Saturday, August 30, 2008

"A Dirty Business"

A friend of mine (also another blogger- Meadowview Thymes) and I both love to read. She has read books I have suggested and I have read books she has suggested. As a matter of fact, she was the one to suggest "Pushing Up Daisies" by Rosemary Harris. It is the first book in the Dirty Business Mystery Series with Paula Holliday as the sleuth.

Who is Paula Holliday? Well ... I learned she is in some ways like the author. She was a tv exec who left the business to pursue her interests in gardening. She does not have a lot of business right now so when a friend tells her about a possible opportunity through the local historical society, she goes after it. She got the job but little did she know what she would dig up - literally!!! When she was getting soil samples to test, she dug up a chest that contained a mummified baby. Boy..., does this open up a can of worms? You bet. This was just the start of the mysteries she would become involved in solving – in this book alone!!!

One question leads to another. Who was the baby’s mother? Were one of the sisters the mother? Was a missing girl the baby’s mother? What happened to the missing girl? Who murdered the nursery owner and why? Between tackling these questions and getting the garden ready for the showing, Paula had her hands full. And she relies on help from several angles. There were a number of potential suspects - and a number of interesting characters.

Needless to say she comes up with the answers and solves the mysteries. And as a result, she gets more business in town to keep herself going.

I know this review is short and not full on details, but it was a good read and you just have to read it. I will be looking forward to more by this author about this character.


JenningsJunk said...

Now I need to get a hold of this book and see what you two are enjoying.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks for reviewing this book. I really like it. I suspected almost everyone in the book until the end..and even at that point there is a bit of a surprise. I emailed with the author, and there are at least 4 more books promised for this series. Let's hope they are as good!

Rosemary Harris said...

Many thanks for the kind words! There is, indeed, another Dirty Business mystery in the works. The Big Dirt Nap is scheduled for release February 2009, with at least two more to follow. I had lots of fun on my book tour this year and I'm looking forward to another next year.

misterreereeder said...

I know Tina will be checking out this book also. It sounds like she will enjoy it too.