One thing I love about cozy mysteries is that I don't need to share the hobbies and interests of the main character in order to enjoy the book. In fact, the ones I enjoy the most are often the ones in which the main character is very different from me, so I can learn something new. There are knitting mysteries, quilting mysteries, mysteries that revolve around tea, cookies or even poodles. And I love them all! Well, not all, but many. So I didn't think it would be a problem that Scent to Kill is part of the "Natural Remedies" series or that the main character runs a natural health store. But there was something about this one that made me feel almost deliberately excluded from the world of the character.
Maybe it was the fact that the main character's pet is named "Qigong" (pronounced "chee gung"). Or that she keeps referring to herself as "doctor" even though she's a naturopath. Or the fact that her name is Willow MacQuade and her boyfriend is Jackson Spade. (I mean, come on!) Or maybe it was the moment when she explains there's been a murder and her friend exclaims, "Murder? OMG! Just like three months ago!" Now, are we supposed to believe that her friend actually said "Oh Em Gee" or are we meant to assume she said "Oh my God" and the author was too lazy to write it out?
All in all, it was the little things which turned me off about this book.
If none of those things sound that bad to you then, by all means, don't let me stop you from enjoying this book. For me though, it'll be a miss on the rest of the series.
Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from Edelweiss (Above the Tree Line). I was asked to write an honest review, though not necessarily a favourable one. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.