Lovely Lethal Gardens Book Bundle 1-5
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I enjoyed this fast paced, humorous cozy mystery with 3 unique animals and an amateur sleuth. A woman finding her footing after a failed marriage." - Amazon Reviewer
Arsenic in the Azaleas:
Day 1, Wednesday: The First Day of the Rest of Her Life…
This is what she’d come to? A thirty-five-year-old soon-to-be divorcée, penniless, living in her grandmother’s dilapidated home? Doreen Merriweather—back to Doreen Montgomery now—parked her aging Honda Civic in the driveway of what was her new residence in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna, British Columbia. And stared.
Goodness. This was not how she remembered the house. It was just another lump to take in a long line of lumps she’d already taken.
She blew the errant curls of blond hair off her face. The warm spring sunshine highlighted the two-story house’s ancient clapboard siding, windows in desperate need of cleaning. Shutters in need of paint or repair, and a roof more covered in moss than shingles. It had a lost-in-time and forgotten-by-the-world air to it.
She could relate.
For just a moment she allowed herself to wallow in self-pity. Her previous home had been an eight-thousand-square-foot mansion in West Vancouver with an in-ground pool and four staff to look after it and her soon-to-be ex-husband—and now Doreen’s younger replacement. A smart Barbie doll of twenty-eight. A very smart Barbie doll, as Doreen had found out belatedly.
“Just be grateful you have a home at all,” she reminded herself. “Without Nan giving this place to me, we’d be on the street at this point.” Feeling better, she turned to her pedigreed basset hound, Mugford Horace III, but Mugs to her, and said, “Right, boy?”
He gave her a droopy-eyed look.
“I know. You’re not impressed either. Still, it’s what we have, and we’re thankful for Nan’s generosity.” Just because Doreen’s life had changed, didn’t mean she wasn’t up for the challenge. She knew there would be days when it would all seem to be too much. But she should be used to that as it described most of the last six years of her marriage anyway.
Doreen had signed the separation forms some two weeks after her husband had asked her to leave their house and their marriage. Right before Thanksgiving, in fact. On her lawyer’s advice, Doreen signed the divorce settlement papers as well—to have it all over with, even though the divorce couldn’t be filed until after she and her husband had been separated for a year. This way offers minimal emotional pain for you, Doreen. You can move on without having to revisit the painful time in your life.
Only, shortly after signing all those papers, Doreen had found out that her divorce lawyer was her husband’s lover… Yeah, life’s a bitch.
And so was her divorce lawyer.
She hadn’t figured out what to do about it yet—if anything. Part of her wanted to walk away and leave him to his money—and new girlfriend. Another part of her wanted to fight him tooth and nail and take the house right out from under him.
She had no money. Or connections. And although her lawyer was as crooked as they came, how did she trust another one to help her right the wrongs done?
What readers are saying:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I found this book and series to be a fun, refreshing, quirky and enjoyable read. It starts off with the main character going thru divorce and moving into her grandmother’s house. She is naive, penniless and innocent and never worked a day in her life. Hitting rock bottom very quickly, she can only go up from here.
And go up she does, albeit slowly. Slowly throughout the series the reader sees Doreen, the main character, learn her own self worth and grow in self reliance and self esteem.
This is NOT your usual cookie- cutter cozy mystery. I definitely recommend the series as a cut above the typical cozy!"- Amazon Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "WOW! What a whimsical story. This is the story of Doreen and how her new life starts out after her separation from her husband of 14 years. Her grandmother gave her house to Doreen and then discovers she has a dead body in her backyard. This sends her on her own investigation to find out who the murderer is. She butts heads with the investigating detective - Mack. Together these two not only solves the most recent case but they solve at least 3 other cases. Doreen had not even been in her new home for a week before she found out who the murderer was. This story had so many funny parts you can't help but smile. FANTASTIC job Dale! I would recommend this book." - Amazon Reviewer
Included in this bundle:
✔️Arsenic in the Azaleas
✔️Bones in the Begonias
✔️Corpse in the Carnations
✔️Dagger in the Dahlias
✔️Evidence in the Echinacea