As you can tell from the title all does not go well. Somebody’s poisoned that Kip-the-scumbucket Seymour and Mamma’s the prime suspect.
I know she didn’t do it and you know she didn’t do it. So now we got to figure out how.
With a gun you pull the trigger and bam it’s over. With a knife it’s slash and dash, but with poison the possibilities are endless. Where do you get it? You just don’t walk into Walgreens and ask which aisle has the cyanide. How much do you need? Which ones work the best? What do you mix it in?
So, like I always do when I have a question, I hit the Google and there it was…plants! With Pearls and Poison set in Savannah there are lots and lots of plants year round. All I had to do was pick one…decisions, decisions.
Everyone knows Poinsettia berries are a big no-no but I bet you didn’t know those lovely spring daffodils you adore can cause big problems. You may not die; you’ll just be so sick you wish you were dead.
There's oleander all over Savannah and one plant could probably wipe out my neighborhood. Good thing we never used the sticks to roast marshmallows!
Rhododendron, jasmine azaleas and wisteria, foxglove is so beautiful, they are the focal point of spring and toxic to extreme. The victim gets deathly ill then a coma and then he kisses his butt goodbye.
And then there’s Lantana, buttercups, foxglove, periwinkle Vinci rose. These are in every summer garden and pot and totally lethal. How can thing be so lovely and so deadly?
I can never feed Bruce Willis onions and chokecherries are pure death for horses.
When doing this research I was invited to a dinner party and asked to bring ice cream instead of the salad. Wonder why?
My customers at the Prissy Fox saw my poisonous plant books out there on the counter and went screaming from the shop.
I wonder who did in Scummy and I wonder how? Did they use one of these plants and how did they do it.
Do you have a garden with any of these deadly posies? Let me know and I'll give away two Pearls and Poison totes from the replies.
Pearls and Poison March 2014