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Pick Your Poison (A Yellow Rose Mystery #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,261 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Out of school, out of work, and out of motivation, Abby Rose is contemplating her life and wondering what to do next. It's the kind of situation that would get some girls down, but luckily Abby's got a heart the size of Texas -- and a bank account to match...

When Abby discovers her gardener, Ben, dead in the greenhouse one afternoon, the emptiness of her own life hits her
Published May 22nd 2007 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published May 2004)
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Maybe 3.5 stars since I didn't know who the killer was til near the end, but why, oh, why do all the heroes/heroines of mystery books (amateur ones at least) need to go off alone, when they KNOW who the guilty party is and then get nearly killed themselves???? I think I really do need to go back to reading some Agatha Christie mysteries again since her detectives never did that. IIRC
Great first book in the series. Abby Rose, an adopted heiress, starts investigating in order to discover the truth about her and her twin sister's, Kate, biological parents, after the death of her adoptive father, Charlie Rose and the murder of Ben, their gardener. The story included plenty of twists and turns and the revelation of the killer's identity was a shock. Leann Sweeney certainly knows how to craft a good mystery and keep her readers alert, turning page after page.I plan to read the re ...more
Heather Webber
Love Abby Rose's sarcastic humor.
In Leann Sweeney's Pick Your Poison, the first installment in the Yellow Rose Mystery series, we were introduced to Abby Rose. She was out of work, out of motivation and out of school. And when she returned home to Texas, she found Ben, her dead gardener in her greenhouse. When the local hot Houston PD detective Jeff informed her about the poison, it was now up to Abby to find out who killed Ben and why. And while she looked for clues, she also find some hidden secrets from her past that might h ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I have managed to read most of this series out of order. Each book, however, is a great read independently. This was the 'first' and certainly sets up the series. I found it interesting, compelling, and also an easy book to read. It held my attention and now has me reading the 4th in the series, (or at least I think it is.) A great Author. A great book!
A funny amateur sleuth with brains and a heart; you will fall in love the character of Abby Rose as she tries to solve multiple mysteries in her home state of Texas. Very well written and an quick easy read. Couldn't put it down.
A very promising series debut! I very much enjoyed getting to know Abby Rose and look forward to future installments. Unexpected twist kept me guessing until the end and Abby Rose will definitely be on my reading list!
I enjoyed reading this first book in the adventures of Abbie Rose.... I'm looking forward to reading them in order, and to that effect I have them stacked up on my library TBR pile.
Hmm. I don't know why but I never really got into this one.
The mystery was pretty good. It kind of a snowball gathering speed down a hill or a Dung Beetle gathering dung. It started off with the death of the gardner and then slowly built by adding connections to the other characters and events. I kind of liked the way she the mystery grew,
I did not mind Abby. She was kind of an interesting character. She was spitfire. Noone was going to piss in her boots and call it rainwater! Although I liked
This is the first book in the Yellow Rose Mystery series. Abby is described as being "out of school, out of work, and out of motivation."

When the book opens, her gardener Ben approaches Abby and tells her that he needs to tell her and her sister Kate (her fraternal twin) something, but he wants to wait until Kate comes home so he'll only have to tell the story once. He seems really nervous and agitated, but Abby can't convince him to spill the beans early.

Abby takes a nap, but when she wakes up,
The story follows Abby Rose as she attempts to solve the murder of her gardener Ben. Unhappy for the case to be solved at the hands of the law when nothing seems to be moving she tries to piece as much information as possible together on the gardener, which leads her to uncover some things about her and her twin sisters past that should have probably stayed safely in the past.

As I’ve said this was my first dalliance with the crime genre so didn’t really know what to expect. The story is told fro
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
3.55 - 3.62

The main character is a different sort than the rest of the ones out there in the cozy world. She's rich, computer smart (although I would like to see more of this), adopted and smart enough to know when to hide.

Yes, she suffers from going into places she shouldn't without proper backup but she handles herself quite well and very rarely needs that much help. Her skill of having little shame to get what she wants helps.

It's a fast, easy read with a mystery that you shouldn't be able t
"Oh what a tangled web you weave, when first you practice to deceive."
This is a very good first mystery. The main character, Abby, finds her gardener dead shortly before he can reveal information to Abby and her sister. Abby sets out to uncover the mystery of his life and finds a weave of deception that leads back to her family. The trail goes back 30 years to a disappearance and deception. There are plenty of suspects as the story twists and turns with a final twist at the end that I did not se
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
I liked this book. I usually do house work or exercise while listening to Audio books and I found myself stopping and sitting down to not miss a detail! This story takes place in the Houston and Galveston area and I enjoyed that too.
G Hodges
The great thing about cozies is that there is a sub genre to fit all tastes. This was not to my taste. I was easily distracted from reading except for a few episodes near the end. My mind would wander in the middle of a sentence. And the outcome was pretty much predictable (not a negative in and of itself, but in this case I figured out who the bad person was pretty quickly). And the plot device at the denouement was also predictable for the location.

I had no sense of the place. Galveston should
Pat Beard
Nice stubborn amateur detective, didn't guess the perpetrator at all (unusual), kept me awake doing the "one more chapter" thing until I finally finished it. All in all a satisfying cozy.
From the first sentence about how the sun could melt diamonds, I enjoyed her colorful expressions and vivid similes. The relationship between the two sisters, so different though they were twins, provided warmth and grounding to Abby's restless, impulsive nature. Didn't matter what crazy chances Abby took, Kate and Terry had her back. Fortunately, her love interest was a policeman who could make nasty consequences of her investigation go away. The fast-paced action kept me reading all night-some ...more
This was an easy read, however it was a little confusing to follow the plot line. Who was adopted by whom and why is that connected to the murders....
Mar 21, 2008 Marla rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Lynn Demsky
Jul 20, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Recommended to Lynn by: found by self at booksale
I found this to be a delightful summer read! It was fast moving, interesting and entertaining with a cast of characters that fit right into the story and plot line well. I enjoyed the one twin's pet cat and the other twin's pet dog and how they got along so well with each other as twin sisters! The ending surprised me---and, all families can't be perfect! I'm not sure why it's called a yellow rose mystery though --- there was a rose garden but don't believe anyone specifically said anything abou ...more
I think this was a very enjoyable cozy. I did read the second book before the first so this book filled in the gaps. Before I secure the next one I want to read her other series to get a better feel of her writing so I can decide what type of author she is--predictable or exploring, things like that. I gave it four stars because I do think that Abby actually did investigate and made mistakes like an amatuer would. I love the characters and how different the sisters are. I can relate to many of t ...more
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, read this book and make up your own mind. It's worth the read, it is an easy, quick, read and entertaining.

The thing that stood out most in my mind when reading the book, the wrap up of the loose ends were drawn out too far after the reveal. It was late when I finished the book and maybe that was why I kept thinking, how could there be this many pages left when we know who did it! I would have held off on the reveal until some of the other discovery was made, but I
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Leann Sweeney
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Out of school, out of work, and out of motivation, Abby Roseis contemplating her life and wondering what to do next. It's the kind of situation that would get some girls down, but luckily Abby's got a heart the size of Texas-and a bank account to match. But when she discovers the gardener dead in her greenhouse, Abby realizes what she needs to do with herself: she needs to solve a murder...
 Gigi Ann
This is the first book I've read by this author, I read a review on another book reviewers blog, and decided to read this book, not knowing it was the first in this series. This was a delightful little cozy mystery. It was fast moving, funny, and had a few twists and turns, while I was trying to guess 'whodunit.' WOW...What a ride, I loved it and awarded it 5***** I'm sure I will be reading another one of her books in this series somewhere down the cozy mystery road.
This series was recommended to me by a friend. This is the first book in the series and it is average. There is some funny dialogue and the plot is slightly above average in sophistication, but the author's use of cliches is annoying most of the time. All that said, I will continue to read the rest of the books in the series. Though, that is more of a personality quirk than a positive attribution to the books.
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Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph's Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry. Currently a school nurse, she began writing about fifteen years ago, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her writing skills with classes and a sma ...more
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