#BookReview- Arsenic in The Azaleas by @DaleMayer #CozyMystery

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.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com. Or connect with her online with Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dalemayer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author. If you like Dale Mayer’s books and are interested in joining her street team, sign up here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/402384989872660/

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My Review

When Doreen’s ex-husband cheats on her with the divorce lawyer and leaves her with nothing, Doreen is forced to accept her grandmother’s charity.

Nan has moved into a senior’s complex and gifts Doreen a ramshackle cottage, a talkative parrot, an oversized cat, and a dead body.

Doreen’s first day is adventurous, to say the least, and only gets more interesting when the handsome, irritating Corporal Mack Moreau arrives on scene.

More clues lead to an unsolved murder and another body and Doreen thought she was moving to a boring little town!

Doreen and her parade of pets made this a fun read. Nan is a person of interest in the investigation and though Mack has warned Doreen to stay out of it, she can’t resist trying to solve the murders which leads to some interesting hijinx.

The list of suspects grows by the moment, and kept me guessing to the very end. This is a fun start to the Lovely Lethal Gardens series!

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19 thoughts on “#BookReview- Arsenic in The Azaleas by @DaleMayer #CozyMystery

  1. It’s not often a grandmother is a murder suspect. This sounds like a fun one.

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    1. NaN is a fun character. She likes to run bets at the senior home, lol

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  2. I have seen this author on Amazon but the cover never enticed me to pick it up. Which book would you recommend? Mystery not romance

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    1. This is the first in series, Shalini. I think it would be a good place to start. She also has a military series, but I haven’t had the chance to try them yet.


  3. This sounds fun, Jacquie! I love that a cat and parrot are included! Wonderful review!

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    1. It’s a fun read, Jennifer. I’d love to have a talking parrot 🦜 lol

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  4. I love the idea of all those pets in there, plus the African Gray is an unusual choice.
    My brother and his wife have an African Gray who has quite a vocabulary. It’s especially fun when he imitates my SIL to make the dog come running 🙂

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    1. Lol, that’s cool! They have a long lifespan, as well, which I like 😊

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      1. They say you have to provide for them in your will because most African Grays will outlive you!

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author May 27, 2020 — 12:39 pm

    I like that the pets are a part of the story. Sounds like a good read, thsnks Jacquie.

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  6. Wow, it’s very attractive to me, Jacquie, – a list of suspects keeps growing and keeps you guessing till the end. That’s my kind of mystery

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    1. I like murder mysteries if they aren’t to graphic, lol


      1. Me too, I like to follow all the crumbs to find the killer. I like murder mysteries but not crossing the line to horror. 😊

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  7. The cover of this book is very striking, Jacquie. It sounds like a fun murder mystery.

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    1. It kept me guessing until the end 🙂

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  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader May 29, 2020 — 1:03 pm

    I swear jacquie these cozy mysteries have the funniest titles!!!

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