Cover Image: A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality

A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

This book was good! I liked the characters and the setting. The author writes good too!!
I hope to read more by this author in the future! Looking forward to it!
Was this review helpful?
I really enjoyed this book and went on the read the next one. It grabbed my attention right away. The characters were fantastic and ground breaking.
Was this review helpful?
I am loving this series. It's like Agatha Christie, but fancy. It's a historical mystery but with acknowledgment of the problematic treatment of women back in an idolized historical period. 

Excellent audio narration.
Was this review helpful?
Set in 1920's London, this follow-up novel to A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisions, sees Saffron team up with a Dr. Lee to conduct a research study that finds them traveling the countryside in response to reported poisonings. When Dr. Green is given a case involving murdered women who were each sent a bouquet of poisonous flowers. Saffron and Dr. Lee decide to help with the case, and she finds herself giving a fake name in a dark jazz club in hopes of getting closer to the suspects. As to be expected Saffron gets into all kinds of mischief.
I listened to the audiobook version and really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next novel in the series!
Was this review helpful?
A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality is the second mystery by Kate Khavari featuring botanist research assistant Saffron Everleigh. Released 6th June 2023 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 336 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. Paperback format due out from the same publisher in second quarter 2024. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats; super useful for checking things easily in the text. 

This book (and series) incorporates so many favorite cozy tropes: intelligent female protagonist, an academic setting, with all the jealousy and subterfuge that entails, historical setting (1920s London), some danger and intrigue and "fair play" well constructed mystery plot. 

Saffron Everleigh is a botanist and research assistant, with all the misogyny and difficulty that entails at the time at a large research university. Honestly, it's *still* not a walk in the park for female academics in the sciences. She's a legacy in academia, her late father was also an academic.

It's a character driven mystery, and the author is quite talented at descriptive prose without descending into overwrought passages or overly contrived dialogue. The author does nod to period formality without decreasing readability at all. 

The mystery and resolution are self contained in this book, so it works well enough as a standalone. There are references to the first book, so readers who choose to read them out of order should expect some spoilers. 

The unabridged audiobook has a run time of 11 hours 19 minutes and is expertly read by Jodie Harris. She has a well modulated classically trained voice and does a great job with a number of disparate regional accents, and a range of character ages of both sexes and various socioeconomic strata. 

Four stars for both print and audio versions. It would make a nice short binge/buddy read.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

 Four stars. Delightfully engaging. I look forward to the next installment.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
Was this review helpful?
I missed the boat a bit here, not realising that this is book 2 in a series. Having said that, the story stands on its own and I enjoyed it wothout having read book 1. Saffron is an engaging character, perfect for heading up this kind of semi cosy historical mystery. The setting was accurate and enjoyable and the trials Saffron faces as a woman feel period specific (rather than preachy and ripped off tiktok.) Overall this was great fun.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for an audiobook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great addition to the 1st in series, with a new romance budding between our MC and her college as they are on the case to find the murderer in this audiobook.  
It was a fast listen that kept me listening and following along easily.  The narrator did a good job in pulling us into the story and feeling like one of the characters.  A new age Agatha Christie with a multitude of suspects and red herrings to throw us off track.  A good audio to listen to more than once.
Was this review helpful?
This was an enjoyable audiobook. I liked the narrator and it kept me entertained. 

Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for allowing me to enjoy this audiobook.

All thoughts expressed are my own.
Was this review helpful?
thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. this was fantastic, just what i have come to expect from this author and look forward to carrying in my book store.
Was this review helpful?
I liked this installment much more than the first book. Saffron seemed to have learned and grown from her impulsiveness (she makes a couple of comments about how silly poisoning herself was which I got a chuckle out of), and I appreciated watching her navigate her position as a woman in STEM in the 1920s. 

The mystery here was interesting and I liked the way Khavari pulled in Victorian language of flowers. I think the plot was tight and ultimately enjoyed the way the mystery developed and was solved. I was initially skeptical when Andrew, her sleuthing partner and love interest from the first book, was missing, but I liked that we got to see more of her best friend, Eliza, and I grew to like her coworker (and other love interest) Michael Lee. I also loved the way Khavari handled the love triangle element in this so much, and that’s not something I typically say about love triangles.

Overall, I think this is a fun historical mystery series, especially on audio. Jodie Harris is such an expressive narrator! I am I quite interested to presumably see more of Alexander’s backstory in the next book after that epilogue.
Was this review helpful?
This is another wonderful listen. It seems this was the second book in the series but I was able to follow without reading the first. I loved following Saffron Everleigh through her adventures. Set in the early 1900s, this has everything to keep you hooked. I definitely recommend it.
Was this review helpful?
Over all the Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality is a decently paced enjoyable read. It is the second book in the series and I highly recommend picking up the first. While I was able to follow along without listening to the first it would have made it a much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed the timber and expressions in the narrators voice. I would definitely be willing to listen to more.  

I received a free arc of the audio book and am leaving a review of my own volition.
Was this review helpful?
Poisons flowers, a strong female scientist and a mystery that needs to be solved.... sign me up! 

I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVE this series so much! Kate Khavari does a magnificent job writing and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. 

A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality is the second book in the series where the protagonist Saffron Everleigh has to use her knowledge, persistences and bravery to help the authorities figure out who is responsible for sending out these beautifully murderous flowers. In the first book, Lee was right by Saffrons side, however this time around it is Dr. Michael Lee who has unexpectedly found himself being Saffrons sidekick and potential love interest. Kate really does know how to write strong women and I love that about her. She also knows how to keep me guessing and repeatedly updating my suspect list. I did not see the end coming but wow was it good. Cannot wait to see what happens next. 

I highly recommend everyone pick this one up! 

Thank You to Kate Khavari and Dreamscape Media, for the audio-digital ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Was this review helpful?
- book 2 in series
- Good storyline
- didn’t see ending coming; came out of nowhere
- sets up next book in series
-slow burn read until end; picks up fast
-some descriptions not clear; felt I missed half the story
-Audiobook ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- great voice inflection and used a different voice for each character
Was this review helpful?
A fantastic second book in the series that keeps everything fresh for the reader and the protagonist.  I am loving Saffron's character evolution.
Was this review helpful?
Dear A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality,
You are a lark of a series. Somehow, while dealing with murder in the victorian era in England, you manage to have a whole lot of fun. Saffron is just a beautiful character, with wit and charm and so much to adore about her. She always manages to get the best of the men that flock to her as well. I loved the twists that you had at the end; I 100% did not figure it all out until all was revealed. I am going to continue with this whole series as they come out, because they are just so enjoyable.
Was this review helpful?
This book was such slow going. I loved book one but this one was just not for me. 
I tried really hard but it was not for me.
Was this review helpful?
I was torn with this review... If I were a paid reviewer, I'd probably write this very differently, but I’m not, so I’m going to focus more on the positives and here's what I've got for now:

I liked the first book enough to request the second, and I will definitely continue with at least one more book in the series. The story is amusing and mostly entertaining, and I like most of the characters. The problem is that they are losing their uniqueness. If you don't analyze the heck out of it, you'll enjoy the book. I will include it in my classroom library and recommend it to the right students because there is the potential of a strong, smart female protagonist who is interested in science and goes against her social class and expected roles for women of her generation. All wonderful examples for my high school students. 

For better or worse, this novel is more about relationships and people than it is about plot and mystery-solving. Yes, there is a plot, and the secret messages sent via flower really intrigued me and made me want to learn more about this Victorian tradition. But, there’s not a lot of new and original ideas. Yes, Saffron is “solving her mystery” but it seems to be done by flirting with Dr. Lee and going to parties. You don’t really see any of her intellect or academic prowess. In fact, her job seems to consist of a place she goes to write notes about her investigations – and that’s it. 

This installment of the series has basically stripped her of what made the character unique in the first story. She’s just another pretty, rich girl talking about trying to prove her independence and fight against the expectations of her family. Disappointing, because she was what made the first one so good. But, again, the story is fine – it’s just another Sherlock Holmes knockoff with a female lead. I wanted more of her roommate Elizabeth, to be honest. 

As for the love triangle – I could take it or leave it. Again, in this book which revolves more around relationships than intrigue, it is fine. 

I don’t know. The audiobook was a fine distraction while commuting to work. It didn’t take up a lot of bandwidth in my brain, so I didn’t have to focus too hard – I like that sometimes. Not everything has to be a challenge or an intellectual pursuit. That said, I was excited to see Saffron grow – and if anything she regressed, so it was a bit disappointing. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the ALC in exchange for my honest opinions.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for sending me a copy of the audiobook. All opinions and thoughts are my own

So for context, I haven't read the first book. Still, with this being only the second book and the description, I decided to pick it up and go from there. Also, this cover is gorgeous


First off, I want to say that I love the characters. With the initial pairing of the serious Saffron Everly and the flirty Dr. Michael Lee, I immediately thought of similar duos in media and how the woman is portrayed as overserious with no sense of humor while the man's childish nature is excused. Fortunately, that's not the case here. 


While Everleigh is more serious, she is playful and passionate. Everleigh's attitude is very understandable as it's the 1920s and misogyny is very much present at the college's higher-ups. (The fact that her last superior is now in jail isn't really the icebreaker one might hope it is).


Lee, on the other hand, is flirty and has a large heart. You can really feel how much he cares for Everleigh and that he's not as emptyheaded as he appears. I also appreciate how the two come from privileged backgrounds and while Everleigh might have left that world, she still very much benefits from it.


The mystery itself is solid. The ending balanced nicely with shocking but transparent when you think over the evidence again. Even a detail that I thought was kind of dithering and unneeded came back to mind during the big reveal. There's one or two strings still dangling after everything was done but I wouldn't be surprised if a major player from this returns later. I kinda hope so. 


I think my only complaint is regarding the love triangle. I'm not a fan of them and I wasn't really expecting it. That said, Khavari handled it rather well! Very rarely did I feel that it was in the way of the mystery or even annoyed at Everleigh herself. Over the book, she's shown herself to be someone smart and with a good heart but still a little naive. (Not surprising since her grandfather is a viscount and it's a new world after the war.) Still, she's a confident protagonist and is honest with everyone, even asking for space when she's overwhelmed. Even the obligatory "Two men scowl at each other" scene had me cheering as I listened.  


The love triangle isn't resolved but I love how each character has much growing to do and they're all aware of it.  Still not a fan of love triangles but this one was well done. I'm excited to see where they go from here.

Also, Elizabeth, her roommate, is chaotic and a true homie. I love her.


Overall, I give this 4.5 stars. If you're looking for a mystery with a confident but still learning heroine at the helm and romance elements, this is a good place to start.


TW: Murder, discussion of strangling, blood, drug use, gun violence, PTSD (Character is a WWI vet)
Was this review helpful?
A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality
Saffron Everleigh is back in this second in series novel, and she's just as fierce and independent as ever. This time around, she's working as a research assistant in the Botany department of the University College of London, circa 1920. Despite the heavy handed influence of her two suitors, Saffron pursues her own agenda, making for a delightfully contemporary read.

The novel is set in a time when women were expected to be subservient to men, but Saffron is determined to forge her own path. She's a brilliant scientist, and she's not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She's also a bit of a romantic, and she finds herself torn between two very different men.

The audio of this book was particularly well engaging.  I look forward to a long running series.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Was this review helpful?