Something in the Water by Charlotte MacLeod

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While vacationing in Maine, Professor Peter Shandy confronts a poisonous potpie
Massachusetts horticulturalist Peter Shandy is famous for his rutabagas, but he comes to Maine with a loftier plant in mind. Specifically, he wants to size up the world-renowned lupines of Frances Rondel, a nonagenarian whose legendary flowers are even more beautiful in life than they are in myth. Shandy is bitterly jealous, but finds a major distraction in the dining room of the country inn where he’s staying. He may grow wretched lupines, but no gardener can solve a murder like Peter Shandy. The corpse belongs to the late Jasper Flodge, a local loudmouth with a toupee and a sizeable gut. Shoveling down the last bites of a chicken potpie, Flodge clutches his chest and falls dead. Suddenly with more to do than stopping to smell the lupines, Shandy must ask himself: Which Maine cook has the bad taste to flavor chicken with cyanide?

About Charlotte MacLeod

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MacLeod is the author of fifteen acclaimed mystery novels featuring amateur detectives Sarah Kelling and Professor Peter Shandy.
Published November 6, 2012 by Road. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite its goofy plot, cast of caricatures, digressions and lack of suspense, MacLeod's lively mystery lampoon set in coastal Maine, where she lives, will surely please her myriad fans. Jasper Flodge

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