#BookReview “The Begonia Killer (Third Chance Enterprises Book 3)” by Jeff Bond

June 1-30, 2021 Tour



5/5 Stars!

Okay. She’s no Durwood Oak Jones, but I could hang out with Molly McGill… and get in way too much trouble!

Martha Dodson believes her secretive neighbor may be holding two young boys hostage in his home. However,  like law enforcement, Molly feels she has an over-active imagination.

But Martha does raise a few good points, and Molly is not happy about the way the woman has been blown off and dismissed.  While doubtful, she agrees to look into the situation.

And just like that, Molly McGill Investigators is on the case. Not having a private investigator’s license is a minor detail that’s never deterred Molly. The single mom has bills to pay!

Her first foray into the case finds Molly inside the home of Kent Kirkland, Martha Dodson’s stodgy neighbor, and suspected child kidnapper. The madcap antics she goes through to get from the front door to the upstairs checking for signs of the boys are straight slapstick comedy… but she does get that far and finds no proof to bolster her case.

But still.

The case becomes a part of Molly’s chaotic life which includes a precocious six-year-old who constantly steals her cellphone, a teenager who has all the answers, a riotous grandmother who has all the questions AND answers, and a burgeoning love affair with a police detective that keeps her off-balance.

Tenacious and impulsive, Molly is a great investigator and a great character to cheer on. Martha continues to supply Molly with info that leads her to dig deeper and get closer to danger, but what’s a little danger for someone who helped save the world from anarchist hackers?

Molly McGill is a force to be reckoned with and a perfect addition to the Third Chance Enterprises series that leaves me wondering how to get more of this series out of the author! HA!




You know Molly McGill from her death-defying escapes in Anarchy of the Mice, book one of the Third Chance Enterprises series. Now ride along for her first standalone caper, The Begonia Killer.

When Martha Dodson hires McGill Investigators to look into an odd neighbor, Molly feels optimistic about the case — right up until Martha reveals her theory that Kent Kirkland, the neighbor, is holding two boys hostage in his papered-over upstairs bedroom.

Martha’s husband thinks she needs a hobby. Detective Art Judd, who Molly visits on her client’s behalf, sees no evidence worthy of devoting police resources.

But Molly feels a kinship with the Yancy Park housewife and bone-deep concern for the missing boys.

She forges ahead with the investigation, navigating her own headstrong kids, an unlikely romance with Detective Judd, and a suspect in Kent Kirkland every bit as terrifying as the supervillains she’s battled before alongside Quaid Rafferty and Durwood Oak Jones.

The Begonia Killer is not your grandparents’ cozy mystery.


Book Details:

Genre: Mystery — Cozy/Romance

Published by: Jeff Bond Books

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Number of Pages: 195

ISBN: 1734622520 (ISBN-13 : 978-1734622522)

Series: Third Chance Enterprises, #3

Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

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