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Book Notes: A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

It’s no secret I love a good cozy mystery, and it’s always a delight to find a new series! Cozies cover just about every subject you can think of… bookstores, cooking, small towns, and much more. But when a book ties in a mystery, a fabulous historical setting, and a female scientist who’s ahead of her time… well, who could resist?

Kate Khavari’s A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons introduces us to Saffron Everleigh, an independent, scholarly young woman living in the 1920s. Here’s the publisher’s description:

London, 1923.  Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh attends a dinner party for the University College of London. While she expects to engage in conversations about the university’s large expedition to the Amazon, she doesn’t expect Mrs. Henry, one of the professors’ wives to drop to the floor, poisoned by an unknown toxin.
 
Dr. Maxwell, Saffron’s mentor, is the main suspect, having had an explosive argument with Dr. Henry a few days prior. As evidence mounts against Dr. Maxwell and the expedition’s departure draws nearer, Saffron realizes if she wants her mentor’s name cleared, she’ll have to do it herself.
 
Joined by enigmatic Alexander Ashton, a fellow researcher, Saffron uses her knowledge of botany as she explores steamy greenhouses, dark gardens, and deadly poisons. Will she be able to uncover the truth or will her investigation land her on the murderer’s list? 

In a time when girls definitely didn’t run the world, Saffron held her own. She was an interesting character… you can feel her pain in certain situations but she knew how to make the best of her abilities.

(A few slight spoilers ahead… nothing to do with the mystery itself.)

While some cozies tend toward the humorous side, there were definitely some darker aspects to this book. Deadly poison aside, the story touches on workplace harassment (it still exists certainly, but it was disgustingly acceptable in previous times), women’s opportunities, and a veteran with what we now know to be PTSD. These all tie together to add depth to the storyline.

I was able to get a very early copy of this… it won’t be out until summer, but it had just the right feel to read as autumn settled upon us!

I’m very much hoping for the continuation of Saffron’s adventures, as I’d like to see where her career takes her, what might come of a certain relationship, and how she grows and matures.

The book will be released on June 7th, but you can preorder it now:

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Or, if you’re a blogger with a Net Galley account, you too may be able to snag this one early. At any rate… definitely plan to pick this up and look for more in the future from this talented author. Happy reading, friends!

Thanks to Net Galley and Crooked Lane Books for a complimentary digital review copy of this title. All opinions are my own.

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Feeling like Fall? Four Titles for an Autumn Vibe!

As I write this, it’s supposed to be 90 degrees (F) here today. But this morning I got up to dark, cloudy skies and right now a thunderstorm is rolling through. I am LOVING it, because we need the rain, and we need some relief from the heat… and at the moment, there’s just a hint of fall in the air.

So it got me thinking… what books evoke a fall feeling? What can you add to your reading list for that cozy autumn vibe? Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite fall classics to get you started!

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Book Notes: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Hello, friends! How’s your summer reading going? I can’t believe that we’re almost done with June, but this has been a good book month for me.

I finally picked up a memoir that’s been on my shelves for like TWO YEARS and somehow I never got to it. Which is crazy, because it’s one I was dying to read.

Some of you may know I am a HUGE fan of Gilmore Girls, and by extension Lorelai Gilmore, and of course, by extension, Lauren Graham. I read her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can, in one sitting on this relaxing Sunday. (I did take a couple of breaks to refill my coffee. Which seems entirely appropriate, considering.)

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