Pick Your Poison

Book CoverI’m coming back to Leann Sweeney’s ‘Yellow Rose’ series. I really enjoyed these books and ‘Pick Your Poison’ was the first. I can’t understand why Sweeney stopped writing about Abbey Rose, she has now moved on to the ‘Cat in Trouble’ series, I’ve already told you about the first one ‘The Cat, the Professor and the Poison‘, I do wish she’d write another Abby Rose. Oh well, at least I have an excuse to re-read them all!

Synopsis of ‘Pick Your Poison’ as provided on book:
Out of school, out of work, and out of motivation, Abby Rose is contemplating her life and wondering what to do next. It’s the kind of situation that would get some girls down, but luckily Abby’s got a heart the size of Texas — and a bank account to match…
When Abby discovers her gardener, Ben, dead in the greenhouse one afternoon, the emptiness of her own life hits her like a glass of ice-cold Texas tea. Ever since her father died, she’s been mooning around the pool, making herself as useful as a junebug on a daisy. When the sexy detective from the Houston P.D. tells her it was poison that killed Ben, Abby realizes what she needs to do with herself: solve a murder. Little does she suspect that the answers to her questions about Ben’s death will unlock secrets about her own past — and might change her entire future…

The book started slowly so I had a few reservations which trebled when the gum chewing, super macho, handsome, single policemen was introduced arguing with the female protagonist. However, Sweeney stayed focused on the mystery and it’s a humdinger. Too often with cosies the author doesn’t deliver because she is too preoccupied with the novelty (chocolate, coffee, dog walks etc) or (what now seems to be obligatory) the romance. Fortunately in this book the romance runs to a total of about 6 pages, interaction with the police is both believable and required by the plot, which was a nice touch. The story telling and whodunnit are great with some nice twists and turns. Unfortunately , I worked it out well before the end, simply because we ran out of characters to suspect – an easy mistake in a series debut. It tends to happen when the author has so many new characters to introduce. It’s totally forgivable in ‘Pick Your Poison’ because the motive is harder to get to, plus as the realistic characters are so likeable I wanted to know all the details of the motive. Except for the slow start, cliché romance and a couple of very minor plot holes it romped along and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so it scores a solid 8 out of 10 and is highly recommended.

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