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Product Details

  • Series: Wheeler Large Print Cozy Mystery
  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410420035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410420039
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,838,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A perfect combination for plant lovers and mystery buffs."
-MYSTERY MORGUE

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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A really good mystery cozy.
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I love the characters and the setting is perfect.
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Love that it tells about places I know!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The drought in North Carolina is so severe that Lake Whitley dried up leading to historical preservationists looking at the beds including a graveyard. While the profits at Peggy Lee's The Potting Shed has dried up too, she joins her mom and the other members of the historical society on the dry mud search. Genevieve Curtis steps on a body of a fellow member who had bright red lips. The victim is Lois Mullin, who arrived early without informing anyone.

The autopsy reveals Lois had yew in her system, which means she was poisoned. The Police Chief turns out to be the dead woman's nephew and he dropped her off at the site before going to work. Everyone wants to believe a horrific accident occurred, but many questions remain unanswered. Peggy thinks the woman was murdered and the female members of the Historical Society persuade her to investigate as she has solved homicides before (see PERFECT POISON). She agrees, but finds an over abundance of suspects to include the nephew, the artifact thief, and members of the society.

Putting aside why Peggy the amateur sleuth would investigate, Joyce and Jim Lavene prove once again they are an excellent writing team as they provide a quality regional whodunit. There are numerous suspects even beyond those described above so picking out the killer is difficult and as puzzling. The question that needs to be answered first is why murder a seemingly harmless elderly woman. A CORPSE FOR YEW contains lighter moments like the heroine hiding her lover from her parents even though she is fiftyish widow, but it is her investigation that makes for a fun Garden mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Rigod on July 31, 2011
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This book was about a local historical society and a group of members that are also descendents of the first 'families.' The ladies and one gent, are cleaning up a village cemetery that was flooded to make a lake over a century ago. Amongst the disturbed graves floats one of their members which brings Dr. Margaret Lee to investigate as she is also a member with her mother.

Inside this murder mystery is also a charming romance building up to a climax between Dr. Peggy Lee and Dr. Steve, the local veterinarian. Is it time to announce to the world or?

I love this series because of the botany information, mixed in with the forensic information, mixed in with the southern location and romance. It is a perfectly blended book.

I will not reveal the ending, however, I will say, human nature being what it is, I really wasn't shocked, but was saddened.

A good book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on October 14, 2009
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As you read the excerpt below, picture a group of elderly ladies, all members of the Shamrock Historical Society due to their ancestors and proud of it. Picture these ladies standing in the middle of a cow pasture as they search for a grave that has been long forgotten. And now listen as they reminisce about another outing that took them in search of a grave from the past.

"It doesn't really matter," Geneva said. We're within our legal rights to visit the grave since Mrs.. Waynewright is a direct descendant. MCWhirter can't keep us away."

Dorothy grimaced. "Remember that time we had to sneak into that abandoned cemetery out by Salisbury? Those terrible dogs! I'm not sure what w would've done if Mr. Hawkins hadn't been with us. He took that bite like a man."

"After that, the dogs seemed fine with us being there." Annabelle shrugged.

"But poor Mr. Hawkins had to have rabies shots. He was such a gentleman about it."

Peggy is the owner of a garden shop called the Potting Shed located in Center City, Charlotte. She's also a part-time forensic botanist for the Charlotte Police Department. When her mother, Lilla, talks her into joining the Shamrock Historical Society and their quest to rescue bones that have been buried under Lake Whitley for years, she didn't expect to discover the body of one of the Society's own members, Lois Mullis, who also turns out to be the Aunt of the Police Chief. Was it accidental or murder? The Chief believes it was an accident. The members of the Shamrock Historical Society believe it was murder and they put their faith in Peggy to prove them right and to find the killer.

A Corpse for Yew is a book of humor and mystery, as well as a book that spiked my interest in plants.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on June 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been waiting for the next installment of this series for awhile.
I read it in one night.
I really enjoyed the mystery and the way the authors handled
the love interest in this book.
Plus, the flower info is always interesting.
I was a little disappointed in Nightflyer's very short visit in this mystery.
I miss the chatter between the Peggy and Nightflyer.
Maybe the next book in the series will
add more of him into the storyline.
A really good mystery cozy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doreen on June 9, 2013
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As in all of this series this was a good mystery. I love the characters and the setting is perfect. I am glad Peggy has got Shakespeare under control. I thought he would end up destroying her house. Good plot and a surprise ending.
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