Arsenic in the Azaleas

Arsenic in the Azaleas Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Arsenic in the Azaleas4 star

When her grandmother moves into a nursing home, Doreen gratefully moves into her house. The recently divorced trophy wife finds an enormous cat and a chatty parrot awaiting her care. She also finds proof of murder buried in the garden. As she adjusts to her new life, she begins her own amateur investigation that reveals more secrets in her new home. Will her curiosity lead to answers or trouble? The characters were amusing though the fact that local law enforcement let Doreen interfere so much was far fetched. Honestly, the epilogue seemed unnecessary and would serve better as an introduction to the next book since it restated information already made clear in this book.45

Jenniecat 1

Wonderful5 star

I loved how the author connected the murders to an unsolved mystery.55

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Enjoyable whodunnit3 star

I enjoyed this book. I love the added element of her animals. Makes for quirky side kicks. Short and funny. Made for a quick fun read. Definitely recommend can’t wait to read more from this series.35


Entertaining5 star

Dale Mayer has done it again. An entertaining and suspenseful book with great characters and a happy trio of animals add to the plot. A great read, summer beach book or winter fireside entertainment.55

Arlie J.

Arsenic in the Azaleas4 star

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Doreen, her three pets, wacky gramma, hunky police detective, and her new beginning. Real page turner. ajr.45


Arsenic in the Azaleas5 star

Very entertaining55


Arsenic in Azaleas5 star

It was a fun easy read that kept me wanting to read more. The animals add to the fun.55


Cozy mystery5 star

I loved reading this book. Although she is a woman, she has become an unaccustomed home owner with a dead body in her garden and has no knowledge of how things work. Very entertaining read.55


Arsenic in the Azaleas - Lovely Lethal Gardens4 star

What a fun book, including the three pets. The characters are all interesting and the mystery held my attention. I didn’t know who the “bad guy” was until the end of the book.45


Fun mystery5 star

Quirky characters. Humorous book.55

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