Peggy Lee is owner of the Potting Shed, and also works part time as a forensic botanist for the Charlotte, North Caroline police department. A widow, whose husband had been a detective with the department, Peggy is familiar with the workings of a homicide investigation. She just wishes she’s quit being involved in them so much. See, Peggy has an unfortunate habit of finding dead bodies all over the place.
In “A Corpse for Yew,” Joyce and Jim Lavene’s latest installment of the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries, Peggy is once again asked to help determine the death of a local social maven, Lois Mullis, who also happens to be aunt to the chief of police! And since she was the once to actually stumble upon poor Lois’ body during a historical society dig, Peggy really can’t say no.
So while juggling running her plant business (which is suffering during an extended drought in North Carolina), dealing with her cantankerous mother, trying to keep her romantic life with Steve alive, Peggy must determine who would want to kill Lois Mullins, using the unusual poison found in the yew plant. Can’t say Peggy isn’t a busy gal!
I really enjoyed this installment of the five book (so far) series. I could relate to Peggy’s cautious dance with her mother - loving her, but not really getting along. Being an avid gardener, I also enjoyed all the plant information and gardening tips that were included amongst the chapters.
It was easy to get to know the characters and their backgrounds involved in this story, even though it is the fifth book. The authors did a great job of providing enough info that readers won’t feel left out of the fun. I fully intended to pick up the four past books in this series and catch up with Peggy’s adventures.
And again, the beautiful cover of the book really caught my eye, and provided many clues as to what the story was going to be about! Great job there!
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Joyce and Jim Lavene series –
Renaissance Faire Mysteries
Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries
Pet Psychic Mysteries
Stock Car Racing Mysteries
Sharyn Howard Mysteries