Gore in the Garden

Gore in the Garden

by Colleen Shogan

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Overview

Congressional staffer and amateur sleuth Kit Marshall hopes to reconnect with her hippie-turned-techie brother, but the reunion gets complicated when the body of a high-ranking government official is found at the United States Botanic Garden. Solving the crime becomes a family affair as Kit and her posse set out to identify the killer and unravel the complicated motive behind the murder.

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ISBN-13: 9781603817233
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Series: A Washington Whodunit , #5
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 713,578
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Gore in the Garden 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Dollycas 12 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Kit Marshall attends a reception with her boss, Congresswoman Maeve Dixon, best friend Meg, hubby Doug, and her brother Sebastian, at the United States Botanic Garden, just in time to witness the corpse flower bloom. As the group leaves the Garden Meg makes a quick stop to the bathroom. Her screams alert them back into the building where they find the Architect of the Capitol dead. Kit is quickly pegged to be the liaison between the police and Congress and conduct her own investigation. She also has to run interference when her brother becomes part of protests on the hill, reduce conflicts between her staff, and keep on top of her real job as Chief of Staff Dixon. All this plus she has to stay one step ahead of the killer or she will be their next victim. ________________________ This is another fabulous addition to this series. I loved the way the corpse flower played into the story. The University of Wisconsin had one and whenever it bloomed it was big news around here. All the characters I have come to love return, including Kit’s pepperoni loving pup. We also meet Kit’s brother that was too busy along with her parents to attend Kit and Doug’s wedding. I have to say Kit is more forgiving than I would be but then again there is a murderer on the loose. I enjoyed that Doug is now working close enough that he can assist her in her investigation. Because of Ms. Shogan’s experience, she gives what feels like a believable picture of life behind the scenes in a Congressperson’s office. With the current climate in Washington politics, a book like this is very current but not as divisive. The murder is Kit’s main focus and other things on her plate are the staff’s summer picnic, their love lives and trying to keep her brother out of trouble and may even stay in D.C. Shogan brings all the subplots together seamlessly and the story maintains a great flow until we get near the end, then the pace spikes as the killer is revealed. I was holding my breath for more than a few moments. The author did an excellent job of describing Kit’s surroundings. It has been a long time since I have been to Washington and she introduced a few new sites I didn’t know existed but her words took me right where I needed to be. While taking place in a big town, Colleen keeps things pretty cozy. Engaging characters, a captivating story, set in an awesome place, will have readers rapidly flipping the pages. The twists are exquisite and our protag has guts, knows how to think on her feet and doesn’t back down. I highly recommend this entire series, but each book can be read on its own.
FabulousandBrunette 6 months ago
---4.5 Stars--- Another exciting, intriguing, and enjoyable read in the Washington Whodunit Cozy Mystery Book Series!!! This is the third book I’ve read in this book series. I previously read, reviewed, and blogged about Colleen’s third book in this series, “Calamity at the Continental Club,” a couple years ago and Colleen’s fourth book in the series, “K Street Killing,” last year so I was very excited to read her latest installment in the series, “Gore in the Garden.” I really enjoyed teaming up with Kit again and solving another mystery! Kit has become one of my favorite amateur sleuths!!! Again, I really liked the main characters! I was so excited to see the whole crew back together! I enjoyed Kit, her husband Doug, their adorable dog Clarence, her BFF Meg, her boss Congresswoman Maeve Dixon, and her interesting hippie younger brother Sebastian that creates some interesting and uncomfortable situations for her lol!! I really get so invested in characters sometimes – especially in a book series, so it’s great to see them happy and still all together! Also, the supporting characters were well-developed and amply played off the main cast. This book has a creative story line, intriguing plot points, excellent mystery structured scenarios, fantastic writing style, well-developed characters, and keeps you fully engaged through the last page! Without giving too much away, there is a scene in the book at the United States Botanic Garden in D.C. where the characters are gathered at an event and are awaiting a special viewing of the blooming of a corpse flower. Now, the author does a great job at describing the details, however, I was very intrigued and just had to Google this flower. Very interesting! I read a couple articles and watched a few YouTube videos that showed that actual blooming which apparently it takes this flower 7-10 years to bloom!!! And it’s named a corpse flower because it actually smells like decomp right as it’s about to bloom. I LOVE books that teach me new things and this book not only educated me about this really intriguing flower, but it sparked my curiosity to even take it one step further and research it online! Now I actually want to find a garden and attend such a viewing! Again, I loved the D.C. backdrop in this book series that continued into this fifth book as the author shows her D.C. roots by throwing in so many references throughout the book since the book does take place there. I have been to D.C. a few times and loved it. So, I really enjoy when I read a book from there that the real D.C. is found in the pages – and it sure was! There are some very predictable scenes. However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming! This is the fifth book in the Washington Whodunit Book Series. Although, this book is part of a book series, it can absolutely be read on its own as a standalone. As you can see, I started in the middle of the series, with book three, four, and now five and haven’t got lost yet lol! All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in an intriguing, suspenseful, exciting, and enjoyable cozy mystery book. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
0urtownbookreviews 6 months ago
You know I have “giggled” a little about Colleen Shogan’s series being a political cozy. It just struck me odd when I realized that was the subject in the first one I read. But you know what? It works. This is Book 5 of a series titled “A Washington Whodunit”. It’s the third book in the series I have reviewed. I’ve enjoyed everyone of them. Oddly enough this book gives a somewhat clear picture of what is probably the give and take of Washington DC politics. While I don’t like it, I do realize the reality of it. The politics don’t take away one bit from the cute mystery and the characters involved. I have gotten to know Shogan’s characters and to like them. I said in a previous review that I felt maybe I didn’t have enough background on them. It’s most certainly not true here. In fact I know enough about them to get their humor, their oddities, and the jokes involved between them. I think I enjoyed Kit’s brother being involved a little this time. It gave a little lighter picture to the story. The give and take between them added a little humor. There was one thing very different in this story, almost a character theme or a dialog change. I think the change was a good thing. It made it more readable for me and quite possibly made the story a little more grown up. Shogan made her characters have their quirks which is a very necessary part of writing to define them. But this time each habit, each mannerism, was more of a perspective type of description. Just like in real life; you recognize certain things about your friend. You laugh about them but it’s just their way; not really a bad thing. I know I’m not verbalizing this very clearly. It seemed in the earlier books as if Shogan dwelt on certain habits of specific characters too often, almost making the character seem silly; maybe in an attempt to define them. But now, those same silly habits or even the annoying ones (we all have them) are just “asides”, cute funny things in passing. It makes the book a little more serious while still making it a light, fun book to read.
amybooksy 7 months ago
Gore in the Garden is my first experience with Colleen J. Shogan’s writing. I believe this fifth installment from the Washington Whodunit series can be read as a stand alone. I was able to jump right in and read it without feeling as though I have missed some information that was in the previous books. I thought this was a great and fun read. I found myself giggling at times and I was enthralled in the mystery. I was definitely surprised at the “whodunit”. I give Gore in the Garden five plus stars. I would love to read the other books from the Washington Whodunit series. I look forward to more by Colleen J Shogan in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Crystal61 7 months ago
This was my first Washington Whodunnit, and I enjoyed it. I loved the connection between Kit and Doug, and how they supported each other. The crime itself was interesting one, and the story had plenty of twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing. I found the political bits and pieces a bit tedious but it did not take away from the story. I recommend this book. I received a copy through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
mymissdaisy 11 months ago
Another edge of your seat Cozy. Colleen Shogan continues in book 5 of the series to give the reader a page turning Cozy Murder Mystery. In this installment Shogan adds a new character to the mix in Kit's brother Sebastian. There are some great sub characters that add to the story. Giving up on keeping Kit from getting into trouble with investigating her husband Doug's joins her and helps out with the sleuthing...deciding it's better to be a part of the investigation and keeping Kit out of harms way. This is a fun and intriguing series. I have enjoyed each of the books I have read in this series. I received a complimentary copy.
mymissdaisy 11 months ago
Another edge of your seat Cozy. Colleen Shogan continues in book 5 of the series to give the reader a page turning Cozy Murder Mystery. In this installment Shogan adds a new character to the mix in Kit's brother Sebastian. There are some great sub characters that add to the story. Giving up on keeping Kit from getting into trouble with investigating her husband Doug's joins her and helps out with the sleuthing...deciding it's better to be a part of the investigation and keeping Kit out of harms way. This is a fun and intriguing series. I have enjoyed each of the books I have read in this series. I received a complimentary copy.