A Cultivated Crime

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Kaylee Bleu anticipates a quiet Monday morning at her shop, The Flower Patch, in Turtle Cove, Washington. But it's the death knell for her relaxing plans when local coroner Giles Akin bursts through the door in a panic. He's hosting a dinner to kick off a convention for his fellow funeral directors, and he forgot the flowers. Now Kaylee has only a few hours to put together the floral arrangements.

Kaylee finishes the project in the nick of time, and she breathes a sigh of relief. But her relief soon turns to shock when she drops off the flowers and discovers a dead body.

Mitchum Landsdowne's death is ruled a homicide, and Kaylee and her friends in the Petal Pushers garden club undertake their own investigation. They learn that not all the bereaved hope Mitchum rests in peace. He was an ambitious funeral director, but his obituary fails to mention that his ruthless actions infuriated some of his colleagues and even his own son. Did one of them plot the ultimate revenge?

Kaylee and her friends must narrow down the long list of suspects. Will they locate the murderer before someone else is six feet under?

The Characters

At 40, Kaylee's life is about to change in a really big way.

When her job at the university is suddenly eliminated, Kaylee is left feeling lost. Yet it couldn't have happened at a better time.

A fortuitous phone call sets an exciting new course for Kaylee. She packs up her life and moves to take ownership of her grandparents' grand Victorian mansion flower shop and charming Wildflower Cottage, both in Turtle Cove, Wash., on gorgeous Orcas Island.

Of course, Grandpa Ed has been gone for years and while Kaylee feels the pang of missing him, she eagerly accepts her beautiful new surroundings to begin a brand-new chapter in her life.

Then Kaylee discovers that not everything in Turtle Cove is coming up roses. Will the cryptic clues in her grandfather's journal lead her to the truth about what really happened to him years ago -- and straight into the path of a killer?

Mary works part-time at The Flower Patch and welcomes Kaylee to Turtle Cove with open arms. As a retired police dispatcher, she has contacts with the local authorities -- connections that come in handy when she's helping Kaylee solve mysteries!

Jessica is the spunky owner of the Death by Chocolate bakery and coffee shop and Kaylee's best friend. She's energetic, funny and can't resist a good mystery. A petite woman with a big smile, she always has a handle on the local scoop, as well as a good conspiracy theory to share.

When Kaylee adopted Bear from a local shelter, it was love at first sight. Cute, curious and well-mannered, this lovable dachshund is Kaylee's constant companion, escorting her to the flower shop every day. His inquisitive nature might just land him in the middle of a mystery or two.