Review of Essentials Of Murder

Essentials Of Murder

Aromatherapy Apothecary. Book #

Kim Davis

5 Stars


Recovering from a scandal that chased her from San Francisco, Carissa Carmichael struggles to find acceptance in her small Southern California hometown as she opens her aromatherapy  and reflexology shop.

When she finds a man murdered in her distilling room, Carissa becomes the main suspect, especially when her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. Despite her father’s position as Oak Creek Valley’s chief of police, most townspeople assume she’s guilty—including the new leading detective. 

Refusing to run again, Carissa knows she must prove her innocence to save her shop and her family’s reputation. With suspects acting as slippery as the essential oils she distills, it’s up to Carissa to apply pressure and sniff out the truth before it’s too late. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Carissa is a hard working woman who wants to make a go of her aromatherapy

shop.  She has returned to her Southern California hometown after a scandal and just wants her aromatherapy business to be successful. Her and her dad get along well and he tries to help her anyway he can.  When a man is killed in her shop, she is the prime

suspect and will need to figure out the culprit.  If she cannot figure it out, she can say goodbye to her shop and her freedom.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.  I was surprised at who the killer was.

I really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the relationship between Carissa and her dad, it showed how much they cared about each other.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher,Kindred Ink Press, which I greatly appreciate.

Essentials of Murder (Aromatherapy Apothecary Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Kim Davis, Kindred Ink Press]
Kim Davis

Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When not spending time with
her two granddaughters, she can be found either writing stories, blogging at Cinnamon,
Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder, or in the kitchen creating new recipes and yummy
treats to share.
She has also published suspense novel, A Game of Deceit, under K. A. Davis, and cozy
mysteries Sprinkles of Suspicion and Cake Popped Off, along with several children’s
nature articles in a variety of magazines.
Kim Davis is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
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