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Joyce and Jim Lavene. Perfect Poison. New York: Berkley, 2008.

Mild-mannered garden-shop owner Peggy Lee often finds herself investigating mysteries, but at least in Perfect Poison she’s now a contractor for the Charlotte Police and will get paid for her troubles! Peggy starts her day at a funeral and ends up using her new forensic training at the scene of a seemingly-accidental drowning. She gets her second case a few days later, and this one seems hinky from the start. Why would a woman who drowned in a Charlotte-area swimming pool have wild, lake-growing plants on her body? As accusations cast suspicions on a friend and clues reveal similarities in the two deaths, Peggy tries to solve both cases and struggles to keep her shop open. Fans of the previous Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries will recognize familiar characters in this fourth book, including Peggy’s boyfriend Steve, son Paul, and the mysterious Nightflyer.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library Catalog.

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