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In Katie Tallo's thrilling follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August, Gus Monet is swept into the orbit of a prominent, wealthy family whose privilege is founded on a dangerous web of secrets they're desperate to keep hidden After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother's murder, August (Gus) Monet thought she was done. Settled. Content for the first In Katie Tallo's thrilling follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August, Gus Monet is swept into the orbit of a prominent, wealthy family whose privilege is founded on a dangerous web of secrets they're desperate to keep hidden After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother's murder, August (Gus) Monet thought she was done. Settled. Content for the first time in her life. Cue hard reset number whatever. She made a mistake she couldn't undo, so Gus cut and run. Packed all her things in the dead of night and took off. Now somewhat settled into The Ambassador, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent in one of Ottawa's oldest neighborhoods, Gus has found the perfect place for a fresh start—or a good place to hide. Gus also finds friendship in Poppy Honeywell, her reclusive neighbor perpetually wrapped in a pink kimono like an aging Old Hollywood starlet. She's also a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the town's founding families. When a body is found in the pond of a nearby park, her connection to this powerful and wealthy family turns dangerous, possibly deadly. The Mutchmores are hiding something and are willing to do anything to keep their secrets buried.


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In Katie Tallo's thrilling follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August, Gus Monet is swept into the orbit of a prominent, wealthy family whose privilege is founded on a dangerous web of secrets they're desperate to keep hidden After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother's murder, August (Gus) Monet thought she was done. Settled. Content for the first In Katie Tallo's thrilling follow-up to the international bestseller Dark August, Gus Monet is swept into the orbit of a prominent, wealthy family whose privilege is founded on a dangerous web of secrets they're desperate to keep hidden After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother's murder, August (Gus) Monet thought she was done. Settled. Content for the first time in her life. Cue hard reset number whatever. She made a mistake she couldn't undo, so Gus cut and run. Packed all her things in the dead of night and took off. Now somewhat settled into The Ambassador, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent in one of Ottawa's oldest neighborhoods, Gus has found the perfect place for a fresh start—or a good place to hide. Gus also finds friendship in Poppy Honeywell, her reclusive neighbor perpetually wrapped in a pink kimono like an aging Old Hollywood starlet. She's also a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the town's founding families. When a body is found in the pond of a nearby park, her connection to this powerful and wealthy family turns dangerous, possibly deadly. The Mutchmores are hiding something and are willing to do anything to keep their secrets buried.

30 review for Poison Lilies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 24, 2022 Augusta (Gus) Monet has left her hometown in the dust. After solving her mother’s murder, Gus hopes that a new town will help her start over, and she is close to doing just that when she befriends her elderly neighbour, Poppy Honeywell. Poppy recruits Gus to help her solve a mystery from her past- where did her young love Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 24, 2022 Augusta (Gus) Monet has left her hometown in the dust. After solving her mother’s murder, Gus hopes that a new town will help her start over, and she is close to doing just that when she befriends her elderly neighbour, Poppy Honeywell. Poppy recruits Gus to help her solve a mystery from her past- where did her young lover, Leo, disappear to? Did he really just cut and run, abandoning Poppy and their plans to have a life together? As Gus begins to investigate, she finds secrets darker than anything she ever expected, and all roads lead to the richest and most powerful family in Ottawa, a family who is willing to do anything to keep the secrets unearthed. “Poison Lilies” is the second novel in Katie Tallo’s August Monet series (the first being “Dark August”). An eerie thriller, “Lilies” reminded me of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, with its rich family secrets that seek to be unearthed by a spunky and unwanted heroine. Tallo’s novel is filled with all of the twists and turns you’d expect from a suspense novel, with a surprising ending that packs a punch. I am new to Katie Tallo, and did not read “Dark August”. I can honestly say that it is not necessary to read the first Gus Monet novel in order to enjoy the second. Most of the important character aspects are reiterated in this novel, so even newbies like me won’t get lost along the way. Gus became an instant hit with me (as did, of course, her lovely dog). That and the Canadian setting and I was pulled in from the first page. Spunky and down on her luck, Gus innocently befriends sweet, endearing Poppy, and her granddaughter Mojo, and it changes her life in every way. Nerdy, lovable Harold gave me strong Spencer Reid (from Criminal Minds) vibes (and that is NOT at all a bad thing). The evil characters in this novel are just who you expect them to be, and the ending brings about a satisfying conclusion. There are a lot of connected characters in this novel (with incest, secret siblings, May-December love affairs....just what you’d expect from a rich and powerful family), but that didn’t stop me from wanting to see the Mutchmores get everything they deserved. “Poison Lilies” is gripping, taut and entertaining from the get-go. I am now inspired to read “Dark August”, and will leap at the chance to read any future novels Tallo releases to the world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Poison Lilies gets 5 stars from me! I read Dark August in 2020 and was so excited to get my hands on the follow up. Is this a series? Is there more to come? I sure hope so! The pacing in this book was perfect. And the writing! Katie Tallo is fantastic story teller. I was hooked from the very beginning. It was exciting to be back in the world of Gus and Levi! And can we just talk about the supporting characters!? Howard! What an absolute gem!! Poison Lilies can be read as a stand alone but I enco Poison Lilies gets 5 stars from me! I read Dark August in 2020 and was so excited to get my hands on the follow up. Is this a series? Is there more to come? I sure hope so! The pacing in this book was perfect. And the writing! Katie Tallo is fantastic story teller. I was hooked from the very beginning. It was exciting to be back in the world of Gus and Levi! And can we just talk about the supporting characters!? Howard! What an absolute gem!! Poison Lilies can be read as a stand alone but I encourage you to pick up Dark August first. Thanks to Harper Collins Canada for my gifted copy!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle B

    After solving her mother’s murder, Gus Monet thought she could finally relax and be content in her life. This did not last very long. Gus made a big mistake that put her on the run and moving an art-deco apartment in one of Ottawa’s oldest neighborhood. She thought this was a good place to hide out. Gus becomes fast friends with her neighbor Poppy Honeywell who is a descendant of one of the town’s founding families. When a body is found in a nearby park, Gus is finding that her link to Poppy’s f After solving her mother’s murder, Gus Monet thought she could finally relax and be content in her life. This did not last very long. Gus made a big mistake that put her on the run and moving an art-deco apartment in one of Ottawa’s oldest neighborhood. She thought this was a good place to hide out. Gus becomes fast friends with her neighbor Poppy Honeywell who is a descendant of one of the town’s founding families. When a body is found in a nearby park, Gus is finding that her link to Poppy’s family may be putting her in danger. POISON LILIES is the second book in the Gus Monet series, but it can also be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed it! I will definitely have go back and read the first book in the series, DARK AUGUST. I really found POISON LILIES to be a highly entertaining read. The pacing was great and I loved the main character, she was extremely driven and very easy to root for. The ending was the perfect finishing touch on this excellent book by Katie Tallo. I will certainly look for more Gus Monet series books in the future! Many thanks to Harper Paperbacks for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    What It's About: Hoping for a fresh start, Gus moves to Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Ottawa. She befriends the reclusive elderly neighbor, Poppy Honeywell and they become close friends. Soon after, a body is discovered in the nearby park and Poppy seeks Gus' help to investigate the matter. My thoughts: This is the second book in the Gus Monet series and I enjoyed it a tad more than the first book. I love a small-town myster What It's About: Hoping for a fresh start, Gus moves to Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Ottawa. She befriends the reclusive elderly neighbor, Poppy Honeywell and they become close friends. Soon after, a body is discovered in the nearby park and Poppy seeks Gus' help to investigate the matter. My thoughts: This is the second book in the Gus Monet series and I enjoyed it a tad more than the first book. I love a small-town mystery and this story delivers that. It has all the suspense and twists that make this an intriguing mystery. Gus' friendship with Poppy was a delight to read! There are a lot of characters in the story since it centers around the Mutchmores family - one of the city's founding families. I loved how different they are but at times found myself struggling to keep up who's who. The plot also did get a bit confusing at times and the ending seems rushed. Overall, I think this was a great follow up to Dark August. I personally felt this book works better if you've read the first book first. It will help to understand Gus' character and some context better; and there were some spoilers in this book too. So starting this series from the beginning would be better. Pub. Date: May 24th, 2022 ***Thank you HarperCollins Canada for this gifted reading copy. All opinions expressed are my own.***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    Wow this book was just incredible! I want to first start out by saying that this is the sequel to Dark August. Poison Lilies, can be read as a standalone, however I would not recommend it as you will fall in love with Gus and want to know every detail about her. Gus is a multi-dimensional character that will have readers just falling head over heels for her. If Gus was a real person, I could guarantee you we would be best friends. Howard and Mojo were also fun characters that you found yourself Wow this book was just incredible! I want to first start out by saying that this is the sequel to Dark August. Poison Lilies, can be read as a standalone, however I would not recommend it as you will fall in love with Gus and want to know every detail about her. Gus is a multi-dimensional character that will have readers just falling head over heels for her. If Gus was a real person, I could guarantee you we would be best friends. Howard and Mojo were also fun characters that you found yourself really getting to know. Mojo is definitely a bit quirky but aren't we all? After a one night stand that doesn't exactly go the way Gus had anticipated, she finds herself on the run. Did Gus really just sleep with a serial killer? This is an easy read that will have your attention from the start. I easily followed along and enjoyed beginning, middle and end. Katie Tallo, is a true story teller and a creative genius. I would love to see what she comes out with next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (burlingtonbibliophagist)

    Book review Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo The Question that had me hooked (and apparently Gus too) Who are the babies? This family drama, detective type mystery had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the answer. Characters Poppy- I Love Poppy, she is vulnerable and naive but at the same time wise…. I was invested in seeing her finally move on from her past and her horrible family. Gus- This character is soo complex, she makes mistakes, has fears and doubts, a past that haunts her, bad luc Book review Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo The Question that had me hooked (and apparently Gus too) Who are the babies? This family drama, detective type mystery had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the answer. Characters Poppy- I Love Poppy, she is vulnerable and naive but at the same time wise…. I was invested in seeing her finally move on from her past and her horrible family. Gus- This character is soo complex, she makes mistakes, has fears and doubts, a past that haunts her, bad luck- like a phoenix she continually rises from the ashes (Spoiler) I am so glad she has her happy ending in her sights with Bly and Howard I Did not see the ending coming- always a treat with thrillers- while the clues were there I was distracted by the evidence In front of me and not the bigger picture- rookie mistake when reading detective type books. I can see/read the growth in Katie Tallo’s writing and enjoyed this book even More than her previous book Dark August. Thanks to @harpercollinsca for my Gifted copy in return for an honest review. Opinions expressed Are My Own

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    POISON LILIES (Gus Monet # 2) by Katie Tallo is a great thriller! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dark August, so I was excited to read the sequel! I was interested to read these two books initially because they’re thrillers set in Canada! I love thrillers and CanLit! This novel is set in Ottawa and follows Augusta (Gus) as she tries to uncover her elderly neighbour’s family secrets. . I really enjoyed how this book is divided into three sections and flows in a linear timeline. I l POISON LILIES (Gus Monet # 2) by Katie Tallo is a great thriller! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dark August, so I was excited to read the sequel! I was interested to read these two books initially because they’re thrillers set in Canada! I love thrillers and CanLit! This novel is set in Ottawa and follows Augusta (Gus) as she tries to uncover her elderly neighbour’s family secrets. . I really enjoyed how this book is divided into three sections and flows in a linear timeline. I loved the mix of ages of the central characters. Gus is in her early twenties and her neighbour is in her eighties. It’s fun to follow along with Gus as she investigates her neighbour’s family while growing up and finding herself. I found this book to be the perfect mix in between a cozy mystery and thriller. I hope there will be a third book in this series! . Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for my uncorrected proof!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gracie Spicer-Pilon

    One word to describe this book: unputdownable. That’s a real word? Damn, I thought I invented it. The sequel to Dark August is a whole different kind of mystery, yet still steeped in family ties, betrayal, lies, and of course, meeting unlikely characters on the way. The setting is perfect. The muted tones of winter fortify the mystery’s entrancing story, and tell us that something dark and twisted is brewing in the cold. Set against the elegant comfort of the Glebe, the story wraps and winds itse One word to describe this book: unputdownable. That’s a real word? Damn, I thought I invented it. The sequel to Dark August is a whole different kind of mystery, yet still steeped in family ties, betrayal, lies, and of course, meeting unlikely characters on the way. The setting is perfect. The muted tones of winter fortify the mystery’s entrancing story, and tell us that something dark and twisted is brewing in the cold. Set against the elegant comfort of the Glebe, the story wraps and winds itself around you, showing you familiar places in a way you’ve them never seen before. As an Ottawa native, reading this book felt like coming home, despite all of the dark events that transpire. I cannot describe the feeling of seeing all your favourite places, restaurants, parks, embodied and described so lovingly in fiction. Lexington Smokehouse, Pure Kitchen, The Wild Oat, are all amazing and real places that are included in this book; check them out and do your own little book tour! Gus and her found family of Poppy, Mojo, Howard, and Levi truly warmed my heart. She is an incredible and loving woman, full of fight and quiet dignity, unstoppable and ferocious in her need to find the truth. All of the characters stand out in their own right; Poppy and her old starlet air, searching for a lost love that still haunts her to this day; Mojo and her tireless energy, aided by her trusty research assistant Alma! And Howard, helping Gus along the way without stealing the show from her. I don’t want to pick favourites but…Levi. The fictionalized version of his namesake shines through the pages like a beacon of comfort, hope, and constant love. He’s always there to cuddle Gus, lick her face after a tough day, give gentle reproach when she does something he disapproves of. He is the best sidekick anyone could have, and the perfect match to Gus’ fiery disposition. What a dog. He will live on forever in these pages . And what a book. I am so honoured to have read an early version of this book, and I cannot wait to pick up (several) copies when it comes out, and be re-immersed in the crafty words of Katie Tallo, her wily and brilliant imagination, and the world she has created. Five stars all the way, baby!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    DARK AUGUST was one of my first reads of the year. I loved it and have been watching anxiously for anything new coming from Tallo. I was thrilled to find out she had a new one scheduled for publication in 2022 and even more excited when I snagged an e-ARC of POISON LILIES. Like DARK AUGUST, POISON LILIES stars Gus Monet and her faithful pup, Levi. Both are likable—the former because she's sympathetic, determined, tough, brave, and authentic; the latter because, well, he's a sweet, loyal old thin DARK AUGUST was one of my first reads of the year. I loved it and have been watching anxiously for anything new coming from Tallo. I was thrilled to find out she had a new one scheduled for publication in 2022 and even more excited when I snagged an e-ARC of POISON LILIES. Like DARK AUGUST, POISON LILIES stars Gus Monet and her faithful pup, Levi. Both are likable—the former because she's sympathetic, determined, tough, brave, and authentic; the latter because, well, he's a sweet, loyal old thing. Also like its predecessor, this book has Gus sniffing out a unique, intriguing mystery surrounding a powerful family. Although the plot gets a little confusing at times, the novel remains suspenseful and engrossing throughout. I had a hard time putting it down. Does it get a little far-fetched? Yes, it absolutely does. Do I care? Not at all. The story kept me thoroughly absorbed and entertained. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, the writing, everything. I did find several of the reveals a bit rushed and confusing, but still, I really liked the book. Here's hoping Tallo revisits these characters—and soon!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    "It's the feeling she gets when she's about to stir up some sh*t. She likes the feeling." It's great when you love a book. A bonus to learn there will be a sequel. And the best when the sequel is as good or better when it's built upon the foundation of the first! This is the case with Katie Tallo's Poison Lilies, the follow-up to last year's debut Dark August! Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for my gifted ARC for review! Augusta Monet is back, and she's relocated her life to Ottawa with pup Levi. "It's the feeling she gets when she's about to stir up some sh*t. She likes the feeling." It's great when you love a book. A bonus to learn there will be a sequel. And the best when the sequel is as good or better when it's built upon the foundation of the first! This is the case with Katie Tallo's Poison Lilies, the follow-up to last year's debut Dark August! Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for my gifted ARC for review! Augusta Monet is back, and she's relocated her life to Ottawa with pup Levi. And as the prologue tells us, that's not the only change to note - Gus is going into labour. Poison Lilies is divided into first, second and third trimesters, recounting the events that led to the first scene. Gus befriends her elderly upstairs neighbour Poppy Honeywell, and unwittingly steps into a mystery surrounding Poppy's past and family members. She's just one of the new adds of appealing and intriguing characters, alongside swipes of Canadiana. Author Katie Tallo has the gift of bringing visuals to every scene, every description. You can envision the story playing out in your head the entire way. If you're not already acquainted with the Dark August/Poison Lilies world, do add them to your wish list. Recommended! Released today, May 24.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    This was a book that kept me captivated to the very end! There were so many questions that needed answering, and I was equally invested in all of them. Gus does something that she shouldn’t have done, so she decides the best thing to do is leave and restart somewhere else. She soon makes friends with Poppy, her elderly neighbour, who’s a member of the Mutchmore family (founding family, super important apparently). Oh, and then a body shows up in a nearby pond! One thing leads to another, and tur This was a book that kept me captivated to the very end! There were so many questions that needed answering, and I was equally invested in all of them. Gus does something that she shouldn’t have done, so she decides the best thing to do is leave and restart somewhere else. She soon makes friends with Poppy, her elderly neighbour, who’s a member of the Mutchmore family (founding family, super important apparently). Oh, and then a body shows up in a nearby pond! One thing leads to another, and turns out the Mutchmores have a nasty little secret that Gus needs to uncover. And just like that, we’ve got ourselves a mystery to solve. Gus is an awesome main character (even if she is determined to get herself into situations where she could very easily be killed). I also loved quirky Mojo and sweet Poppy. Oh, and Howard was such a gem! There were quite a few characters to keep track of throughout the story, but they all had pretty distinctive personalities which helped my poor little forgetful brain. This is a follow-up to another book with Gus called Dark August. I didn’t read the first book and I definitely felt that I was missing out on a lot. I still knew what was going on, but I missed an entire previous story that was mentioned in this book several times. I also felt like I might’ve lost some of the depth of Gus by not reading the first one. So I would recommend that you read Dark August first! Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for my gifted copy. This one just came out so make sure you add it to your TBR!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo is a follow–up to Dark August and is highly entertaining. She looked forward to a happier life and a new start after solving her mother’s murder. She now lives in an apartment in one of Ottawa’s old neighborhoods, where she naively befriends Poppy, her elderly neighbor. Poppy is an heir to the richest and most powerful family in town. Poppy asks Gus to her solve a mystery for her, she wants Gus to find out what happened to her young lover Leo. Once Gus starts her inve Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo is a follow–up to Dark August and is highly entertaining. She looked forward to a happier life and a new start after solving her mother’s murder. She now lives in an apartment in one of Ottawa’s old neighborhoods, where she naively befriends Poppy, her elderly neighbor. Poppy is an heir to the richest and most powerful family in town. Poppy asks Gus to her solve a mystery for her, she wants Gus to find out what happened to her young lover Leo. Once Gus starts her investigation the mystery got darker, to the point that Gus feels in danger...! I enjoyed Dark August when it first came out and the second book didn’t disappoint me. Poison Lilies can be read as a standalone since the author did a great job revisiting her characters in this book. The Canadian setting of the story was really pleasing, and I really enjoyed the details. Having a dog in the story made it even more enjoyable for me. The characters are perfectly chosen, especially Gus, I feel like she is my real-life friend. If you like a well-written mystery with a perfect pace and dark twists, then this is the book for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    AndiReads

    It's the return of Augusta "Gus" Monet (Dark August)! Previously Gus had moved back to her hometown and solved her mother's murder. She is still reeling from the experience and has not yet found her stride. After a relationship mistake she picks up and leaves and finds herself alone in Ottawa. Fortunately, she befriends the wonderful Poppy in her apartment complex. Before long, Gus is embroiled in another mystery that threatens her friend Poppy's mental well being and Gus's actual life. It turns It's the return of Augusta "Gus" Monet (Dark August)! Previously Gus had moved back to her hometown and solved her mother's murder. She is still reeling from the experience and has not yet found her stride. After a relationship mistake she picks up and leaves and finds herself alone in Ottawa. Fortunately, she befriends the wonderful Poppy in her apartment complex. Before long, Gus is embroiled in another mystery that threatens her friend Poppy's mental well being and Gus's actual life. It turns out that Poppy is related to a very wealthy family, a family that will do anything to keep secrets buried. If you like a spunky heroine, a unique mystery story or just love a who-done-it filled with eccentric characters, then Poison Lillies is for you! #HarperPerennial #HarperPaperbacks #Harper #Netgalley #Netgalleyreads

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Poison Lilies has some outstanding elements for a mystery: a small-town setting, family secrets, a great friendship, and an overall sinister feel. I will say that I wish I had read the first book. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the story, but as I followed Gus, this young woman grieving her mother’s murder, this woman who seemed to 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳; I felt I needed more background on her. Gus is back in her hometown, and she befriends an elderly recluse named Poppy Honeywell. Pop Poison Lilies has some outstanding elements for a mystery: a small-town setting, family secrets, a great friendship, and an overall sinister feel. I will say that I wish I had read the first book. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the story, but as I followed Gus, this young woman grieving her mother’s murder, this woman who seemed to 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳; I felt I needed more background on her. Gus is back in her hometown, and she befriends an elderly recluse named Poppy Honeywell. Poppy is a member of one of the oldest families in town, and it turns out they have some dark, creepy secrets. When a body is found in a frozen pond nearby, Poppy wants Gus’s help to investigate if this is tied to her long-lost lover. But of course, danger is waiting right around the corner… This had quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, but the characters were what brought this one to life for me. Thank you @harperperennial for a gifted copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (earlgreyreads)

    After moving to a new neighbourhood of Ottawa to leave her past behind, Gus befriends her elderly neighbour Poppy. When a body is discovered in the park nearby that may link to mysteries in Poppy’s past, she enlists Gus’ help as a private investigator! My mini synopsis does not do this book justice but it’s best I not say more! This is an incredibly well-written story with multiple layers of mystery and suspense! I LOVED the characters- Gus, Poppy, Mojo, Howard! And would love to read more about After moving to a new neighbourhood of Ottawa to leave her past behind, Gus befriends her elderly neighbour Poppy. When a body is discovered in the park nearby that may link to mysteries in Poppy’s past, she enlists Gus’ help as a private investigator! My mini synopsis does not do this book justice but it’s best I not say more! This is an incredibly well-written story with multiple layers of mystery and suspense! I LOVED the characters- Gus, Poppy, Mojo, Howard! And would love to read more about them. This novel is chilling at times, and involves a very well crafted mystery plot that will keep you guessing! (And the most adorable love story)! I didn’t read Dark August and loved this anyway! Will go back to read it now! Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my copy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Autumn {Seasoned Reader}

    The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking “wow, I really love this Gus character, I could see her in a series.” And then I find out this is a follow-up book to Dark August (which I haven’t read but now must!) This book was really good, I loved the characters as I said, Howard and quirky Mojo, and the storyline was engrossing but the ending was kind of jumbled for me, like there was a lot about brothers and lovers and if I say too much more I'll give it away but it got a little muddy there The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking “wow, I really love this Gus character, I could see her in a series.” And then I find out this is a follow-up book to Dark August (which I haven’t read but now must!) This book was really good, I loved the characters as I said, Howard and quirky Mojo, and the storyline was engrossing but the ending was kind of jumbled for me, like there was a lot about brothers and lovers and if I say too much more I'll give it away but it got a little muddy there at the end. I still figured it all out and enjoyed the ride! Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, I loved Gus and Levi!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Felicia *bookscatsandwine*

    I greatly enjoyed reading Dark August by Katie Tallo, and was thrilled to learn that Augusta Monet’s story was not quite finished. In this exciting sequel, Gus still has her trusty sidekick Levi, and a couple new friends along for the ride. I love that Tallo’s novels are set close to home. It’s nice to read about local landmarks and neighbourhoods that I recognize. I feel like this one took a whole lot of twists and turns, but overall, I enjoyed it! It was fun to uncover the mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Magdic

    Poison Lilies is the sequel to the breakout debut thriller Dark August. That being said it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Book two picks up with Gus ( Augusta) settling into her new life after solving her mothers murder. Still living in the same area she has found a new home at the Ambassador and family in geriatric Poppy her neighbour upstairs. Gus has sworn off her investigating days but when a body found in a local park brings the past crashing back to Poppy, she hires her to look i Poison Lilies is the sequel to the breakout debut thriller Dark August. That being said it can definitely be read as a stand alone. Book two picks up with Gus ( Augusta) settling into her new life after solving her mothers murder. Still living in the same area she has found a new home at the Ambassador and family in geriatric Poppy her neighbour upstairs. Gus has sworn off her investigating days but when a body found in a local park brings the past crashing back to Poppy, she hires her to look into what really happened all those decades ago. And Gus once again finds herself in a dangerous situation. Told in segments in semi intertwined timelines, Tallo spins a twisty, slow burn tale full of suspense that keeps you guessing. She expertly writes a litany of characters. Some with deep hidden secrets and sordid pasts that you love to hate. Others like Poppy and Mojo who's spunk, optimism and fire you can't help but love. The quirky yet endearing Howard. And then there's the ever complex main character Gus. The more she's developed the more I love her. I found myself engrossed in trying to unravel everyone's secrets and solve the mystery. And was once again left stunned by the surprises Tallo had in store for us. I can't wait to chat with Katie again when the enablers meet with her in July to discuss this latest installment in the series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    Very good, fast paced book. Now I need to bet Katie Tallo's first book Dark August to see what Augusta (Gus) Monet was up to before she landed in this mystery. Very good, fast paced book. Now I need to bet Katie Tallo's first book Dark August to see what Augusta (Gus) Monet was up to before she landed in this mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Brash redhead Augusta "Gus" Monet is secretly on the move again after a one-night stand with a known murderer. That was simply a bad idea. With her beloved old dog Levi, she finds a small apartment in a century-old house where Poppy, an elderly blind woman, lives who has not left the premises in seventy years. Gus, lonely and in denial about her early pregnancy, is drawn to Poppy’s life story which is defined by her lost lover. When a skeleton is dredged up from the nearby pond, Gus is motivated Brash redhead Augusta "Gus" Monet is secretly on the move again after a one-night stand with a known murderer. That was simply a bad idea. With her beloved old dog Levi, she finds a small apartment in a century-old house where Poppy, an elderly blind woman, lives who has not left the premises in seventy years. Gus, lonely and in denial about her early pregnancy, is drawn to Poppy’s life story which is defined by her lost lover. When a skeleton is dredged up from the nearby pond, Gus is motivated to investigate the crime which is connected to the town’s wealthiest and most-respected family, the Mutchmores. Poppy’s family. With the unexpected assistance from a budding genealogist and a geeky journalist, Gus steadily pieces together a destructive story of greed and self-protection that left many lives in shambles over the decades. Now her own life is in danger from a family with a lot to lose. The tension ratchets up as her baby’s birth nears. The follow-up to Dark August adeptly takes a century-old crime into the 21st century, poisoning generation after generation. Some far-fetched developments in spots challenge believability. But! This is a solid mystery and nicely weaves in threads from the first entry in the series. May Gus have many more mysteries to solve.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is book two in the Gus Monet series but could be read as a standalone although some context and character development would be lost from the first book. Slow build for the first 100 pages, creating the relationship between the main character, Gus, and her 80 year old neighbour, Poppy. The story then takes off with a mystery that Gus works to solve, all while dealing with her pregnancy and her lingering grief of the loss of her mother. An intricate plot and some moving back and forth between This is book two in the Gus Monet series but could be read as a standalone although some context and character development would be lost from the first book. Slow build for the first 100 pages, creating the relationship between the main character, Gus, and her 80 year old neighbour, Poppy. The story then takes off with a mystery that Gus works to solve, all while dealing with her pregnancy and her lingering grief of the loss of her mother. An intricate plot and some moving back and forth between timelines that took a little getting used to but which worked. Gus is a very likeable character and there are there is a good cast of supporting characters. I thought the novel could have been a bit shorter and that the villains could have had a larger role to play in the ending. A few scenes here and there were a bit hard to believe but overall, I enjoyed the various elements of the storyline and the descriptive writing which really puts the reader right into the story. Thanks to Harper Collins Canada and Netgalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori Jean

    Poison Lilies is another great read by Katie Tallo. Thoroughly enjoyed her first novel, Dark August, so I was thrilled to have a chance to read her new novel before the release date in May. Right away you are drawn into Gus and Levi's thrilling new adventures. An intense and sometimes eerie page turner, this novel will keep you captivated. The story incorporates some of Ottawa's history which makes the read even more interesting. Highly recommend! Poison Lilies is another great read by Katie Tallo. Thoroughly enjoyed her first novel, Dark August, so I was thrilled to have a chance to read her new novel before the release date in May. Right away you are drawn into Gus and Levi's thrilling new adventures. An intense and sometimes eerie page turner, this novel will keep you captivated. The story incorporates some of Ottawa's history which makes the read even more interesting. Highly recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    ***I received a free ARC copy via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest review.*** When I entered to win this, it was not labeled as book #2 in a series. I don't enter giveaways for books in a.series unless it's a complete set or I have already read the previous books. When I was notified that I had won, I was excited until I saw that it was a follow-up to a book I had never heard of. Since I tried my hand at winning, with the promise of a review, book 2 or not, I read it. As expected, thi ***I received a free ARC copy via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest review.*** When I entered to win this, it was not labeled as book #2 in a series. I don't enter giveaways for books in a.series unless it's a complete set or I have already read the previous books. When I was notified that I had won, I was excited until I saw that it was a follow-up to a book I had never heard of. Since I tried my hand at winning, with the promise of a review, book 2 or not, I read it. As expected, this book made it where I didn't have to read the first installment as it had spoilers throughout, which for me, was a good thing. I didn't like the writing enough to want to read the previous novel, so those spoilers kept me in the loop and helped this be a standalone. In the current trend of dual timelines and flashbacks, this book follows the standard formula but not half as well as other books. This one is choppy, jumping from now to then, back again. At times, it wasn't clear that Gus had retreated into the "past" or a dream or whatever limbo half the story was presented in. Granted, I read the description when I put my name in the hat for the drawing, but by the time I had the physical copy in my hand, I didn't recall much of what it was about. So when I started it, I thought I was reading YA. Gus felt YOUNG, like 16 or less. She acted it too. Between the ill handled time jumps, and a mystery that was mind boggling to keep straight, along with a character that I couldn't get a feel for, I didn't particularly enjoy this. The overall story felt scattered with filler that wasn't important. The beautiful cover and Howard are the reasons for the two stars. Those I adored, but the rest was excess baggage. Honestly, there was an amazing story here. But it wasn't well written, lacking tension and buildup. Gus discovers something and then the reader is left in the dark, as opposed to subtle clues that beckoned the reader. Redundant information was given, such as Alice and Stanley, siblings, lived in the apartment together, neither ever marrying. With some hard edits and polishing, this would have been a great book but as is, it fell flat for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo is a highly recommended thriller about family secrets set in Ottawa, Canada. Augusta "Gus" Monet and her dog Levi have moved to The Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent. When she finds a cat, Gish, and looks for the owner, Gus makes friends with, her elderly upstairs neighbor, blind, reclusive Poppy Honeywell. Soon the two are sharing dinner together every night and Gus learns that Poppy is a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the city's Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo is a highly recommended thriller about family secrets set in Ottawa, Canada. Augusta "Gus" Monet and her dog Levi have moved to The Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent. When she finds a cat, Gish, and looks for the owner, Gus makes friends with, her elderly upstairs neighbor, blind, reclusive Poppy Honeywell. Soon the two are sharing dinner together every night and Gus learns that Poppy is a descendant of the Mutchmores, one of the city's founding families. When a body is found in the pond at a neighborhood park, Poppy says she knows who it was, a lost lover. Gus is drawn to the story and begins investigating, a dangerous decision. This is a direct sequel to Dark August, so it helps to have read the first book before this outing of Gus. You can read this as a stand alone novel, but I think it helps to have read the first novel. The novel is broke up into four segments: first trimester, second trimester, third trimester and birth. Obviously, Gus is pregnant in Poison Lilies and will give birth. We know from the opening that she is locked in a sub basement with no way out and about to give birth. Gus is a well developed character as an amateur PI, so her skills and interests seamlessly continue in this second novel. She can be sassy and funny as well as serious and doggedly determined. Poppy hires Gus to uncover the truth in her investigation of events from Poppy's past and the Mutchmore family. She is assisted by a journalist she meets, Howard, who is an interesting character and a nice assistant for her. The investigation is full of suspense and secrets that some want to keep buried in the past. You'll have to suspend disbelief, but this is another entertaining investigation by Gus Monet. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins via NetGalley http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2022/0...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Amateur PI Augusta "Gus" Monet is back! And this time she's solving mysteries...while pregnant? And that's only the first mystery. With her trusty sidekick Levi, Gus helps her elderly neighbor Poppy to figure out what happened to her long lost love, Leo, after some bones are mysteriously found in the lake by her apartment. Little does Gus know that these bones are the link in a decades old family secret that the family desperately wants to keep hidden. The question is, how far are they willing to Amateur PI Augusta "Gus" Monet is back! And this time she's solving mysteries...while pregnant? And that's only the first mystery. With her trusty sidekick Levi, Gus helps her elderly neighbor Poppy to figure out what happened to her long lost love, Leo, after some bones are mysteriously found in the lake by her apartment. Little does Gus know that these bones are the link in a decades old family secret that the family desperately wants to keep hidden. The question is, how far are they willing to go to keep Gus quiet? Hint: they're willing to risk (other's) lives to stop the investigation. This was so fun, as expected, just like the first in the series, Dark August. Tons of action and witty banter and typical Gus sass. This one was a little more convoluted and tricky to follow on the mystery and how it all tied together, but luckily the last few chapters were dedicated to different perspectives of revelation. This I actually loved because instead of seeming like the author ran out of space/time and just having Gus recap everything, KT spreads it out and lets a few different characters bring another piece of the puzzle to light as they explain their involvement, etc. By the end it all makes sense and was another really fun and well written mystery/suspense novel! Thanks to Harper Perennial for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liz Mannegren

    I thought this book was beautifully written. There was a very eerie feeling woven throughout and I loved the imagery the author was able to evoke. The timeline is divided up into three separate chunks — each one aligning with a trimester in Gus’s pregnancy — and I thought that worked very well. The book opens with the very intriguing premise of a nine-month pregnant Gus trapped in a subbasement of her apartment. As the story progresses, we constantly see the push and pull of past and present, an I thought this book was beautifully written. There was a very eerie feeling woven throughout and I loved the imagery the author was able to evoke. The timeline is divided up into three separate chunks — each one aligning with a trimester in Gus’s pregnancy — and I thought that worked very well. The book opens with the very intriguing premise of a nine-month pregnant Gus trapped in a subbasement of her apartment. As the story progresses, we constantly see the push and pull of past and present, and I enjoyed that tension. Gus’s character was so well built. She’s strong and brave, but also, clearly grieving her mother’s death and in denial about her pregnancy. She doesn’t always make the best decisions but you can easily follow her motivation. This flawed but lovable, multi-dimensional main character is the sort I adore in mysteries. I also loved her supporting cast: Mojo, Howard, and Poppy. They were colorful and fun and made for great characters. The plot itself is full of intricate layers and twists. However, this meant that occasionally found it difficult to keep track of everything. In particular, the ending was quite complicated. I did have to pay careful attention to the numerous characters and their relationships. Still, it all came together nicely and was wrapped up well. I'd say this one was closer to 4.5 stars for me!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    “𝑩𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒈𝒐 𝒔𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆, 𝑨 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅, 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒃𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌.” This book was a complete gamble; it was part of a form that Harper Collins has sent around, and attracted to the title and cover, I requested it. It was the best surprise. Poison Lilies is a sequel, following Katie Tallo’s debut Dark August. At first, I was nervous that I wouldn’t really understand what was going on, however Tallo does a “𝑩𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒈𝒐 𝒔𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆, 𝑨 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅, 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒃𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌.” This book was a complete gamble; it was part of a form that Harper Collins has sent around, and attracted to the title and cover, I requested it. It was the best surprise. Poison Lilies is a sequel, following Katie Tallo’s debut Dark August. At first, I was nervous that I wouldn’t really understand what was going on, however Tallo does a great job at giving back story and filling in blanks, making it easy to read this as a standalone. Gus is a complex character who I couldn’t help but root for; her friendships that she makes with Poppy, Mojo and especially Howard. It was nice seeing her so supported throughout many different situations. The Mutchmore family is truly rotten, making each member the perfect antagonist; I desperately wanted Gus to expose evert secret they were trying to hide. I loved the Canadian setting of Ottawa in winter, it lended to the twisted, dark muted story, along with the apartment building itself giving a creepy, unsettling feeling. Tallo crafts a gripping story that was well paced, with satisfying twists and turns. Poison Lillies is a story about family ties (blood related and chosen), secrets, the past, lies, and loss. I can easily see this as a mini series, and am excited to go back to read Dark August. I really hope Katie Tallo keeps writing in the world of Gus, Levi, Howard, Poppy and Mojo. Thank you to Harper Collins for the ARC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Delaney mybooksandkidsbooks

    Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo I was thrilled to receive this arc from @harpercollinsca as I recently listened to the audio of Dark August and loved it! This is the follow up novel and we find Augusta and Levi having to restart their lives again after Gus feels like she makes a mistake big enough to make her leave town. At her new apartment she quickly becomes friends with her elderly upstairs neighbour Poppy. Poppy hires her to investigate the disappearance of her first love and Gus quickly gets t Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo I was thrilled to receive this arc from @harpercollinsca as I recently listened to the audio of Dark August and loved it! This is the follow up novel and we find Augusta and Levi having to restart their lives again after Gus feels like she makes a mistake big enough to make her leave town. At her new apartment she quickly becomes friends with her elderly upstairs neighbour Poppy. Poppy hires her to investigate the disappearance of her first love and Gus quickly gets tangled up with a rich, famous family that is haunted by secrets. I loved this book! Those first pages had me wanting to devour the book in one sitting! The storyline was unique and kept me guessing on every page. These books are the perfect mix of suspense, crime and character drama. I love how the author doesn’t shy away from truly weird and unexpected twists. As hard as I tried I could not figure out what was going on with this family! The new characters brought humour and it was so nice to see Gus taken care of. I love Gus so much, where has she been all my life! I am hooked and know I will follow along with, hopefully, many more of her adventures. Also, I really loved the Canadian setting and all the details about the old apartment building. This one is out on May 24th!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    August ‘Gus’ Monet solved her mother’s murder in Katie Tallo’s first book, 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘈𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵 but that was bittersweet and one little (ok, big) mistake has her on the run and hiding out. Gus moves into Ambassador Court, an apartment building that offers everything she’s looking for – cheap rent and anonymity plus it’s a great hiding place. It’s there she meets and makes friends with Poppy, her elderly neighbor. It’s not long before a mystery reveals itself and soon, Gus is in over her head with Poppy’s August ‘Gus’ Monet solved her mother’s murder in Katie Tallo’s first book, 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘈𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵 but that was bittersweet and one little (ok, big) mistake has her on the run and hiding out. Gus moves into Ambassador Court, an apartment building that offers everything she’s looking for – cheap rent and anonymity plus it’s a great hiding place. It’s there she meets and makes friends with Poppy, her elderly neighbor. It’s not long before a mystery reveals itself and soon, Gus is in over her head with Poppy’s long lost love & family drama along with her own! This is a very character driven novel; all multidimensional and emotive but none so much as Gus, Poppy and Mojo! I think this trio was amazing together and I loved the coming together of different generations! Well done, Ms. Tallo! Narration: Piper Goodeve narrates and what a talent! Her voice is a delight and she moves through the characters seamlessly! Rich with family secrets spanning generations and characters that are both charming and sinister this is a suspenseful novel that I enjoyed!

  30. 5 out of 5

    An Introvert Reads

    4.5 stars - This is book #2 in the Gus Monet Series. I really enjoyed this book, but it took me forever to get into it. The pace was so slow it took me days to try to power through the first half of the book. However, the last half did not disappoint! Gus is really starting to grow on me, and I loved the addition of some characters (no spoilers!) Gus is such a strong independent character, I just love her character so much, and her sidekick Levi! It makes the story so much better to have Gus and 4.5 stars - This is book #2 in the Gus Monet Series. I really enjoyed this book, but it took me forever to get into it. The pace was so slow it took me days to try to power through the first half of the book. However, the last half did not disappoint! Gus is really starting to grow on me, and I loved the addition of some characters (no spoilers!) Gus is such a strong independent character, I just love her character so much, and her sidekick Levi! It makes the story so much better to have Gus and Levi attached at the hip. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series! I recommend reading Dark August prior to this one though! Otherwise, you are missing a lot of background information and events. In addition, I’ve lived in Ottawa for four years, so I absolutely loved the setting of this story! It was nice knowing where the locations in a book were for once! Great Canadian author, and great story! I highly recommend this book! Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with a physical ARC of this book. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.

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