Saturday 13 March 2021

Poisoned Primrose (Motts Cold Case Mystery #1) by Dahlia Donovan


Meet Motts and the quirky cast of characters in her world. Poisoned Primrose is a quintessential cosy British mystery and an all-round fun story to throw yourself into.

Autistic, asexual, and almost forty, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley flees London with her cat and turtle to a quaint cottage in Cornwall. She craves the peace of life in a small village. The dead body buried in her garden isn’t quite what she had in mind, though.

Unable to resist her curiosity, she falls directly into a mess of trouble and runs head-first into the attractive detective inspector, Teo Herceg. She tries to balance her business with the investigation, but as the killer focuses on her, staying alive becomes trickier than advanced origami.

Will Motts survive the onslaught of murderously bad luck?

Can she solve the mystery before it all spins out of control and off a cliff ?   (Summary via Goodreads)

Poisoned Primrose by Dahlia Donovan is a very captivating story.  Poisoned Primrose is a cozy mystery but with a few very unique differences.  The first major difference is that the main character is different than most main characters in cozies in that she is autistic as well as asexual.  She is also very allergic to flowers so her source of income is making origami flower arrangements.  These differences make the story that much more interesting.

Pineapple Mottley is the main character but everyone calls her Motts.  Her mother named her Pineapple because that is all she ate when she was pregnant.  Motts is in her thirty's and was still living in London with her parents when she inherited a cottage in Cornwall from her aunt Daisy.  So she moves there will her turtle and her cat.  Fortunately she has close family and friends living nearby so she is not totally alone in this adventure.  Unfortunately shortly after moving in and getting unpacked she decides to dig in the garden and she digs up skeletal remains.  It is soon learned that the remains are from a woman who lived in the village but went missing some years ago.

Obviously Motts is drawn to the cold case seeing as the body was buried in her garden but she learns pretty quickly that there are people in town that wished the body had stayed buried.  Luckily Motts has her friends Vina and Nish and her cousin River to help her navigate around town asking questions....and there for her when things get too hard for her to process.

Readers will be drawn to Poisoned Primrose because there is a murder and it is a cold case but they will stay because they will be interested in Motts and want to see how she processes things.  Readers will love the relationships throughout especially the one between Motts and Detective Inspector Teo Herceg.  Mott and the Detective will learn they have more in common than they think and readers will want to be along for that ride.  Also Motts and her cat, Catcus, will have readers laughing out loud at their "conversations".  Who knew that the one word "meow" had so many meanings.  

Poisoned Primrose is a breath of fresh air after being cooped up after a long winter..... readers will be whisked away to this quaint little village and Motts' adorable cottage and garden and you will not want to leave....even after the murderer is caught.

Review by Missi M.

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