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Gardens and Gumshoes Galore

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by Janis (Janis Anne) Harrison Details
River City, Missouri, florist Bretta Solomon is happy to spend an occasional day off with her helper, Toby, a slow-witted young man whose mother died from a terminal illness, leaving him on his own. Everyone in town, including Bretta, takes extra care to make sure Toby is doing okay.However, today, before Bretta can relax, she must fulfill another promise: her father's new – and younger – girlfriend wants to redecorate Bretta's home. Bretta is less than thrilled about the task ahead. But the unexpected news that Toby has been killed by a swarm of killer bees deliberately planted in his home puts decorating on the back burner. Determined to find out the truth behind Toby's murder, Bretta is once again in the thick of things.
Death at the Spring plant sale : a gardening mystery
by Ann Ripley Details
Louise comes to the Bethesda Garden Club's famous spring plant sale hoping to get great footage for her public television show, Gardening with Nature. But companionable chats take a back seat to sleuthing when club president Catherine Freeman is shot point-blank in her own driveway. The police are convinced her husband, the controversial head of the Federal Reserve, was the true target. Louise, however, is not so sure.
Mulch Ado about Nothing
by Jill Churchill Details
Jane Jeffry and her best friend Shelley sign up for a botany class before finding out that the regular teacher is in a coma. The substitute is obnoxious, and the class is full of eccentrics. When the new professor is murdered, Jane investigates.
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Jane Jeffry
Summer of the big bachi
by 1962- Hirahara Details
In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi--the spirit of retribution--is knocking on his door.It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Mas's own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powerful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and about what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945.
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Mas Arai
The Darling Dahlias and the cucumber tree
by Susan Wittig. Albert Details
The Depression-era women of a Darling, Alabama, garden club get to the bottom of a mysterious buried treasure and a young woman's murder.
The trail of the wild rose
by Anthony. Eglin Details
The hunt for an ancient Chinese rose turns deadly in this latest English Garden Mystery featuring Dr. Lawrence Kingston.A plant-hunting expedition haunted by tragedy leads to a perilous trail of greed, larceny, and deceit. Has Peter Mayhew, the man who plunged to his death on a mountain in China, come back to life? Which of the expedition members is hiding an explosive secret? Why are some being targeted for murder?
Updated 02/17/2015
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