Lots of orchid lore and a peek into the not-so-glamorous lives of TV commercial actors are part of the fun, but Joe’s wry sense of humor will convert readers into loyal fans.
—Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, June 2000
Walpow’s quirky cast of characters enlivens a satisfying mystery.
… all will eagerly await the next Joe Portugal mystery.
—The Mystery Reader
L.A. actor Joe Portugal just wants to keep the mealybugs off his cacti, give a little boost to his love life, and maybe make a few commercials along the way. And with a small acting role nailed down, Joe has every reason to mind his own business. But he doesn’t. That’s because a man who loved orchids has been found dead. And so has a woman who asked for Joe’s help.