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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spotlight Saturday: Guest Post and Giveaway with Andrea Zanetti, author of Grounds for Death

Hi, everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Saturday at Darlene's Book Nook, where we feature authors and their books!

We will be joined today by Andrea Zanetti.

About Andrea:

Andrea Zanetti lives on the banks of the Etobicoke Creek in Caledon, Ontario, with her husband and four rambunctious cats. She spends her summers writing and tending to her colorful, overgrown gardens and ponds.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Andrea!

Andrea has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her!

Hi, loyal Darlene’s Book Nook Readers!

Marilee Bright here. I’m the main character in Andrea Zanetti’s A Garden Plot Mystery series.

When I moved to the small community of Sandalwood eight years ago, leaving behind a boring yet well-paying corporate job to take on a new career as a garden center owner, I thought the pace of life would be more relaxed but, boy, was I mistaken! Okay, I might have been wrong in thinking that running a thriving garden center would be less demanding, but now that a corpse has fallen into my lap (figuratively, I mean) twice, my days are filled with stalking, subterfuge and manipulation. How else would I manage to shift suspicions from my trustworthy employees to valid suspects, like when Stanford Platson was found killed with a three-pronged garden cultivator right in the middle of my forsythia shrub lot? Poor Karen was out of her mind with guilt when she realized it was her implement that was used to dispatch the harmless accountant. I guess you could say my relationship with the local police department is blossoming - I seem to encounter them quite often, whether I want to or not. But without me the Platson file would be gathering dust in a corner somewhere if I hadn’t figured out exactly who was behind the murder and why. Nice bunch of guys, Sandalwood’s police force, but I’m beginning to feel that I might be better at solving murders than they are.

As a garden center (and did I mention landscaping business?) owner, I suspect I’m more prone to finding corpses than most people. Must be all that soil – isn’t that where people typically hide people they don’t want found? I’ll give you a for-instance. Not long after I solved the Platson case we were working on a landscaping project on the outskirts of Sandalwood for a lovely engaged couple that wanted to create a picture-perfect backdrop for their upcoming nuptials. I can’t say I was a hundred percent surprised when I found a skeleton in a decrepit and crumbling well that was slated for decommissioning. When other clients started cancelling landscaping projects, I had to find out what happened, before the “green” went out of my business altogether. Thankfully, I’d honed some sleuthing skills by then, but I wasn’t as “bright” as I should have been, and almost ended up another of the killer’s victims! Okay, so maybe my mystery-solving skills need more work.

I hope you enjoy reading Death in the Forsythia and Grounds for Death. And stay tuned for my next adventure!

Thanks so much for joining us today, Andrea and Marilee!

One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Grounds for Death: A Garden Plot Mystery. 

Who'd have thought a garden center owner could unearth the dirt on murder?

The season is off to a good start for Marilee Bright's garden center and landscaping business. When skeletal remains are found in a well during a landscaping project, things start to go downhill, and fast. Who is the dead body, and when was it dumped down the well? Is the killer still at large in the quiet town of Sandalwood? Amateur sleuth Marilee Bright needs to dig up the dirt on this murder before the "green" goes out of her business and she loses her hard-won new career.

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This giveaway is open to addresses in Canada and the United States only until 12:01 AM EST on April 14, 2012.

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1 comment:

  1. Very cute. Loved the story descriptions. it made me feel like Marilee is a friend and I want to be involved in helping her solve the murder. Anyone who loves gardening and mysteries, will love this book.


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