Pushing Up Daisies
A Dirty Business Mystery
By Rosemary Harris
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312369675, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2008
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Meet Paula Holliday, a transplanted media exec who trades her stilettos for garden clogs when she makes the move from the big city to the suburbs to start a gardening business. Paula can handle deer, slugs, and the occasional human pest---but she’s not prepared for the mummified body she finds while restoring the gardens at Halcyon, a local landmark.
Casual snooping turns serious when a body is impaled on a garden tool and one of Paula’s friends is arrested for the crime.
Aided by the still-hot aging rocker who owns the neighborhood greasy spoon, a wise-cracking former colleague, and a sexy Mexican laborer with a few secrets of his own, Paula digs for the truth and unearths more dirty business the town has kept buried for years.
Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bookstore manager, a video producer, and a television executive. She and her husband split their time between New York City and Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she is a master gardener.
“Quirky, original, and captivating . . . marks the debut of a sure-to-please series.”
- Carolyn Hart, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of the Death on Demand series
“Paula Holliday is a sleuth to watch. With an intriguing mix of gardening savvy, sassy wit, and smart plotting, Rosemary Harris has crafted a clever mystery.”
- Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles herbal mysteries
“Paula Holliday knows her andromedas and her viburnum. Her creator, Rosemary Harris, knows her pacing and suspense. Fast paced and full of garden lore, Pushing Up Daisies is a great read. If rosemary is for remembrance, Rosemary Harris is an author to remember.”
- Barbara D’Amato, author of Death of a Thousand Cuts
“A very enjoyable read and great tips for gardeners as well.”
- M. C. Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin series
“Get ready to meet a smart, engaging heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty--literally.”
- Brian Freeman, author of Stalked
"I just love it--intriguing mystery, great characters, and very funny."
- Alison Gaylin, author of Trashed