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Gun in the Gardenias

(Lovely Lethal Gardens #7)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Valley Publishing, LTD
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Niken Widyastuti
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery at heart, Gun in the Gardenias was full of delightful mystery. With slow paced mystery, almost non-existent suspense and very low on romance, Ms. Mayer prove that she’s a great writer as without those elements she still managed to make an enjoyable read. I myself love this kind of read once in a while. A book I could fully enjoy without palpitating. Hahaha

So, as 7th book in a series, Doreen character had grown. As an ex trophy-wife, by now she’d learned how to manage a household a
Kari Hansen
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doreen may have solved her last case but not everyone is happy with the outcome which places her in danger. All Mack wants her to do is to take a break from investigations and perhaps heal from all that has transpired since she moved into town, but the town mysteries have a way of finding her.

A recovered gun leads her to some closed cases that she starts to re-open and that is when the mayhem really begins. Suspense, twists and wild times ensure as Doreen is on the case once again.

Leah Hines
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This cozy mystery series is one of the best. I enjoyed this book in particular. The cold case is interesting. That aspect of the series is different from a lot of mysteries. Doreen has really developed from the first book. The characters feel like old friends. I love the dynamic between Doreen and Mack and that the author isn't pushing an instant romance between them. I don't know how Doreen manages to accomplish everything with all she has going, but it makes for a fun and fast paced read. ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is usually such a good series. I read to avoid cleaning my house, etc., so reading page after page about someone else cleaning was not how I wanted to spend my time. Also, the main character comes off as careless and arrogant in this book. The animals, while quaint in the other books, are credited with a bit too much intelligence in this one.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book that I have read from the Lovely Lethal Gardens series but as it is a standalone book, the fact that I hadn't read all the previous ones didn't detract from my enjoyment,
This is a lovely gentle story, Doreen Montgomery is a pleasantly eccentric divorcee who was married to a very wealthy man so consequently lacked any domestic skills, her equally eccentric grandmother has moved into a nursing home and left her cluttered house to Doreen.
Since moving to Kelowna Doreen has de
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am truly loving this series, the antics of Doreen's pets, Goliath, Mugs and Thaddeus are so much fun even as they demonstrate their loyalty to her. Her grandmother, Nan is a pip, she's the reason Doreen has a home and all these interesting issues.

At the end of the last book as things are wrapping up, one of Doreen's neighbors gives Detective Mack a gun he found in his gardenias.

In this one Doreen has finally gotten rid of much clutter that her Nan had collected over the years. She now wants to
D. Harley Jean
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. This is book 7 of 7. in the Lovely Lethal Gardens series.

This book series is quite different from anything else Ms. Dale has written before. But, quite excellent.

The series continues to remind me of Janet Evanovich’s fun/silly Stephanie Plum mysteries. Doreen seems to inadvertently get into similar “adventures” as Stephanie Plum, and in lieu of a crazy, potty-mouthed, ex-prostitute, side-kick; Doreen has an crazy Africa
Wendy Hodges
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I love Doreen and her animals, it's like she just can't help herself from fathoming out all the why's and where's of whatever clues that almost liturally get thrown at her. Even when she's threatened or has a near miss she's scared but not put off, she just tries to make sure the animals and the house are as safe as possible, adjusting precautions as she can. The mystery in this was fairly intriguing and got a bit mixed with Penny's case a bit, plus juggling all the other bits and pieces so ...more
Mandy Parmenter
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gardener and sometime sleuth Doreen Montgomery (plus her cat, dog, and parrot) need to tie-up some loose ends from her previous case (especially Steve Albright - who seems to be a fixer for a local biker gang). Her one consolation is that he no longer has a gun as he dropped him into her neighbour's Gardenias although when she finds a connection to three arson cases from years ago she is warned off by Corporal Mack Moreau who is concerned for her safety. However, she is not in the habit of liste ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another incredibly enjoyable entry in this terrfic series. I am a true romance fan but I think it is impossible not the fall under the spell of Doreen and the rest of these lovable characters as each new mystery unfolds. The storyline will quickly capture your attention and have you trying hard to solve the case before Doreen can. In my opinion, what really makes this series so special is the cast of characters. From the sometimes too clever for her own good, trouble magnet that is Doree ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick fun read for relaxing set in Eastern British Columbia and garden background. Doren had been a trophy who had been retrace from wealthy husband with out a settlement. Her Grandmother invites Doreen to live in the family home while she goes to a retirement home. She leaves a yellow cat, Goliath and blue gray parrot, Thaddeus with house. Doreen has a dog, Mugs. The animals added much humor to the series and this is the ninth book. Doreen is interest in cold cases and one leads to another co ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doreen is back and is ready for a break from cold cases. She wants to finish cleaning and organizing her home but Doreen being Doreen that doesn't quite work out that way.
Mack keepings hoping that Doreen will settle on solving the old boxes she has found and stay out of cild cases for a while. Mack also knows thats not happening .
Doreen is very happy as she completes her home while trying hard to stay out of things but events brings her in. Her name as Bone Lady comes into play showing the town
Cheryl Davis
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just as much as I loved all the other books in the series. The interaction between the main characters is just so awesome and it keeps you interested in the book. Love the interaction of the three animals in the book and how they each have their own personalities. The story-line is one where you are always wondering what type of trouble the main character will get into and how she will handle the case she gets herself involved in. The way the book is written keeps you guessing ...more
Kathie Savage
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still smarting from the headwound she suffered in Book 5, Doreen now faces false rumors that she fabricated the allegations against her former new friend Penny Jordan. With the support of her good friend Corporal Mack , along with her 2-legged, 4-legged, and winged family members and an unexpected diversion from her neighbor’s finding a gun in his gardenias, Doreen is able to resolve completely several open questions from the cases in Books 5 and 6, as well as some new, now-related cold cases. N ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gun in the Gardenias by Dale Mayer
Lovely Lethal Gardens Series Book Seven
Doreen is still recovering from when her Penny, who she thought was a friend, had tried to kill her. Since then, she'd solved a cold case. Now, it was time to get her own house in order. As if, she doesn't ask for trouble or to cause her friend with the police force so much just seems to find her.

And, if Doreen can give people peace of mind by closing a mysteries of cold cases...she'll do it. And Nan, Doreen's gra
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is a book for all ages. This is a standalone book, filled with old fashion charm and whimsical characters, many of whom we have met in the previous books. Mystery, suspense and a touch of romance as Doreen and her friends of fur and feather work to solve another cold case. I love the way Dale Mayer wraps flirty with friendship for Doreen and Mac, pure love between Doreen and her grandmother, and absolute love and loyalty between Doreen and her dog Mugs, Maine coon cat Goliath, and parrot Th ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Fantastic .
I love this series .
I enjoyed this story .Gun In The Gardenias . It is just as good if not better than the others in the series .
Doreen and her family of animals continue to solve cold cases and Mack continues trying to convince her not to because it is just to dangerous .
Thank goodness Doreens animals always come to her rescue . I love Doreens quirkiness and absolutely love her pets . Nan continues to entertain . The mystery continues will Mack and Doreen step out of the
Irene S
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doreen is torn between finalizing the organization of her home and delving into historical crime records compiled by a dying journalist. Like every book in this series, Doreen does a little of both. I received a free copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. The growth of Doreen in this series makes this more than a cozy mystery series. It's interesting to see Doreen delve into everything whether it is gardening, cleaning out the old stuff from her inheri ...more
Rachael Bromley
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few cosy mysteries but none have ever come close to Dale's books. I love this series so much. The funny relationship between Doreen and Mack has me giggling sometimes. They like each other even though Doreen has the habit of getting into trouble or rather trouble finds Doreen. Her nan is so hilarious and I love Thaddeus the parrot, Mugs the dog and not forgetting Goliath the cat. So a gun was found, Steve issued some threats, acts of arson were found, a deathbed confession was reco ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doreen is fresh off one case at straight into solving more cold cases. The Bone Lady is cleaning her house out and making it her own and finding cases to solve along the way. This book picks up right where the last one left off. Penny is in custody and Steve is mad as fire and out for revenge. Doreen is glad the last case is helping to bring a child home that has been missing for many years too. Mack is enjoying getting to know Doreen although he is worried about her safety too. Nan and the anim ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely "Lovely Lethal Gardens" story. These are fun to read and you like watching Doreen learn to make her way, solve cold cases, to the chagrin of the local constabulary, and rekindle her relationship with her grandma. And you can't loose when you have 3 adorable pets that act like your children. But, Doreen just has a way of falling over clues, most of the time to things that happened a long time ago. She can't help it...she works in the gardens and always seems to "dig" up clues. It i ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters in this series (especially the pets) have stolen my heart and I just can't wait until a new book comes out! Doreen was a rich girl who was married to a cheating scumbag richer guy. He finds someone new and divorced Doreen leaving her with nothing.

Doreen didn't know anything about how to support herself, feed herself or almost nothing about real life. Luckily her Nan had left her her home when she moved into assisted living. I have watched Doreen begin believing in herself and lea
(4.5) I want to live next door to "Bone Lady" and her fur babies. I want to see Mack up close and personal and go lay a few bets with Nan. I feel like I know Doreen and I want to know her better. I have a few things she could certainly investigate for me :) This is another enjoyable read one that takes you out of your day to day as you go along for a fun ride as Doreen delves into more mysteries and cold cases. She has really grown since Arsenic in the Azaleas. I like her thinking things through ...more
Meg Martin
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Corporal Mack Moreau worries about Doreen who can't seem to stay away from cold cases while her cuddly animals stay close to protect her. Thaddeus can peck, Mugs can bite and Goliath's claws are sharp as can be. Doreen can garden, clean house in beyond record time, is learning to cook with Mack's help but uses a skillet for other things, and can't help successfully playing at detective. I'm secretly wondering how big this town is as it seems full of criminals, or rather, it was full of them t ...more
Char Davis
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doreen is sure what the neck the boxes some teenager does off are all about.They are from a journalist thats in hospice dying. Steve Pennys friend seems out to get Doreen an she just keeps poking the bear driving Mack crazy he tries like he;ll to keep her out of his cases.There are so many twists and turns to this story will keep you riveted until the very last page and leave you begging for more.I love the way this amazing author brings the characters to life before your eyes and you can feel t ...more
Dawn Cruikshank
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gun in the Gardenias

WOW! What another FANTASTIC story! Dale has done it again! Doreen is still reeling from the last case when she gets 4 boxes of a dying journalist's and she figures out about the 4 murders and the house fires. She figured out who the criminal is and he goes after her. Throughout the story, her animals help her every chance they can get. They are also very protective of her. Mack just gets exasperated with her throughout the book but I feel he is very appreciative of her abilit
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really adore Doreen and her adorable critters, always love it when they're in action, and this book totally not disappoint, although kinda predictable, but with all the fun and the joy Doreen and those quirky critters bring, I still love this book, especially the relationship between Mack and Doreen, they're just so sweet and cute together.
This book has a good cold case story, great chemistry between characters, loveable fur babies, cool actions, yup love this book a lot.

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Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is so much fun to read. The animals are so adorable. Doreen is in trouble with her neighbors all the time because she keeps solving cold cases so the media camps out in the cul de sac trying to see what she is up to next. Just when things quiet down, something pops up like a gun in the gardenias, of course, brought over by a disgruntled neighbor. Things keep heating up and it just gets better. I could go on and on and then I would spoil it, so I must stop. You will love this series.

Melissa Swafford
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is so much fun to read and relaxing. The interaction with the animals is endearing and sometimes hysterically hilarious. Doreen has stumbled upon another cold case and while looking at it, she finds connections to 3 other cold case files in the past. Mack is adorable trying to rein Doreen in from getting to involved in her cases and protecting her when the guilty people want to harm Doreen.I am also on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series.

I received a free copy
Jun 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
In the previous book, it's a nearby neighbor who finds the 'gun in the gardenias'. He hands it to Mack in front of Doreen. Doreen takes credit for finding the gun at the beginning and end of this book. Unacceptable. Annoying. Has to take credit for everything. She can't help herself in showing off to Mack and the criminals how smart she is throughout the entire book. Dumb Doreen states that she knows she's supposed to bring a good wine to the hostess. She states she doesn't know that she should ...more
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

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