Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.
Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.
If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.
**Cait Sidhe’s Review of Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes**
This year has been a tough reading year. I needed something light and fluffy to “reset” and hopefully jump start my reading stall. Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes was exactly what I needed! I’ve read Michelle M. Pillow before with Second Chance Magic which was a lot of fun. I’m not typically a cozy mystery reader, but paranormal cozy mystery? Well, I might be a convert now. I mean, look at that adorable cover to start!
Brother and sister Dante and Lilly Goode find out that their mother Marigold left them an inheritance in the town of Lucky Valley and have been called back by Aunt Polly. They aren’t excited, to say the least. After all, their mother left them and their other sister, Jessie, at the firehouse at a very young age. The town of Lucky Valley isn’t excited to have them back either. The Goodes have been blamed for all the bad luck. There’s a long history of bad blood between the town and its founders, The Goodes. Matter of fact, someone in the town wants them gone for good. Aunt Polly keeps telling them they come from a long line of magic and she’s going to help them get it back, they just think she’s nuts.
There’s so much quirkiness in this book! Aunt Polly is a hoot. She’s batty as can be but she makes sense to herself! Eccentric and off the wall, she was a favorite. Herman, the pet lobster. The army of garden gnomes. Lilly and Dante coming into their powers was a blast. The raccoon that ran off with their powers? Hilarious. Of course, the sexy werewolf code inspector that is supposed to be running them out of town decides that the Goodes might just be misunderstood. This story was so much fun to read. The characters were all great and the laughs just kept coming. Haunts and hijinx abound in Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes.
This is #1 in the (Un)Lucky Valley series by Michelle M. Pillow but #7 in the Happily Everlasting World with authors Jana Deleon, Kristen Painter, and Mandy M. Roth. It certainly won’t be my last in either series!
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Romances, Cozy Mysteries, and PWF (Paranormal Women’s Fiction)
Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She believes life is an adventure fueled by copious amounts of coffee.
Newly relocated to the American South, Michelle is involved in various film and documentary projects with her talented director husband. She is mom to a fantastic artist. And she’s managed by a dog and cat who make sure she’s meeting her deadlines.
For the most part she can be found wearing pajama pants and working in her office. There may or may not be dancing. It’s all part of the creative process.
Michelle M. Pillow is a multi-published, Internationally Bestselling Author writing in many fiction genres including the Bestselling Dragon-Shifter series Dragon Lords and Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, and the mischievously magical Warlocks MacGregor.
Works also include Lord of the Abyss and Lords of the Var and the National RT award-winning historical Maiden and the Monster.