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 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


Great storyline5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Quick reading, easy to follow and keeps you engaged throughout. Read it in one sitting.55


Arsenic in the Azalies5 star

Loved the book. Can’t wait to read more of your books!55


Arsenic in the Azaelas5 star

The book was fairly well written. The twist interns were somewhat predictable but I wasn’t expecting what happened at the end of the book. I like the characters, Doreen and Mack. The pet menagerie was especially cute. Thaddeus, Mugs, and Goliath really enhance the story. I have a Maine Coon, Zoe, and she is adorable just like Goliath. I plan to read other books in the series.55

Bun Brrabbid Lop

Arsenic in the Azaleas5 star

1st book of the series of: Lovely Lethal Garden Series. Cozy mystery book with funny parts. Also, gutsy parts by the female main character. Held my interest. Also, enjoyed the detective. And, of his and hers points of views on things...usually, not the same. Flowed smoothly. Also, other characters introduced—Grandma & her 3 pets. Looking forward to reading more of series. 🐰🐰🐰55

L'oiseu noir

Arsenic in the Azaleas5 star

Love this book. The main character is not too flawed and her fur and feather family are lovable and bring humor to this story. Of course , Mack is the typical lawman saying stay out of my cases, but he has a soft side that is always nice to see. Love this book!55


Good Read4 star

Light and enjoyable, entertaining - a good summer read.45

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