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Friday, May 17, 2013

Review of Jim and Joyce Lavene's A Thyme to Die


A Thyme to Die - Cover

About A Thyme to Die:
Peggy Lee and her gardening friends have managed to persuade the International Flower Show to move to Charlotte from Atlanta this year. Excited and enthusiastic, Peggy agrees to step into the role as director of the event, but on opening day, a good friend of hers is found dead in the middle of the show.
Dr. Aris Abbuto, an orchid grower from South Africa, has been shot and buried in a makeshift grave covered with pink thyme. Peggy is especially devastated since he came at her personal invitation. The presence of the pink thyme, a plant once used for ancient burial rites, tells her it’s possible one of the show’s growers may be involved in his death.
She plans to work with the Charlotte Police on this one, in her position of contract forensic botanist, and is surprised to learn of the Charlotte FBI’s interest in the case—which means her husband, Steve is involved too.
Peggy is focused on finding her friend’s killer and running the flower show with hundreds of sometimes disgruntled vendors. Her questions will find a devious plot with her friend and his young daughter, unwittingly, at the heart of it.
Asking the wrong questions can be dangerous, however, as Peggy knows so well. If she isn’t careful, finding her friend’s killer might also lead to a flower-covered grave for her.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book, as I have all of Jim and Joyce's books that I have read.  It flowed really well and was a really fast read.  It kept me guessing till the very end, just like a great cozy should.  The killer ends up being someone that you wouldn't even suspect.  I really liked Peggy Lee, she really knows her gardening stuff.  I liked learning about different plants in each chapter also, I like flowers and plants, so that was another reason this book appealed to me so much.  I also liked the other characters in this series.  This is the first Peggy Lee book that I have read, but I wasn't lost,  I was able to follow along with each character.  If you are looking for a fast read with a lot of mystery, then this is the book for you.  Great job Jim and Joyce.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


About Jim & Joyce Lavene:

Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 60 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.
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