The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson is a cozy mystery published by Berkley. It is the first in a new series set in the Gardening Society of Roanoke, VA.
Since we have completed the move from a traditional sticks and bricks home into the RV so that we can easily move between family members across the country, I have missed gardening somewhat. It’s an itch that was easily soothed and scratched by this delightfully charming first installment of a new series. It wasn’t filled with endless pages or scenes about gardening, rather there was just enough gardening information that it satisfied the gardener in me. (I don’t miss pulling weeds or hours in the sun making things just so!)
The cast of characters was well developed and were all easily believable as real human beings instead of characters existing solely on a the written page. The protagonist Cam, short for Camellia (I know, cliché but I didn’t write the book!) is quirky, loyal, funny, and insecure. She wasn’t portrayed as a picture perfect physically which I always find appealing. Rather, her fiercely loyal streak refuses to allow her to believe the worst of a family member when a dark secret is revealed.
I would love to sit down and share a pitcher of margaritas with Cam and her group of friends and family. It would surely be an interesting conversation with lots of laughter.
Four stars out of five for keeping me entertained and scratching my gardening itch.