Devil's Trumpet (Gardening Mysteries)

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Rachel O'Connor's landscaping client is found dead from an "accidental" fall. Suspects are easy to find -- but digging out evidence isn't so easy. Before long, Rachel has to look out -- before she encounters an "accident" of her own...

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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.

Devil's Trumpet is Mary Freeman's triumphant mystery debut. Labeled "A Gardening Mystery," the novel successfully walks a razor's edge: detailed enough to satisfy gardening fans, but not so detailed that it alienates nongardeners. And for readers who can't wait for Freeman's next book, there is good news: under the name Mary Rosenblum, she has published three science fiction novels (The Drylands, Chimera, and The Stone Garden) and one collection (Synthesis & Other Virtual Realities) that are every bit as entertaining, ingenious, and populated with fascinating, sympathetic characters. --Cynthia Ward

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Rachel O'Connor is a young entrepreneur who is trying to start and maintain her own landscaping firm. She has a crew of one other person; a young Guatemalan man named Julio Peron. They don't have many jobs and one of the biggest ones doesn't even pay them. Rachel is trying to restore the resort that Henry Bassinger owns. It was once a spectacular hotel where all the rich and famous would go to enjoy a relaxing time at the Columbia River Inn. Now the hotel is in a state of disrepair which Rachel is doing her part to try and bring back to its former opulence. Unfortunately, Henry has no money and seems to be going crazy too. But all of a sudden Henry gives her quite a bit of money. Does this have anything to do with Henry's nephew showing up all of a sudden with plans to turn it into a modern resort? Things look even more suspicious for the nephew, Alex Cresswell, when Henry has one of his fits and ends up dead. Henry's moods had been getting more and more erratic and Alex's arrival did nothing to sooth him. Rachel starts to look into Henry's past to find some answers, and is joined by her high school sweetheart, Jeff Price, Jeff just happens to be a policeman, and has recently come back into their small town himself. Rachel finds herself going deeper into the whole town's past then she could have imagined. The Devil's Trumpet is a novel with many plots running through it. I can't do justice to all the storylines in this review. Mary Freeman writes as though she has known these towns people all their lives, which makes you instantly comfortable with them too. The plot is full of twists, and there are enough other stories about Rachel's life going on at the same time that you are never bored. I was able to figure out the 'who' of the crime about three quarters of the way through, but not the 'why.' This kept me guessing till the end. I would love this story to become a series! Mary Freeman has created a whole new world for mystery lovers to roam! Stimulating plots, - intriguing characters and an author with a talent for both! Michelle Sawyer -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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