Thursday 11 April 2024

Kate Khavari deftly entwines a pulse-pounding mystery with the struggles of a woman in a male-dominated field in 1923 London.


A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons
(A Saffron Everleigh Mystery)
By Kate Khavari

Publication Date: 7the June 2022
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books 
Page Length: 265 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery

Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh is determined to blaze a new trail at the University College London, but with her colleagues’ beliefs about women’s academic inabilities and not so subtle hints that her deceased father’s reputation paved her way into the botany department, she feels stymied at every turn.
When she attends a dinner party for the school, she expects to engage in conversations about the university's large expedition to the Amazon. What she doesn’t expect is for Mrs. Henry, one of the professors’ wives, to drop to the floor, poisoned by an unknown toxin. 

Dr. Maxwell, Saffron’s mentor, is the main suspect and evidence quickly mounts. Joined by fellow researcher--and potential romantic interest--Alexander Ashton, Saffron uses her knowledge of botany as she explores steamy greenhouses, dark gardens, and deadly poisons to clear Maxwell's name.
Will she be able to uncover the truth or will her investigation land her on the murderer’s list, in this entertaining examination of society’s expectations.

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Kate Khavari

Kate Khavari is the author of fiction ranging from historical mysteries to high fantasy epics. She has her parents to thank for her fascination for historical mysteries, as she spent the majority of her childhood memorizing Sherlock Holmes’s and Poirot’s greatest quips. A former teacher, Kate has a deep appreciation for research and creativity, not to mention the multitasking ability she now relies on as an author and stay at home mother to her toddler son. She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her husband, son, and a lovely garden that contains absolutely no poisonous plants.

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  1. I have added A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons to my to-read list, it sounds like it is going to be a really good read.

    1. It really does sound amazing. I have added it to my to-read list as well!

  2. what a fabulous title, it really catches the attention.

  3. Thank you for telling us about A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons. It sounds right up my street.

  4. It is only 80p in the UK, so I have ordered a copy and put it on my to-read list.

  5. I have just bought it as well, who can argue with 80p. I am really looking forward to reading it. Thank you, Mary Anne & Ellie.


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