Nina Quinn #1
Mystery, Published 2004
Read May 2011
There’s a serpent loose in Nina’s garden …
Nina Colette Ceceri Quinn’s business, Taken by Surprise — a landscaping firm specializing in surprise garden makeovers — is the only thing in her life that seems to be thriving. Her marriage to adulterous police detective Kevin Quinn has wilted. Her antisocial stepson Riley is spreading trouble around like pungent manure. Even her gardening tools are disappearing, including a rather valuable set of hoes.
Worst of all, the delightful old man who first introduced her to the joys of horticulture is dead — and not by natural causes. Something evil has taken root in Nina’s Ohio small town, and the local police — including dearly unbeloved Kev — are baffled. But it’s amazing what a resourceful gardener can dig up when she puts her mind to it — though, by sticking her hands too deeply into this fetid, fertile soil, Nina might well end up planted beneath her own petunias.
I absolutely love Heather Webber’s Lucy Valentine series so I had to check out her Nina Quinn books. Nina is the owner of her own business, TBS – Take By Surprise, where she and her crew surprise people with yard makeovers. First some old friends are being blackmailed to sell their large farm to a wealthy neighborhood developer and then her hoes start to turn up missing! On top of that, Nina’s stepson’s pet snake has gotten loose in the house! If you’re looking for a quick summer read, try out this fun garden mystery! I sure wish Nina could come to my house!
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And I gave Book #2: Deeply, Desperately 5/5