Keeping Mum

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Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a political fundraiser turns deadly, everyone’s a candidate for murder...

Cam and her best friend, Annie, are planning a gala for a local Senate candidate—a murder mystery themed silent auction where the guests bid on who will be the night’s “victim.” Coordinating a beautiful display of fall flowers and planning the perfect fake crime is hard ...

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Overview

Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a political fundraiser turns deadly, everyone’s a candidate for murder...

Cam and her best friend, Annie, are planning a gala for a local Senate candidate—a murder mystery themed silent auction where the guests bid on who will be the night’s “victim.” Coordinating a beautiful display of fall flowers and planning the perfect fake crime is hard enough, but with a guest list that is a “who’s who” of the Roanoke elite, Cam has her hands full navigating the egos and grudges of her high society guests.

When local financial tycoon Derrick Windermere is found dead next to a shattered pot of chrysanthemums, the night’s fun and games quickly turn serious. Half the guests had good reason to want Windermere dead, but only one is suspiciously missing in action—Annie’s father. Now Cam will not only have to figure out which partygoer is a killer, but find her friend’s father before all their reputations end up dragged through the mud...

 

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Praise for The Azalea Assault

“A very good first cozy mystery with an interesting cast of characters and a lovely setting. The Patricks’ gardens are described in such a way as to inspire gardeners and non-gardeners alike…The mystery is well laid out with plenty of clues and hidden secrets revealed along the way.”—The Mystery Reader

“With a nod to the English Garden Mystery series by Anthony Eglin, the alpha 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…Cozy fans and garden aficionados will enjoy Alyse Carlson’s entertaining opening act.”—The Mystery Gazette

“Carlson has given her fledgling series a great start, with strong characters, good story sense, and sense of place, as well as a sly sense of humor that I hope will come even more to the forefront as the series progresses. The gardening is a great bonus, but as a reader, you’ll stay tuned for the mystery.”—AnnArbor.com

“Fans of garden-variety, engaging amateur-sleuth cozies will want to read the alpha tale of what looks to be an entertaining series as Alyse Carlson plants an opening winner.”—Gumshoe Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425252062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: A Garden Society Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 86,410
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alyse Carlson is the author of the Garden Society Mysteries, including The Azalea Assault and The Begonia BribeKeeping Mum is the third in the series.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

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    Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country¿s most exquisi

    Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a political fundraiser turns deadly, everyone’s a candidate for murder…

    Camilla has been asked to help plan a gala for a candidate running for Senate. With Annie’s help they come up with the perfect plan. A murder mystery themed silent auction where the guests bid on who will be the night’s “victim.” What could go wrong? Well when the first body is found and he was not the “designated victim” and he is really dead you know things are not going well.

    Turns out not too many people are sad that local financial tycoon Derrick Windermere is dead. This leads to plenty of suspects and as police start to sort things out one of those suspects has disappeared. Annie’s dad, a former state senator is missing. Cam quickly finds herself trying not only to find Annie’s dad but a killer. These two things just have to be connected.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    This is the 3rd book in this series and all my favorite characters are back. Cam, Rob, Annie, Jake, Petunia and Nick, plus more. There are a lot of characters in these stories. This time the Garden Society wasn’t the host of the event so some of those members were replaced by some politicians and other very interesting people. Sometimes it was a little hard to keep everyone straight but as the very intriguing plot played out things came together nicely.

    Alyse Carlson has created a very current story using the political arena for her theme. Nothing good seems to happen when a group of politicians with opposing views get together, even if they are surrounded but acres of beautiful flowers. I am surprised there aren’t more mysterious deaths as people are very passionate about their politics.

    Cam, Annie and Rob dig right in to solve both mysteries with just a bit of help their favorite officer, Jake. With Annie’s father missing this personal for all of them. The secrets they uncover that may help catch Windermere’s killer are just an added bonus until they see where those secrets are leading them and then they can’t let go even if it means putting themselves in danger.

    Carlson has a very descriptive way of writing that not only brings her characters to life but the settings as well. From the beautiful bountiful gardens or the deep dark woods or the sailboats in the marina, the are all in vivid color in our minds. She includes those little details that help us “see” the story.

    I was sad to see the alphabet series end after The Azalea Assault and The Begonia Bribe, but no matter what they are titled I am a fan of Alyse Carlson captivating cozies. Chrysanthemum may have just been too long for a title :)

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    What a fun little mystery! This was my first cozy by Alyse Carls

    What a fun little mystery! This was my first cozy by Alyse Carlson, and I loved every minute of it! I loved the characters and their quirky characteristics. I loved the setting and the theme. And I loved the author's writing style. Her ability to build anticipation sets up a perfect mystery scenario that left me guessing until the very end.

    My favorite character in this book was Cam. She was a tenacious, strong woman with a lot of spunk, and I absolutely loved her :) She made this story. Her supporting cast of characters were great, with their own personalities that added depth and layers to the story, and brought it to life.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who's trying a cozy for the first time, or to a seasoned reader who's looking for something new.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions are my own.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    Keeping Mum is the third book in Alyse Carlson's Garden Society

    Keeping Mum is the third book in Alyse Carlson's Garden Society Mystery series. Set in the beautiful city of Roanoke, Virginia, which is known for it's gardens, this is a mystery that will keep readers in the hunt for the killer. Carlson's attention to detail is one of the things that readers love about the Garden Society books. She is able to make the beauty of those gardens come to life. Death by flower pot may sound a bit mild mannered, but in this cozy it's anything but. With a political angle, a great cast of characters and plenty of twists and turns this is one readers won't want to miss.

    What I liked:

    Many of you know that I live in Kentucky, and we have gardens of all sorts from vegetable to herb to flowers, but it's nothing like the coastal area of Virginia. Roanoke is a beautiful city and the gardens are phenomenal. I think Alyse Carlson really did her homework with this series and does a great job of bringing Roanoke's gardens to life. It is an unusual career for the cozy protagonist and I think there is a real uniqueness about this series.

    Cam Harris is always a delightful heroine. She has a great cast of secondary characters behind her and she always knows how to get the information she needs to solve the crime. I think she has a lot of spunk, but it is balanced with a lot of heart. I love her relationship with Annie and how this book brought them even closer because of the connection to Annie's father, as the prime suspect of the murder. I always think that books with strong female friendships are great to read, when coupled with a mystery, they are even better.

    I loved the political angle that takes place in Keeping Mum. You have an event that is in support of a political candidate, a former political office holders as the main suspect and the who's who of Roanoke all in attendance. That makes for some serious suspects with all kinds of interesting motives. Carlson goes out of her way to make all of the right connections between these characters to keep the killer just under the surface until the end. I didn't feel like I was being given the run around as a reader with this one. It was straight forward and concise but there so many believable reasons why someone would want to kill this guy, that I just couldn't figure it out. It was a lot of fun!

    What I didn't like:

    I liked just about everything about this one, including the flower pot of death. It may not be a totally original idea but it definitely felt fitting for this series. One thing that did take a little bit away from this one, was that we did not get to see very many of the townspeople other than the main character and her posse. I like all of the interesting people we have met so far in this series and hope to see more of them in the next book.

    Bottom Line:

    This was a great addition to the series. Carlson continues to engage readers with beautiful descriptions and interesting information about Roanoke. She balances Cam's personal life with her career and the mystery itself well. It's just a well rounded good cozy series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    Enticing Cozy Mystery

    Combine a boring political fundraiser, a themed silent auction, a surprise murder and a cast of zany characters and you have the makings of an entertaining cozy mystery. That just what author Alyse Carlson has done in the latest installment in her Garden Society Mystery series. When the Roanoke Garden Society has to plan a fundraiser for a local Senate candidate, Cam Harris and her best friend, Annie, decide to make it a fun night by organizing a murder mystery themed silent auction. The ‘who’s who’ of the Roanoke elite will get to bid on who is ‘murdered.’ However, before the bidding gets underway, local financial tycoon Derrick Windermere is discovered dead. There are a lot of suspects among the high society guests, but the prime suspect is too close to home for Cam’s comfort. With the society’s reputation on the line and time running out, Cam has to undercover the real killer before another victim turns up. Carlson has created likable and realistic characters readers can relate to. They are well-balanced with strengths, as well as flaws. The secondary characters add charm and depth to the story. Carlson’s eye for detail and rich descriptions places the reader in the middle of the setting. The beautiful locations come to life on the pages through Carlson’s vibrant depictions. KEEPING MUM moves at a steady pace with a good blend of suspense, intrigue, romance and humor woven around the murder. The twists and turns throughout the book will keep you guessing until the end. While this is the third installment in the Garden Society Mystery series, it can be read on its own. New readers won’t be left in the dark and returning fans can catch up with favorite characters. Colorful characters, a beautiful setting, a fun theme and a gutsy protagonist makes this an enticing cozy mystery to read. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Keeping Mum is the third book in the A Garden Society Mystery se

    Keeping Mum is the third book in the A Garden Society Mystery series.

    Samantha is trying to convince Cam to have the Roanoke Garden Society to stage a political fund raiser for Jared Koontz. Then when cam's best friend, Annie, asks for help for the same thing, Cam decides to organize the event. Annie suggests having a murder mystery dinner. But then when Derrick Windermere is found dead, killed by flower pot, a fun game turns into reality. At about the same time Annie's father, a former state senator, goes missing. Now the question that needs to be answered is: are the two events related or someone taking advantage of bad situation or did someone see something they shouldn't have.

    Cam soon finds out that Windermere was a bit of a shady character and there was not a lot of love lost with quite a few people. It's matter of finding out who was the most hurt.

    We don't get to see members of the Barden Society as much in this book, as the others. But we do get to spend more time with Cam's boyfriend, Rob, and Annie and her boyfriend, Jake.

    I think this is the best book in the series so far. A very interesting story of murder and a kidnapping and how they are intertwined.

    Looking forward to the next book.

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