A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons (A Saffron Everleigh Mystery)
In A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons, Saffron Everleigh is at a dinner party for the University College London, when the wife of one of the professors is poisoned. Saffron is the research assistant to the professor of botany who becomes one of the main suspects. Saffron will need to use all her research skills and knowledge of poisonous plants in order to root out the true killer.
There wasn’t as much mystery packed into this story as I would have liked, with the entire case being hastily solved in the last few pages and not very clearly explained. Much more attention was focused on Saffron and her sensibilities as well as her awkwardly developing relationship with another colleague. Other than a few descriptions of society’s limitations for women and the clothing, as well as a few references to the Great War, it was almost hard to tell what era this took place in. Overall, not the worst historical mystery I’ve read, but could definitely use some improvement. As this is the first in a series featuring Saffron, perhaps the author will continue to grow in her depth of characters and settings.
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller