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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About Ainy Rainwater

Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online.

Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016.

She is also 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. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more.

You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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Reviews of The Malice Plant by Ainy Rainwater

Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed 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 4 months after purchase)
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