Moving to quiet Adam's Grove in Virginia helped Brooke
Justice to avoid her irksome almost-ex-husband while the
divorce was finalised. In suspense tale MINT JULEPS AND
JUSTICE she's not looking for a man, but that doesn't stop
her appreciating Mike, a guy recently out of the Marines.
Her good friend Jenny is opening a health food and
smoothies bar, so Brooke lends her support. Then creepy
things start happening around her new home, and one evening
she finds her elderly dog treading water in the hot tub.
Has her husband Keith found her and gone around the bend?
Brooke has a job with the nebulous title of county
extension agent. This involves her driving around farms,
taking soil samples and advising on stock and crop
rotation. Some terms are not explained - why do market
lambs and goats invite nominations? Coming at the start of
the story this can slow the reader.
Keith is soon revealed as a sociopath; initially charming,
smooth and controlling, not afraid to wreck someone's life
when he can't get his own way. Brooke knows she is well
rid of him. Mike is easing his way back into civilian life,
caretaking a farm while he sets up a private investigation
agency and trains a German Shepherd pup. Mike's father
tries to set him up with dates but he's not interested
until he meets Brooke. He was widowed eight years ago, and
his heart has stood still. Maybe it's time to move on along
with all his other changes. There's an ex-con in town, just
to throw in some added tension, and this one has revenge on
I found a lot to interest me. Computer software helps the
modern PI track down the details of Keith's life but
Brooke's calendar being stored on her phone works to her
detriment. Brooke lives by lucky signs, like a cardinal or
a shooting star. Jenny is a really engaging friend, who
warns Brooke not to do anything she can't undo and then
comes with her to confront the ex. I loved the county fair
and local foods, such as blackberry cobbler with home-made
ice-cream. Mint juleps, made with spearmint, go with
Kentucky Derby parties, like the one near the end of the
tale which is a precursor to some nerve-wracking action.
Author Nancy Naigle warns that mint juleps are not for
sissies, and I believe that the excellent MINT JULEPS AND
JUSTICE suits strong women who want to change their
lives for the better.
Welcome to Adams Groveâ€¦where wrongs are righted with just
Luck abandoned Brooke Justice during her nasty divorce.
Desperate to escape her malicious ex-husband, she relocated
to the small town of Adams Grove, Virginia. When someone
breaks into her new house, she suspects her ex bears the
blame for the crime. With no evidence and little help from
the police, she asks a private investigator to take her case
â€”a private investigator whose sexy broad shoulders and
stunning blue eyes make her question her decision to swear
off relationships forever.
Mike Hartman fled Adams Grove when a devastating loss
left his heart in pieces. After years overseas in the
military, heâ€™s finally returned home, determined to start
anew as a private investigator. Then Brooke walks into his
office, awakening something he hasnâ€™t felt in years. Can
they both move onâ€¦into each otherâ€™s arms? Or will the pain
of the pastâ€”and the dangerous threat lurking in the presentâ€”
destroy their new beginning?