Poison Lilies

Harper: HarperCollins. (Gus Monet, Bk. 2). May 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063211742. pap. $16.99. THRILLER
Brash redhead Augusta “Gus” Monet is a master of the fresh start. She is on the move again after a one-night stand with a known murderer. With her raggedy old dog Levi, she finds a dirt-cheap apartment in an art deco house with Poppy, an elderly blind recluse who hasn’t left the premises in 70 years. Gus is drawn to Poppy’s life story, defined by her lost lover. When a skeleton is dredged up from the nearby pond, Gus investigates the cold case, which is connected to Poppy’s family—the town’s wealthiest. With unexpected assistance from a budding genealogist and a geeky journalist, Gus steadily pieces together a destructive story of greed that left many lives in shambles over decades. Now her life is in danger from a family with a lot to lose.
VERDICT The follow-up to Dark August seamlessly weaves in threads from the first book and adeptly takes a century-old crime into the present.
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