The Big Dirt Nap:
A Dirty Business Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Minotaur Books;
First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
New York media exec-turned-gardener Paula Holliday is thrilled when her friend Lucy asks her to tag along on an all-expenses-paid junket to the Titans Hotel. On display is the rare titan arum, a notoriously pungent plant known as the “corpse flower.” Unfortunately, the flower isn’t blooming—and the only thing Paula smells is a real corpse…
Lucy’s would-be suitor has been found dead—with a hole in his head—and Lucy has mysteriously disappeared. Now Paula has to start digging up clues before the police’s worst suspicions take root. Even if the odious flower finally blooms, Paula has more important things to tend to. Because murder, by any other name, really stinks…
I was really drawn to this book for its small Wisconsin connection. The University of Wisconsin has a copse flower and when it blooms it is a big event. They cover it on the news and in the newspapers. It really is a smelly thing and not in a good way.I was happy to catch up with Paula and her Dirty Business but they wasn’t much gardening due the time of year in this installment.
This is a classic cozy with the quirky characters with Paula as the amateur sleuth. A few skin of the teeth moments to keep the reader on their toes. And some very funny moments that had me laughing out loud.
This was a great choice to read Just For Fun!
*This book was from my private collection.
I am so thrilled to be organizing this tour for Rosemary. You may recognize her from her Dirty Murder Mysteries like Pushing Up Daisiesand The Big Dirt Nap. With this book, The Bitches of Brooklyn, she mixes Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction with just a bit of mystery.
The Bitches of Brooklyn
Published by Chestnut Hill Books (October 2, 2013)
Paperback: 322 pages
E-Book File Size: 469 KB
An annual all girls weekend hits a snag when one of the women doesn’t show up. Rachel, Clare, Tina and Jane are surprised all the receive from Abby is a gift basket and a note…“I’ve run off with one of your men.” They can’t decide if this is a prank or if they should worry. Can they still relax and have fun or is this a mystery they need to solve?
Even when Rosemary Harris writes Chick-Lit she throws in a bit of mystery. I loved this story!
These women use the term “Bitches” as a sign of affection for each other, but those growing up around them probably did not. Four of them together forever, the fifth joined the group in high school. This weekend is their way to stay in touch and connected without the stress of family and work. A time to get away and just have fun. This year Abby’s mysterious note makes them all think and reexamine their own relationships with their significant others.
Harris has written a fantastic story that the women of today can identify with. All of our lives are in constant flux and we tend to take the relationships of those closer to us for granted. Work or the kids come first and we just assume our mates will be there no matter what. They story is filled with ups and downs and plenty of humor too!
About The Author
Rosemary Harris is a native Brooklynite, like some of the characters in The Bitches of Brooklyn. A former bookstore manager and television executive, she’s the author of the Dirty Business mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Paula Holliday. Her debut novel, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies (Minotaur), was followed by The Big Dirt Nap, Dead Head and Slugfest. The Bitches of Brooklyn is the first in a new series. Rosemary is past president of Mystery Writers of America’s NY Chapter and Sisters in Crime’s New England Chapter.
She lives in New York City and Fairfield County, CT.
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