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Poppy Harmon investigates / Lee Hollis.

By: Hollis, Lee.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Desert flowers mystery ; 1.Publisher: New York, New York: Kensington Books, 2018Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.Description: 282 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781496713889; 1496713885; 9781496713896 (paperback).Subject(s): Jewelry theft -- Fiction | Women private investigators -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Retired women -- Fiction | Retirement communities -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: Going from complacent retiree to penniless widow in a matter of weeks, Poppy Harmon has no real skills. With nothing left to lose she opens the Desert Flowers Detective Agency with her two best friends, Violet and Iris. And she convinces her daughter's handsome boyfriend, Matt, to pose as the face of the agency. Working for a client desperate to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from an aging actress at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village, Poppy stumbles upon the bloodied body of the victim's arch rival. Now Poppy must confront the secrets about her late husband's past, and catch a killer lurking around the retirement community. -- adapted from jacket
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Lee Hollis begins a delightful new series in which Poppy Harmon and her friends find that life after retirement can be much busier--and deadlier--than any of them ever anticipated . . .

When Poppy goes from complacent retiree to penniless widow in a matter of weeks, the idea of spending her golden years as the biggest charity case in Palm Springs renders her speechless. With no real skills and nothing left to lose, Poppy uses her obsession with true crime shows to start a career as a private eye . . .

But after opening the Desert Flowers Detective Agency with help from her two best friends, Violet and Iris, Poppy realizes that age brings wisdom, not business--until she convinces her daughter's handsome boyfriend, Matt, to pose as the face of the agency. It's not long before Matt's irresistible act snags a client desperate to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from an aging actress at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village. Or before Poppy stumbles upon the bloodied body of the victim's arch rival . . .

In a flash, Poppy's innocent detective gig is upstaged by a dangerous murder investigation riddled with slimy suspects and unspeakable scandal. As she and her team uncover the truth, Poppy must confront the secrets about her late husband's past and swiftly catch a killer lurking around the retirement community--even if it means turning her world upside down all over again.

Going from complacent retiree to penniless widow in a matter of weeks, Poppy Harmon has no real skills. With nothing left to lose she opens the Desert Flowers Detective Agency with her two best friends, Violet and Iris. And she convinces her daughter's handsome boyfriend, Matt, to pose as the face of the agency. Working for a client desperate to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from an aging actress at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village, Poppy stumbles upon the bloodied body of the victim's arch rival. Now Poppy must confront the secrets about her late husband's past, and catch a killer lurking around the retirement community. -- adapted from jacket

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Library Journal Review

When Chester, Poppy Harmon's fourth husband, dies, the retired actress is stunned to learn he left her penniless. With no practical skills but having once assisted a private investigator-turned-screenwriter with plot ideas, Poppy earns her California license and with best friends Iris and Violet opens the Desert Flowers Detective Agency. No one wants to hire three 60-year-old women as PIs-until they put an actor's face on the website. Actor Matt dates Poppy's daughter, but he wants to be more than the face of the agency and becomes "Matt Flowers," detective. When an aging actress hires the team to investigate a theft of her jewelry at the Palm Leaf Retirement Village, it seems as if they can handle the case. Then, Poppy finds the body of the woman's rival, whose tell-all memoir promises scandal. Now they have to find a burglar and a killer. -VERDICT Hollis (Death of a Country Fried Redneck), the pen name for screenwriter Rick Copp, whose Hollywood background and knowledge of 1980s television factor into this sometimes amusing mystery, features a trio of likable sleuths in a story with a surprising twist for a cozy. Suggest for readers of J.C. Eaton's "Sophie Kimball" mysteries featuring active seniors.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Retired small-screen actress Poppy Harmon, the heroine of Hollis's hilarious series launch set in California's Coachella Valley, finds herself broke after the death of her conniving husband, who lost his job and all their money gambling without her knowledge. Regular work is not Poppy's strength, so she takes inspiration from her old TV show, Jack Colt, PI, and fakes the requirements for her PI license. With Iris and Violet, two fellow residents of the Palm Leaf Retirement Village, she forms the Desert Flowers Detective Agency. After the ladies fail to attract clients, crafty Poppy enlists her daughter's handsome wannabe-actor boyfriend as the agency's face. Finally, aging actress Shirley Fox hires them to find her stolen jewels, the search for which leads to the uncovering of scandalous secrets and Poppy's entanglement in a murder case. Pop culture references throughout add to the fun, and Hollis (Death of a Cookbook Author) wraps up the mystery with a truly surprising twist. Cozy fans will eagerly await the sequel. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Poppy Harmon is devastated when she learns she is penniless after the death of her husband, who gambled away their savings. With few employable skills, the former actress, who once played a detective's secretary on television and helped craft the show's scripts, becomes a licensed PI in California, horrifying her daughter. Teaming up with her best friends, Iris and Violet, Poppy launches the Desert Flowers Detective Agency. Unfortunately, no one will hire the sixtysomething sleuths until Poppy has the idea of using her daughter Heather's actor boyfriend, Matt, as the face of their agency. Singer Shirley Fox, who lives in the Palm Leaf Retirement Village, soon hires the firm to find her stolen jewelry, and the women go undercover to chat up the residents, with Matt, who badly wants to participate, getting in the way. A murder soon complicates matters. The theatrical frame, combined with a set of quirky characters, including a 12-year-old computer whiz, and plenty of humor, distinguishes this delightful cozy, the first in a projected series.--Sue O'Brien Copyright 2018 Booklist