Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris

She leaned in. "How many men do you know who can move their fingers and push in and out at the same time?"
~Page 201

Title: Pushing Up Daisies
Author: Rosemary Harris
ISBN: 9780312943721
Publisher: St. Martins/2008
Pages: 288

Paula Holliday, a television executive in New York City quits her job and moves to Springfield, CT. She wants to turn her interest in gardening to a career. She gets her chance in the restoration of the gardens of a property left to the Historical society, by Dorothy Peacock. She knows it will either make her or break her.

While digging, she discovers a body of a baby, which seems to be very old. The local authorities, thinking it would bring bad name to the Peacock sisters, drop the case. But Paula can't. She finds too many loose ends to rest. 

Then one her helpers is arrested for attempted murder of a old lecher. She knows Hugo is innocent although the local police does not believe her. She has a friend in an aging rocker, babe who owns the greasy diner in that place. There is this mysterious Mexican labourer and more secrets tumble out. The list of suspects include the local congressman, and his gin drinking mother. With more interesting characters thrown in, Paula has a field day unearthing all the town's deeply buried secrets. In the way, she makes a few enemies too. She also solves a 50 year old case.

With varied mix of characters, a good town setting, long buried secrets and of course a past and a recent murder, this cozy mystery is also filled with wit. It has gardening tips too.  

The author was kind enough to give me two of her books, that too, when she was in Delhi and had them sent to me.


Yvonne said...

This sounds really good. I have it in my TBR somewhere.

bermudaonion said...

I love a good cozy and this one sounds good to me, even though I don't care for gardening much.

serendipity_viv said...

Love the title. Sounds like a good cozy read.

justpeachy36 said...

Great review! This is one I haven't read yet... now I really want to LOL!

Veens said...

This sounds really good! I really enjoy a cozy mystery!

Julie said...

This sounds like a great cozy! Thanks for the review!