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Monday, March 23, 2009

Pushing Up Daisies, by Rosemary Harris ($6.99)

This is the first book in a new series about a New York City media producer, Paula, who gives up her lifestyle in New York to start over as a gardener in a small Connecticut town. The book is an easy, light read, with a credible mystery, humorous without being silly. There are a few "huh?" moments when the protagonist makes a leap in logic that are difficult to follow.

The mystery begins with an event that took place 50 years in the past that has a connection to a present day murder. Some leaps, some obvious clues, but she ties it all together nicely, along with lots of gardening references to a grand old estate (where the action takes place) that she has been hired to restore to its former glory.

There is a good cast of secondary characters/friends: Babe, café owner, ex-70s rocker chick, à la Stevie Nicks, lots of pithy advice and innuendo from her days on the road; Liz, her New York City media friend who brings her "Sex and the City" lifestyle advice to Paula when she comes for what she thinks is a "Ralph Lauren" spa weekend in the country! All in all, a good, quick, enjoyable read.

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