Saturday, March 5, 2022

Blog Tour and Book Review: WEED LAKE A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN Crossover by Julie Seedorf



About the Book

Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live only twenty miles apart in rural Minnesota, they are careful not to encroach on each other’s territory. Granny and Jezabelle both believe a rivalry exists on who is the better crime solver.

When Delight Delure, Granny’s friend and Jezabelle’s niece, sends them on vacation with the women’s two best friends, Mavis and Lizzy, they don’t know they will be actual cabin neighbors at Weed Lake in Northern Minnesota. During a skirmish with each other and an accidental plop in the lake, they find a dead body. Adding to the mystery are clues and puzzles left on their doorstep that may warn of danger and others that show friendship and caring. Which one should they believe? Are their lives in peril, or are they being pranked, and to what end?

The two cunning amateur sleuths work together to solve a murder that Sheriff Phil Puxatawny doesn’t take seriously. But mayhem breaks out, having all four women wondering if they’ll leave Weed Lake alive.


With a little help from Delight, Mavis and Granny are off to the spa, or at least that's what Granny is led to believe. Instead it is an isolated at Weed Lake with the promise of nude mud baths courtesy of the lake. Only Delight also arranged for Granny's rival, Jezabelle and her best friend Lizzy to write their cookbook. When they stumble on the dead body in the muddy lake, Granny and Jezabelle reach an understanding they'll work together (sort of). Ultimately, they may not have a choice.

Whether in Brilliant, Fuchsia, or Weed Lake, MN, these women make for a fun read. The characters of Granny and Jezabelle are well-developed, their dialogue and actions providing a real sense of their personalities, quirks, and foibles. The story is well-paced with additional quirky characters like the sheriff. Nothing is ordinary when Granny or Jezabelle have a mystery or puzzle to solve. 

This is a cross-over of two series, most definitely to be enjoyed by fans of Fuchsia and Brilliant MN. Weed Lake can be read as a stand alone, given the well-crafted characters. Like unique and quirky characters, sleuths who compete to solve a stranger's murder, and humor? This one will not disappoint. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About the Author

Julie Seedorf grew up in Southern Minnesota, attending grade school and high school in a small community. She learned the value of small-town life and small-town relationships. Still living in rural Minnesota, she cherishes the beauty of the changing seasons and the various landscapes the state offers.

Through the years, she has worn many hats. Her favorite was activity director in a nursing home and finally computer repair and sales, eventually earning her own business before retiring to write and enjoy life.

She is a wife and proud mother of two boys and one daughter, along with four grandchildren. Being a mom and grandmother is her favorite career. Julie feels no other job can hold a candle to raising up a child in the way they should go. Remember the poem? Watching the world through a child’s eyes and seeing them light up with wonder takes us to the beauty of simple things we sometimes lose as an adult.

Julie has four-book series. Granny’s In Trouble, Fuchsia, MN, Brilliant, MN, and the Whistle Stop Series. She likes to write light mysteries occasionally bordering on silly and fantasy because she believes we need to take ourselves out of the real world for a space of time to laugh and relax.

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