Corpse in the Carnations

· Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 3 · Valley Publishing Ltd.
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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. … Chaos calms. … Crime quiets. … But does it really?

After getting involved in two murder cases in the short time she’s lived in picturesque Kelowna, divorcee and gardener Doreen Montgomery has developed a reputation almost as notorious as her Nan’s. The only way to stop people from speculating, is to live a life of unrelieved boredom until the media and the neighbors forget about her. And Doreen aims to do just that with a tour of Kelowna’s famed Carnation Gardens. Plants, more plants, and nothing whatsoever that anyone could object to. 

But when she sees a fight between a beautiful young woman and her boyfriend, she can’t help but be concerned. Concerned enough that she follows the couple out of the parking lot and through town. And when gunshots interrupt the placid afternoon, it’s too late to worry about how her nemesis, Corporal Mack Moreau, will feel about her getting involved in yet another of his cases. 

With bodies turning up in the carnations, and a connection to a cold case of a missing child from long ago, Doreen has her hands full, not least with trying to keep her involvement in the investigations a secret from her Nan, Mack Moreau, and especially the media. But someone’s keeping up with Doreen’s doings… and that someone can’t afford for her to find the answers to the questions she’s asking.

cozy mystery; riches to rags; clean romance; animal mystery; cat and dog; mystery; Female sleuth; back yard mystery; Mystery; Animals; Parrots; Birds; Fun; amateur sleuths; mysteries with dogs; mysteries with Cats; Clean and wholesome;

41 reviews
Debbie Young-Danis
January 29, 2019
This book was an absolutely hilarious ride from start to finish. Being a female that didn't really learn to cook until I left home, I can relate to Doreen being afraid of her stove haha. Poor Mack will be grey haired within a month with all the stress he takes on just being a friend to Doreen. The nicknames Doreen is being given are rightfully earned and hilarious. She hasn't lived in Mission for very long but she's already making a name for herself. Not to mention the money she is making for her Nan with all the betting going on at the retirement home. Doreen and her little family of furry and feathered assistants will having you laughing out loud while you try to figure out who is responsible for the murder. Trying to read this late at night and not wake up my hubby wasn't easy, what with all the giggling and outright laughing. I'm completely hooked on this series. Highly recommend this series to cozy mystery lovers. You won't be disappointed! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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A Google user
February 5, 2019
This third book in a new series involves discovery of body in a bed of carnations and a old case as well. So Doreen hears a couple arguing and this leads to her following them, hearing gunshots and quickly leaving the area to call her friend RCMP Mack Moreau to report her findings. He does not find anything but quickly after this Doreen is checking out a carnation garden in her search for a job and finds the body of the woman she heard arguing. The town isn't sure what to make of Doreen who seems to find bodies on a weekly basis. All in all, this is the charming adventure of a newly almost divorced woman finding her way with her animal friends helping at every turn. Her grandmother is at a retirement place not far away and adds to the interesting mix as she books bets on almost everything. These stories are witty, funny, mysterious and definitely entertaining. I hear this is to be a series of six books but could we could hope for more as there are a lot of letters left in the alphabet.
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dita rizky
February 6, 2019
This one definitely my fav so far from this Lovely Lethal Gardens series. More mystery and it feels more emotional somehow. By now I can't not rooting for Doreen's happiness, the more I know her the more I became a big fan, I getting used to her antics, her quirkiness is what makes her Doreen. I Love to see the sparks between Doreen and Mack that getting deeper and deeper (I loveeee those flirting moments) and those furry pets, they're a big part of the story, Doreen's antics mix with freakish cat, dog and parrot solving cold case, the outcome is a very captivating story. Amazing characters and page turner mystery, oh yes I love this book. If you're a cozy mystery fan, I think you'll love this one. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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About the author

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author who writes for the young, the old and those in-between – no matter what the age. Some of her books are hot, some are sweet. Some will keep you up at night with a light on to keep the boogie man away and some you’ll want to cuddle close.

She’s long given up on trying to fit a specific genre. Instead she honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy, break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

And that’s okay too.

There is one guarantee with each book – it will be a great read – each and every time.

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