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Arsenic in the Azaleas

Lovely Lethal Gardens, Book 1
Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
Series: Lovely Lethal Gardens, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Riches to rags...controlling to chaos...but murder...seriously?

After her ex-husband leaves her high and dry, former socialite Doreen Montgomery's chance at a new life comes in the form of her grandmother, Nan's, dilapidated old house in picturesque Kelowna...and the added job of caring for the animals Nan couldn’t take into assisted living with her: Thaddeus, the loquacious African gray parrot with a ripe vocabulary, and his buddy, Goliath, a monster-size cat with an equally monstrous attitude.

It’s the new start Doreen and her beloved basset hound, Mugs, desperately need. But, just as things start to look up for Doreen, Goliath the cat and Mugs the dog find a human finger in Nan’s overrun garden.

And not just a finger. Once the police start digging, the rest of the body turns up and turns out to be connected to an old unsolved crime.

With her grandmother as the prime suspect, Doreen soon finds herself stumbling over clues and getting on Corporal Mack Moreau’s last nerve, as she does her best to prove her beloved Nan innocent of murder.

©2019 Beverly Dale Mayer (P)2019 Beverly Dale Mayer

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  • sjg
  • 11-05-20

Intriguing series start

Fun characterization from a talented narrator enhance this warm-hearted cozy. Plotting brings disparate subplots to a satisfying and unsuspected conclusion. Overall a pleasant way to pass time. Looking forward to the next story and the building relationship of the prime characters.

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  • Kathryn
  • 30-04-20

Cute Mystery

Overall this was an okay book. It’s cute, for the most part. I’ve never been unbelievably rich, so I’m honestly not truly in the know about how they live, yet Doreen seems a little too much of a cliche of a dumb blonde in some respects. Honestly, this woman can’t boil water because she can’t turn on a stove? One minute she’s a dimwit about the teas in Nana’s kitchen, but later she’s an expert. But, I’m willing to try another because it’s lighthearted and an easy listen/read. The narrator was also okay, maybe even pretty good. My only real complaint is she often uses a sing-song cadence to her reading. Thankfully, it’s sprinkled out enough that I’d listen to the next in the series if she’s the narrator.

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  • Andrea L
  • 07-04-20

Has Garden of Bodies

Doreen goes back to live at her grandmother's house for a chance at a new life. Doreen has always called her grandmother Nan who lives in an assisted living facility and Doreen moves into Nan's dilapidated old house in picturesque Kelowna and the added job of caring for the animals because Nan couldn’t take them into assisted living with her. Doreen brings her own dog, Mugs a basset hound and now has to take car of Thaddeus, the loquacious African gray parrot with a ripe vocabulary, and his buddy, Goliath, a monster-size cat with an equally monstrous attitude. Things start working out for Doreen, Goliath the cat and Mugs the dog find a human finger in Nan’s overrun garden. And not just a finger. Once the police start digging, the rest of the body turns up and turns out to be connected to an old unsolved crime. It gets more involved every day and the animals are very amusing.

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  • Bambi Allen
  • 06-02-20

Struggle to get through.

I tried very hard to like this book, unfortunately was an absolute struggle to get through. The narrator's voice for the main character was unfortunately extremely grating. it's hard to have a main character who in a word is not that intelligent to continue to root for. apologies to the other I just didn't like it.