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Marigolds and Murder

(Port Danby #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,450 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby. With a flower shop opening soon and a full cast of quirk ...more
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published September 14th 2017
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☕ Kimberly
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: backlist-2018
Caffeinated Reason to grab Marigolds and Murder

Pumpkin Contests, a murder, an old spooky Victorian and a heroine with an insatiable curiosity. The small-seaside town will have you packing your bags and craving pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing. This is the perfect fall mystery to snuggle up with. Just grab a pumpkin spice latte and get cozy.
Since this was the first book we spent a little time getting to know Pink and the local merchants along the main street. Pink’s flower shop is situat
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read. Needed a little editing but was certainly quite readable.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A very attractive cover and the price was right so I decided to read the book. I had never read this author and I was curious. This the first book in the Port Danby series. I found the writing was easy to read however the characters needed more development.
Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton has left her job in the large city moving to a small port town. She is opening a flower shop and looking forward to living in a small close knitted area. She is returning home one day when she found a woman with her head
Aug 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebies
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Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby. With a flower shop opening soon and a full cast of quirky neighbors and friends, her new digs are exactly what she's been lo
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5. A fun cozy mystery. Pink with her super nose and nosiness is the yin to the yang of Detective Briggs. You get the flavor of small town life on the coast. All the riding around on a bike, the gossip, everybody knowing everyone's business. The novel has an episodic feel to it and many of the characters could easily make a reappearance in the upcoming novel in the series. It's only the ending that felt too easy and sudden. A little more "nose job" could have made it a 4 for me.
Loraine Oliver
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
I just discovered a little gem by London Lovett called Marigolds and Murder, and I also noticed there are two more coming soon!

I loved this book! I love how there are amazing characters like Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton, a young woman who earned a 6 figure income in a perfume factory, and just gave it up to move to a quiet village. Lacey is opening up a flower shop there and is very happy just working on her store and going home!

Another character is Detective James Briggs who meets Lacey at the scene
Susan Ferguson
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise. Lacey Pinkerton has a heightened sense of smell. She had to see a specialist as a child to learn to manage her nose so smells wouldn't make her sick. Lacey had bedn a medical student and quit med school to work for a perfumer because she has such a good "nose". She quit the perfume business when her fiancee, the son of the owner, felt like he was free to date others. So she moved to the small town of Port Danby and decided to open a flower shop with her pet crow, Kingston, a ...more
Shirley Worley
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lacey has moved to a small quaint town to start life anew, much to the dismay of her mother. Her fellow shop owners and handsome neighbor, Dash, offer encouragement as she gears up to open her flower shop. Finding a dead body in a pumpkin patch throws her into the path of the intriguing Detective Briggs. Lacey's overly sensitive nose sniffs out clues that impresses the detective and Lacey persists in sticking her nose where it doesn't belong to help solve the case.

Good clean, lighthearted read,
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Just a delightful little cozy mystery about florists with pink hair and cute detectives and small towns. Not trying to re-invent the wheel, but what cozy mystery is? This was the cute, quick read I needed after so many heavy fantasy series last year.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and fun mystery. Good humor and fun flirtations between characters... this book was a freebie. I would read more in the series but I don’t want to pay for them and I have tons of other books to work my way through first :)
Amanda A
3.5 stars
Selah Pike
Fun, quick cozy read. 3.5 stars
Una Tiers
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was nice in the first half. Then it seemed as if someone edited it to put it conflict. It landed with a loud thud of disappointment.
Kathy Kugelman
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best starts to a cozy mystery series. I'm going to be sure to read the rest of the series.
susmithj jakes
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, quick cozy read.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Marigolds and Murder is a straight forward mystery, which is sometimes nice.
The story follows Lacey "Pink" Pinkerton who has just moved to a small seaside town around Cape Cod. She's got an enhanced sense of smell which she uses to help the towns 1 detective sniff out the killer of a pumpkin Farmer.- I'm not counting that as a a spoiler because I'm sure that's on the book flap.
The good parts: it wasn't a bad mystery. It's not the most complicated mystery, but okay.
The town's 1 detective and I t
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Marigolds and Murder" is one of those books that reads like a well loved robe that you cuddle up with on a cold evening. The town of Port Danby and the characters feel like friends you've known a while and as you read the pages there is a sense that it's just another day in the neighborhood that is until someone is murdered!

Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton, left her six figure paying job working for Georgio fragrances as the million dollar nose to move to the small seaside town of Port Danby where she is
Charlene Nelson
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Lacey Sue Pinkerton, or Pink has moved to a small town away from the city. She is working on opening a flower shop. It seems that she has a very sensitive nose to orders and had to leave her last great job at a perfume company. As she works on getting her shop ready for opening, there is murder that she just happens to come upon. She begins to make discoveries, even though Detective Briggs keeps asking her to let the police do ...more
Jean Mills
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful Read

This is such a fun whodunit novel. Miss Pinkerton is a new owner of a flower shop in a small town. She has hermosa an amazing gift or talent to smell out smells/fragrances of all kinds. A cat and an unsual pet a crow. I wished they had more active part to play in this novel. She lives next to a dishy neighbor and gets to solve a murder with an even dashing detective. The chemistry between her and the cop is cute and you wait for more. The crime is not gory and the mystery though s
Tania Hillmer
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this as a free book through Amazon. This is the first book I have ready by London Lovett and it was enjoyable. It is a cute cozy mystery and is light reading. Lacey moves to the sea town of Port Danby to open a flower shop. She left a high paying job in the city and her cheating fiancee and is ready for life in a small town. Due to her heightened sense of smell, she assists on a murder case and she was the one to discover the body. We are introduced to the quirky characters of Port Da ...more
Michelle Rohm
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to jump start my reading for 2019 so I went with a series of books that sounded fun. The Port Danby Mystery series seems to fit the bill. I gave all the books I read in the series a rating of three stars, I found them entertaining but not exceptional. The female characters are fun and just quirky enough to make you smile but the men in the stories seem more like extras to me not critical to the story line. The books are short only about 200 pages and they are pretty scripted about 70 pa ...more
Brian Palmer
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lacey Pinkerton quit her job working for a perfume company to semi-retire to a small seaside town where she plans to run a flower shop. Of course, this means turning her back on her lucrative job and bright future (at least in the eyes of her family); her incredibly sensitive nose gave her an incredible edge in anything related to scent.

But as she prepares for her grand opening, one of the two main rivals in the annual pumpkin growing contest is found dead. Something smells a bit fishy ... and L
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a good fun mystery read with a bit of a difference because of "Pink's" million dollar nose. It has a nice small town setting, the requisite wacky characters, the handsome detective who in this case doesn't spend all his time trying to keep Pink out of the investigation but uses her unique ability to his advantage and the also requisite cat but the addition of the pet crow is kind of unique. I got quite a kick out of the cross up with the pets' names! Oh yeah there's also the required amo ...more
Catherine Winslow
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read of London Lovett's. It is a cozy read and while I may have guessed who the killer is, I still enjoyed the characters. I love Pink. Love her interaction with Briggs. Love that she has a flower shop and that she puts her nose in police business. Interesting ability she has. I laughed at several parts such as her thoughts on getting caught in the old house or when she thinks Briggs looks like an old professor and blurts it out.....You have to read to understand the sub ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Cozy mysteries are much the same. Usually, the protagonist is female, young, and horny and new to her town/job situation/romantic situation. There's usually a hunky male next door or pretty close by, an equally hunky law enforcement officer, quirky friends, maybe a pet or two. The murder the protagonist involves herself in is not someone close to her. (It's important to be able to focus on the enticing clues, not grief.) The police encourage the young woman to stay out of their business, advice ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Light and Entertaining

This story was fairly short and seemed to wrap up suddenly. It didn't seem to be very deep or complicated to solve but was a fun mystery. The character's acute sense of smell was an interesting addition to the plot. I liked the cat and the crow. The writing was enjoyable and sometimes humorous, but sometimes the dialogue was not believable. I felt that the detective would not have been so patient with her interference in the investigation. I enjoyed her finding out her mist
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smelling her way to the solution

Awesome but just a shame about the proofing (especially in Chapter 3 where there seems to be something cut out). From working as the "nose" in the perfume world to opening her own flower shop could seem like a big jump, but she has never been happier. However finding a dead body has made her want to stretch her sleuthing skills. Who would want to kill the senior? Why was her pumpkin vandalised? Working with the handsome detective, they start to piece things togeth
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
While I like cosy mysteries I often times find myself incredibly frustrated by the mc determination to investigate especially if the police are doing so. I can overlook it if they or a loved one are a suspect or the police are blatantly uninterested or incompetent but that was not the case here. So Lacey's interference was arrogant unnecessary and misplaced. That aside I really enjoyed the setting and the mystery itself. And I loved the novelty of Lacey's pet crow. I also even found Lacey hersel ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect introduction to a “new to me” cozy mystery series. The main character, Lacey pulls you right in with her tossing the fast city life to open a flower shop in the small town. The supporting characters have an easily familiar feel and enhance the plot. Her pets, (although I think Kingston may think he is the owner and Lacey is the pet) and cat add the right balance and “extra cozy” to the tale. Add in a nose that has a superpower ability at smelling, and the book just flowed. I ...more
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It is a fun read about a nosy super-nose who helps the police after finding a woman with her head stuck in a prize winning pumpkin. There are some of the customary cozy requirements. She dumped her cheating ex, quit her high paying job in the city, moved from the big city to start her new flower shop in a small town. There are the cute guys interested in her. It has some of the same elements as other cozies, but it seemed fresh. It was comfortable, famili ...more
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