From Publishers Weekly
in Harris's cozy debut, budding landscaper Paula Holliday turns sleuth after the former documentary filmmaker, a New York City transplant to the suburbs, unearths a box containing a small dead body in the neglected, overgrown garden of the Springfield, Conn., house of the recently deceased Peacock sisters, Dorothy and Renata. Sgt. Michael O'Malley, who looked like he knew his way to the donut shop, leads the crime investigation, but Paula does her share of detecting, supported by such friends as Lucy Cavanaugh, a fellow filmmaker, and Wanda Babe Chinnery, the proprietor of the local diner where all and sundry come to gossip. Harris does a good job developing her characters, their friendships and romances, though the mystery itself borders on the formulaic. Still, the action builds to a satisfying denouement and gardeners will appreciate the author's insider knowledge. (Feb.)
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"Delicious mysteries grow and multiply. A fun story where bodies and plants can both be dug up! Paula Holliday is one savvy gardener and amateur sleuth!"
-- --Linda O. Johnston, author Pet Rescue Mystery series.
"A spunky sleuth to root for and a plot that grows deadlier with each turn of the page all blossom into a fast-paced garden of mystery delights." --Kate Collins, author of The Flower Shop Mysteries
"A witty,intelligent cozy, with an edge to it, plus gardening tips. What a treat!"
"Fresh, funny, and fun to read. I loved it!"
--Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries.
“A clever mystery full of garden lore, fast-paced and engaging, with a heroine who isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A charming debut.” —Library Journal
“[A] funny and entertaining first installment. May there be many more.”—Kingston Observer
“Quirky, original, and captivating…sure to please.”—Carolyn Hart, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of the Death on Demand series