• Poppy Harmon Investigates

  • Desert Flowers Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Lee Hollis
  • Narrated by: Kim Niemi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Poppy goes from complacent retiree to penniless widow in a matter of weeks, the idea of spending her golden years as the biggest charity case in Palm Springs renders her speechless. With no real skills and nothing left to lose, Poppy uses her obsession with true crime shows to start a career as a private eye....  

But after opening the Desert Flowers Detective Agency with help from her two best friends, Violet and Iris, Poppy realizes that age brings wisdom, not business - until she convinces her daughter's handsome boyfriend, Matt, to pose as the face of the agency. It's not long before Matt's irresistible act snags a client desperate to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from an aging actress at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village. Or before Poppy stumbles upon the bloodied body of the victim's arch rival....  

In a flash, Poppy's innocent detective gig is upstaged by a dangerous murder investigation riddled with slimy suspects and unspeakable scandal. As she and her team uncover the truth, Poppy must confront the secrets about her late husband's past and swiftly catch a killer lurking around the retirement community - even if it means turning her world upside down all over again.

©2018 Rick Copp (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 05-10-22

Light mystery yet insightful

Though this book had a light, humorous tone, it’s driving themes, the prostitution of people for fame and money, and the way our society regards older women, leaves a bittersweet aftertaste.
I also enjoyed the way the author mixed in the iconic Palm Springs settings and characters, although I think she needs to be careful to avoid stereotypes.