Publisher: Crimeline
Rooting out a killer can dig you a grave...

Amateur gardener and housewife Louise Eldridge has big plans for her family's new Sylvan Valley home, situated among the flower of suburban Washington, D.C., society. Some Japanese iris here, some skunk cabbage there...and her own cozy cabin for her horticultural writings. But barely has she turned the topsoil when her organic mulching unearths the unidentifiable remains of a murder victim. Suddenly her elegant garden is a crime scene blighted by garish yellow police tape.

And Louise--cultivating the rich and restless wives of the neighborhood and their hothouse secrets--must find out who has gone missing. For only then can she root out a rare species of killer who could soon be digging her grave.


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Louise closed the book review section and looked above her half-glasses at her husband.  He was a pleasant sight, thin face and lined brow relaxed, handsome in his white dress shirt and Sunday dress sweater.  The family had been to church, had breakfast, and since then...
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"Certain to appeal to mystery readers with green thumbs!"
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