Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review/Character Interview-Beware The Orchids

About the book 
Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!

Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops.
And I thought....
It's so fun to get at book 1!  Beware The Orchids is a 5 star 
start to the Shady Acres Mystery Series.

I was intrigued from the start right on through to the end.  
And the author even included an excerpt of book 2!  (see below)

When Shelby our main character is literally left at the alter by the smuck Donald who was also her boss.  She resigns her job via text message.  Not wasting any time she applies for a position at 
Shady Acres and starts a new life as gardener and activities directer at the senior community. 

Shelby is just delightful.  From the cute dresses and gardening boots and gloves to just her sweet spirit.  She is just super sweet. 

Before she has a chance to settle in her vivacious Granny Ida decides to move in too.  Which happens to be a good thing. 
Granny Ida helps Shelby get past the Donald fiasco and betrayal. 
Granny Ida has a lot to say about Donald. 

And when they meet the handsome handyman Heath Granny Ida let's Shelby know she needs to get past Donald and move on . . . 
Oh, pooh. Donald was nothing more than a trial run that went bad. He was a rusty old Chevy. Heath is a Mercedes.”  Ida is charming and witty.  (I had a chance to interview her and ask a few questions.  See below.)

Along with Granny and Donald Shelby is helped to investigate a murder with her best friend Cheryl.  

There is no shortage of interesting characters from Birdie who 
asks Shelby to find out who murdered her friend.  To Alice the community manager might be bi-polar and is the police detectives niece.  

Granny Ida wastes no time getting romantically involved with 
'Teddy' the detective. 

For this reader Beware The Orchids is a 5 star start to a new series. 

 I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I am anxiously waiting to see whats in store in the next installment.  

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
This review will appear on retail sites where available.
This review will appear on Good Reads.

Character interview
Hello Grand Ma Ida.  May I call you Ida? Oh, please do. I'm not one of those formal people

I am delighted to have you visit the blog.   Have you ever visited a blog before? I don't think so. What's a blog?

Oh well a blog is a kind of  personal journal on the internet for some.  For others is a place 
to chat about books. 

I am sure your settling into your cottage at Shady Acres.  How is 13 working out
for you?  Some people might be a little cautious. I feel I'm a bit reckless and the bane of my grandaughter, Shelby. I don't mind the number 13. It's only a number.

How was your first night.  I cannot imagine finding a body the day your moving in! Well, I must say I didn't sleep a wink! I spent most of it on the phone with Teddy.

I know that you are so happy to be close to Shelby especially since she is
still getting over that rascal that left her at the alter.  What nerve!  

I bet you have quite a bit to say about him!   Nothing a lady can say in polite company. Shelby is well rid of him.

Enough of all that drama let’s talk about that cute handyman Heath. 
I know that there is a bit of a twinkle in Shelby’s eye.   Do you have any plans
to do a little matchmaking? I'm always trying to match somebody up with somebody. Life is too short to spend it alone and Heath is a darling! Don't you think he looks like Chris Hemsworth?

Speaking of romance and matchmaking.  Other than Heath do you have
Your sites set on anyone at Shady Acres? Oh, that retired cop, Teddy. He reminds me of Ted Danson. What a hottie!

Shelby does have some interesting ideas for Bingo prizes.  How
was that first Bingo game? Rather boring. All Shelby cared about was finding a suspect. I had hoped she would to provide some excitement.

You seem to be a great sleuth.  Have you had any other experience investigating? Does reading mysteries and watching BBC mystery shows count?

How about a fun question.  You’ve found a handsome beau and your
going out on a ‘hot date’.  What are you going to wear? Leopard print leggings and a flowing black shirt. Don't forget the stilettos!

What is your favorite perfume? Elizabeth Taylor. I think her scent is timeless. The perfume, not her.

What cologne would he be wearing?

Oh you mean you do have a date tonight?   A girl like me doesn't let the moss grow, sweetheart

Well I won’t keep you.  Promise you’ll stop in again and tell all!  You just let me know when


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