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Bones in the Begonias

Book 2, 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. … Chaos continues. … Murders abound. … Honestly?

Doreen Montgomery’s new life in Kelowna was supposed to be a fresh start after a nasty split from her husband of fourteen years, plus a chance to get her bearings and her life back on track. Instead her first week in her new hometown was spent digging up dead bodies, chasing clues, and getting in Corporal Mack Moreau’s way.

But now that the old cold case has been solved, and the murderer brought to justice, Doreen believes things might go her way this week. When Mack hires her to whip his mother’s garden into shape, it seems like a second chance, both for Doreen’s new beginning in Kelowna and for her budding relationship with Mack.

But, instead of digging up Mrs. Moreau’s struggling begonias and planting them in a better location, Doreen discovers another set of bones … and another mystery to solve. As the clues pile up, Mack makes it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want or need her help, but Doreen can’t resist the lure of another whodunit. As she and Mack butt heads and chase red herrings, Doreen’s grandmother, Nan, sets odds and places bets on who solves the crime first.

All while a murderer is watching …

Customer Reviews

Fun series

Oh Doreen is at it again! This time bones are found at Mack’s moms garden.
Who’s is it? How did it get there?
Doreen and her animal sidekicks are on the case!

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Cute, but a bit silly

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 second in her new series) is VERY different from anything else she’s written before. It’s not a bad thing; there is zero romance/heat, minimal curse words (I’d allow my young teen/pre-teen) to read this book.

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, easy read.

Doreen Montgomery moves to Kelowna (BC) to live in her Grandma Nan’s home after a nasty split from her husband of 14 years.

Her her first week in her new home she “discovered “ a few dead bodies (with the assistance of her new family; her Basset Hound Mugs, her Grandmas pets a cat named Goliath and a vocal African Grey Parrot named Thaddeus).

She meets RCMP Detective Mack Moreau and seems to always be in his way while playing amateur detective.

In this book, Mack hires her to repair his mother’s garden, and they find bones in the begonias. Another morbid, but silly mystery ensnares Doreen and Mac to a somewhat expected conclusion.

This is an entertaining and somewhat silly story. The next book in the series will be Corpse in the Carnations.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Bones in the Begonias—Gardening Can Be Scary

This is a 6 books series. Books 1 and 2 are self contained (no cliff hangers) but I would suggest starting with Arsenic in the Azaleas. These books are written in a classical style -- hints, so many twists and turns, and just the beginnings of romance (friendship building).

Doreen, fairly new to a small town, is getting quite a reputation for herself. She helped the police solve a cold case (with several bodies) and has stumbled upon yet another, more or less. Doreen is ably assisted by her 3 pets (a parrot, a basset hound, and a Maine Coon cat). She is also a lady who is finding out who she is and discovering her strengths as she embraces her soon-to-be divorce status.

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Bones in the Begonias
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  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: Aug 06, 2019
  • Publisher: Valley Publishing Limited
  • Seller: Valley Publishing Ltd.
  • Print Length: 299 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Lovely Lethal Gardens
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