I loved the previous books in the Mrs. Murphy series. However, Furmidable Foes made Mrs. Murphy and the other animals a side story. Front and center are St. Luke’s gardens and the historical fiction of runaway slaves in 1787. The Dorcas Guild’s events also play a role in the present day mysteries.
Overall, there seemed to be too many characters and too many plots squished within these 336 pages. And I’ve read, and enjoyed, the previous twenty-eight books in the series. I can’t imagine having to first meet the main characters in this mishmash. Read the earlier books in this series and skip this one. 2 stars.
Thanks to Bantam, Random House, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.