Paula Holliday is a transplanted city girl who moves to the suburbs for what she thinks will be a quieter life. Wrong. When she starts a gardening business, she finds herself kneedeep in dirt that the town has kept buried for years. Casual snooping turns serious when a prominent local is found impaled on a garden tool and one of Paula's helpers is accused of the crime. Aided by the still-hot aging rocker who owns the local greasy spoon, a big, beautiful tattooed lady, and a sexy Mexican laborer with a few secrets of his own, Paula digs up the truth.
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Paula Holliday started her gardening business, PH Factors, Garden Solutions, after the production company she worked for was bought out. She is hired to restore the gardens at Halcyon. When Dorothy Peacock died, her estate was left to the Historical Society. Imagine her surprise and horror when she unearths a box containing a mummified baby.

One of Paula's friends and workers is arrested when a body is impaled on a garden tool. Paula decides that she has to help prove her friend didn't commit murder. In her sleuthing, she discovers that a young female Mexican worked nearby decades ago and mysteriously vanished. Most people just assumed she went home. Paula is not so certain.

Can she help her friend and find the real killer? Can she discover the parents of the baby? Can she do this without putting herself in danger?

This is Rosemary Harris' first cozy mystery, and it's a keeper. Great characters and setting. There are plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing as to the killer's identity. The gardening tidbits are educational, and the Springfield, CT., setting readily lent itself to the cozy.

I look forward to reading many more books in this series and hope the author writes fast! I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Dowdle

Quirky, original, and captivating. Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris marks the debut of a sure-to-please series.

Carolyn Hart, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winning novelist

Paula Holliday knows her andromedas and her viburnum. Her creator, Rosemary Harris, knows her pacing and suspense. Fast-paced and full of garden lore, Pushing Up Daisies is a great read. If rosemary is for remembrance, Rosemary Harris is an author to remember.

Barbara D'Amato, NYTimes bestselling author

Paula Holliday, owner of PH Factor, is a sleuth to watch. With an intriguing mix of gardening savvy, sassy wit, and smart plotting, Rosemary Harris has crafted a clever mystery.

Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles herbal mysteries