer who has inherited her aunt’s garlic farm just before harvest. She has not been close to her aunt so there are gaps in her knowledge of her aunt’s wishes as well as a total lack of knowledge about farming or garlic. But happily, there are lots of people who cared about her aunt and are willing to help out. Mabel, introvert that she is, is not quite sure how to handle it all but she realizes it is important to honour her aunt by getting her precious garlic in. Spotty internet service is hampering her ability to get a big project in on time but it is far less of a distraction than the feeling that her aunt’s death was not accidental. Her belief is strengthened by the theft of garlic from the farm. Pixie, her new friend and kitty, turns out to be a terrific advance warning system when someone comes onto the property. She also indicates who the thief and killer is. The identity of the villain may come as a shock to some but thanks to Pixie, I had her pegged. This is a refreshing take on the cozy where the heroine usually has close family and friends who are intricately woven into her life. With a heroine who could live happily as a hermit,, her reaction to the characters around her creates a unique dynamic. It works too although I suspect her misanthropic tendencies may be tempered in any future books. I hope there will be more. Four purrs and two paws up. .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones is the 1st book in A Garlic Farm Mystery series, and it's off to a great start. Mabel Skinner has just inherited her aunt Peggy's garlic farm after her sudden death. Mabel likes computers, not farms. Mabel arrives at the Stinkin Stuff Farm in Massachusetts, and has three days to get the entire crop harvested before the rain comes and destroys the plants. Mabel suspects that her aunt's death was not accidental, and someone is stealing her garlic crops. Stinkin Stuff Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones is the 1st book in A Garlic Farm Mystery series, and it's off to a great start. Mabel Skinner has just inherited her aunt Peggy's garlic farm after her sudden death. Mabel likes computers, not farms. Mabel arrives at the Stinkin Stuff Farm in Massachusetts, and has three days to get the entire crop harvested before the rain comes and destroys the plants. Mabel suspects that her aunt's death was not accidental, and someone is stealing her garlic crops. Stinkin Stuff Farm grows the best garlic around. Mabel is determined to find out who killed her aunt, while making sure the garlic gets picked. It took me awhile for me to like Mabel, and get through her selfish attitude. I am really looking forward to the next book. I recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the first in the new Garlic Farm mystery series. At first I had a hard time getting into this one. Mabel Skinner has inherited her Aunt Peggy’s garlic farm (Stinkin Stuff Farm..love the name) just at harvest time. She is an app developer who is anti-social and typically works during the night and sleeps during the day. She is definitely not your typical cozy small town friendly heroine. Perhaps her anti-social ways were a little weird to me but she really begins to grow on you as she bec This is the first in the new Garlic Farm mystery series. At first I had a hard time getting into this one. Mabel Skinner has inherited her Aunt Peggy’s garlic farm (Stinkin Stuff Farm..love the name) just at harvest time. She is an app developer who is anti-social and typically works during the night and sleeps during the day. She is definitely not your typical cozy small town friendly heroine. Perhaps her anti-social ways were a little weird to me but she really begins to grow on you as she becomes acclimated to what is needed to harvest her Aunt Peggy’s garlic and then she begins to ask questions about where she was when she died, where is her phone etc. You come to understand Mabel and grow to like her and she wants to do the right thing. It was a good solid mystery and will be interested to see what happens next with her. I will definitely get the next in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    A fun first in series! I thought the premise was clever and original and the mystery was well planned. I loved learning about garlic growing and would love to read more in this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn Wells

    I was expecting a short cozy mystery but got a bit more serious book. The idea was interesting, anything with cooking and recipes after seems like a bonus to me and one with garlic even better. I learned a lot about garlic farming that I will probably never need to know. I think my main issue was with Mabel - the main character. She was dull, dry and barely civil. Everything was a burden to her and even the hunt for her aunts killer was more of a slow walk than brisk run. She also didn’t seem to I was expecting a short cozy mystery but got a bit more serious book. The idea was interesting, anything with cooking and recipes after seems like a bonus to me and one with garlic even better. I learned a lot about garlic farming that I will probably never need to know. I think my main issue was with Mabel - the main character. She was dull, dry and barely civil. Everything was a burden to her and even the hunt for her aunts killer was more of a slow walk than brisk run. She also didn’t seem to bright for someone who was supposedly so smart. Stranger to the farm but keeps running out at night without phone or weapon to check out noises. I guess I just didn’t like her and that made the reading of what could have been a great story a bit tedious. Hopefully this is a first book and the character as well as the author will evolve. I’m not looking for sweetness and light, just a character I can get behind and enjoy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    I really wanted to love this book as it sounded like it was right up my alley. Throughout most of Six Cloves Under, I really disliked the main character, Mabel, who is an app developer. Mabel basically disliked other humans and here she was in a new town where she inherited her aunt's garlic farm and really needed friends to help harvest the crop. Mabel only wants to get the crop harvested, get the place sold and get back hoem. But as she learns more and more about her aunt's life and death, she I really wanted to love this book as it sounded like it was right up my alley. Throughout most of Six Cloves Under, I really disliked the main character, Mabel, who is an app developer. Mabel basically disliked other humans and here she was in a new town where she inherited her aunt's garlic farm and really needed friends to help harvest the crop. Mabel only wants to get the crop harvested, get the place sold and get back hoem. But as she learns more and more about her aunt's life and death, she begins to think her aunt may have been murdered. Mabel's character does soften towards the end of the book and you are left wondering if her attitude will totally turn around and if she'll stay and make some friends. Too late, too little for me. If there is a sequel I may pick it up and see out of curiousity. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC in return for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Six Cloves under is the debut of the A Garlic Farm Mystery series set in the small town of West Slocum and featuring Mabel Skinner, a computer app designer and coder. Mabel's Aunt Peggy has recently passed away and left Stinkin' Stuff Farm, a garlic farm, to her niece. Mabel lives as a bit of a recluse in Maine, sleeping during the day and working on her computer projects at night, and hasn't really had much contact with her aunt in many years. Not knowing anything about her aunt's farm, Mabel's Six Cloves under is the debut of the A Garlic Farm Mystery series set in the small town of West Slocum and featuring Mabel Skinner, a computer app designer and coder. Mabel's Aunt Peggy has recently passed away and left Stinkin' Stuff Farm, a garlic farm, to her niece. Mabel lives as a bit of a recluse in Maine, sleeping during the day and working on her computer projects at night, and hasn't really had much contact with her aunt in many years. Not knowing anything about her aunt's farm, Mabel's intention in coming to West Slocum is simply to tie up any loose ends with the estate and return to Maine, but she arrives at the farm the week that the garlic crop is set to be harvested. It only takes a day before Mabel quickly realizes that the entire town is relying on her to get the garlic crop, known as the best garlic on the East Coast, harvested. Her aunt has made promises to provide garlic to the local CSA, several restaurants and the local Farmer's Market, and the townsfolk aren't going to let Mabel go back on her aunt's commitments. They only have a week to get the massive fields of garlic in before the rains come and ruin the crop, so Mabel must rely on her aunt's friends to help with the harvesting. In reading through her aunt's journal it seems as though someone has been stealing garlic for the past few years and the result has been a huge financial blow to her aunt, putting her on the brink of losing the farm. When Mabel sees someone stealing garlic in the middle of the night, she quickly comes to realize that maybe Peggy's death wasn't an accident and she vows to find out what really happened. A list of suspects including rival farm owners, a land developer and a jilted boyfriend leave Mabel digging for the truth. It takes a little while to warm up to Mabel. Her parents unexpected death when she was a small girl seems to be the only explanation as to why she is so anti-social, but she doesn't take much of an opportunity to get to know or understand the people of West Slocum, instead just ruminates constantly about her lack of involvement in Peggy's life and wants to think everyone around her is a suspect in Peggy's death. The final reveal is not too surprising, but hopefully Mabel will learn that not everyone is out to get her and she needs to open up a little more to those around her. It seems that Mabel may stick around Stinkin' Stuff and I look forward to her blending into the community and spending more time with her rescue cat, Pixie. If you don't know much about garlic the author does a great job in explaining what goes into growing and harvesting a successful crop. I received an advanced copy of Six Cloves Under from NetGalley via Lyrical Underground. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    A 5 star cozy mystery ! I live near Garlic fields so I was pleased to receive this new cozy series for review. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. This is a charming entertaining cozy with all the perfect cozy elements that we cozy readers enjoy. Well done to the author ! Mabel inherits her" Stinkin' Stuff Farm" in western Massachusetts. She arrives during critical harvest time—with three days to bring in the entire crop before rain wi A 5 star cozy mystery ! I live near Garlic fields so I was pleased to receive this new cozy series for review. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. This is a charming entertaining cozy with all the perfect cozy elements that we cozy readers enjoy. Well done to the author ! Mabel inherits her" Stinkin' Stuff Farm" in western Massachusetts. She arrives during critical harvest time—with three days to bring in the entire crop before rain will destroy it. She is a app developer and knows nothing of garlic farming but is willing to jump in to save the harvest to honor her dead Aunt Peggy. She then intends to move back to Maine to rejoin her normal life, Right away I loved her as a protagonist as she does not suffer fools and is funny with her adjustment to being a farmer hysterically funny. She soon finds a contentious farmer next to Peggy was pressuring her Aunt to sell her successful farm and that her Aunt may have been murdered. As Mabel begins to investigate her murder on her own she finds clues as well as red herrings that keep her guessing as to the reason behind her Aunt's murder. Soon she has suspects in her sights while she manages to bring in the crop successfully with help from her Aunt;s friends and co workers. But when the famous garlic known as the best on the East Coast starts disappearing from her storage facilities she joins with her Aunt;s friends to investigate the disappearance of her crops. I loved this first in series ! The supporting charcters are wonderfully warm caring people that are genuine. I love the setting of the garlic farm and the author's descriptions of garlic farming were fun . I am so looking forward to the next in series. I hope this will be a long running cozy series. Very well done to the author !

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    When you read a lot of books on a regular basis, you tend to pass instantaneous judgements (on the inside) as to what the final review would look like. It is the side effect of the process. Sometimes though, some jump out and surprise you and force you to reconsider the process by which we analyze things and the time we should give it. This was one such book! When we first encounter our standoffish protagonist, she has reached her late aunt's garlic farm. She is not emotional about the whole thin When you read a lot of books on a regular basis, you tend to pass instantaneous judgements (on the inside) as to what the final review would look like. It is the side effect of the process. Sometimes though, some jump out and surprise you and force you to reconsider the process by which we analyze things and the time we should give it. This was one such book! When we first encounter our standoffish protagonist, she has reached her late aunt's garlic farm. She is not emotional about the whole thing and only feels twinges of guilt for years of keeping her distance. A couple of chapters in she continues to moan about all the changes she has to make. I was chastising her in my mind for quite a while till suddenly the I started to 'get' her. It was almost like the plot of the storyline itself. Just like Mabel, who disliked the imposition on her time and the unnecessary responsibilities foisted on her, I learnt to roll with the punches. Mabel grew to understand, what to her was a warped sense of community and she felt like doing her part. The garlic farm requires a lot of work to get the field harvested before the rains, there is the suspicion about her aunt's death, a garlic thief and so many people making almost absurd claims on her time. I would never have imagined it being such a labour-intensive process (not having given this crop much thought). The mystery was quite decent but I was more absorbed in how Mabel learns to talk to people and keep interacting with them for extended periods of time, something she has never felt even the remotest inkling to do previously.  I will read more in this series if given a chance because it was definitely a unique and well-written start to a new cozy mystery series.  I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amary Chapman

    From farm to.....Missing? App developer Mabel Skinner inherits her aunt Peggy's farm. Her plans to be in and out fall by the wayside in the light of how much the town depends on her harvest, the one needing to be done soon, very soon. She agrees to at least bring in the harvest, but then becomes suspicious about her aunt's death. Trying to do her own job, bring in the harvest and investigate Aunt Peggy's death eats into most of her time. She contends with hit and miss phone service, no internet From farm to.....Missing? App developer Mabel Skinner inherits her aunt Peggy's farm. Her plans to be in and out fall by the wayside in the light of how much the town depends on her harvest, the one needing to be done soon, very soon. She agrees to at least bring in the harvest, but then becomes suspicious about her aunt's death. Trying to do her own job, bring in the harvest and investigate Aunt Peggy's death eats into most of her time. She contends with hit and miss phone service, no internet, colorful characters intent on making her see things their way and the scarcity of information on her aunt's demise. Add missing crops, her aunt's famous garlic and she becomes suspicious of everyone. As more and more people in Peggy's life are vindicated, she ends up facing off with the killer, once unaware of who it was, but at the end....face to face with the last person she suspected. I requested and received a gratis NetGalley ARC to peruse and offer my opinion just as freely. If you love lively cozies, grab it for your reader.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    Six Cloves Under is the first book in A Garlic Farm Mystery series. The story is set in the small town of West Slocum. We meet Mabel Skinner who is a computer app designer. Mabel's aunt has passed away and left her Stinkin' Stuff Farm, a garlic farm! Mabel hopes to go to the farm and clean things up and get back to her home as soon as possible. Unfortunately for Mabel, the garlic crop is ready to be harvested and the whole town is counting on that garlic crop. After discovering her aunt's journa Six Cloves Under is the first book in A Garlic Farm Mystery series. The story is set in the small town of West Slocum. We meet Mabel Skinner who is a computer app designer. Mabel's aunt has passed away and left her Stinkin' Stuff Farm, a garlic farm! Mabel hopes to go to the farm and clean things up and get back to her home as soon as possible. Unfortunately for Mabel, the garlic crop is ready to be harvested and the whole town is counting on that garlic crop. After discovering her aunt's journals, she thinks someone might be stealing the garlic! I loved this book! This was a new author to me and I really enjoyed how different it was. I love how the author explained the growing and harvesting of garlic, something I had never read before. The characters were well developed and the plot was perfectly paced with some surprises. I look forward to the next book in this series and more of Mabel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura M

    This was a different protagonist than I am used to in cozy mysteries. Mabel Skinner is an app developer and doesn't know squat about garlic. However, she must learn quickly when her aunt dies and leaves Mabel her garlic farm. Mabel thinks something besides the garlic smells funny at Stinkin' Stuff Farm. She is soon convinced her aunt was murdered. She not only has to keep her boss happy, bring in her garlic crop in three days, and figure out where to bury her aunt, she must quickly learn if her This was a different protagonist than I am used to in cozy mysteries. Mabel Skinner is an app developer and doesn't know squat about garlic. However, she must learn quickly when her aunt dies and leaves Mabel her garlic farm. Mabel thinks something besides the garlic smells funny at Stinkin' Stuff Farm. She is soon convinced her aunt was murdered. She not only has to keep her boss happy, bring in her garlic crop in three days, and figure out where to bury her aunt, she must quickly learn if her aunt's death was murder or a natural death. Mabel is far more introverted than most cozy mystery protagonists. She would much rather work through the night by herself than deal with farm work at the crack of dawn, but it is what it is. I think this might have made me only give this three stars just because it is so different than most cozies. The writing is very good, however, and I look forward to seeing Mabel come out of her shell a bit more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    What a fun start to a new cozy series! I love that the main character is a coder for an app developer, and that she's pretty anti-social...or at least socially awkward. She's still relatable, but is not at all cutesy, which I appreciated. The characters are interesting, and so are the small town dynamics. It follows many of the recent cozy tropes (relative died and main character is suddenly thrown into a new life as a result of inheriting the farm or shop or whatever), but it felt fresh. My only What a fun start to a new cozy series! I love that the main character is a coder for an app developer, and that she's pretty anti-social...or at least socially awkward. She's still relatable, but is not at all cutesy, which I appreciated. The characters are interesting, and so are the small town dynamics. It follows many of the recent cozy tropes (relative died and main character is suddenly thrown into a new life as a result of inheriting the farm or shop or whatever), but it felt fresh. My only real complaint was the VERY heavy, clunky foreshadowing of the tractor driving. It was obvious waaaay before the ending that the climactic scene would involve Mabel driving the tractor. And that scene, when it finally came, was completely, laughably ridiculous. Which kind of undermined the feeling of suspense and danger. But other than that, a good read! I look forward to the next book in the series. Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

    It were as though the author set out to create one of the most unlikeable main characters I've run across. She does mellow a bit by the end, but the story was a slog featuring her cold, hostile personality. I was frustrated that although it's asserted Aunt Peggy was loved by all, there were few (if any?) specific examples of exactly why that was so. Also difficult to believe that the woman could have run a successful business without so much as an active email address, let alone a website. She a It were as though the author set out to create one of the most unlikeable main characters I've run across. She does mellow a bit by the end, but the story was a slog featuring her cold, hostile personality. I was frustrated that although it's asserted Aunt Peggy was loved by all, there were few (if any?) specific examples of exactly why that was so. Also difficult to believe that the woman could have run a successful business without so much as an active email address, let alone a website. She and Mabel had not communicated in years, yet Peggy loved her so much. We're to accept that Mabel was only willing to hear from her by email/text, while Peggy apparently made no effort to reach out by voice or snail, setting up the story premise. Mabel expresses regret towards the end, but the whole thing was too much for me. So, many reviewers love this one, looking forward to a sequel. I certainly won't be among them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Yowsa! Mabel knows next to nothing about farming- she's an app developer- but her aunt Peggy died and left her a garlic farm in West Slocum, a town she where she knows no one. Mabel has spent her life as more or less a hermit (well- social distancing!) communicating with others chiefly by email, so asking for help is hard. She really really needs help because the garlic has to be harvested and shipped to the people and businesses who have purchased it. Mabel also suspects Peggy was murdered so s Yowsa! Mabel knows next to nothing about farming- she's an app developer- but her aunt Peggy died and left her a garlic farm in West Slocum, a town she where she knows no one. Mabel has spent her life as more or less a hermit (well- social distancing!) communicating with others chiefly by email, so asking for help is hard. She really really needs help because the garlic has to be harvested and shipped to the people and businesses who have purchased it. Mabel also suspects Peggy was murdered so she needs to sort through the townspeople. It's a good start to a cozy series and if it seems like there are a lot of characters, that's because we don't know yet who will be important to Mabel in the future. No spoilers. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I liked that Mabel is different from the usual cozy heroine and the garlic info as well as the mystery of course!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denice Langley

    A cozy mystery on the Stinkin' Stuff Farm that could leave you to believe there was more than garlic smelling up the place! Gin Jones has given us a unique setting with a unique set of characters. When she inherits her aunt's garlic farm, our young coder must turn her life upside down, literally since she is a night owl who works alone and doesn't care for people or the outside much. With clear intentions of selling the farm and moving on, she's not quite sure at what point she started to care a A cozy mystery on the Stinkin' Stuff Farm that could leave you to believe there was more than garlic smelling up the place! Gin Jones has given us a unique setting with a unique set of characters. When she inherits her aunt's garlic farm, our young coder must turn her life upside down, literally since she is a night owl who works alone and doesn't care for people or the outside much. With clear intentions of selling the farm and moving on, she's not quite sure at what point she started to care about what goes on in this typically corny....I mean garlicky...neighborhood. When she begins to suspect that maybe her aunt's death was not as it seems, the fun starts as our intrepid farmer must keep one day ahead of the harvest and a few steps ahead of the killer. A really good start to a new series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book. It's well-paced with only a few spots that lagged. I really liked the main character Mabel, her way of thinking and attitude. It's an interesting mystery, especially since most of the characters didn't believe that there was a murder. The reveal was good, with Mabel driving the tractor she most adamantly didn't want to drive. I hope that there are more books to come with Mabel and the cat Pixie. #SixClovesUnder #NetGalley

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