Give Murder in the Community Garden a chance. Ms. Gonda is a fabulous writer, and I know you won’t be disappointed.


About The Book

A Tory Benning Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: May 10, 2022

Budding sleuth Tory Benning has to overcome planted evidence and growing suspicions to save an innocent man from being framed . . .

Designing a community garden as part of a new condo project seemed like a no-brainer to landscape architect Tory Benning, since it would bring people together and enhance the environmental profile of the property. But soon members of the garden begin squabbling and even leveling accusations of sabotage against each other in a friendly growing competition. Then one of the gardeners is found murdered at the grand opening, and Tory realizes she’ll have to weed through some damning false evidence to help prove her implicated friend is innocent.

It’s a daunting challenge given that her friend was seen threatening the victim on live TV and all the clues point to him as the culprit, but Tory is certain someone is behind a devious plot to set him up. As she starts looking into the backgrounds of those closest to the victim, secrets begin to emerge about marital infidelity, a sizable inheritance, and estranged children. Fearful now that she might be going up against someone far more cunning than a garden-variety killer, Tory will have to stand her ground to bring the culprit to justice—and be careful not to dig her own grave . . .

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The Review

I have to start out this review by saying how much I’m really enjoying these cozy mystery books that I have the opportunity to review. I still love romance, but a good mystery makes me a happy woman.

Murder in the Community Garden is the third book in the Tory Benning Mystery series by Judith Gonda. The reader doesn’t need to read the previous books in order to understand the plot of this book. Each book can stand alone but can be read in order if the reader wishes.

Murder in the Community Garden was just so good. It was cute and funny and a fast read. I was entertained from beginning to end.

I loved the secondary characters that helped make the story flow and keep the plot moving. Ashley, the best friend of our protagonist Tory, was a real friend and made me like her all the more.

I’d like to read the other books in the series as I’d like to read more about Tory and her super-sleuthing.

Give Murder in the Community Garden a chance. Ms. Gonda is a fabulous writer, and I know you won’t be disappointed.

About The Author

Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians, plants, and puns, so it’s not surprising they all pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning. To learn more about her books, please visit her website:


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Lori Van Buren
Lori Van Buren
I’ve reviewed before for the now closed Romancing the Book. I love reading whether it’s an ebook or a good old-fashioned book book. The smell of a book is such a nice smell. I work with handicapped adults in my real life and I live in New York State.



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Give Murder in the Community Garden a chance. Ms. Gonda is a fabulous writer, and I know you won’t be disappointed.5-STAR REVIEW: MURDER IN THE COMMUNITY GARDEN by Judith Gonda