With all the plants withering away around us this hot, hot
summer, what a treat to sit back and relax with a
delightful debut mystery series featuring gardening.
Dorothy St. James' first novel, FLOWERBED OF STATE: A White
House Gardener Mystery, is just the ticket for all us
flustered and withered gardeners.
Casey Calhoun is loving her new job as assistant gardener
at the White House. She has been tapped by the FLOTUS --
that's First Lady of The United States - to develop an
organic, more conservation-wise garden at the White House.
So in addition to her duties getting the grounds ready for
the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Casey is also
developing a plan to present to the Grounds Committee for
implementing her new organic ideas.
On the day of her presentation, Casey is understandably
nervous, and sets out early to do a bit of weeding before
she faces the committee. But luck is not on her side that
morning, as she is attacked by an unknown assailant from
behind and ends up face down in the garden. As she comes to
and is explaining what happened to a Secret Service Agent,
she notices some broken limbs on a tree. When she works her
way over to the damage, it leads both her and the agent to
make a shocking discovery. A dead woman that has been
stuffed into a trash can.
Despite admonishments to stay out of the case, Casey can't
help herself from digging into and trying to root out the
killer. But following her curiosity, Casey puts herself not
only in danger from the killer, but it also may cause her
to lose her dream job.
Fans of cozy mysteries will adore this new series, and are
sure to find themselves anxious for the next installment!
Cassandra \"Casey\" Calhoun\'s passion for gardening has
carried her to President\'s Park on which sits the White
House. But when she finds a dead body in a trash can,
Casey has to root out a killer before she ends up planted