The Malice Plant

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After Ivy Willowby dies with a Malice Plant in her hand, Rosemary Wilde is stunned to find she's the beneficiary of Ivy's will, if she lives long enough. With potential heirs buzzing around like angry bees, burglaries, and liaisons, the Cedar Lake Garden Club isn't lacking either dirt or manure. When Rosemary decides to test the plant's "curse", she finds there's plenty of malice to go around.

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Words: 66,780
Language: English
ISBN: 9780982959725
About Ainy Rainwater

The publication of Ainy Rainwater's early novels as ebooks marks her return to print, and other work will follow. She is best known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. As "Gymshoes" she is also the founder and primary songwriter for Undead Monkey. Idiolith has released a number of Gymshoes albums which are available from iTunes and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see the Gymshoes website, which has liner notes, links to social networks, streaming music and much more. Early Undead Monkey music is available from or the band website, Ainy Rainwater's website is A Truant Disposition,

Ainy Rainwater lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, daydreaming, wasting time on the computer, and procrastinating.

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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Aug. 13, 2011 :
I have read a great many mysteries over the years, and it's a rare one in which the "whodunnit" escapes me until the author reveals it. Ainy Rainwater has written one of those rare books.

Rosemary's garden club friend, Ivy, is found dead with a sprig of the (fictitious) Malice Plant in her hand ... and things actually get worse from there! With a plethora of unpleasant relatives contesting the will (in which Rosemary, to her surprise, figures), townsfolk behaving strangely and disappearing plants and property, Rosemary is in it up to her eyeballs.

Rainwater has crafted an entertaining mystery with believable (if not always lovable) characters and plausible situations. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and was, in fact, reluctant to put it down. Well done indeed!
(reviewed long after purchase)

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