The Golden Girls meets Remington Steele in Lee Hollis' fifth mystery set in a Palm Springs retirement community, featuring retired actress-turned-PI Poppy Harmon and her Desert Flowers Detective Agency!
Poppy never planned on speaking to her old acting rival Serena Saunders again, let alone accepting her as a client. But familiar drama barges back into her life when Serena requests an urgent background check on Ned Boyce, her fiancé, before tying the knot. And the flighty film star is behaving out of character by wishing to start over with Poppy—this time as friends . . .
Wealthy, connected, and the owner of a breathtaking mountaintop home, Ned seems like the most unlikely private investigation subject in Palm Springs. Poppy no sooner thinks she’s nailed down her latest assignment than Serena is caught holding a smoking gun over a stranger’s dead body . . .
With Serena claiming self-defense and the wedding fast approaching, the Desert Flowers team must summon their showbiz talents to expose the truth about the unknown victim. But as her former enemy finds herself in another devastating position, only Poppy can determine who’s innocent and who’s ready to smile for their mug shot . . .
Lee Hollis is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team. Rick Copp is a veteran Hollywood writer/producer and also the author of three other mystery novel series under his own name and Lee Hollis. He lives in Palm Springs, California. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist who lives in North Carolina. You can follow them on Facebook (Lee Hollis), Twitter (@LeeHollisBooks), and Instagram (LeeHollisBooks).
Praise for the Desert Flowers Mysteries
"Hilarious...Pop culture references throughout add to the fun, and Hollis wraps up the mystery with a truly surprising twist. Cozy fans will eagerly await the sequel." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW for Poppy Harmon Investigates
"A trio of likable sleuths in a story with a surprising twist for a cozy." —Library Journal on Poppy Harmon Investigates
"The theatrical frame, combined with a set of quirky characters, and plenty of humor, distinguishes this delightful cozy." —Booklist on Poppy Harmon Investigates
"All is resolved in this humorous, satisfying cozy, which follows Poppy Harmon Investigates (2018) and again draws its appeal from the premise of women of a certain age working in a nontraditional profession. Share with those who enjoy M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin mysteries." —Booklist on Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury
"Irresistible...Cozy readers will look forward to seeing a lot more of Poppy and company." —Publishers Weekly on Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury
"An amusing cozy with quirky characters and a down-to-earth heroine with plenty of moxie." —Kirkus Reviews on Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury
“Well-drawn characters, including principals and supporting cast, especially the sleuths' 12-year-old computer expert, combine with surprising plot twists and plenty of humor to make this a satisfying entry in Hollis' popular cozy series.” —Booklist on Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer
“A movie set in the California desert provides a suitably dangerous backdrop for the gutsy heroine.” —Kirkus Reviews on Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer
“Fun...Hollis delivers all the essentials: appealing characters, an intricate plot, and a colorful setting. Cozy fans will hope Poppy and friends will be back soon.” —Publishers Weekly on Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer
“Hollis delivers a gripping and sometimes creepy cozy that will keep readers engaged from page one until the final cut. The story is a standout with a puzzling crime and a plethora of suspects...Delightful.” —Mystery Scene Magazine on Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer
“The reality-show frame, combined with the intelligent, feisty heroines and the precocious Wyatt add up to a satisfying entry in the cozy series.” —Booklist on Poppy Harmon and the Backstabbing Bachelor “Hijinks on the drama-filled set lead to heartbreak and murder as the clever plot with its cast of eccentrics builds to a surprise ending. Cozy lovers new to Poppy Harmon will want to check out earlier series entries.” —Publishers Weekly on Poppy Harmon and the Backstabbing Bachelor “Plenty of quirky characters enhance this compelling display of bravery in the face of danger.” —Kirkus Reviews on Poppy Harmon and the Backstabbing Bachelor