from THE SCARLET PEPPER (April 2012)
Book 2 of The White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James
For most of the country daylight savings time hit last night and we all lost an hour. Let me tell you, it came at a most inconvenient time. Lord love me, I don't have an hour to lose right now.
Odd things are happening at the White House. At first I thought Milo, the Commander in Leash, was to blame for the damaged plants in the First Lady's Kitchen Garden. Something had ripped the plants clean out of the ground! I tried to save what I could and replanted what I couldn't save. But then not long after that, red chili peppers started growing where I'd planted green bell peppers and cabbage is popping up where the First Lady's favorite lettuce should be.
And everyone is blaming me!
I've been working overtime, patching the garden back together and trying to figure out who's playing games with my reputation. But it's fast becoming a losing battle. A certain weasel...er...reporter has started printing his own theories of what is happening in the garden. He's calling the garden a fake and a subversive plot by the President to get hard working Americans to eat more veggies. (I'm rolling my eyes.)
In less than a month's time, you'll be able to read all about my misadventures in the vegetable garden when THE SCARLET PEPPER goes on sale April 3, 2012.
I hope by that time to have caught my garden thief (and to have recovered from this dratted lost hour of sleep)!
How are you coping with the time change?
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Dorothy St. James writes the White House Gardener Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Flowerbed of State is the first book in the series. Be sure to grab your copy while they're still available! Visit with Dorothy on the web or at Facebook. Or follow her on Twitter.
Praise for FLOWERBED OF STATE:
"Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans." ~ Publishers Weekly