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Pushing up daisies : a dirty business mystery
Rosemary Harris
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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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When a former thirty-something media exec turns to landscaping in suburban Connecticut, a mummified body unearths trouble and secrets for her and her friends in this debut. Master gardener Harris lives in New York City and Fairfield County, CT. Cross-country driving tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Former documentary filmmaker; moved from the city to the suburbs; started her own gardening business.

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