Annotation:Rachel O'Connor's company, Rain Country Landscaping, may be struggling, but she has a dream job at Oregon's famed Columbia River Inn--until owner Henry Bassinger plunges to a suspicious death in the Columbia Gorge. If Rachel doesn't solve the murder soon, she will lose not only her livelihood but her life.
Annotation:Budding landscaper Paula Holliday turns sleuth after the former documentary filmmaker, a New York City transplant to the suburbs, unearths a box containing a small dead body in the neglected, overgrown garden of the Springfield, Conn., house of the recently deceased Peacock sisters, Dorothy and Renata.
Annotation:Brother Cadfael, a monk who specializes in herbal remedies, travels to the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin in order to acquire the relics of St. Winifred and finds himself in the middle of a bizarre mystery when the leading opponent to moving the bones is murdered.
Annotation:A former fast-lane lawyer, now an herb-shop proprietress, China Bayles has both the expertise and the time to help her friends when they get into trouble. After police accuse best friend Ruby's new boyfriend of a cultlike murder, China comes to the rescue.
Annotation:In New Chapel, Indiana, flower shop owner Abby Knight worries about her business failing. Realizing how well flowers and funerals go together she decides to open up a "tasteful" floral booth at the Funeral Director Society's annual convention. The lively gala turns morbid when cosmetician to the dead Sybil Blount is killed.
Annotation:Kate and Alex buy their dream cottage in Wiltshire with its two-acre walled garden overrun with roses. What they find in a corner is the impossible: a sapphire-blue rose. Although they immediately contact a gardening expert and an attorney, they are plunged into a world of conniving relatives, rose pollination recorded in Enigma code, evil American and sneaky Japanese executives, and the mysterious death of a friend who handled the rose.
Annotation:Widow Bretta Solomon, owner of a flower shop in River City, MO, shows herself to be outspoken, stubborn, and rather reckless when she investigates the death of an Amish flower grower. The victim's brother asks for her help, but cultural differences still get in the way, as does a local "power" struggle over control of the victim's prize plants.
Annotation:Victoria Trumbull, an astute, 92-year-old Vineyard native and deputy police officer, takes on her most bizarre case yet. After a coffin supposedly containing the remains of a suicide victim is exhumed and shown to contain only sandbags, and the people involved in the case sudden either disappear or are murdered, it’s up to Victoria to dig up the truth.
Annotation:In the first of the Gardening Mystery Series organic gardener Louise Eldridge moves into her new Virginia home, the same neighborhood where Peter Hoffman, a possible candidate for undersecretary of defense, lives. When Louise begins to collect bags of leaves from her neighbors' curbsides to fill in a low spot in the back yard she’s surprised to find that some of them contain more than just mulch.