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Oak and Dagger [Format Kindle]

Dorothy St. James

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Praise for the White House Gardener Mysteries:

“A bright blossom in the garden of cozy mysteries.” —Jacklyn Brady, author of Cake on a Hot Tin Roof

“Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] delightful debut mystery…just the ticket for all us flustered and withered gardeners… Fans of cozy mysteries will adore this new series, and are sure to find themselves anxious for the next installment!” —Fresh Fiction

"A potboiler of homicide, blackmail, journalism, power and sex—but one that St. James handles with taste as well as verve —The Scarlet Pepper fulfills the promise of last year's series debut, Flowerbed of State, and then some."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Missing documents, death threats, mysterious holes in the South Lawn, and now a dead body's been found in the garden! It's up to White House organic gardener Casey Calhoun to uncover the deadly link between the stolen papers, the holes in the lawn, and a rumored 200 year-old treasure...before the killer strikes again!

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  • Editeur : Berkley (2 avril 2013)
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  28 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid addition to the series. 30 mai 2013
Par K. N. Cornwell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it as I did the first book in the series. Perhaps it was too much time spent on Casey's personal relationships and not enough on the mystery. As for the historical significance of that mystery, I just wasn't that interested. I can't quite put my finger on what was lacking for me in this book and I've delayed writing my review because of it. The rationale still escapes me. Did I read the book to completion? Yes, Did I like the book? Yes. Did I LOVE the book? No. Am I still a fan of this series? Without question.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun Story! Wild Ride! 12 avril 2013
Par Lori Caswell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
A simple tree planting leads to chaos at The White House. A schematic is missing from the Grounds Office and a set of important papers has also disappeared from the Curator's Office. The gardeners are getting blamed for both. On top of that Casey is getting death threats, the First Dog is digging holes all over the South lawn and the First Lady's sister is creating her own havoc.

Then the curator is found dead is a secluded garden and all the evidence points at Gordon Sims, the chief gardener. Casey just has to clear his name. When she learns all the chaos and the murder could have something to do with a two hundred year old treasure she realizes she must move fast before the killer strikes again....

Dollycas's Thoughts
Casey Calhoun is a smart spunky protagonist and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty or stand out in the pouring rain to track down the killer. I am happy her relationship with Special Agent Jack Turner is moving forward. We also learn a bit more about Casey's past.

There was so much happening in the installment that the pages were flying. The First Lady has her hands full with her twin boys and while her sister is supposed to be there to help she seems to have an agenda all her own. The decorator hired to create the nursery has much more interest in being out in the gardens instead in the space he is responsible for decorating. Jack is acting strange and seems to stand Casey up a lot. Gordon is in the hospital and Casey and Lorenzo have to work together and they never see eye to eye. The assistant curator is a strange little man who just happens to have rented the apartment below Casey.

Dolley Madison was important to this story. In fact the book starts with a quote from the famous First Lady: "And now, dear sister, I must leave this house or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take." Each subsequent chapter starts with a First Lady quote and I really enjoyed all of them.

Hang on tight! This story is a wild ride! I loved it!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 ENTERTAINING ENOUGH, BUT ALSO A LITTLE SILLY 23 avril 2013
Par bluesdiva - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
It's almost impossible to avoid comparing the Julie Hyzy "White House Chef" series to this "white House Gardener" series.
White house chef Ollie has Secret Service boyfriend, Gav
White house assistant gardener Casey has Secret Service boyfriend, Jack.
Ollie has prickly co-worker, Bucky
Casey has prickly co-worker, Lorenzo
Both Ollie and Casey have tragic pasts linked to disgraced fathers.
The reason I like the Julie Hyzy series better is mainly because she keeps the plot going. Ms St James does not always do this. For instance, in the middle of a heated argument between Casey and her boyfriend Jack who she has just seen kissing another woman, we are interrupted by paragraphs about the neighbor's clematis vine which is beginning to show mildew. I didn't care about that stupid vine. I wanted to know why Jack was kissing that woman.
The President is about to have a confrontation with his sister-in-law but first we have to learn all about the fact that the White House room they are in was once a dining room in Thomas Jefferson's time and that James Madison wrote the declaration of war for the War of 1812 in this room. Yes, it's interesting but can it wait?
Also, there is a minor recurring character who is a female special agent and for some reason every time this character is mentioned we're subjected to a description of what she is wearing
I also have a problem with seemingly intelligent competent characters acting like dimwits. In the second chapter Casey receives a death threat. She never bothers to tell anyone. Not the police. Not her secret service boyfriend. She finally tells them on page 138 and even then her attitude is : "...I didn't think much of it when there was gardening to do..." OK
In this outing there has been a murder of a white house staffer on the premises. Unfortunately the head gardener and Casey's mentor is the main suspect. Casey must prove his innocence and clear his name. I think the whole White House security staff should be fired. They let a White House staffer be killed in a garden on White House property, they let a visiting interior decorater roam around unescorted. They do reprimand him but he pays them no mind and the Secret Service staff can't seem to keep up with him, and they tell Casey all kinds of classified info they aren't supposed to.
The finale with the killer is unintentionally hilarious. And there's a weird lack of transition that was baffling. Casey and special agent, Thatch, are in the gardening office discussing a major discovery.. Thatch is talking about it but in the next paragraph he is just...gone. One minute he's talking, the next POOF. There was no sentence like: "Thatch said, " I'm leaving. See you later". There was not even a sentence that simply said "Thatch left." All of a sudden Casey was just alone. Conveniently alone so the killer could sneak in and put her in mortal danger. This is what was funny to me though: Earlier in the book Casey's secret service agent boyfriend startles her and her self-defense training kicks in and she takes him down. But when the killer confronts her, they are able to shove a hankercheif in her mouth, secure it with duck tape and then duct tape her arms, legs and torso to a chair "before I had a chance to react" WTH? Really? She can take down a secret service agent but she can't fight back while someone duct tapes her to a chair? I just kept picturing this Speedy Gonzales type cartoon character in frenzied,fast motion, whirling dervish mode, taping her up before she knew it. It just struck me as silly.
Overall the book was OK but I liked the other two better. That said I'll probably read the next one
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Milo, the First Dog is digging up clues, or is he? 2 avril 2013
Par F. Yoder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Oak And Dagger is the third book in the A White House Gardener Mystery series by Dorothy St. James.

Another wonderful story from Dorothy St. James, but I also want to draw the readers attention to the chapter headings. They are quotes from various First Ladies and are quite entertaining.

Things are hectic for the White House garden staff. First the First Dog has been digging holes in the yard, the President in the middle of planting two trees for the press hits an underground water line and the head gardener, Gordon, has been accused by the White House curator of stealing some files from here office. But in addition to the files that the curator say are missing, there is also a schematic for the sprinkler system missing from Casey's office, too. These files pertained to an item of President Jefferson's, that Dolley Madison gave to a member of the staff to save before the British set fire to the White House and he reportedly buried somewhere in the White House lawn.

Casey soon hears that the curator was going to meet Gordon in the Children's Garden to confront him once again. She soon finds Gordon face down in a small koi pond, alive, but barely breathing. After Gordon has been transported to the hospital sets to clear her mind and to see if she can find any clues as to what might have happened. She finds where Gordon had been working and also finds his pruning saw with blood on it and nearby the lifeless body of the curator. Now it is Casey against the D.C. Police. Casey is sure that he had nothing to do with her death and the police say all the evidence points directly at him.

So Casey, along with some help from her "sidekick" Special Agent Jack Turner, she if off scouring the office and the White House lawn looking for clues. Casey needs to learn more about Nadeem who is the assistant curator and seems following Casey most of time. There is also Marcel, who is working on some design work for the First Lady. Marcel seems to turn up everywhere and with out an escort. The one Casey is most concerned with and not sure how to go about asking questions in the First Lady's sister, Lettie. Lettie seems to want to be involved in everything to do with the gardeners, but creates more of a mess than helping. Add to all this Casey is also getting death threats.

It appears that Casey's romance with Jack is moving ahead, she also learns more about her father's past.

Looking forward to the next book and the inside working of the gardening staff at the White House.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good Mystery 25 mai 2013
Par D. Love - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
It all started with a shovel that lands Casey into another case of intrigue and suspense. But this time it's more personal and Casey will pull out all the stops to save her beloved friend. With help from some unexpected sources, the case unfolds with some new discoveries and new beginnings.

This is a very enjoyable read that I could not put down with all that was going on from a treasure hunt to relationships all woven into an endearing and nicely done drama. The author did a good job in the development of this story and I loved how each chapter flowed from one to the next, never letting me missed any important facts that was necessary to identifying the culprit. Casey is a delightful heroine surrounded by a great cast of characters from Jack, to Gordon and even to Milo. I would love to see more of her Rosebrook family in future stories. Again, an entertaining read and I look forward to more exciting adventures with the White House gardeners.
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