Pushing up Daisies
A Dirty Business MysteryBook - 2008
Meet Paula Holliday, a transplanted media exec who trades her stilettos for garden clogs when she makes the move from the big city to the suburbs to start a gardening business. Paula can handle deer, slugs, and the occasional human pest---but she's not prepared for the mummified body she finds while restoring the gardens at Halcyon, a local landmark.
Casual snooping turns serious when a body is impaled on a garden tool and one of Paula's friends is arrested for the crime.
Aided by the still-hot aging rocker who owns the neighborhood greasy spoon, a wise-cracking former colleague, and a sexy Mexican laborer with a few secrets of his own, Paula digs for the truth and unearths more dirty business the town has kept buried for years.
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The character Paula Holliday aptly summarizes the book herself at the beginning of the novel: "I'm fine. I'm like one of those utility workers who accidentally uncovers ancient burial grounds. The cops'll do their thing, and eventually I'll get back to work."
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