The Azalea Assault-Alyse Carlson

The Azalea Assault

Alyse Carlson

Berkley, Jun 5 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425251300

 

In Roanoke, Virginia, Camellia Harris loves her life.  She and her boyfriend sports reporter Rob adore each other and Cam shares a two floor house with her best friend Annie Schultz.  Finally she loves her work as events coordinator for the Garden Delights magazine.

 

Garden Delights plans to feature The Patrick House Gardens with renowned photographer Jean-Jacques Georges taking the shots.  When he arrives at his welcoming bash, charismatic egomaniacal Jean-Jacques alienates everyone with his complaints and his female butt groping.  Soon afterward he dies from poison in the catered meal by Spoons restaurant owned by Cam’s sister Petunia.  Not long afterward magazine photographer editor Ian demands the shoot be cancelled, but Cam suggests a nepotistic alternative, her sister Petunia.  Ian becomes the second homicide victim.  The police arrest Petunia’s husband former con Nick the prime chef at Spoons and Annie for the murders.  Rob and Cam investigate, but she learns how many people found the victims despicable and wanted the photographers dead.

 

With a nod to the Garden Mystery series by Anthony Eglin, the alpha A Garden Society Mystery is a fun amateur sleuth starring a likable caring heroine who relates in the third person her investigation while also providing a delightful tour of the city.  Cam’s rationale for sleuthing is her love for her sister and her best friend.  Although the storyline can slow down at times, cozy fans and garden aficionados will enjoy Alyse Carlson entertaining opening act.

 

Harriet Klausner

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