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Genre:  Mystery

Title:  Poisoned Petals

Author:  Joyce & Jim Lavene

Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime

ISBN:  978-0-425-21581-4

Pages:  262

Price:  $6.99

Dr. Peggy Lee didn’t plan on becoming involved in a murder investigation during her family’s visit, in the midst of her garden shop’s busy season.  But her dear friend, Darmus, has died in a terrible gas fire, followed by his brother, Luther, soon after.  Now the police want to know why there was a flower in Luther’s pocket, and who put it there.


Steve, her reliable new boyfriend, comes to the rescue and entertains the family while Peggy searches for clues.  And her father is more perceptive than the others and insists on helping.  Although she would prefer to keep the investigation to herself, she’s grateful he tagged along when she gets into some tight spots.


Things are not always what they seem, as Peggy finds out from her mysterious internet friend.  And her relationship with Steve is about to change in ways she never expected.


Peggy Lee is a middle-aged widow with a lot of spunk, who gets herself into situations no average woman would attempt.  While her character is very well developed, this reviewer would have enjoyed getting to know several of the secondary characters a bit better, also. 


Poisoned Petals blends a love of gardening with a well plotted murder mystery.  It’s an enjoyable and cozy read, perfectly suited for lounging in the garden on a summer day.


Muse Review Mark: Great Read


Reviewer: Alice Berger, Muse Reviews


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