Gore in the Garden (A Washington Whodunit)

 by Colleen Shogan

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Gore in the Garden
(A Washington Whodunit)
by Colleen Shogan

July 16 – 29, 2019

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

  • Does this book contain and explicit language or adult scenes?  No
  • If a series – Can it be read as a standalone?  Yes

About the Book

Gore in the Garden (A Washington Whodunit)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Camel Press (July 16, 2019)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817239
ISBN-13: 978-1603817233
Digital – Coming Soon!
GoodReads Link – Coming Soon!

After her boss narrowly escaped political defeat, Kit Marshall is settling into life as a busy congressional staffer. While attending an evening reception at the United States Botanic Garden, Kit’s best friend stumbles upon the body of a high-ranking government official. The chairwoman of a congressional committee asks Kit to investigate, and she finds herself once again in the thick of a murder investigation. The complications keep coming with the unexpected arrival of Kit’s younger brother Sebastian, a hippie protestor who seems more concerned about corporate greed than the professional problems he causes for his sister. To make matters even worse, the romantic lives of Kit’s closest friends are driving her crazy, diverting her attention from the mystery she’s been tasked to solve. The search for the killer requires her to tussle with an investigative journalist right out of a noir novel, a congresswoman fixated on getting a statue of James Madison installed on the Capitol grounds and a bossy botanist who would do anything to protect the plants he loves. When the murderer sends a threatening message to Kit via a highly unusual delivery mechanism, Kit knows she must find the killer or risk the lives of her friends and loved ones.

About the Author

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first mystery, “Stabbing in the Senate,” one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress who works on great initiatives such as the National Book Festival. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. Colleen’s first book won the Next Generation Indie Prize for Best Mystery. Her books have been RONE and Killer Nashville finalists in the mystery category.

Author Links

Webpage – www.colleenshogan.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/washingtonwhodunit

Twitter –  www.twitter.com/cshogan276

GoodReads –  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1269678.Colleen_J_Shogan

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MY REVIEW ****Stars

Gore in the Garden (A Washington Whodunit #5) by Colleen J. Shogan, follows four other cleverly named DC mysteries. In each, the heroine, Kit Marshall, chief of staff for a congresswoman, gets herself and others out of sticky wicket situations involving greed, politics and murder.

In this case, the murder takes place at the US Botanic Garden, where there is more than one stinky corpse.  The infamous corpse flower has just bloomed, gagging anyone nearby at the reception and masking another scent of death; that of the Architect of the Capitol. (Honestly, I had a bit of trouble understanding just what some of these coveted positions on Capitol Hill were. No, this person did not design the Capitol building – you have to read the book.)

Kit’s best friend and fellow crime solver, Meg, is the unfortunate gal who discovers the strangled body – by a strangle vine, no less! – which kicks off another murder investigation. The chief investigator for the DC police seems to have no authority in this upper echelon of political who’s who, and is “coerced” into giving Kit and Meg a free hand in solving the murder.  Before long they grow to a gang of four, as Kit’s husband is allowed in, as well as her recently arrived and controversial brother.  (To me, it sounds a bit too contrived, but hey, these are some pretty interesting characters.) My fave however, was the sneaky investigative journalist, Trevor, who had his eye set on more than just a Pulitzer… as in, the sexy and recently free Meg.

Altogether this is an enjoyable read with an authentic touch that comes from the author’s experience on Capitol Hill.  Her political verbiage and inner knowledge of who and how things work in our government gives this book an insider feel.  It definitely is not your normal cozy mystery… more like a cozy thriller.  And the final scene at a little known place in DC is creepy-suspenseful.

 

I received a digital copy of this book for review.

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