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For thousands of years man has used plants to heal ... and to kill. What is growing in 117? Stu, the apartment handyman, will know obsession when he meets the beautiful new tenant with the deep green eyes ... and the horrific truth about Patchouli.

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Words: 3,900
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465707925
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on Sep. 05, 2012 :
Once upon a time I wondered if I was rude to have only entered 1 of my neighbors' homes (in 10 years). Jerry has made me feel like a genius instead!!

This one was about as far off McKinney's beaten path as he could go! I've said it before and I'm saying it again: One of the greatest things about this author is that he doesn't seem to have a comfort zone. Each story is wildly different from the last.

Stu is the kind of guy (nearly) everyone can identify with. He's at a point in his life where loneliness has become unbearable, and he's getting desperate as he worries the entirety of his life will be spent miserably.

Imagine his excitement when a mysterious, single, good-looking, friendly woman moves in next door! WOW does she smell great too! This could be the ONE.

Poor Stu. He really shouldn't have tried so hard. See, there's a reason she remained mysterious and somewhat aloof. Unsuspecting Stu soon stumbles upon her secret...

McKinney taught me to enjoy short stories after a lifetime disliking them. The rushed paces, the abrupt endings, the lack of character development - None of these apply to this author's work.

If (like me) those are reasons you avoid short stories too, I recommend you give ANY (yep, any!) McKinney book the chance to change your mind!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on July 14, 2012 :
This is the story of Stu, handyman to an apartment block. A new neighbour has moved in, and she seems to be surrounded by the scent of patchouli. He becomes obsessed with her and what is hiding behind her apartment door.

This was quite steamy for Jerry, and quite odd. I enjoyed it and it certainly made me think about the people around me and the secrets they are hiding! Stu found out and regretted it after! Another great tale from the twisted mind of Jerry McKinney, read it and enjoy it.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 08, 2012 :
Ahhh... The scent of a woman.... It can kill you! Literally! When a beautiful woman moves in next door, she is all Stu can think of. Her sent. Her eyes. Her being.
The apartment handyman is captivated to the point of no return. Jerry McKinney has once again written a great story with great characters. A great read!!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Jerry McKinney has a way with words and characters that make you cringe and cheer all at the same time.

Ahhhh the smell of Patchouli evokes passion, love, death....Check out the green eyed, hot girl in apartment 117. She looks like a playboy model, smells like heaven and makes you feel like a teenager. Then there is Irene, another hottie....she needs you to check out her plumbing.....
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Feb. 15, 2012 :
He let curosity and his needs get the best of him. He also was the apartment handyman so he needed to know what was going on, didn't he? Although sometimes knowing too much and getting too involved can lead you down paths you can't get back up. It's the people, their problems, and the smells they emit. The smell, what is that lingering smell that invades your space? Stu, he likes his job and Jerry does an excellent job showing you how well he does his job and the interactions among the tenants. But sometimes, you never know what goes on behind the locked doors and perhaps it should stay that way.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Feb. 05, 2012 :
Apartment buildings can be full of all kinds of people, and as the handyman, Stew, knows all of the tenants in his. He lives his normal life and does his normal things until the green eyed beauty moves in next door. Stew cannot understand why the smell of the girl next door stirs his hormones the way she does but he is more than willing to get to know her better.
This is a great erotic horror and another of Jerry McKinney's wonderful stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Another great tale by Jerry McKinney. Imagine a scent that drives you to do things out of the norm, poor Stu can't get enough of the erotic smell. He really is a good bloke, it's not his fault he's addicted. Ah, poor Stu.
I loved this read, you will too.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on Dec. 24, 2011 :
Neighbors can be peculiar. They can be mysterious, unfriendly, or a little too friendly. But if your neighbor smells like "Patchouli", you had better pack up and move!!! Unfortunately for Stu, he works as the building's handyman in addition to being a tenant. The poor guy wouldn't leave if he could though, because one whiff of the pungent plant's fragrance and he was hooked. As the days progress, he finds himself in quite a "stew". The woman next door seems to have some eccentricities. Or perhaps she doesn't really live alone . . . This is another of author Jerry McKinney's well-wrought tales. He knows how to weave a story that will make you wonder until the end. And then he may leave you breathless, satisfied, or craving more. But one thing is certain: You will be enthralled and entertained from start to finish!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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