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.
Arsenic in the Azaleas
Very entertaining and likeable sleuth with much potential for a buddy romance with the police chief.
I love that it’s set in Canada although she could’ve done her homework on climate , and a few other details.
The epilogue was messy, an almost rehash of the book.
I gave it 4 stars because it was so different.
Arsenic I the Azaleas
Found this book through Bookbub and thoroughly enjoyed it! A pleasant surprise to have it set in Kelowna,BC, one of my favorite cities ...brings back a lot of memories.
I read this book over a 4 day period...and loved it!
Never a dull moment and a good touch of humor and ever changing events.
Arsenic in the Azaleas
Although I enjoyed this book and all the characters, I didn’t feel like I needed to read a rehash of all the characters again in the epilogue. Being from British Columbia, Canada, I was surprised to be referred to as a British Canadian, we are all just Canadians or French Canadians here as the French in Quebec have been granted the use of the term ’Distinct Society’. Many people in BC are not British, The British Properties in North Vancouver also have nothing to do with the ancestry of the residents. I think the author has only been in Kelowna in the Summer as it is not ‘balmy almost every day of the year here’! Check out the far below freezing temperature in the winter sometime, especially in the surrounding foothills and mountains which make the growing season short and quick. It is cold enough to crack an engine block in half in a truck. Mission is simply Mission, not Kelowna Mission or The Mission. Most of our place names are people’s last names or First Nations names, we don’t call our First Peoples aboriginal or Indian. More research required to allow us to believe the characters really live here at all. Forgive my critique but these errors do a huge disservice to all of us who live here and have for several generations and I find that seriously annoying.