Here is another challenge entry for Cruisin Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge hosted by Yvonne at Socrate's Book Reviews
Perfect Poison by Joyce Lavene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Peggy Lee's life has changed a little. She has given up her teaching job at and is devoting her energy to making The Potting Shed prosper. And she has been offered a part-time position with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a forensic botanist. Things were going along well, then Smith & Hawken open a storefront in the busy Charlotte Center City and became a competitor to The Potting Shed.
As she is attending a funeral and the required reception afterward she runs into and old friend, Professor Ruth Sargent, a forensic diver at UNCC. It is there in nearby Badin, NC that she is drawn into an investigation of a drowning at the dam of United Metals.
In typical Peggy Lee fashion, her curiosity and sense of duty and what's right, leads her into a clash of personalities and good-old boy types. I am enjoying this series of cozy mysteries. Each chapter begins with a kind of plant and a short botanical description. In this case, all the plants are water plants or other native North Carolina plants found near water. Muskgrass, Trout Lily, Pumpkin, and Trillium are just a few. The books always end with gardening hints too.
I am looking forward to reading the next one, A Corpse for Yew.
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