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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 calms. … Crime quiets. … But does it really?

After getting involved in two murder cases in the short time she’s lived in picturesque Kelowna, divorcee and gardener Doreen Montgomery has developed a reputation almost as notorious as her Nan’s. The only way to stop people from speculating, is to live a life of unrelieved boredom until the media and the neighbors forget about her. And Doreen aims to do just that with a tour of Kelowna’s famed Carnation Gardens. Plants, more plants, and nothing whatsoever that anyone could object to. 

But when she sees a fight between a beautiful young woman and her boyfriend, she can’t help but be concerned. Concerned enough that she follows the couple out of the parking lot and through town. And when gunshots interrupt the placid afternoon, it’s too late to worry about how her nemesis, Corporal Mack Moreau, will feel about her getting involved in yet another of his cases. 

With bodies turning up in the carnations, and a connection to a cold case of a missing child from long ago, Doreen has her hands full, not least with trying to keep her involvement in the investigations a secret from her Nan, Mack Moreau, and especially the media. But someone’s keeping up with Doreen’s doings… and that someone can’t afford for her to find the answers to the questions she’s asking.

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 22
Valley Publishing Ltd.
Valley Publishing Ltd.

Customer Reviews

PushpushStable ,

Corpse in the Carnations

I'm loving these light hearted and humorous mysteries. Watching the heroine grow and develop is almost as entertaining as the animals who lead her along.

Book Addict KJB ,

Corpse in the Carnations (and So Much More)

Small town secrets and small town tragedies, challenges and threats, Doreen stumbles across yet another corpse and more with the help of her pet posse (Goliath, Mugs, and Thaddeus) and the long suffering Mack. Even as she traces vital links to bring light to tragedy Doreen comes step by step closer to finding herself and faces questions about herself. A very fun and funny book, written in classic style and one for all ages.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Harley Jean Matta ,


I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. If you’re a loyal reader of this authors books; I feel I must warn you that this book (the third in her new series) is VERY different from anything else she’s written before. It’s not a bad thing; there is zero romance/heat, minimal curse words (I’d allow my young teen/pre-teen) to read this book.

Some may find it to be a little “young,” but as with most of Ms. Dale’s work, it is well written and a fast, easy read.

Doreen Montgomery moves to Kelowna (BC) to live in her Grandma Nan’s home after a nasty split from her husband of 14 years.

Her her first week in her new home she “discovered “ a few dead bodies (with the assistance of her new family; her Basset Hound Mugs, her Grandmas pets a cat named Goliath and a vocal African Grey Parrot named Thaddeus).

Doreen has somehow gotten involved in two murder cases in the time she’s lived in Kelowna, BC. During a tour of the “famed” Kelowna carnation gardens she witnesses a fight between a young woman and her boyfriend, she can’t help but be concerned. Doreen follows them and believes she’s overheard a murder... More mayhem and adventure ensues for Doreen, Mac, and Doreen’s pets. The bird is a crack up and Grandma Nan is a hoot.

This is an entertaining and somewhat silly story. The ending was quasi expected, but entertaining all the same. I’m amazed at the quality and quantity of works that Ms. Dale puts out!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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