Sunday, April 19, 2015

Killing Weeds (A Peggy Lee Garden Mystery) by Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Synopsis: It’s spring in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of forensic botanist and garden shop owner, Peggy Lee. This spring has been beautiful, as always, with flowering trees and blue skies. 
But a killer is on the loose, and seems determined to destroy everyone and everything she cares about. 
When her garden shop, the Potting Shed, is brutally vandalized, Peggy doesn’t realize that it is only the beginning. Her son, Paul, who has been moonlighting as a private detective to investigate the death of his father, John Lee, is suspected of murder when a mink coat lined with poison kills the woman who is wearing it. 
Peggy identifies the particularly virile blend of botanical poisons in the coat. Unfortunately, her work as a specialist with plant poisons makes Paul even more interesting to the police. When attacks against her and her family continue, Peggy must go back through her years of sleuthing to finger the person responsible . . . before it’s too late. 

Thoughts: This is my first book in this series, but I can't wait to read more. I love that each chapter starts out with a description of a plant, flower, or tree that somehow ties into that particular chapter. 

The story is very well-written, and the characters are very believable. They have their problems and issues, and life is never trouble-free. I thought the case was all wrapped up at one point, but realized I still had 25% more of the book to read, so I knew something else was going to happen--and it did!

There's a cliff-hanger at the very end of the book which has me very anxious for the next installment in this series.

**I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Four stars

1 comment:

Diane Coto said...

This sounds very cool! I won't say I'm going to add it to my TBR, because the TBR wagon is about to bust, but it is one I hope to read someday. :)