Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country's most exquisite gardens, and it's Camellia Harris's job to promote them. But when a political fundraiser turns deadly, everyone's a candidate for murder... Cam and her best friend, Annie, are planning a gala for a local Senate candidate--a murder mystery themed silent auction where the guests bid on who will be the night's "victim." Coordinating a beautiful display of fall flowers and planning the perfect fake crime is hard enough, but with a guest list that is a "who's who" of the Roanoke elite, Cam has her hands full navigating the egos and grudges of her high society guests. When local financial tycoon Derrick Windermere is found dead next to a shattered pot of chrysanthemums, the night's fun and games quickly turn serious. Half the guests had good reason to want Windermere dead, but only one is suspiciously missing in action--Annie's father. Now Cam will not only have to figure out which partygoer is a killer, but find her friend's father before all their reputations end up dragged through the mud...
- Paperback | 294 pages
- 107 x 174 x 24mm | 168g
- 04 Mar 2014
- Berkley Books
- United States
Praise for The Azalea Assault "A very good first cozy mystery with an interesting cast of characters and a lovely setting. The Patricks' gardens are described in such a way as to inspire gardeners and non-gardeners alike...The mystery is well laid out with plenty of clues and hidden secrets revealed along the way."--The Mystery Reader "With a nod to the English Garden Mystery series by Anthony Eglin, the alpha Garden Society Mystery is a fun amateur sleuth starring a likable, caring heroine who relates in the third person her investigation while also providing a delightful tour of the city...Cozy fans and garden aficionados will enjoy Alyse Carlson's entertaining opening act."--The Mystery Gazette "Carlson has given her fledgling series a great start, with strong characters, good story sense, and sense of place, as well as a sly sense of humor that I hope will come even more to the forefront as the series progresses. The gardening is a great bonus, but as a reader, you'll stay tuned for the mystery."--AnnArbor.com "Fans of garden-variety, engaging amateur-sleuth cozies will want to read the alpha tale of what looks to be an entertaining series as Alyse Carlson plants an opening winner."--Gumshoe Review
About Alyse Carlson
Alyse Carlson is the author of the Garden Society Mysteries, including Keeping Mum, The Begonia Bride, and The Azalea Assault.