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Killing Weeds

It’s spring in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of forensic botanist and garden shop owner, Peggy Lee. This spring has been beautiful, as always, with flowering trees and blue skies.

But a killer is on the loose, and seems determined to destroy everyone and everything she cares about.

When her garden shop, the Potting Shed, is brutally vandalized, Peggy doesn’t realize that it is only the beginning. Her son, Paul, who has been moonlighting as a private detective to investigate the death of his father, John Lee, is suspected of murder when a mink coat lined with poison kills the woman who is wearing it.

Peggy identifies the particularly deadly blend of botanical poisons in the coat. Unfortunately, her work as a specialist with plant poisons makes Paul even more interesting to the police. When attacks against her and her family continue, Peggy must go back through her years of sleuthing to finger the person responsible . . . before it’s too late.

Book #8 Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries

Praise for the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries:

“Lethal Lily has several of the elements of a cozy mystery, but with a decidedly darker feel – at least for me. But that made it even more intriguing – like exploring uncharted territory.” ~Back Porchervations

“Lethal Lily is a wonderful cozy mystery, perfect for curling up and reading on a nice spring afternoon.” ~Brooke Blogs

“LETHAL LILY was only released last week, and I am hoping Joyce and Jim write fast.”

~Christa Reads and Writes

“Love-Loved it! Strong characters, great plot, makes for a wonderful night of reading! You do not want to miss a minute of this!” ~Shelley’s Book Case

“If you like plants, flowers, gardening, and edge of your seat thrills, this is the book for you.” ~Melina’s Book Blog