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Pushing Up Daisies (Dirty Business Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Feb 2009

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943721
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,981,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A clever mystery full of garden lore, fast-paced and engaging, with a heroine who isn't afraid to get down in the dirt."--"Seattle"" Post-Intelligencer"

"A charming debut." --"Library Journal"

"[A] funny and entertaining first installment. May there be many more."--"Kingston"" Observer"

"Quirky, original, and captivating...sure to please."--Carolyn Hart, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of the Death on Demand series

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There are some continuity issues which make this less easy to follow but, overall, probably don't really detract from the story. There are also some editorial/typos which really irritated me as they do detract from the prose while you work out how they should read. Agatha Christie it's not, but it shows potential. If there are more free books by this author I will happily read them, but based on this one, I'm not sure I'd pay for them. An interesting yarn, setting up a series, with potential to improve given better attention to detail.
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Paula Holliday has left behind the rat race of television programming for the quiet life of small town Connecticut. And she's indulging her love of gardening by opening a struggling gardening business. It's hard (and dirty) work, but she enjoys it.

When the mansion and gardens of Halcyon, a local landmark, are left to the historic society, Paula gets the job of restoring the grounds to their former glory. It's a mammoth project, but Paula is excited about the prospect. That is, until she starts digging the first day and finds the remains of a baby. Suddenly, old mysteries are rising to the surface. Who were the parents? Was it one of the spinster sisters who lived at Halcyon? Will digging up old rumors cause fresh pain?

This book had some entertaining moments, but for the most part it was rather bland. About half a dozen of the characters were interesting and memorable; the others were bland and tended to blend together, making it impossible for me to remember who was who.

The plot dragged for the first half, leaving us time to talk about gardening instead. When it did get going, it was interesting. Even then, it wasn't well developed as Paula had a habit of making wild, accurate statements out of nowhere. I kept scratching my head trying to figure out how she reached these correct deductions.

This book had an interesting premise. But it needed more time to put down roots. Instead of being in full bloom, this book was published as soon as it sprouted.
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A fun read. Lots of twists and turns
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good read
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c8a3f54) out of 5 stars 168 reviews
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4b2c24) out of 5 stars Wish It Had Pushed Up More with the Daisies 18 Jun. 2008
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Paula Holliday has left behind the rat race of television programming for the quiet life of small town Connecticut. And she's indulging her love of gardening by opening a struggling gardening business. It's hard (and dirty) work, but she enjoys it.

When the mansion and gardens of Halcyon, a local landmark, are left to the historic society, Paula gets the job of restoring the grounds to their former glory. It's a mammoth project, but Paula is excited about the prospect. That is, until she starts digging the first day and finds the remains of a baby. Suddenly, old mysteries are rising to the surface. Who were the parents? Was it one of the spinster sisters who lived at Halcyon? Will digging up old rumors cause fresh pain?

This book had some entertaining moments, but for the most part it was rather bland. About half a dozen of the characters were interesting and memorable; the others were bland and tended to blend together, making it impossible for me to remember who was who.

The plot dragged for the first half, leaving us time to talk about gardening instead. When it did get going, it was interesting. Even then, it wasn't well developed as Paula had a habit of making wild, accurate statements out of nowhere. I kept scratching my head trying to figure out how she reached these correct deductions.

This book had an interesting premise. But it needed more time to put down roots. Instead of being in full bloom, this book was published as soon as it sprouted.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4aff60) out of 5 stars 4 stars average rating?! Did we read the same book?! 12 Aug. 2008
By KJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the one reviewer who said that the author and her editor seriously need to pay attention to details in this book. Not only Did one character change from being called 'Anna' to 'Ann' half way through the book and the same little town change from being in Southeastern Connecticut to the Southwestern part of the state. But the writer seems to have forgotten the direction of the plot from one chapter to another. At one point in the story the main character encounters the same police officer not once, but three times since he stopped by her house. Then two chapters later the main character supposedly hasn't seen this cop since the night he stopped over at her place! Um, there is a little thing called proof reading! I had to stop reading the book at that point out of sheer disgust because of the inconsistency of the plot. Does this author actually have an editor? If so than she is seriously slacking on the job!
37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4c0f78) out of 5 stars It's a good start, but..... 22 April 2008
By Anne Masterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book as I am a gardener in Southeastern Connecticut where the story, according to page two, is supposed to take place. Later, the same town is transported to southwestern Connecticut. Then it goes back and forth between the two areas, but it is the same town all along. Except in one part where the name of the town changes for some inexplicible reason. One character goes from Anna to Ann. The main character, Paula, goes for a run through UConn, which is in the Northwestern part of Connecticut, yet she is still in the same town. Finally, one character is supposed to be a Congressman representing the 53rd district for Connecticut, which is rather difficult as the 53rd district is in California.

The story was engaging and I liked the characters. I would probably read another book by Rosemary Harris, but she, and her editor, need to pay a little more attention to the details, as they were very distracting.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4c51c8) out of 5 stars A Blooming Good Mystery Debut 5 Feb. 2008
By Lesa Holstine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Rosemary Harris' debut mystery, Pushing Up Daisies, introduces a gutsy heroine with an offbeat supporting cast. The first in the Dirt-y Business Mystery is a blooming success.

Paula Holliday is a gardner with a small landscaping business in Connecticut. Her business is struggling, and Paula spends a great deal of time hanging out in the Paradise Diner, owned by her friend, the outspoken "Babe" Chinnery. When the last member of the Peacock family dies, Paula's time spent at the Springfield Historical Society lands her the job of landscaping the family estate, Halcyon. It's just an accident when she digs up a body on her first day on the job.

Paula, a single woman in her thirties, with a dry sense of humor, pushes Sergeant Mike O'Malley to investigate a murder that could be forty years old. Can Paula weed out the killer in a story of past scandals? It takes some help from a retired cop, Paula's friend, Lucy, and the Mexican landscaping community.

Harris has a solid grasp on gardening details that will please many readers. For those of us without any knowledge of gardening, she supplies a well-constructed mystery with likable characters. Here's hoping the "Dirt-y Business Mystery" series flourishes.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4afe04) out of 5 stars Pushing Up Daisies a perennial favorite 20 Feb. 2011
By Ross A. Hugovidal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Has it really been two years since I reviewed The Big Dirt Nap? I went back and reread Pushing Up Daisies, Rosemary Harris's debut, and it's as fresh and fun as ever. And what a delight to watch one of the very best contemporary cozy mystery series going take root and grow. The Paula Holliday series stands alone well, but why not see where it began....
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