Book Spotlight | A Botanists Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

Title: A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

Publication: June 7, 2022

Genre(s): adult, historical, mystery


Saffron Everleigh is in a race against time to free her wrongly accused professor before he goes behind bars forever. Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn and Anna Lee Huber, Kate Khavari’s debut historical mystery is a fast-paced, fearless adventure.

London, 1923. Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh attends a dinner party for the University College of London. While she expects to engage in conversations about the university’s large expedition to the Amazon, she doesn’t expect 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, having had an explosive argument with Dr. Henry a few days prior. As evidence mounts against Dr. Maxwell and the expedition’s departure draws nearer, Saffron realizes if she wants her mentor’s name cleared, she’ll have to do it herself.

Joined by enigmatic Alexander Ashton, a fellow researcher, Saffron uses her knowledge of botany as she explores steamy greenhouses, dark gardens, and deadly poisons. Will she be able to uncover the truth or will her investigation land her on the murderer’s list? (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

The description for the book already sounded good but when it was recommended for fans of Deanna Raybourn? Oh, yes please! Count me in. I love a certain brand of historical mystery and this one sounds completely up my alley. I can’t wait to find all the little twists and turns in this novel, following an educated person through dark and steamy greenhouses, and I hope I cannot guess the who-done-it. I never can so it is highly doubtful I’d figure it out this time. Very much looking forward to this book’s release.

Lives in Texas
Raised in Kansas
Year of Service in Haifa, Israel

Author of many books, mostly unseen by the world
Stay at home mom
Former 5th grade & Pre-K teacher

(taken from author’s website)

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