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Book Review | Arsenic in the Azaleas by Dale Mayer – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 1

Date Published | January 22, 2019

Date Read | June 2021

Goodreads Rating | 2

Overall | This was an okay mystery despite the 2 rating I gave it. I mostly just did a double eye roll at how stupid the main character was supposed to be but then is smart enough to solve a mystery the police cannot. 

Pros | Talking parrot who repeats everything twice was cute

Cons | I cannot sympathize with a divorced trophy wife who was too dumb to not walk away with half his fortune or at the very least, used her 10+ years as a rich wife to make some personal investments or send herself back to school. Plus the very fact that her lawyer married her ex doesn’t make me feel sorry for her as much as it just confirms how stupid she is. She could’ve declared malpractice and had the entire thing thrown out and worked with a new lawyer. Being a helpless victim is so 1980’s.

Warnings | None

POV | Third Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description |

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 Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 1 by Dale Mayer - Lisa Siefert Book Reviews
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