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Pretty Poison (Peggy Lee Garden Mystery #1)

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  282 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published (first published 2005)
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Sheri
Pretty Poison (Joyce & Jim Lavine)
Murder/mystery. Peggy Lee, a police officers widow, is a gardener and junior sleuth. She owns a flower shop in Downtown Charlotte. she enters her sop one day and finds a dead man, apparently murdered with a shovel to his head. The victim is a wealthy prominent married man with many mistresses. The suspect list is high. with the help of her son Paul, a police officer she finds that thins=gs are not as they appear and anyone is suspect, and everyone has motive...more
Andrea Guy
If this book is any indication of what the rest of this series will be like, I'm in. Peggy Lee is a 52 year old widow, who runs a garden shop. She has a "real" life. She has a son on the force, like her late husband, who she is having issues with. Paul is a jerk. She met a man, Steve, who is 7 years younger than her, who she is starting to have some romantic feelings for, oh and then there's the Great Dane that has moved in. All that and a murder in her shop and a friend asking her about a certa...more
Nuala Raftery
Peggy Lee is a botanist who finds a murdered man in her gardening shop. As usual in this type of fiction, she sets
out to solve the case. The characters are well wrought, the setting interesting but some of the situations are ridiculous. However, the story would still be a good read if the writing weren't so bad. The writers have never heard of the pluperfect tense with the result that one spends an inordinate amount of time trying to decipher the sequence of events. This lack of grammar results...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is a clever murder/ mystery story. Peggy Lee is a police officers widow a gardener and a sleuth. She owns a flower shop in Charlotte. One day when she enters her shop she finds a man face down in one of her attractive wicker baskets of Anemone bulbs. It was part of an Autumn display she,d created along with a scarecrow and pumpkins. She calls the police and to her relief the Det who comes is her deceased husbands partner. When they turn over the body they discover it ,s Mark Warner one of t...more
Linda
I chanced to pick this book up at a used book sale because it looked good. I was right; it was very good. It's the first book in a series about gardening and botany. I found the characters well- developed and decided that I like "mature" protagonists in mystery series. They're well developed in this series. I also love the blurb at the beginning of each chapter about a flower plant including the origin of the name and any folklore associated with it.

Dr. Peggy Lee is a 52 year-old detective's wi...more
Nancy
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Heather L
A pretty good mystery, I would probably pick up the second in the series if I happened across it.
Carolyn Crawford
I just discovered the world of the "cozy" mystery and Peggy Lee is a wonderful character! She is 53 years old, widowed, owns a flower shop named the "Potting Shed" and teaches about botony at the local college. She has endearing workers, all of whom are college kids, which brings a nice mix into the group. She starts dating Steve, a vetrenarian, after being a widow for two years, and she adopts a Great Dane, named Shakespeare. (Well it's more like the other way around, that Shakespeare adopts he...more
Martha Cheves

Pretty Poison - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

'The man was face down in one of her attractive wicker baskets filled with anemone bulbs. It was part of the autumn scene she'd created, complete with scarecrow and pumpkins. He'd obviously fallen forward, dragging the scarecrow from its perch on the oak rocking chair. The straw figure looked forlorn, lying half under the man's weight like some bizarre teddy bear.'

Peggy Lee is the owner of the Potting Shed and when she walk...more
Susan Ferguson
I quite enjoyed this - borrowed from the bookshelves in the breakroom. I'ave already bought the second one.
Margaret (Peggy) Lee is a botanist whose hobby is poisonous plants. She does research in her basement on antidotes and developing new plants. Her current effort is developing a night-blooming rose. She is occasionally consulted for information on some obscure plant poison. As she is riding her bicycle to a class, she runs into the door of a vehicle that pulls out in front of her. He stops t...more
C.
It took time to gel with “Pretty Poison”. I plodded because I love plants, flowers, and a protagonist over 30. Too many ‘young adult’ novels hold 20+ year-olds back. When there is adult material, characters are either this age, or bitter divorcées. This series starter has great components but delivery felt faint. I saw the mechanics of a book, instead of the mini world created. All movement felt deliberately plotted, as if the author’s outline were published instead of the life that ignites fict...more
Madonna
I enjoyed this book because I liked the characters and found the mystery interesting. I'm not sure it is one of the best I've read, but I did appreciate the age and status of the main character.
I am very suspicious of the "young" vet because of the difference in their ages, although I'll agree he could find Peggy interesting because of her age and certainly because of her academic status,and because she's different from other women her age and status.
Peggy's son was very off-putting, and I didn...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
What do I think about this new series, to me, about gardening trivia, facts and murder? I think I love this series. I think I love the characters, the storyline, the romances, the locale the authors chose. What is not to like?

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Lee, is a widow, Mother, Professor, and Gardening shop Owner/worker. Dr. Lee, more importantly to me, is very likable and feels real. The good doctor is surrounded by interesting co-workers, professionals, a Son who is confused and trying too hard, and...more
Snap
PRETTY POISON is the first book in the A Garden Mystery cozy series. Peggy Lee (no, she's not the singer) teaches botany at a college in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also owns The Potting Shed an urban gardener's paradise in downtown Charlotte. The Potting Shed was the dream of Peggy's and her husband. Unfortunately, her husband who was a police detective was murdered before their dream could come true. After his death, Peggy decided to go ahead and open the Shed. She comes in one morning to o...more
Skeetor
A nice book, so nice I have read the second in the series (and will probably continue to read the rest). I gave it only three stars as it is very light reading and I usually like a little heavier reading. But for a sunny afternoon (and especially if you are into gardening) a great book!
Dawn Michelle
Jun 01, 2009 Dawn Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes gardening AND a good mystery
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: mrschelle36@yahoo.com


3 1/2 stars

Well!
I will be going out and snatching up the rest of this series, THAT'S for sure!!
This mystery was well written, well crafted and even thought I THOUGHT I knew who did it, I wasn't completely sure until the end when everyone ELSE found out.

Peggy (AND her cast of characters that accompany her) is fun and engaging and it was interesting learning about the different flowers and their meanings. I am not much (which means I NEVER dig in dirt) into gardening, but learning different a...more
Judy
This was a fun interesting read. I liked all the information about different plants and flower at the beginning of each chapter. The gardening tips at the end were an added bonus. I plan to continue the series and read the next one, Fruit of the Poisoned Tree.

Peggy Lee is the protagonist in Pretty Poison. A garden shop owner, a college professor, a botanist and a policeman's widow, with a grown son. She specializes in understanding the poison properties of seemingly ordinary garden plants. This...more
Jill
This book is the first in a series---Peggy Lee Garden Mystery. I have borrowed the next three also so it will be fun to read while I still remember all of the wonderful characters. Peggy is the widow of a police officer so she starts her own investigation when she finds a dead body in her shop, The Potting Shed. There are many twists and turns in the story, but Peggy finds a way to handle things with the help of old and new friends. Peggy/son Paul/vet Steve/and many others. I found this to be a...more
Susan
Pretty Poison is a great introduction to the cozy mystery series featuring Peggy Lee. Lavene does a great job at setting up an interesting mystery as Peggy finds a dead body in her shop thus thrusting her into the middle of the investigation as two of her friends become suspects. The development of Peggy is well done, and the secondary characters really add to the story as they come together to help Peggy clear their friends. I also enjoyed getting more information about plants and even some gar...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I had high hopes for this story, but I just didn't take to it. While the author(s) did a very good job of portraying a relatively recent widow without being maudlin about it, it just wasn't for me. The story was very good though, and some of the secondary characters likeable. The botany information was very interesting as well and while the protagonist certainly was enjoyable, I found she vacillated between her youthful or energetic pursuits and acting like her middle age meant she was ready to...more
Ed
#1 in the Garden Mystery series. The beginning of a 5 book series featuring UNCC botany professor and garden center owner Margaret (Peggy) Lee.

A Garden Mystery - It's a busy day for Peggy. A cafe lecture is followed by a bike accident involving a good-looking driver. Then Peggy discovers one of the wealthiest men in town sprawled across one of her displays, apparently beaten to death with a shovel. When the cops pin the murder on a homeless man, Peggy must rake through evidence and dig up secret...more
Katie
I really liked Peggy. With any cozy mystery, you have to expect a little off-the-wall behavior from the main character and I think this was done just right. She wasn't a dimwitted idiot like a majority of the protagonists; while her actions were occasionally reckless, she was never stupid. The fact that she was highly educated and a scientist made me like her more.

Also, older ladies getting into new romances is great to see in media (even if it is just in print). It's not something that happens...more
Lisa
Jan 03, 2014 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves mysteries
Recommended to Lisa by: no one I found it on my own
This was an enjoyable read. I really liked the main character. She was an interesting diversion. I'm not happy with how the Nightflyer issue was unresolved but that doesn't mean it may not be addressed in a later. I liked the information on the history of the names of the flowers, uses for them, and such at the beginning of the chapters. If you get the chance, give this book a try.
Trine
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Linda Smatzny
This is the first book in the Garden Mystery series featuring Peggy Lee. No not the singer but a college professor, owner of a garden shop and the widow of a cop in Charlotte. Peggy finds a dead body in her shop and wants to help the police solve the murder especially after the police arrest a friend of hers for the crime. It was an easy read. Liked all the information about gardening. All the characters seemed believable.
Shonna Froebel
Very enjoyable and interesting. Liked the characters
Suzan
Enjoyed this 1st book. Will have to read book 2
Anne
Nice cozy series. Glad that the authors didn't make Peggy one of those obsessive characters. I was prepared to hate her droning on and on about being gasp! 7 years older than her significant other or, as a widow, obsessing over her adult son. Luckily, now that I'm almost through book 3, that hasn't occurred.
Peggy
I bought this book because the character's name is Peggy Lee (Margaret, married name Lee) because my name is Peggy Lee ( not Margaret and middle name Lee) I had no real expectations. THis book was really good. I enjoyed it very much. Have bought the second one and it is in my TBR pile, along with many others.
Chris
Very enjoyable cast of characters and storyline.

Peggy Lee is the widow of a murdered policeman. She owns a gardening shop, teaches about Poisonous plants at the local college and is an amateur PI when a murder occurs in her gardening shop.

Looking forward to the next book!
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Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.
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