Arsenic in the Azaleas

Arsenic in the Azaleas

by Dale Mayer

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161629277
Publisher: Valley Publishing Ltd.
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Series: Lovely Lethal Gardens , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,086
File size: 683 KB

About the Author

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author who writes for the young, the old and those in-between - no matter what the age. Some of her books are hot, some are sweet. Some will keep you up at night with a light on to keep the boogie man away and some you'll want to cuddle close.

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Arsenic in the Azaleas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
DNF... I am 70 pages in and other than finding the body, the main character has visited her nan and thought nonstop about her divorce. When there is dialogue it makes no sense and characters don’t behave in sensible, believable ways.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a fun 200 page read, I will be purchasing more in the series
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is a simple story. It is cute but not much depth. The author should be aware that conscious refers to a state of alertness (versus being comatose) whereas conscience is the part of one's awareness of right versus wrong....
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book was a good first cozy mystery.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed reading Arsenic In The Azaleas . This is book one in the Lovely Lethal Gardens series . This cozy mystery is great and definitely keeps your attention . It is humourous and delightful . The Characters are interesting . Doreen Montgomery is a accident waiting to happen but you gotta love her . Corporal Mack Moreau really has his hands full keeping Doreen in line or at least trying to . The collection of pets are a Fabulous interesting bunch . It is a very well written story . I look forward to more in this series . The story line is intriguing and interesting . I highly recommend taking the time to read and enjoy . I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
I enjoyed the book but it bogs down a bit over the divorce. The animals add to the story. I'll probably read more of this series if they aren't too expensive.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Ok mystery but got tired of reading about her ex and his new wife. Maybe Doreen could go ask her nan about lighting a gas stove and not act like it was impossible to do so. Or if she could go onher laptop and search for people, Did s he not realizeshe could learn about thestove, etc? Lml
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207 pages. Need more free reads in this series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Interesting in its own quirky way. Love the bird. Glad I dont have one though. Pete and repeat. Looking foward to book two. AKS
Anonymous 3 months ago
Easy reading, funny and enter.taining
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Fun read
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Way too much extra chatter and unimportant divorce info
DevotedReadAholic 8 months ago
Just loved this book! Have already read the next two books and they were great as well. Have been a fan of the author's romantic suspense books and can not believe this was even better! This book has everything you could want in a "cozy"! Loved the animals! Loved her crazy gambling granny and her new potential suitor! Doreen stumbles into body after body, after splitting with her husband. Its great to see her grow in self-sufficiency and how much she really wants to solve the mystery. Humor, light romance and a great mystery! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cheryl-S 9 months ago
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.
Dimac1 10 months ago
A great start to a new series by this author that had mystery, humour, and a bit of suspense near the end. Doreen has moved into her Nana’s house after her divorce, trying to get back on her feet and make a new life. Only after arriving to her new home, her dog happens to find something disturbing and soon the police are all up in her backyard and business. She then decides to find some answers and gets Mack, a corporal in the force, helping her out when she finds more mysteries in her home. Now if she can only stop finding bodies, she may have a normal life. A great start with a few scenes that had me chuckling out loud. I did miss the romantic aspect of the read but I’m hoping the author has Doreen and Mack find their way towards each other because of romance and not because of bodies. The story flowed nicely and Nana was a hoot as well as her family of furry pets. The ending brought all the answers to the mystery but leaves it on another mystery and a bit of a cliffhanger when Doreen, once again, finds something in a garden. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy and expressed my honest opinion*