Posted in Cozy on August 6, 2012

Today’s mystery takes us into the world of gardening.  I’ll admit, I’m not a big gardener especially since it gets so hot here in Texas!  But I love looking at gardens and admiring the beauty that someone else creates.  So I was interested to see what author, Alyse Carlson would come up with in her new Garden Society mystery series.  The book is The Azalea Assault.


Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’ job to promote them. But when an out of towner turns up dead, she discovers there’s no good way to spin murder…

Camellia Harris has achieved a coup in the PR world. The premier national magazine for garden lovers has agreed to feature one of Roanoke’s most spectacular gardens in its pages—and world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges is going to shoot the spread. But at the welcoming party, Jean-Jacques insults several guests, complains that flowers are boring, and gooses almost every woman in the room. When a body is found the next morning, sprawled across the azaleas, it’s almost no surprise that the victim is Jean-Jacques.

With Cam’s brother-in-law blamed for the crime—and her reporter boyfriend, Rob, wanting the scoop—Cam decides to use her skills to solve the murder. Luckily a PR pro like Cam knows how to be nosy….


Not bad for a first in the series.  April and Gracie give it 3 paws up.