Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Seven in 
A Peggy Lee Garden Mystery
by Joyce & Jim Lavene

Part-time garden shop owner/part-time forensic botanist, Peggy Lee is trying to discover if the death of Ann Fletcher 20 years ago was an accident - or foul play. In return, she hopes to receive more information about her late husband's death. She knows John Lee was murdered, but questions have arisen as to why he was killed. She is working with a private detective who stumbles across his own feet, but her Internet friend, Nightflyer, says that Harry Fletcher has the answers. When Harry is murdered by convallatoxin, from the lily of the valley plant, Peggy begins to understand her role in everything.
 Now she has to stay alive long enough to prove her theories
 - and keep her son, Paul out of trouble too!

This is my first book in the Peggy Lee Garden Mystery series. Nothing like jumping into the middle of a series right? But I had no problem understanding the storyline. The first six books were not needed to enjoy this one. Having said that, I will go back and read the others because I did enjoy this one so much.

The authors make this book not only a great mystery, but also educational. I know I learned many new things though Peggy Lee who is a forensic botanist. Her expertise is often a big help when she shares her knowledge with the medical examiner's office. She also owns The Potting Shed and has amazing plant and gardening advice.

The educational aspect of this book is just one part I enjoyed. This is a well written mystery with twists, turns, and surprises I just didn't see coming. Great story telling kept me turning the pages. I was never quite sure who I could trust other than Peggy herself.

I have been a fan of Joyce & Jim Lavene since I read my first book by them. And trust me, there have been many by them in between that title and this one. No matter what pen name they use, J.J. Cook, Ellie Grant, or their own, every book and series is as entertaining as the next.

Get your copy of LETHAL LILY
and the other Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries
Amazon, or your favorite book seller.

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