clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Body Count

At right is the newest release from Alyse Carlson whose last  lovely tale of woe (The Azalea Assault) brought death and danger to a garden party. It is a lovely cozy with a dashing ending worthy of Ludlum or Forsyth!

My favorite line from the earlier work?

Pulling out the weeds that didn't deserve to make their homes in her beautiful beds required a certain frame of mind, but she had just entered that zone. A little selective herbicide was exactly what she was in the mood to do.

I love that bit because it is all a-murder.

The Begonia Bribe promises even more homicidal mayhem. After all, this one involves the Little Miss Begonia Pageant!

I'll make you buy the book but the first chapter has an object lesson "the hook" in a series novel. Pretty impressive.

Links are here :

The publisher's blurb:

The Begonia Bribe:  2nd in the Garden Society Cozy Mystery series by Alyse Carlson (aka: Hart Johnson)  

Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment …

A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.

But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.

If you get a chance, visit the author's page on facebook here and tell her how smashing the cover looks. Just right for spring. ( now with added cat!).

Happy Easter. I'll see you next on the other side.

1 comment:

Hart Johnson said...

YAY! Thank you so much for sharing this! I've linked you up for Tuesdays blog, too, so hopefully a few more people will pop by!