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Posted June 13, 2012
I truly enjoyed this book. It was fun and the character's were v
I truly enjoyed this book. It was fun and the character's were very likeable. I think my favorite character's are all the main women, because they are all relate-able in some way. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy anything to do with a garden society, but it was really quite an amusing little read. I think that Alyse Carlson has written a very good first book and will gladly look for her next in this series.
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Posted June 14, 2012
Cam Harris loves her job as public relations manager for the Roa
Cam Harris loves her job as public relations manager for the Roanoke Garden Society. It allows her to combine her three loves, spinning the press, showing off her favorite town, and promoting her favorite activity. She's just achieved a huge coup by enlisting Garden Delights, the country's premiere gardening magazine, to feature the exquisite garden of RGS founder, Neil Patrick. She's even managed to enlist world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges. Unfortunately, Jean-Jacques is a first-rate cad—insulting the RGS members and gardening, goosing every woman in the room, and drinking like a lush. It is hardly a surprise when he turns up dead. But when Cam's brother-in-law is accused and her sister begs her to solve the crime, that is when things really get prickly.
This is a wonderful debut.
Carlson has created some fantastic characters that we quickly fall for. Cam is quick witted and smart, the perfect protagonist. Petunia is lovable, funny and set in her ways. Nick, the reformed ex-con, loves his wife and is her great protector. Her friend Annie bakes cupcakes, need I say more. Cam's father makes women swoon and Rob has eyes for just one woman. Jean-Jacques was the perfect victim, if he goosed me I may have done him in myself!
The story is delightful with a mystery that keeps us tip toeing through the azaleas to pick up all the clues. Nancy Drew has nothing on Miss Camille Harris. Take some time to stop of smell the flowers for this first installment of what I know will be a very fragrant series. The Begonia Bribe will be coming soon!!
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Posted December 15, 2012
Azaleas, Jasmine, and. . .Murder. The Azalea Assault: A Garden
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The Azalea Assault: A Garden Society Mystery
by Alyse Carlson
A Berkley Prime Crime Book/2012 Penguin Group(USA) Inc.
Look out, Savannah--Roanoke, Virginia may well be the new hot spot for readers who like to visit the setting used in a book. The description of the La Fontaine and Samantha Hollister gardens are lovely, and the Azalea in the title actually is a clue in a murder scene. Alyse Carlson has skillfully combined interesting characters, a "flower-y" plot line, as well as descriptions of gardens which add to the enjoyment of the reader. Camellia Harris, or Cam, and her sister Petunia are working as a press representative of the Roanoke Garden Society and restaurant caterer, respectively. The discovery of the body of the world-famous photographer who was on a press-junket assignment, and the subsequent eye of the law being focused on her sister's husband, makes Cam determined to resolve the mystery herself. Complications arise with Cam's reporter boyfriend Rob wanting to get a "scoop," and her nonconformist friend Annie falling for the investigative officer, Jake. Undeterred, Cam finds out that there were plenty of people with grudges against the now-dead photographer. Red herrings are strewn throughout the story, so that by the end of the book, the reader has been taken on several "adventures" with Cam, Annie, and Rob. Alyse Carlson has done a masterful job of weaving all the ingredients of an engrossing mystery together, as well as promoting Roanoke, Virginia. I look forward to the next book in this new series. Highly recommended.
Posted June 15, 2012
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