Olive Branch Mystery Week: You Say Tomahto, I Say You’re Dead by Gale Borger: Review

Format; Kindle Edition, 33 pages Published:  February 14, 2012 by Echelon Press  ASIN: B0079OX6LK Edition language: English Series: Olive Branch Mysteries #4
Format; Kindle Edition, 33 pages
Published: February 14, 2012 by Echelon Press
ASIN: B0079OX6LK
Edition language: English
Series: Olive Branch Mysteries #4

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Synopsis from Goodreads: Pone and Bean have found a girl (it’s not the first one), but it disappears from the compost pile on the Hunnicut estate before the police can get there. Where did she go? Who killed her? Was she a dead prostitute, or was she just a girl in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Looking for a corpse that has taken a hike is no easy task–that is, until a trip to the hydroponic vegetable operation yields more than tomatoes!
The Olive Branch Garden crew finds teamwork is a must when they’re one player down, and searching for clues is no easy task when you’re up against the money and power of the Hunnicut family.
But what the heck is up with Cash, and whose team is he playing for?

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

**contains spoilers for previous episodes**

Boy does episode four open with a bang!  Bean (aka Ryan O’Sullivan) is recovering in the hospital after having been shot while trying to protect Spaz (aka Evie).  To say Spaz has taken some serious notice of Bean doesn’t even come close; she even sucks up her fear of hospitals to go visit him!  Typical of Borger’s style, this should-be-serious scene is cut through with awkwardness, witty banter, and humor.   I laughed out loud during the exchange between Spaz and Bean’s mom, Maureen as well as when Bean explains to Spaz exactly what happened to his hair 🙂

When things once again get serous the kids determine they are still committed to finding out who killed Spaz’s friend and at least one other girl.  By accident, the kids learn two things: 1) the Hunnicut’s own a company called You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto and; 2) the company is need of some new employees.  True to form the kids decide they are just the replacements the company is looking for and set out to acquire new jobs.  Almost inexplicably the kids are once again in the right place at the right time and overhear Tomahto’s secretary discussing the disappearance of yet another young girl.  Obviously a little snooping around is in order and the kids set out to do just that!  While masquerading as employees, most of the group runs into a whole lot of nothing but a legitimate business.  Cash, on the other hand runs into a very, very irate and drunk Mrs. Hunnicut.  Based on what he overhears from the Mrs., Cash is led to the company’s dumpsters where he makes a grisly discovery, yet another dead girl.

Once again, the cops are called and Pone’s dad sweeps in to lead the investigation and ensure the kids get back to the Olive Branch safely.  The conversation between the detective is one of the highlights of this episode 🙂  Cash, justifiably shaken up by his discovery decides to see himself back to the Olive Branch but not before checking in on Bean at the hospital.  This episode leaves us with the two boys discussing the very real possibility that Mr. Hunnicut is not the killer after all . . . .

To be continued in episode five, Hosta La Vista, Baby!. . . .

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