Top critical review
an engaging and enjoyable read
on May 13, 2004
The first book in a new series, and the authour's debut novel, "Pick Your Poison" was an enjoyable read on several levels: it's smooth and colourful narrative style, the intriguing storyline and the series' taking and engaging heroine, Abby Rose.
Still recovering fromt he death of her father, Abby Rose has spent the last few months vegetating next to the pool. But she's soon shaken out of her state of listlessness when she discovers her gardener, Ben Garrison, dead in the greenhouse. The police claim that Ben was murdered, and that he was actually Ben Grayson, a man suspected of having murdered his first wife, Clovis, for insurance money. To begin with Abby cannot believe that the gentle gardener she knew was a murderer, and then there is the primary detective's attitude that is really beginning to tick her off. And so Abby decides to do a spot of investigating herself, and finds herself involved in a twenty-something year old murder case that may involve secrets about her past and her beloved father's...
If you're able to buy that Abby has the kind of personality that makes perfect strangers take to her and confide in her, then reading "Pick Your Poison" will be a fun read. The smooth and colourful narrative style also helps make reading the novel an enjoyable one as well. But I did think that the book could have done with a few more plot twists, and more in depth character development -- esp where Abby's twin sister, Kate was concerned. Otherwise, "Pick Your Poison" turned out to be a charming and enjoyable read.