The Botanist by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK #20BooksofSummer22 #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Botanist by M.W. Craven today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also book nineteen for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

This is going to be the longest week of Washington Poe’s life…

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe can count on one hand the number of friends he has. And he’d still have his thumb left. There’s the guilelessly innocent civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw of course. Insanely brilliant, she’s a bit of a social hand grenade. He’s known his beleaguered boss, Detective Inspector Stephanie Flynn for years as he has his nearest neighbour, full-time shepherd/part-time dog sitter, Victoria.

And then there’s Estelle Doyle. Dark and dangerous and sexy as hell. It’s true the caustic pathologist has never walked down the sunny side of the street, but has she gone too far this time? Shot twice in the head, her father’s murder appears to be an open and shut case. Estelle has firearms discharge residue on her hands, and, in a house surrounded by fresh snow, hers are the only footprints. Since her arrest she’s only said three words: ‘Tell Washington Poe.’

Meanwhile, a poisoner called the Botanist is sending the nation’s most reviled people poems and pressed flowers. Twisted and ingenious, he seems to be able to walk through walls and, despite the advance notice given to his victims, and regardless of the security measures taken, he is able to kill with impunity.

Poe hates locked room mysteries and now he has two to solve. To unravel them he’s going to have to draw on every resource he has: Tilly Bradshaw, an organised crime boss, even an alcoholic ex-journalist. Because if he doesn’t, the bodies are going to keep piling up . . .


Well, it was amazing as ever to be back with Tilly and Poe. I’m not sure I can put into words how much I love this series. Everything works so well from the brilliant characters, the witty writing and the tangled plots that always keep me guessing. The Botanist is another perfect example of how this series captures my attention every single time.

It’s safe to say that Poe definitely has his work cut out for him in The Botanist. With two cases dividing his attention, each case is equally intriguing but one in particular has a more personal connection. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

I loved being kept on my toes as the locked room type mystery played out. It was written in a way that left me wonderfully confused and trying to think up different theories. I’ll be honest and say I was stumped. For me the dark edge of the murders combined with the characters engaging interactions created a solid and addictive story. I honestly couldn’t decide whether to race through it and read it in one go or try to make the book last as long as possible. I loved it that much!

If you are yet to meet Tilly and Poe, I really hope you find the time to pick up this series. I don’t think I stopped smiling at the pair of them throughout this book. They may have completely different personalities but they really do make the perfect team. While reading it’s very easy to feel as if I’m right there with them. Although I don’t think I’d be much use! 😂

The Botanist has easily made its way onto my top book picks for this year. It is such a cleverly crafted story and an addictive one at that. I’ll say it again, I loved it!

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