(4 / 5) A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons – Kate Khavari
This was the perfect ‘fun read’ for me! I listened to it on Audible and found myself looking for excuses to put on my headphones and listen to just “one more chapter!” There was nothing profound or particularly unique about this book, but it hit all of the right notes with interesting characters, an intriguing and appropriately complex mystery, and a light-hearted love story to boot!
Saffron Everleigh is one of the first female botanists to work at the University as the story takes place in 1920’s London.She faces sexism, patriarchal nonsense, belittlement, and sexual harassment all while trying to exonerate her mentor who is accused of poisoning the wife of a colleague. Along the way Saffron enlists the assistance of her roommate as well as a dashing young scholar working at the university, which both helps and complicates her investigation.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a light murder mystery (no one actually dies in the story) that takes place in a picturesque setting and has just a hint of romance. I’m very excited that this is only the first book in the Saffron Everleigh Mystery series and I very much look forward to reading more from Kate Khavari and Saffron Everleigh!
Read on my friends!
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