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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Business Mysteries
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Chestnut Hill Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615622275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615622279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Harris's lively fourth Dirty Business mystery (after 2010's Dead Head) takes gardening professional Paula Holliday from Springfield, Conn., to Manhattan for the Big Apple Flower Show. Held at the old Wagner Center, a more intimate venue than the Javits Center, the show gets off to a bumpy start when an overnight worker dies after falling down an escalator and breaking his neck. When Garland Bleimeister, a show attendee who left his bag with Paula at her booth, turns up dead in the Hudson River, it's clearly a case of foul play. Paula helps security guard Rolanda Knox investigate possible suspects, including high school botanist Jamal Harrington, fashionista convention director Kristi Reynolds, and various exhibitors who may have been staging destructive "Javits Curse" pranks. The New York City locale makes for a refreshing, if temporary, change of scene from rural Connecticut in a series sure to appeal to fans of Susan Wittig Albert. (May)
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"'s fun...from swanky... bars to Korean groceries to the Big Apple Flower Show.. she deals with the eccentric cast ... and.. crime. Harris' writing is sharp and funny. Slugfest is an absolute treat."--(4 ½ stars)
--RT Book Reviews

“Harris’ writing is sharp and funny. Slugfest is an absolute treat.”—RT Book Review (4 ½ stars)

“Lively . . . The New York City locale makes for a refreshing, if temporary, change of scene from rural Connecticut in a series sure to appeal to fans of Susan Wittig Albert.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Slugfest is a knockout! Witty and hilarious, wry and wise, this smart and sophisticated mystery combines quirky characters, clever dialogue and a page-turner of a plot. I loved it!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-, Anthony-, and Macavity-award winning author of Prime Time

“Delightful . . . Harris works in what is called the ‘cozy’ genre of crime books . . .  but her novels are so sophisticated and are put together so beautifully that she shouldn’t be lumped with all of those books that read like spin-offs of Murder, She Wrote. . . . The protagonist’s observations of the life going on around her are as entertaining as the amateur crime solving she gets sucked into. . . . The plot is laid out smoothly and compellingly but the real fun in Slugfest derives from the eccentric (and sinister) characters Paula meets . . . [Slugfest] deserves a spot near the top of any mystery reader’s warm weather book pile.”—Joe Myers,

More About the Author

The author of Pushing Up Daisies, Dead Head and Slugfest, Rosemary Harris writes contemporary novels that have been called "quirky, original and captivating" Carolyn Hart, "a wild and funny ride" Crimespree Magazine, "one of the best first fiction titles of 2008" Library Journal, "a nifty puzzle" Publishers Weekly and "hilarious" Kirkus Reviews. Julia Spencer calls them "a must read for cozy readers!"

Her newest book is a standalone novel called The Bitches of Brooklyn (available August 2013) Four friends await the arrival of a fifth at a Cape Cod bungalow where they spend an all-girls weekend every summer. But this time the fifth woman doesn't show. instead she sends a note that reads "I've run off with one of your men."

Fast, funny and filled with Harris' trademark snappy dialogue, The Bitches of Brooklyn are colorful women forced to reevaluate their friendships, their marriages - and their memories.

The four books in the Dirty Business series feature amateur sleuth Paula Holliday. In her debut novel, PUSHING UP DAISIES, Paula - a transplanted city girl who moves to the suburbs - finds a mummified body. That book was inspired by a real mummified body found not far from Rosemary's home in suburban Connecticut and was nominated for both the Agatha and the Anthony for Best First Novel of 2008.

DEAD HEAD, asks the question, "How well do we really know our neighbors?" when one of Paula's clients, a well-liked and respected member of the community is discovered to be a fugitive from the law.

NPR (CT) called it "..a perfect summer read" and RT Magazine gave it "4 Stars!"

Slugfest, The Flower Show Murders, takes place at a fictional flower show where more than just the plants are dying. RT Booklovers gave it 4 Stars and called it "an absolute treat."

Rosemary is past president of Mystery Writers of America NY Chapter and past president of Sisters in Crime New England. She is a member of CAPA (CT Authors and Publishers and RWA, Romance Writers of America.

When she's not writing or reading, Harris finds time for gardening, hiking the national parks and volunteering at Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband have been on numerous HFH trips including builds in New Orleans, Cambodia, Mexico, Tanzania, El Salvador, Trinidad and China. With the help of many friends in the book publishing industry, they have founded a community library in central Tanzania. They live - with a large golden retriever - in NYC and Fairfield County, CT.

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Paula Holliday is visiting NYC as a exhibit manager for the Big Apple Flower Show.
Cozy Reader
I'm a fan of Rosemary Harris to begin with, and this newest book in the Paula Holliday series was the best yet IMO.
I highly recommend reading these books and hope that you enjoy them as much as I have!!!!
Laurie Scotto

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Don't be misled by the title - we're not talking about folks battering each other with their fists. After all, this is Rosemary Harris, Anthony and Agatha Award nominated author, who has horticulture on her mind. Her creation of Paula Holliday, owner of Dirty Business Gardening Solutions, has delighted readers since we first met Paula in Pushing Up Daisies (2008), and continues to do so.

The fourth in the Dirty Business mystery series, SLUGFEST, takes Paula away from Connecticut to NYC where she's agreed to act as exhibit manager. She's anticipating chances to meet new friends who share her passion for horticulture and spend time with her good friend, Lucy Cavanaugh, who lives in a Manhattan high rise and is fond of describing it as a place where you could have thousands of Facebook friends and not have the vaguest idea of who lives right on top of you.

What Paula was not at all expecting was meeting Rolanda Knox, a security guard nicknamed "Fort" for good reason or Connie Anzalone whose spouse appears to have Mafia ties. After all, this is a flower show usually inhabited by cultivated people (pun intended). And then, of course, there's what all mystery fans are waiting for - a dead body, this one floating in the river.

There goes the happy, carefree weekend Paula had been looking forward to - she has to do some spade work and solve not only this murder but other shenanigans surrounding the Big Apple Flower Show.

Enjoy - we're sure you will.

- Gail Cooke
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Deret on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
By: Rosemary Harris
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Copyright April 2011

Paula Holliday is doing a good deed. She's agreed to help a friend by acting as Exhibit manager for a reclusive artist in her town. She's headed for New York City and is expecting a laid back weekend, selling a few pieces of garden art at the show and maybe see some great sample garden displays while she has the chance.

Little did she know that she would be neck deep in horticultural sabotage, murder and something called The Javits Curse. Along the way she makes friends with a Mafioso's wife, various and sundry exhibitors, and her friend Lucy's downstairs neighbor, and a couple of NYC Homicide Detectives.

Rosemary has raised Paula's character to new heights by taking her out of her Connecticut home and plopping her back in the Big Apple. A place she left, so that she could follow her dreams.

This is the fourth book in the Dirty Business Series and looking into my Crystal Ball, I see a long and happy run for this series.

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes that I would review it.

Rosemary Harris can be found hiding out at [...]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
SLUGFEST by Rosemary Harris is an interesting cozy mystery set in present day.It is the fourth in the "A Dirty Business Mystery" but can be read as a stand alone.Book One,"Pushing Up Daises",Book Two,"The Big Dirt Nap",Book Three,"Dead Head".This is an "Murder She Wrote" sort of story.With characters that charming,witty at times, and will capture your heart. This one is set in a Northeast flower show where not only plants are dying but humans also. It is a murder/mystery with a ragtag list of characters. The list includes a lady named "Fort" Knox,a no-nonsense security guard, Brooklyn's Tumbled Stone King,a high school kid with a green thrumb and a black belt,a lady who hates to leave home without her choice of weapon and is feisty as heck,a marketing guy who is not only slick but has the hottest new thing at the flower show,which could easily repell not only bugs but humans to death.With this team of misfits how will Paula Holliday ever find a killer before he can harm her or anyone else.This is a great summer read full of characters who will prove their worth and some their worthlessness.Paula as always is a great amateur sleuth who gets her man/woman in the end.If you liked the "Murder She Wrote" TV series years ago,you will definitly enjoy this delightful series of a dirty business.This book is a must read for summer,it is light hearted and full of surprises.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author but details can be found at Minotaur Books,an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruth McCarty on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You don't need a green thumb to enjoy Slugfest, Rosemary Harris's fourth A Dirty Business Mystery. Harris takes us to the Big Apple Flower Show when Paula Holliday agrees to act as an exhibit manager for a reclusive artist from her adopted hometown of Springfield, Connecticut.

Harris, who knows the ins and outs of conventions, gives us a taste of what goes on behind the scenes of the sometimes-cutthroat competition among exhibitors. She introduces no-nonsense security guard, Rolanda "Fort" Knox, a character worthy of joining the cast of characters we've all come to know and love.

With help from Rolanda, and JC Kaufman, a feisty neighbor, Paula Holliday solves everything from horticultural sabotage to homicide.

Slugfest is a great addition to this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Burdette on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Harris's Slugfest is definitely recommended. Even if gardening's not your bag, you'll love Paula Holliday's venture into the murderous world of flower shows (who knew?) Paula is funny and snarky and always ready with a gardening one liner. And faced with a murderer, you'll want clever Paula on your team!
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