The Scarlet Pepper
Author: Dorothy St. James [Website] aka Dorothy McFalls [Website]
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Series: White House Gardener Mystery, Bk 2
Length: 307 + "Page from Casey's Summer Gardener Notebook" + "Recipe for Quick and Easy Sheet Composting"
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I've read the first book, Flowerbed of State in 2011 (no review, but it was part of a reading challenge). I enjoyed it, but hadn't gotten around to reading any further in the series. I was once again at work, going to lunch, and hadn't brought any books with me. So I browsed, saw the 3rd book, Oak and Dagger, and decided to see if I could find this one to catch up. And there it was.
I did not remember much about the 1st book. The main character, Casey, annoyed me here and there when she took chances and made assumptions (did she ever!) that I thought were too much. And I did guess the bad guy from as soon as a murder was discovered. But despite all that, I did enjoy the series and plan on reading the 3rd book (which I checked out as soon as I finished reading this one).