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Silent Bud Deadly

English Cottage Garden Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Poppy never imagined she’d move to the English countryside and fall in love with a smug, demanding, ginger-haired male. Of course, that was before she discovered that she’d inherited a cottage garden nursery and before she met a certain talkative orange cat. Now she’s embracing a new life filled with rambling roses, fragrant herbs, warm summer days…and weeds (lots of weeds), as she attempts to restore the neglected cottage garden to its former glory. 

When she lands her first gardening job at a beautiful country house, Poppy is delighted to earn some much-needed money. But she barely sets foot in the flower bed before the meddling neighbour drops dead in front of her - murdered by a lethal poison. Before she knows it, Poppy is busy weeding out suspects, helped by mad scientist Bertie and his feisty terrier, Einstein, plus a whole host of nosy villagers…not to mention maverick crime author Nick Forrest. 

But with her clients’ flowerbed mysteriously dying and red herrings at every turn, Poppy soon discovers that neither gardening nor sleuthing are as simple as she thinks....

©2019 H.Y. Hanna (P)2019 H.Y. Hanna

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different

it is not quite as good as the tearoom series as it rambles a bit

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  • April Goldman
  • 22-08-2019

This series keeps getting better

I found myself totally engrossed in this story. I really enjoyed hearing about how Poppy has started to really settle into her new life and is sorting out business. She lands a job planting an English garden when nafarious happenings take place and a nosey neighbor winds up dead. With the help of a certain dark and handsome author, quirky scientist and of course a handsome ,demanding ginger tomcat Poppy tries to uncover the killer when she insteads lands herself in hot water.
I was keapt guessing on the identity of the killer and was completely surprised when the identity was revealed.
Pearl Hewitt casts her spell again bringing this story to life. I didn't want to stop listening! I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange a review. The thoughts above are my own.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 06-10-2019

Lighthearted fun with laugh-out-loud moments!

Silent Bud Deadly is a fun and lighthearted read with several laugh-out-loud moments, and an enjoyable follow up to Deadhead and Buried in the English Cottage Garden Mystery series. The always impressive Pearl Hewitt narrated this audiobook, as she did with the prior book in the series. Pearl narrates with such enthusiasm and excitement that it’s impossible not to be entertained by such a charming cozy mystery series.

The story begins soon after Poppy Lancaster inherits her estranged grandmother’s dilapidated cottage garden nursery. After working hard to restore the nursery to its former glory - primarily pulling out all the weeds - Poppy is rewarded with her first gardening contract at a beautiful country house. Soon after she begins, the meddling next door neighbor drops dead in front of her after being given a lethal poison. Poppy can’t resist but get involved in discovering who did it, eliciting the help of a few of her quirky neighbors in the process.

What I like most about H.Y. Hanna’s stories are they are well written with likable characters and the mysteries are plausible with enough red herrings so as not to spoil the endings. I especially enjoyed reading how Poppy made mistakes in her attempt at honing her gardening skills, as well as learning some insight into a few of the secondary characters such as Bertie the eccentric old inventor and Nick the former detective turned crime author. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this fun cozy series!

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  • Laurie I
  • 20-01-2020

Love this series!!

H.Y. Hanna’s cozy mysteries are always fun and addictive, and Silent Bud Deadly was no exception. I love how she effortlessly and cleverly weaves in the back story so that you won’t feel lost no matter where you enter the series. The recurring characters are a pleasure to revisit. I was glad to see that Bertie, Poppy’s neighbor who invents strange things that he tends to try out on unsuspecting people, was back in book 2. His antics brought many chuckles during the story. My favorite cat, Oren, the very vocal tabby, and its owner, the enigmatic writer, Nick Forest, were also present in book 2 to my delight.
I also learned much about various poisonous houseplants. Discovering something new while reading an H.Y. Hanna mystery is always a highlight.
Overall, this whodunnit was plausible and highly enjoyable. I definitely recommend this series, especially if you like intelligent cozy mysteries with fun, quirky characters and a great plot.

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  • Katie S
  • 18-12-2019

Better than the 1st!

I have to fight not to say "I love this series!" in every review. lol But I do love it! This book is even better than the first. Bertie makes me laugh out loud, and Poppy is pretty astute for an amateur detective. I just wish she would've taken her gardening business more seriously rather than paying so much attention to detective work. However, that particular theme was addressed at the end it became a lesson for Poppy, so it's not as if the writer ignored it or that it was an accident or anything. I love how HY Hanna is developing her characters. They're not stupid or aggravating and she weaves great lessons, clues, and themes all through her books. Excellent writing!

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  • Martha Wood
  • 22-09-2019

Not believable!

Main character inherits a business with no idea what she is doing. She proceeds to pretend without asking for help. Too ignorant for me to endure.

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  • John N. Colantonio
  • 26-07-2020

An Entertaining Escape

Replete with botany, mystery and a dash of comedy. The narrator captures the experience.

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  • Judy
  • 02-07-2020

I love this series.<br />H.Y. Hanna does not disappoint

I have yet to find a spot in her books that makes me bored. I am so glad that Audible carries her books.

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  • Wendy Castillo
  • 03-02-2020

Wit and Humor

The story was delightful and easy to listen to while I completed my daily chores. Poppy and Oren are hysterically smart and Pearl Hewitt's performance is bang on. I am going to read book 3. I'm hoping that there's a fourth book heading for the audible stacks.

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  • T. Dunas
  • 22-01-2020

Great fun cozy English and a mystery

I love H.Y. Hanna’s mysteries. I laugh out loud in every one of her mysteries, so far. These are great fun and clean. They are well written and engaging.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 23-11-2019

Entertaing read/listen

Silent Bud Deadly (English Cottage Garden Mysteries #2), my nineteenth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna & & the second book in her new English Cottage Garden Series. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrator’s British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds & really enjoyed the read. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. This series is so good my family has taken to listening to it over watching television, next up is Doom & Bloom (English Cottage Garden Mysteries #2). (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 01-09-2019

A fun new series

A great new series. I always know that I'm going to be entertained when I pick up a H.Y. Hanna book. There will be lots of humour and a good mystery with quirky characters. I enjoyed this book as much as the first. Pearl Hewitt is a very popular narrator and I always enjoy her performances.
Looking forward to reading more!

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • GeraniumCat
  • 04-07-2020

Charming and cosy

H.Y. Hanna has recently cornered the market in ditsy heroines who solve mysteries. The latest such protagonist, Poppy, is learning to garden very quickly having inherited a cottage in a village, having lived in town until now. Along with a garden in need of restoration she finds eccentric neighbours, the odd body, and a large demanding tomcat. Not only does she investigate the murders she stumbles across, she's trying to find out about her own history and her unknown father.

Poppy is sweet and gently amusing and sometimes irritating in her dogged pursuit of red herrings, very much like Hanna's other heroines - if she were to get them together we'd have trouble telling them apart. Nevertheless, these are very goodhearted, cosy stories, excellent for drifting off to sleep with and a pleasant panacea for daily woes. They are read very well by Pearl Hewitt, who has voiced all of Hanna's books and has an excellent line in cat conversation.

My only caveat, and it's a purely personal one, is I dislike punning titles - I can't quite remember how I persuaded myself to listen to a book with such a title, but I'm glad I did.

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  • PJ
  • 26-08-2019

H.Y.Hanna

This author has captured the way to write really good novels I think I have read all of them now. Her stories are such that you must read all I have loved all of them