Loving this series and can't wait to continue to fall in love with the MC! Great mystery without being too involved. I enjoyed the premise and the setting.
I hate to say it, but this one just kind of underwhelmed me… by quite a bit. It just wasn’t all I was expecting.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Dreamscape Media for an audio copy for an honest review.
Saffron's character is written so perfectly. I didn't read book 1 in the series, but I will now. I loved the era(1920s London), I loved the mystery and intrigue. Botany had always interested me. So this was a win, win.
Thank you Netgalley for the advance audiobook copy of A Botanist Guide to Flowers and Fatality by Kate Khavari in exchange for an honest review. This was such an interesting book. I loved learning more about flowers and how deadly they can be. Who knew so many plants could cause such reactions? I enjoyed the storyline and, as this was the second book in the series, I am going to go back and read the first book.
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I thought this was pretty good, I enjoyed it more than the first one. I also liked that she didn't end up with either of the men even though that will probably change in the next book. Overall I find the plants and botany more interesting than the mystery but this is solid and the epilogue really was just setting up the next book in the series
After reading and loving the first Botanist's Guide in this series, I was eager to read this new arrival and it did not disappoint. It's a delicious romp in a classic whodunnit style with a budding (pun intended) romance blooming (can't help myself) between Saffron and Lee, people being poisoned left and right, a doctor involved in cocaine, a jealous nurse, and the ever-present 'will they won't they' with Alexander returning home, it's a nonstop romp! I highly recommend!
Well THAT was unexpected. And fantastic. WHAT a great read. Saffron is a great MC and I love her perseverance and pluck and determination. Lee is the perfect foil for her and while I despise a love triangle, I can see this one only because Alexander was in book 1 and then left with no words of promise or love, so when Lee enters the picture...well, in this case, I can just see how and why it happens [though I hope it doesn't meander on and on - Saffron is a better MC than that and deserves more than a shoddy love triangle]. I like Alexander, but my GOSH that man needs some help. Seriously.
The whole mystery was just that for me - a mystery. I was completely snowed and even at the end/reveal, I was [and still am not] sure exactly what happened and just who the killer was. I mean I know, but....
It was a glorious read and I am fully in love with this series. SO. WELL. DONE.
I was lucky enough to also get an audiobook ARC for this and it was just fantastic. Jodie Harris is an outstanding narrator and truly brings this whole book to life; I know I have enjoyed this series even more because of the narration. I highly recommend listening to these books - it is a really great experience.
Thank you to NetGalley, Kate Khavari, Jodie Harris - Narrator, Crooked Lane Books and Dreamscape Media for providing the audiobook and eBook ARCS in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved the first in series and this one did not disappoint!
Saffron Everleigh is still studying/researching toxic plants at University College London and sharing an office with Dr. Lee as they work on documenting cases of people being poisoned. When DI Green comes to her to ask for her assistance in identifying the flowers in the bouquets that have been delivered to women who end up murdered, Saffron is pulled back into trying to track a killer by interpreting the outmoded practice of sending messages via flowers. The sleuthing is certainly inventive, the characters are a lot of tongue-in-cheek-fun, the varied settings add depth to the tale, the red herrings are sneaky, and the romantic aspects are not intrusive. Loved it!
Australian voice actor (and more!) Jodie Harris is brilliant in her interpretation.
I requested and received a temporary audio copy from Dreamscape Media via NetGalley. Thank you!
Read a small section of this and realized it was the second book in the series. I don't think it's required to read the first one to enjoy this story, but it would help to understand the characters a bit better.
I ended up DNF-ing not because the writing was bad, but because it bothers me so much to realize I am starting in the middle of a series. I also found the voice of the narrator a bit annoying and couldn't do 10 more hours of the book.
This is really shaping up to be a fun, interesting series. I love mysteries AND plants, so this is such a great niche. However, I don't think you need to be a plant-lover to appreciate all of the fun details sprinkled throughout the book. Saffron is a formidable main character, and I found myself completely absorbed by her growing love triangle. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Khavari's second book in this series and look forward to more!
I really enjoyed this mystery by Kate Khavari. A Botonist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality is a well-written mystery that takes place in 1923 England. The lead character Saffron Everleigh is the first woman to hold a research assistant position at the University of London. Whether trying to find the cause of accidental poisoning of a child or using her botany background to help solve a chain of murders, Everleigh is a clever investigator.
I did read some reviews stating there was too much plant talk. Well, with the title, I do not think that should be unexpected! I found all of the information and plant discussion to be very interesting, but I like plants.
This was an entertaining read and I hope to read another mystery with Saffron Everleigh in the future.
I wasn't sure how a book in a series about a botanist would go if the victims weren't poisoned, but ominous bouquets of meaningful flora is one way to go. I find this series decent, passable, but not very memorable. I'd apparently read the first book last summer but have zero recollection of it at all, and I suspect book 2 will be the same. Victorian cozy, some societal struggles, some romance, some flower science, some oppression of women, and some mystery rolled into one, with a hint of dapper gentlemen and very very little about the lower classes. Botany as a field of expertise does make Saffron a unique character, but that's about all that does. Still, not a bad weekend or beach read, nothing heavy, not much to think about, just coast along for the ride.
I must say that I loved the first book in this series, and this one equally as well. When I see a book that includes scientists + twenties era + cozy mystery + a dash of romance, I simply cannot resist. The audiobook narrator’s voice and expression match the story and tone perfectly. I enjoyed the contrast in characteristics between Alexander Ashton and and Dr. Michael Lee as Saffron’s partner in science and mystery-solving, and also romantic intrigue. The pursuit of uncovering the mystery was engaging as always. I look forward to the continuation of this series in the next Saffron Everleigh novel!
Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the opportunity to hear this story early in an ARC!
This is a great story and an excellent audiobook. The second in the Saffron Everleigh series builds on the first, adding to the existing characters’ development while adding compelling new ones. The mystery is again well plotted and engaging with a nice tie in to the botany that Saffron loves. The ending will leave you anxiously awaiting the next entry, particularly if you are a fan of Alexander. The narrator and the sound quality of the audiobook are excellent.
I enjoyed this! I've had the first for a while but haven't read it yet. On the plus side you didn't need to read the first to be able to keep up. I will write a better review in a bit!
This is the second in the series and it’s helpful to have read the first one to catch up on the back story of the character. I’m not a huge fan of books that are dependent on reading order, so if that’s you two make sure you read A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons first.
The story is fairly well researched and it’s a decently entertaining read.
I really enjoyed the first book, but A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality took the podium.
Botanist Saffron Everleigh is back and this time, DI Green comes to her for her expertise in the field. This time, a number of women were murdered and all have something in common: they all received a bouquet of deadly flowers. Each one is different and in the Victorian "language of flowers" they all seem to accuse the victims of something. Can Saffron get to the murderer before they make any more victims?
Saffron is a great character, and she grew quite a bit from her previous adventure. In a world that doesn't want women to succeed, she becomes aware of her own power, her intelligence and her strength. Listening to her standing up for herself, her beliefs and wants was very satisfying.
A new character makes an appearance, Saffrons' co-worker Dr Michael Lee, a charming, flirting medical researcher. Together, they dive into the world of the rich and powerful, and all its dark secrets. I really liked Lee, probably a bit more than Ashton, who is an expedition. Lee has a way with people but he has a good heart. He doesn't interfere with Saffron's choices and decisions, merely giving his opinion, and most of the times, letting her take the lead.
However, this time Saffron refuses to be cuddled by the men in her life, driven by her need to be part of something bigger than herself and to bring justice to the victims.
The mystery is really good, with a lot of red herrings about the identity of the killer. Even if my suspicions were confirmed, I couldn't stop reading, especially when the action is unleashed. A very satisfying resolution, and a great opening for the next instalment.
I'm looking forward to Saffron's next adventure.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC!
A Botanist's Guide to Flowers and Fatality by Kate Khavari is the second book in a series. This book takes place just a few months after Alexander left to go on his expedention to the Amazon. Saffron is paired with Dr. Lee when she is approached by Inspector Green to help with a murder investigation. Saffron and Lee gets into the inner circle of one of the victims friends to try to find the killer. Soon there are a few others murders all left a bouquet of flowers and a velvet black ribbon. Saffron must find out the significant meaning behind the flowers given to the victims. This book had so many twists and turns and I didn't guess who the killer was until the end. Saffron also has a new love interst, which is Dr. Lee. She is torn between both Lee and Alexander and has to decide which one is right for her. The ending left in a cliff hanger that now you will have to wait to see how everything works out between Saffron, Alexander, and Lee. Very good book and a must read for anyone who likes historical fiction and mysteries.
Now that Saffron has had a taste of police investigations and the immediate difference they can make, she is eager to step in and of course go beyond what is asked of her to help when Detective Inspector Green asks for her assistance. Now she's in the midst of murder investigations as well as a research study with Dr. Michael Lee who knows just how to push her buttons and she's not sure how to feel about that when Alexander left for his expedition without clarifying anything. And when he comes back, we have a muddled triangle of Dr. Michael Lee who gives her the freedom to rush in without thinking things through, Alexander who restricts her in the name of keeping her safe, and Saffron who is discovering an entirely new world and trying to decided what she wants her place to be in this world.
A special thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Book Lanes for the reading opportunity.
This was my first introduction to the Saffron Everleigh mysteries and I want to go back to read the first one and of course, looking forward to the next installment!
When we meet Saffron, she is a botanical researcher at the University College in London where she is working side by side with Dr. Michael Lee in a phytotoxicology study. The pair travel to Hampshire to visit a sick child and determine if he has been poisoned by a local plant. After finding the poisonous plant and the child being rushed off to get medical aid, Saffron was recruited by Inspector Green to help the police department with a case. There had been a series of murders where black-ribbon bouquets had been received by victims who had been murdered.
Saffron uses her expertise in floriography, which is a secret Victorian language of flowers, and determines that each flower in the bouquets has a specific meaning to the receiver. Saffron and Dr. Lee put themselves in the thick of the investigation and in danger.
This book had a little bit of everything and it was a fun read as well!