Walpow brings back Joe Portugal of The Cactus Club Killings to unravel the mystery behind the sudden death of Albert, an orchid grower in Los Angeles. Portugal, more of a succulent plant enthusiast, rarely mingles with orchid growers but happens to attend the spring social of the Palisades Orchid Society, where he meets the accused, Laura, whom he fondly remembers from his past. Attracted to the thrill of playing detective--and to Laura--he assumes the role of investigator, enlisting the help of his best friend, Gina. This time around, Walpow ups the ante, tossing more bodies in the protagonist's way; soon Portugal is wondering whether he's too involved for his own good. Despite the predictable romance between Gina and Portugal and the lackluster horticulture details, Walpow's quirky cast of characters enlivens a satisfying mystery.