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?
Gun in the Gardenias (Team Doreen Finds a Challenge)
This is a book for all ages. This is a standalone book, filled with old fashion charm and whimsical characters, many of whom we have met in the previous books. Mystery, suspense and a touch of romance as Doreen and her friends of fur and feather work to solve another cold case. I love the way Dale Mayer wraps flirty with friendship for Doreen and Mac, pure love between Doreen and her grandmother, and absolute love and loyalty between Doreen and her dog Mugs, Maine coon cat Goliath, and parrot Thaddeus. Cold cases just seem to land in her way, Doreen finds herself as she navigates her new life. Note: each book just keeps getting better than the previous book.
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