Jewels in the Juniper

· Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 10 · Valley Publishing Ltd.
28 reviews

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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 is still present. ... Memories are fading, ... but not for everyone!

The problem with notoriety is unfair expectations. When Mack’s mother, Millicent Moreau, requests Doreen’s help with a small problem she’s kept hidden for decades, Doreen feels obligated to help. And what harm could it do, after all? Worst-case scenario? It’ll annoy Mack, but that’s something she does on a regular basis anyway.

But when Millicent’s “small problem” turns out to involve a failed marriage, a bag of jewels from a jewelry store that mysteriously burned down decades ago, possible insurance fraud, and maybe even a case of murder, … Doreen will admit that she’s in way over her head.

With her trusty trio of furry and feathered cohorts, she brings an old case into the present—and finds it’s more current than ever …

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;

28 reviews
Kathie Savage
August 2, 2020
Secrets from the Past Whenever anyone says, “Did I ever tell you about…?” you know there’s a surprise coming. Prior to Mack’s joining the Kelowna police force, his mother, Millicent, found a bag of jewels in a dead tree on the family’s property. When she contacted the police at that time, they treated it as a lost-and-found case. After 30 days without finding the identity of the owner, they returned them to Millicent and said she could keep them. It bothered her to have something she knew did not belong to her so she hid them and essentially forgot about them until Doreen’s list of solved cases made her the perfect person to whom Millicent could pass the torch…I mean the jewels...with the proviso that if Doreen couldn't find the owners, the jewels would become Doreen’s problem…I mean property. Since Doreen also does not want to keep anything that doesn’t belong to her, it means she has to do everything she can to find said owner. Thus begins another project for Doreen to multi-task with the new deck project on her house. The twists and turns of the jewels’ history prior to their discovery in the tree go back 40-plus years and involve people from families with only a few members still around. Could it be any more difficult a case? Read this book and you will see. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Linda Richter
August 15, 2020
Mack's mom hands Doreen a small bag and said I don't want them they aren't mine you can have them, find out where they belong, I don't know where they came from I found them, but they aren't mine. With that Doreen is off and running and Mack is trying to find out what is going on. What, why, ahh hey why didn't mom ask me, tell me even about them. These little mysteries in Kelowna are the most excitement this town has had in decades. The senior home, is always up to something because of Nan and her betting on everything and winning of course. Mack's case load gets higher and well cold cases are being solved. A match made in heaven. Well not quite. lol I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Carol Specker
August 4, 2020
The Lovely Lethal Gardens series is a fun whimsical series. The books are enjoyable due to the various characters. Doreen has gone from riches to rags when her rich husband divorced her. Doreen has been so sheltered, her husband had help and didn't think that Doreen should take care of anything her self. Now on her own, she needs to learn to how to get things done. There is Mack the Detective for the town, he helps Doreen answering any question she has (although sometimes he can't stop laughing at her questions.) He is always at her house helping her out and teaching her to cook. Then there is Nan, she lives at the retirement always giving Doreen food and sneaking money to her . Then there are the animals. Doreen is known around town because always has her dog, cat and parakeet with her. As Doreen gets involved in solving cold cases, Mack gets annoyed that she is getting in the middle of his cold cases. He can't complain too much since she is solving the cases that have been open for decades. Although Doreen always ends up in trouble, her pets are always there to save her until Mack gets there. When I am looking for a fun story this is my choice. 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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