Poppy Harmon Investigates / Lee Hollis.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: When Poppy goes from complacent retiree to penniless Palm Springs widow in a matter of weeks, she decides to use her obesession 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. 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 snags a client desperate to to retrieve priceless jewelry burglarized from and 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, slimy suspects, and unspeakable scandal. As she and her team search to uncover the truth, she must also confront secrets about her late husband's past--even if it means turning her world upside down all over again.
    • ISBN:
      9781496713896
      1496713893
    • Accession Number:
      on1128813785
      1128813785
    • Accession Number:
      fay.675624
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOLLIS, L. Poppy Harmon Investigates. [s. l.]: Kingsington Books, 2019. ISBN 9781496713896. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624. Acesso em: 30 mar. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hollis L. Poppy Harmon Investigates. Kingsington Books; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624. Accessed March 30, 2020.
    • APA:
      Hollis, L. (2019). Poppy Harmon Investigates. Kingsington Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hollis, Lee. 2019. Poppy Harmon Investigates. A Desert Flowers Mystery. Kingsington Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624.
    • Harvard:
      Hollis, L. (2019) Poppy Harmon Investigates. Kingsington Books (A Desert Flowers mystery). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624 (Accessed: 30 March 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hollis, L 2019, Poppy Harmon Investigates, A Desert Flowers mystery, Kingsington Books, viewed 30 March 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hollis, Lee. Poppy Harmon Investigates. Kingsington Books, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hollis, Lee. Poppy Harmon Investigates. A Desert Flowers Mystery. Kingsington Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hollis L. Poppy Harmon Investigates [Internet]. Kingsington Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Mar 30]. (A Desert Flowers mystery). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.675624

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 July #1

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. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 August #1

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 Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 June #4

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 2018 Publishers Weekly.