Marigolds and Murder

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About the Author: London Lovett is a cozy mystery author and connoisseur of delicious baked goods. Many readers have called her Port Danby Cozy Mystery series a 'new favorite'. London is also the author of the Firefly Junction series--a cozy mystery series that has an irresistibly fun paranormal twist and the Starfire Cozy Mystery series--a 1920s historical mystery.

You can keep up with London's books and access some delicious recipes on her website:

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis: Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby. With a flower shop opening soon and a full cast of quirky neighbors and friends, her new digs are exactly what she's been looking for. Away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city Lacey has found peace and happiness. However, her heightened sense of smell proves to be of use once again when a Port Danby neighbor turns up dead. Lacey finds herself caught up in an unexpected murder investigation alongside the handsome local detective, James Briggs. She’s determined to find the killer and solve the murder mystery before any more bodies turn up.


Growing up I was a huge fan of Joanne Fluke and her cozy mystery series, so when the book club I’m apart of recommended this cozy I jumped at the chance.

Also, it didn’t hurt that it was free on Amazon at the time.

I enjoyed this book. I finished it in about a day. Lacey and her “super nose” made for an interesting character and sleuth.

My only complaint is that Lacey is 28. I’m 27 and to me, some of her actions, and her status in life would lead you to believe that she’s in her middle-to-late thirties. I would have liked to have seen the main character be more true to age.

I also liked the male side characters. Dash seems a little suspicious and I hope we learn more about him in coming books. Detective Briggs looks like he’s going to be the love interest and I certainly ship the two!

The book did start out a little slow for me, but once we got into the murder I felt the pacing was good. Overall, I would recommend this book and I plan to pick up all the books in the series.

P.S. I love that Lacey had a pet crow. It was unusual and a fun twist on a pet for a novel.

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