|Janis Harrison: Lilies That Fester|
Martin's Minotaur (Hardcover), ISBN 0-312-28406-3
Newly svelte and truly harried, Bretta feels obligated to look into the happenings after she finds a package slipped under her door. It comes complete with picture of an overweight young woman and a note asking for her help in finding out what really killed the McDuffys' daughter. The couple promised to meet Bretta the next morning, but they never show, no one will admit to knowing their whereabouts.
Bretta begins to sleuth. In the process she meets a handsome man and receives several strong jolts to her hormones. Bretta doesn't consider herself ready for romance (it feels too much like cheating on her dead husband), but sometimes things just happen…or not.
Again plants, and Bretta's esoteric knowledge of their uses and misuses, play an intrinsic part in the mystery and the solving of same. Bretta and her new sidekick reap some new clues, weave them into a recognizable design and track down the bad seed (villain). But it remains a race, because the villain just might get to Bretta first.
Each book in this series stands alone, but the combination of floral arrangements, a sassy sleuth and plots as tangled as snarl of florist's tape converted me into a fan. Long live Bretta Solomon and the rest of her crew. They never fail to entertain or act predictably -- except in delivering a great read.
Patricia Lucas White
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