The Azalea Assault – Alyse Carlson

This is the first of three cozy mysteries in the Garden Society Mystery series. As the 3rd one was written in 2014, I do not expect there to be others. Truly a shame ☹

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Cam Harris is the PR person for the Roanoke Garden Society, and gardening has never been more dangerous. When the nationally celebrated Garden Delights magazine agrees to come to Roanoke to feature Roanoke’s best gardens, Cam is tasked with making sure everything goes off without a hitch.

With the help of her best friend Annie, and her boyfriend Rob, she soon finds herself in the middle of a bunch of suspects who had motive to kill the star photographer. Now she not only needs to find another photographer, she also needs to keep her sister Petunia and brother-in-law Nick on the right side of the law, as they soon become the main suspects.

There are a lot of characters wrapped up in this book, but they all have their place in the story, and it flows smoothly from one chapter to the next. If you have read many cozies (such as I have), you sometimes can see what is coming next. This story keeps you guessing to the end.

There are descriptions of many different plants, but not much on the side of actual gardening tips (which I wasn’t expecting).

Here in Michigan right now we are wrapped in the middle of a polar vortex, and literally the whole state is shut down. Which means I took tomorrow off from work, so I have plenty of time to finish book three, write review number two, and do some writing for my own cozy mystery book number 1!

You can learn more about Alyse here: Alyse Carlson – Penguin Random House

Are you trapped inside too? What are you reading to get you by?

10 thoughts on “The Azalea Assault – Alyse Carlson

  1. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM January 30, 2019 / 3:16 am

    This sounds like a fun book! Glad you enjoyed it.
    Today in Maine we’re getting hit by snow and will experience noticeably cold temperatures all week, but nothing compared to what you are experiencing, that’s for sure. Stay warm and safe!

    • Angela January 31, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Kelsey! Day 5 of schools being closed, all government offices, no mail, etc etc. Still really terrible out there. But by Monday, high near 50 and rain 😦 Only to go back to freezing the next day. It’s like this mess is never gonna end.

  2. thebookwormdrinketh February 5, 2019 / 9:20 am

    We had that polar vortex and then it moved on! We’re back in the positive digits again… Which is weird since this is Canada and we got winter for maybe 2 weeks.. 😕🤔

    • Angela February 5, 2019 / 9:23 am

      We already have winter storm warnings again for the ice storm that is going to hit us tonight 😦 If I cannot get to work tomorrow I am not going to be happy…

      • thebookwormdrinketh February 5, 2019 / 11:28 am

        … Wouldn’t most people be HAPPY to not have to go to work?? 🤔 I’m on my ONE day off in 16 days today…. I could use a couple of snow days.. 😂😉

      • Angela February 5, 2019 / 12:14 pm

        😀 I prefer to save them for nicer days when I am not trapped in my house LOL

      • thebookwormdrinketh February 5, 2019 / 12:16 pm

        Well… I suppose THAT makes sense! 😂… Unfortunately, I don’t think they do snow days on nice days… 🤔😅

      • Angela February 5, 2019 / 12:20 pm

        My company does not do snow days, period. We have to use vacation time if we aren’t going to be able to make it to work. Luckily I have a lot of vacation time 🙂

      • thebookwormdrinketh February 5, 2019 / 12:21 pm

        Well, that’s always good! But, I agree that it’s nicer to use vacation in better weather! 😉

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