Poisoned Petals Paperback – Large Print, Sep 1 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Dialogue comes across like snatches of popular phrases and personality types pasted in, instead of exuding life of their own. A road-worker played an ignorant oaf, who asked Peggy why she wished to save “a bunch of plants” from a ditch; valuable native varieties. It made a difference after I continued in order. I began to enjoy this novel more, because the false-starts were out of the way and I reprised upon interesting chapters. I would venture to say too, that <b>Joyce</b> hit her stride partway into this story. I groaned over a fifty year-old’s anxiety that having a younger boyfriend might shock her Mother. Thankfully that was the final stereotype.
Peggy’s Dad started as a rubberstamped southerner but ended up lifting the whole book. I enjoyed it tenfold, because Peggy included him in all of her sleuthing. Her family portfolio becomes stronger for readers and Ranson Hughes is an enjoyable gem. Peggy’s botany friend, Darmus, and his reverend brother, Luther, perish one after another. I love the twist pertaining to one outcome and familial revelations too. I didn’t buy the motive at all, nor the immature attachment of a person going along with the criminal. Again, natural behavioural psychology didn’t gel. Nobody acts criminally for someone they recently met. However I own the next several stories and will indeed read them.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
While collecting endangered plants to replant in the Community Garden that is part of Feed America and led by her friend Darmus, she meets his brother Luther, who tells her he is dying of cancer. On impulse she goes to Darmus' house and smells gas; the place explodes and Darmus is declared dead. However when she looks at the corpse, she knows this is not Darmus. Luther who now heads Feed America dies a few days later. An autopsy reveals he was poisoned with the evidence pointing towards his sibling; Peggy thinks otherwise and plans to prove it.
Joyce and Jim Lavene are a fabulous team who create poignant entertaining mysteries. The investigation is cleverly plotted and potted so that readers struggle with the identity of the killer as Darmus looks guilty, but the heroine thinks otherwise; fans will wonder if she could be wrong. The support cast from her parents to her friends to her new man adds depth to a delightful botany mystery.
Steve, her reliable new boyfriend, comes to the rescue and entertains the family while Peggy searches for clues. And her father is more perceptive than the others and insists on helping. Although she would prefer to keep the investigation to herself, she's grateful he tagged along when she gets into some tight spots.
Things are not always what they seem, as Peggy finds out from her mysterious internet friend. And her relationship with Steve is about to change in ways she never expected.
Peggy Lee is a middle-aged widow with a lot of spunk, who gets herself into situations no average woman would attempt. While her character is very well developed, this reviewer would have enjoyed getting to know several of the secondary characters a bit better, also.
Poisoned Petals blends a love of gardening with a well plotted murder mystery. It's an enjoyable and cozy read, perfectly suited for lounging in the garden on a summer day.
Muse Review Mark: Great Read
Reviewer: Alice Berger, Muse Reviews
However, in this story Peggy goes over the top as two brothers, and friends of hers, end-up dead, or that's the way it appears in the beginning of this tale, but is that the way it really is? What mysteries and secrets have weaved their web in the lives of these two brothers that have hiden truths even to the discerning eye of our beloved Peggy? There are just too many questions and not enough answers as far as Peggy is concerned, and she is determined to find her answers, one way or another.
Our authors bring more of Peggy's family into play in this story and I loved it. We get to meet her mother and father, an uncle and a cousin and believe me they are very colorful characters. You quickly become involved and familiar with each of them. I particularly loved Peggy's father and it was evident where Peggy inherited her thirst for finding answers. Our authors teamed up Peggy with her dad in many scenes where Peggy searched for evidence and this really brought the storyline of the mystery she had to solve and her home life together.
What can I say; this is yet another home-run for Jim and Joyce Lavene. A top-of-the-notch, over the fence mystery read with beloved characters, a fast paced storyline and a wallop of an ending. I absolutely loved this book and impatiently await another. I am happy to say that Jim and Joyce Lavene never disappoint me.
The only reason I didn't put the book down in total disgust is that I was sitting in a hospital waiting room and had absolutely nothing else to occupy myself with for a couple of hours.