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Arsenic in the Azaleas

Book 1, Lovely Lethal Gardens

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A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.
Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … seriously?
After her ex-husband leaves her high and dry, former socialite Doreen Montgomery's chance at a new life comes in the form of her grandmother, Nan's, dilapidated old house in picturesque Kelowna … and the added job of caring for the animals Nan couldn’t take into assisted living with her: Thaddeus, the loquacious African gray parrot with a ripe vocabulary, and his buddy, Goliath, a monster-size cat with an equally monstrous attitude.
It’s the new start Doreen and her beloved basset hound, Mugs, desperately need. But, just as things start to look up for Doreen, Goliath the cat and Mugs the dog find a human finger in Nan’s overrun garden.
And not just a finger. Once the police start digging, the rest of the body turns up and turns out to be connected to an old unsolved crime.
With her grandmother as the prime suspect, Doreen soon finds herself stumbling over clues and getting on Corporal Mack Moreau’s last nerve, as she does her best to prove her beloved Nan innocent of murder.

Customer Reviews

Fun read!

This is book one in the Lethal Gardens series and it features Mack, Doreen and Nan. This quirky story is a witty, wacky murder mystery with crazy characters and their pets. In this first book there is NO romance even slightly happening. As a reviewer this genre with its lack of romance is not the normal for me but I decided to give it a chance anyways. As I started reading it became more and more interesting and before I knew it I was HOOKED! The murder mystery was brilliantly written. The outcome was surprising! Nan is fantastic! These quirky characters have just the right amount of crazy and seriousness in them. Mack is totally serious, more than sexy and I want more of him. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Hilarious series start

Omg!!! This is a hilarious mystery.
Our girl Doreen has just gotten out a marriage, (she got the shaft money wise, and hopefully that’ll change).
She moves to be closer to her grandma Nan, whom just moved to a retirement home.
Doreen’s first day involves her basset hound, a house that has seen better days, two new pets and a dead body!
With help from the local PD and Nan, Doreen is on the case!

Cute story

I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. If you’re a loyal reader of this authors books; I feel I must warn you that this book (a first in her new series) is VERY different from anything else she’s written before.

This book reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum mysteries. The book while dealing with some morbid events, was truly light hearted an comical in parts, but no hot-steamy love scenes, violence, or profanity. This book can be read by all-ages. Some may find it to be a little “young,” but as with most of Ms. Dale’s work, it is well written and a fast read.

Story begins with Doreen Montgomery, a soon to be single 35 year-old woman who’s on her own for the first time. After losing everything but her dog (Mugs) and her expensive (mostly useless) wardrobe, Doreen moves into her grandma “Nan’s” home.

One hour after arriving at her new home, Doreen’s dog and Nan’s cat (Goliath) bring her a human finger! Then the adventure begins. This is an entertaining and somewhat silly story. The next book in the series will be Bones in the Begonias. I’m looking forward to it.

Arsenic in the Azaleas
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  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: Jan 22, 2019
  • Publisher: Valley Publishing Limited
  • Seller: Valley Publishing Ltd.
  • Print Length: 296 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Lovely Lethal Gardens
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