Dagger in the Dahlias – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4 by Dale Mayer

Dagger in the Dahlias
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


Riches to rags. … Chaos quiets. …
Crime is circling. … And cold cases never cease …

After almost a month in picturesque Kelowna, Doreen Montgomery still can’t keep her notoriety to a minimum or her nose out of other people’s business. Now those suffering from the loss of a loved one seek her out, wanting her help. While the last thing Doreen wants is to have the media discover she’s involved in another cold case, she is already hooked on the details …

But even more is going on. News has gotten out that Nan’s old house is brimming over with valuable antiques, antiques Nan collected and left for Doreen, and the seedier elements of their lovely town are circling like vultures. With her animals in full assistant mode, Doreen must investigate the cold case, right the wrongs of the past, and keep her home safe, all while evading the media—and Corporal Mack Moreau.

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I love Doreen and her menagerie of pets. My favorite is Thaddeus, the African Gray Parrot, the things he repeats have me giggling every time. Of course Goliath, the huge Maine Coon, and Mugs, her basset hound, all play a major role in her investigating.

Doreen’s grandmother Nan, is a hoot and has left the house full of stuff, including some significant antiques, gorgeous clothes and who knows what else.

Then there’s Mack, I love him too. The Police Corporal is kind, helpful and he kind of found her a job, gardening for his mother. There is something brewing between them but she’s not ready for any involvements, even though her Nan thinks she should consider it. However, there are those cooking lessons.

This book opens with the appraiser from Christie’s Auction House, and things just get wild from there. A request for help locating a missing brother-in-law literally falls into her hands.

Then Mugs has a fit over something attached to the antique bed and Mack has to help her with getting it off the underside of one of the slats.

A favorite scene is after they succeed in getting bookshelves out of the closet and it’s dinner time.

It took a bit of maneuvering, but finally Mack dragged the bookshelf along the carpeted floor out to where Doreen could access to it. It didn’t resemble the other pieces in any way. It was also scratched and beaten-up some.

“Can you imagine,” she said, “that it’s been in there for probably fifty years?”

“Probably since Nan moved in.” He nodded. “And with the passage of time and too many possessions, it got buried in the back. Still, it’s quite useable, lots of life in it yet.”

“It’s pretty amazing,” she said. “Nan seems to think nothing of leaving all this stuff behind.”

“I think she left it behind for a very specific reason, and she was more than happy to share this with you,” he said.

She smiled. “Maybe. I just hadn’t expected it.”

“No,” he said, “but it’s all good. I think you’re doing the right thing.”

She appreciated that. “I have to admit that it does wake me up in the night. I feel like I’m letting my family down.”

“Not at all,” he said. “I think the worst thing you can do is hang on to things out of guilt or because you think it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s time for you to do what’s right for you.”

She beamed at him. “You know what? Honestly it’s been a pretty good week so far.”

“No kidding,” he said. “Yesterday certainly made it a great week. That was a very good thing you did.” “But it wasn’t necessarily what I did.”

She hated to feel guilty about it. “I mean, really anybody could have sorted that out.”

“The difference is,” he said, “at the time, we didn’t have most of the technology we do now. And that cold case hadn’t been reopened because nothing new had been added in the way of facts or evidence or witness statements. We would have eventually reviewed it before boxing it up and putting it aside, but that’s just the facts of life. You came at it from a very different angle, and you solved it.”

“It was the license plate,” she said.

He nodded. “That makes sense. And that’s when we got that needed pop on the case. However, we didn’t have time to take another look because you’d solved the case already.”

She beamed at him. “Praise from you is high praise, indeed.”

“Have you made another omelet yet?”

She shook her head. “I haven’t had time,” she confessed. “And I’m scared to. I figured that was beginner’s luck.”

He chuckled. “I haven’t had dinner. If you haven’t touched the ingredients, there’s probably enough for another one. I suggest you try again, and we’ll split it again.”

She looked at him in surprise, then the nearby clock. It really was dinnertime. “I haven’t touched anything. Do you think it’s all still good?” She looked at him anxiously. “That’s another thing I don’t know anything about. How long does food keep?”

“Four to five days for sure,” he said. “Come on. Let’s take a look.”

Downstairs again, they walked into the kitchen, and Mack opened the fridge. He pulled out the bacon first. “See here? A Best Before Date is printed on the packaging, and that’s still another four days away. And the spinach, it’s okay. It’s wilting a little, but it’d make a good spinach omelet. And the eggs …” He brought out the carton, checking the Best Before Date on the end of it, nodding, putting everything on the counter. Then he leaned against the counter and crossed his arms over his chest. “Go for it.”

She looked at him nervously. “I haven’t prepped.”

“No prep required. No videos to watch. Just go by memory.”

She wrinkled her nose at him as she stepped forward. “Are you trying to put me on the spot?”

“No,” he said. “I’m trying to get food. It’s been a very long day.” She laughed and got started. Since he had stopped by to lift her bed frame— and ended up moving that bookshelf as well— it was the least she could do.
Dale Mayer. Daggers in the Dahlias (Kindle Locations 604-636). Valley Publishing.

So many laughs, some tears, a whole lot of intrigue and not so nice guys trying to break-in.

I couldn’t put this book down, and now I can’t wait to see what she finds in the Echinacea. Is it May yet?

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Dale Mayer

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).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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