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    A Spectacular Cozy Mystery .

    I really loved reading Ice Pick In The Ivy . This is book nine in the Lovely Lethal Gardens series . The story is well written and while it has murder and mayhem it is really a delightful story . I read the entire story in a night . I could not put it down . Doreen and her pet family continue to solve cold cases . Mack and Doreen continue to spend time together and grow closer . This story finds Thaddeus discovering a metal nameplate in the Ivy on the other side of the creek . Of course Doreen finds herself knee deep in a new case with the help of Nan and Mack and her animals . I highly recommend taking the time to read and enjoy . I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Enchanting read

    Doreen Montgomery had escaped from a marriage to a very wealthy but controlling husband to Kelowna, a small town in British Columbia and a house given to her by her grandmother, she has no money, she had social skills but no life skills but very soon established herself in the community with her skills as an amateur sleuth. This is the 9th Dale Mayer book in this delightful series, although it is a standalone, all the ever so slightly eccentric characters from the previous books are there, Doreen, her incorrigible pets, Mugs the dog, Goliath the cat and Thaddeus the irrepressible talking parrot. It became apparent soon after Doreen arrived in the village that she had an inquiring mind and was good at solving cold cases. Her best friend, Corporal Mack Moreau of the Kelowna police department was in equal proportion exasperated and impressed, he would rather she left the policing to him but Doreen continues to jump in with both feet often with a risk to her own safety. When Thaddeus drops two metal tags at her feet another mystery begins, the tags are a trademark of a defunct local woodworker. In investigating, Doreen discovers that the tags were from a pair of ice picks and with the help of her delightful Nan and a very tolerant Mack she starts her hunt for clues. This story involves the disappearance of an elderly couple and their handicapped daughter and the swindling out of their inheritance of two middle aged sisters. This is a very gentle story with serious undertones, the main characters are charming, there is slow burning chemistry between Doreen and Mac but Doreen doesn't want to risk getting hurt again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, these stories are so different from the usual Dale Mayer books that I read but they are pleasant change I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Ice Pick in the Ivy

    This is a continuation of Doreen's quest to finding herself as well as stumbling over another cold case (or more). This is an old fashioned mystery with a hint of romance and so much more. It is a standalone book but so much more fun when read in the series. The team is unique -- a former trophy wife, a massive cat, a bassett hound and a parrot. Odds and ends which lead to more questions. Bravo! I am looking forward to more books. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Laugh out loud, hilarious cozy mystery

    What a hilarious read! I love this series so much hahaha. Doreen, Mack, and all her critters make me smile. Fast paced, witty, and the usual mayhem all because of a couple of makers stamps and an ice pick. I would love to have Doreen as a neighbour.. I'd never need to leave home for entertainment. A fun read that will have you guessing what the ice pick is all about. The book can be read as a stand alone, but honestly.. if you don't read all of the books in the series, you're missing out. I love the story lines, and all the characters in them.
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    Ray of Sunshine, great mystery

    Such a ray of sunshine. A great cozy mystery (well 2 actually) that makes your mind work and takes you away from the strife in the world and provides comfort and laughter. Each book is a stand alone, but each book provides progression of Doreen as and individual and her and Macks "friendship". I love a book where the main characters feel like family or friends. I read a lot of heavy thrillers, [psychological etc, and these books always restore my soul and make me think as I follow try and solve the mystery. Doreens animals provide, laughter, comfort and bodyguards:) I so would like Doreen to put on her big girl panties and meet with Macks brother the lawyer, then maybe she can open her eyes to the blossoming possibilities to her future. Thank you Dale for this arc, for the balm to my soul, for the laughter and the mystery. I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions
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