Gun in the Gardenias

Gun in the Gardenias

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. ... Chaos to more chaos. ... Fire destroys evidence. ... Or at least most of it! Flush with success from solving a decade-old kidnapping case, Doreen can't wait to find out what's next in her one-woman crusade to clean up Kelowna's cold crimes. But, before she can unearth another old case to sink her teeth into, she must tie up some loose ends from the last one.Steve Albright, fixer for the local biker gang, has made it clear that he blames Doreen for sending his friend Penny Jordan to prison. Steve even suggests that Doreen might have set up Penny Jordan. While Doreen wouldn't do that, she's afraid that other people might believe Steve. He's a popular figure in town and has a lot of friends, many of whom Doreen doesn't want to get any closer to than she must.At least Steve doesn't have his gun anymore, having dropped that in Doreen's neighbor's gardenia bed while she chased him from her yard. Which makes Doreen think that maybe it's safe to dig into Steve's past. Until she uncovers a connection to three arson cases from years ago and is warned off by Corporal Mack Moreau.But Doreen's never listened to Mack before, and it has all worked out thus far, so it's not like she has to listen to him now. Right?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773361918
Publisher: Valley Publishing Ltd.
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Series: Lovely Lethal Gardens Series , #7
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 350,437
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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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Gun in the Gardenias 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. This is book 7 of 7. in the Lovely Lethal Gardens series. This book series is quite different from anything else Ms. Dale has written before. But, quite excellent. The series continues to remind me of Janet Evanovich’s fun/silly Stephanie Plum mysteries. Doreen seems to inadvertently get into similar “adventures” as Stephanie Plum, and in lieu of a crazy, potty-mouthed, ex-prostitute, side-kick; Doreen has an crazy African Grey parrot. (Seriously).. The book while dealing with some morbid events, is light-hearted and comical in parts, but no hot-steamy love scenes, violence, or profanity. As always, Ms. Dale writes an entertaining and fast read. Series begins with Doreen Montgomery, a divorced 35 year-old woman who’s on her own for the first time. After losing everything but her dog (Mugs) an adorable Basset Hound moves into her grandma “Nan’s” home. Where she ends up the new caretaker/owner of some interesting pets. As before, I recommend this book, if you want a fun-light-hearted, but easy read book. If you are accustomed to some of Ms. Dale’s steamier work and that’s your preference; then you may not enjoy. It does help a bit to read the series in order, just to understand the characters better. The fun and crazy adventures of Doreen and her pets are suitable for younger readers 14+ in my opinion. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Absolutely Fantastic .I love this series .I enjoyed this story .Gun In The Gardenias . It is just as good if not better than the others in the series .Doreen and her family of animals continue to solve cold cases and Mack continues trying to convince her not to because it is just to dangerous . Thank goodness Doreens animals always come to her rescue . I love Doreens quirkiness and absolutely love her pets . Nan continues to entertain . The mystery continues will Mack and Doreen step out of the friend zone and will Doreen run out of cold cases . This is a well written and wonderful cozy mystery . It is full of unique characters . I highly recommend taking the time to read this story . I think it is fabulousI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Really enjoyed this cold case mystery. The animals are so adorable and smart!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love this series and the sweet entertaining pets in the books. This one was more research than action but it was a good read. I look forward to the next book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I've really enjoyed all the other books in this series but this one didn't have enough action in it like the others. Love the animals and the familiar characters. Looking forward to book 8.
Fleur_W 6 months ago
Dooren can't help it when a mystery needs to be solved even though it is straight after solving one and Mack seems to finally be getting that .... as in he isn't constantly telling her to leave it alone its just periodically now lol There are some good twists, laughs and good dash of mystery including the stuff Doreen finds under the stairs! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
AnAngelLady 6 months ago
This series is so much fun to read. The animals are so adorable. Doreen is in trouble with her neighbors all the time because she keeps solving cold cases so the media camps out in the cul de sac trying to see what she is up to next. Just when things quiet down, something pops up like a gun in the gardenias, of course, brought over by a disgruntled neighbor. Things keep heating up and it just gets better. I could go on and on and then I would spoil it, so I must stop. You will love this series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
moonfox1234 6 months ago
This is another incredibly enjoyable entry in this terrfic series. I am a true romance fan but I think it is impossible not the fall under the spell of Doreen and the rest of these lovable characters as each new mystery unfolds. The storyline will quickly capture your attention and have you trying hard to solve the case before Doreen can. In my opinion, what really makes this series so special is the cast of characters. From the sometimes too clever for her own good, trouble magnet that is Doreen, to the long suffering and much put upon Corporal Mack, to Doreen's outrageous, hilarious (and quite scene stealing) grandma, Nan, to Doreen's passel of loyal furred and feathered sidekicks (Goliath the cat, Muggs the dog and Thaddeus the parrot), these characters are genuine, likable and so very funny. If you are new to this series, you can feel free to jump in at any time as each book can be read as a standalone. However do keep in mind that character growth and relationships are evolving over the course of the series. A really fun read!
KathieSavage 6 months ago
Still smarting from the headwound she suffered in Book 5, Doreen now faces false rumors that she fabricated the allegations against her former new friend Penny Jordan. With the support of her good friend Corporal Mack , along with her 2-legged, 4-legged, and winged family members and an unexpected diversion from her neighbor’s finding a gun in his gardenias, Doreen is able to resolve completely several open questions from the cases in Books 5 and 6, as well as some new, now-related cold cases. Never a dull moment, even on the days when she is determined to rest so she can finish cleaning out her old house now that the valuable antique pieces have gone to the auction house. A good mix of excitement, danger, and exhausting housework in this, Book 7 of the Lovely Lethal Gardens series. Can’t wait to see what happens next! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
BookLover410 7 months ago
I'm not even a cozy mystery fan and yet I'm addicted to this series. It must be the animals, they are the stars of the show. Doreen has finally cleaned out her house, what mischief can she get up to next. There's always a cold case coming to life. Something is up with her neighbour, what is he up to? Will Doreen be fighting for her life yet again. Seems like she needs to turn her home into a fortress to stay safe. Loved this book and can't wait for the H story.
CherylLoverofPugs 7 months ago
I loved this book just as much as I loved all the other books in the series. The interaction between the main characters is just so awesome and it keeps you interested in the book. Love the interaction of the three animals in the book and how they each have their own personalities. The story-line is one where you are always wondering what type of trouble the main character will get into and how she will handle the case she gets herself involved in. The way the book is written keeps you guessing and also keeps you engrossed in the book. I always have trouble when I read this series as I do not want to put the book down and real life seems to always want to interrupt. Once again, the author has written a winner and I look forward to the next book in the series! Love, love, love these characters and these books! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maggs 7 months ago
So Corporal Mack Moreau worries about Doreen who can't seem to stay away from cold cases while her cuddly animals stay close to protect her. Thaddeus can peck, Mugs can bite and Goliath's claws are sharp as can be. Doreen can garden, clean house in beyond record time, is learning to cook with Mack's help but uses a skillet for other things, and can't help successfully playing at detective. I'm secretly wondering how big this town is as it seems full of criminals, or rather, it was full of them till Doreen arrived. I really enjoyed this perfect cozy mystery with it's endearing characters.
Wendy S Hodges 7 months ago
Gosh I love Doreen and her animals, it's like she just can't help herself from fathoming out all the why's and where's of whatever clues that almost liturally get thrown at her. Even when she's threatened or has a near miss she's scared but not put off, she just tries to make sure the animals and the house are as safe as possible, adjusting precautions as she can. The mystery in this was fairly intriguing and got a bit mixed with Penny's case a bit, plus juggling all the other bits and pieces so she was kept very busy. I am waiting for what I'm sure will be an explosive kiss between her and Mack when it eventually happens, they make a great couple. The animals as always add the light relief and the fierce protection of Doreen, the love between the 4 and the deep bond just keeps growing. Nan is kind and thoughtful she has spent years tucking things away and making sure Doreen would have a future when she needed it most, she reminds me a lot of my nan in many ways which makes this series such a joy to read. So glad I had today off so I could really dig in and spend it reading this fabulous story, now I want the next one.
cherlym 7 months ago
(4.5) I want to live next door to "Bone Lady" and her fur babies. I want to see Mack up close and personal and go lay a few bets with Nan. I feel like I know Doreen and I want to know her better. I have a few things she could certainly investigate for me :) This is another enjoyable read one that takes you out of your day to day as you go along for a fun ride as Doreen delves into more mysteries and cold cases. She has really grown since Arsenic in the Azaleas. I like her thinking things through, going the extra mile for loved ones and her growing friendship with Mack. I wanted to give this a 5 but I just couldn't understand how Steven got a way with so much when he seems to be a real clutz, and fool. It just nagged at me. Gun in the Gardenias made me smile, gave me family, a mystery and warmth. It truly embodies "cozy mystery" Thank you Dale, Booksprout and Valley Publishing for the arc. I freely volunteer my opinion. All thoughts are my own and were unsolicited.
Irene_SZ 7 months ago
Fun cozy mystery….Doreen is torn between finalizing the organization of her home and delving into historical crime records compiled by a dying journalist. Like every book in this series, Doreen does a little of both. I received a free copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. The growth of Doreen in this series makes this more than a cozy mystery series. It's interesting to see Doreen delve into everything whether it is gardening, cleaning out the old stuff from her inherited home, and researching cold cases. No everyone likes Doreen's crime research, but there is always someone looking for her help. Doreen also doesn't always realize that her suspicions put her into danger. I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one.
TrishAM 7 months ago
This is the second book that I have read from the Lovely Lethal Gardens series but as it is a standalone book, the fact that I hadn't read all the previous ones didn't detract from my enjoyment, This is a lovely gentle story, Doreen Montgomery is a pleasantly eccentric divorcee who was married to a very wealthy man so consequently lacked any domestic skills, her equally eccentric grandmother has moved into a nursing home and left her cluttered house to Doreen. Since moving to Kelowna Doreen has decluttered her grandmothers house, started a gardening business and set herself up as an armature sleuth. Corporal Mack Moreau of the police department has befriended Doreen and is teaching her to cook, he is amused and exasperated in equal measures at Doreen's interference in cold cases making more work for Mack and his team. This story is based around houses that have been burned to the ground and the charred bodies in them......who are the victims and who are the arsonists and what is the reason? Doreen suspects that Steve Albrough, a fixer for a local biker group is responsible for the murders and much to Mack's despair she sets out to gain proof. Doreen's life is in danger, can Mack save her ? there is definitely a gentle chemistry between Doreen and Mack.. Quite a lot of this sometimes amusing, but also serious story, is tongue in cheek, Doreen along with Thadeus the parrot. Muggs the dog and Goliath the cat add to the humour. If you are looking for nail biting suspense or hot romance then perhaps this isn't the book for you, but if you are looking for something different but equally enjoyable then I can recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.