the big dirt nap
An all-expenses paid weekend at an upstate hotel with her oldest friend seems like a good idea to Paula Holliday. After all, gardening season doesn’t really kick in for another few weeks and she and Lucy Cavanaugh haven’t had a chance to catch up since they worked together in the television business. Besides, the hotel is playing host to a rare corpse flower which is just about to bloom. But when Lucy doesn’t show up and a dead guy does, it seems like less of a good idea.

Add some Ukrainian mobsters, a pair of ladykilling brothers, a bankrupt businessmen and a group of college kids who know how to party, and Paula has her hands full trying to find her friend and figure out what it is that everyone seems to think she knows . . .
Read A Review:

The Big Dirt Nap is the second in a cozy mystery series.  This book stands alone well so readers do not need to worry about reading the first book prior to reading this one.  Paula runs a gardening business.  She also freelances, writing articles about plants and flowers.  Paula goes to a hotel to write about a corpse flower but instead winds up dealing with a corpse.  Her friend Lucy is missing and Paula is being followed.  She does not know why but she is being pulled into a murder investigation.  Paula is a good heroine.  Human enough to be realistic but she is very likable so readers care about her.  There are good supporting characters in this book—Babe, Lucy, and the Harley biker group.  There is decent action and twists and turns in this book; the murderer’s identity is not easy to figure out. 


I enjoyed this book and want to read the first book sooner rather than later.  I will continue this series.  I rated it a 4.5/5 stars.


Melissa A. Palmer