--The London Times"
"With her first detective novel, Susan Moody has created a protagonist who strides right into the gallery of memorable amateur sleuths to occupy a position of distinction.
"A romp through the world of orchid growers . . . And the heroine is an exotic hothouse specimen, too: a tall, wealthy, extremely sexy black girl who makes a fine detective figure.
"She is the most exciting detective to appear for quite a long time . . . . This is Mrs. Moody's first crime novel, but with Penny at her fingertips, it is unlikely to be her last.
From the Back Cover
Funny, free-spirited Penny Wanawake, the knockout daughter of an African diplomat father and an aristocratic English mother, is dismayed to arrive in Big Sur from London and discover her vacation mate is missing. Penny's even more dismayed when Martha's body is found at LAX, clothed in a bright white orchid and multiple stab wounds. Who would have killed kind, silly Martha? A rival model beaten out on a photoshoot? Martha's racist Senator father, up for re-election and anxious to avoid scandal? Or could Martha somehow have gotten between two rival botanists, the narcissistic Frank Bernard and the engimatic Nicole Delage, both intent on winning the black orchid breeding sweepstakes?
In a turnabout of the James Bond model, suave, sexy, smart-mouthed Penny descends upon Washington, DC, where, with the inevitable dashing male counterpart, she pursues her quest for a remarkably blackhearted killer...