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Garden Variety Mysteries

Pretty much every day the temperature hits 50, I have to fight the urge to go running into my garden. Never mind that it's mostly still covered in snow; I want to plant things! I want spring peas and tender greens and bright flowers!

Then I go outside for about ten seconds, realize I'm freezing, and wonder what I have on the bookshelf.

When it's still too cold to garden but too warm to stop thinking about it, I like to compromise with a gardening mystery. These are fun, absorbing, and sure to give you ideas for your own garden or flower arrangements.

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Mums' the Word by Kate Collins

Abby Knight runs a small town flower shop, and a discount competitor is just killing her business. But when catches a glimpse of a murderer, somebody is out to kill her. The first in the Flower Shop Mysteries series.

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert

The ladies of the Darling Dahlias Gardening Club welcome you to Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s. When a beautiful woman with a bad reputation is found dead, the Club discovers they are top-notch sleuths as well as gardeners.

Mulch by Ann Ripley

Louise Eldridge, housewife and amateur organic gardener, unearths a body in the garden of her new home in a wealthy D.C. suburb. The first in the A Gardening Mystery series.

You may also like Janis Harrison's Gardening Mysteries series and John Sherwood's Celia Grant mysteries.

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