Drowning Cactus, by Carrie Russell

3 Stars!

When his botched cactus theft is mistaken for an eco-protest, Gordon Burstein is thrust into the national spotlight and expected to speak for the land he loves. He panics and runs, beginning a journey of self-discovery that takes him from spring break in Mexico, across the Sonora, all the way to Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

Press and fans scramble to track him down, but no one is more determined than Mora Sullivan, a disgraced environmentalist who has fallen hard for Gordon. She treks into the desert, determined to find inspiration and love.

Gordon and Mora must survive the wilderness, evade the law, and confront the many lies they’ve told the world and each other—all before they attempt to rescue a truckload of cacti from drowning in a New England swamp.

Carrie Russell has a green heart and a gray thumb.
She has worked at a number of nonprofit environmental organizations and still practices law when she can't resist a cause.
Carrie studied literature and writing at Columbia and Oxford. She also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is at work on her next novel.

Visit Carrie at her Blog - HERE

Well this is quite a funny story. I think the word I would use is - Zany! This is a whole book based on cacti - imagine... I think this is a first for me. I don't think I have ever read a book about a cacti mystery before. It was quite clever. I liked the writing style too, it was a nice easy flowing story.

For the most part, the character development was very good. The characters were strange and very quirky. But well done! There was only one part in the middle where Gordon goes off on an adventure with two women that I didn't care for (was a little slow for me there). But the rest of the story was fun. I really liked the ending. I thought Carrie did an excellent job wrapping it all up. And it ended the way I would have wanted it to.

It will be interesting to see what this new author comes up with next. I would definitely read another one.

Thank you Carrie Russell for sending me a copy of your e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


  1. Not sure if this one is for me, it does sound interesting though. Thanks for reviewing

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

  2. Wait...it's really only about cacti? Lol
    I am tempted to read this just because it's something different. Who knows...maybe cacti mysteries might be the next big hit :)

    1. Yes, its funny actually. Cactus gardens, studying cactus, cactus theft, and even love over cactus!

    2. Love over cactus? I hope it doesn't mean what I think it means.


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