Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Review: Buried By Buttercups

Author: Jim & Joyce Lavene
Title: Buried By Buttercups
Publish Date: Sept 29, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: The author in exchange for an honest review
Book Blurb: 
Peggy Lee, owner of The Potting Shed garden shop, is involved in another murder investigation. After two years of being on the ‘outs’ with the Charlotte Police, new homicide Lieutenant Al McDonald, asks for her help. The choice of weapon for the killer is flower poison, starting with angel’s trumpet. No one knows botanical poisons as well as Peggy.

The investigation turns personal for her when she realizes the killer has used poison to draw her out. Two men with her dead husband’s name have already died. Is the killer working toward getting rid of Peggy too?

Review: This is the novella that comes before A Thyme To Die which I reviewed here. I highly recommend reading this short Peggy Lee mystery before going for the full length because there are some things that happen in this story that you need to know in the next book. I won't tell you what, but just do it.

I have to say I was really impressed with the mystery in this novella. It is under 70 pages and wraps everything up nicely without feeling hurried, which I thought was really amazing.

Again, I found myself thinking another character did it and I was totally surprised to find out that I was wrong. That's always a pleasant surprise when it comes to mysteries.

The nature of the murders was unique too. Killing with poison from plants in alphabetical order!

Oh and I have to say, I love the grumpy neighbor, he was an absolute hoot! The picture of the perfect curmudgeon!

If you haven't read any of the previous books, this is a good place to start and then pick up the new one!

Rating: 5 flowers


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