From: The White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James
A hard and fast rule of working at the White House is that you don't talk about what you see or hear within the hallways. The First Family deserves their privacy. AND on any given day, a staff member might overhear a piece of a conversation that is classified and of the highest concern to national security.
Everyone who works behind the scenes at the White House, regardless of party affiliation, is a patriot. We wouldn't want to do something that could put our nation at risk.
MUM'S THE WORD.
So don't even ask me what shocking revelations I recently learned about the President's Chief of Staff or the President's Communication Director. (You'll have to read The Scarlet Pepper to get all those juicy details.)
But I CAN tell you about the mums that are painting the landscape. It's fall! And the mums are in full bloom in many of the White House gardens, defining the edges of some gardens.
"A potboiler of homicide, blackmail, journalism, power and sex - but one that St. James handles with taste as well as verve - “The Scarlet Pepper” fulfills the promise of last year’s series debut, “Flowerbed of State,” and then some." ~ Richmond Times-Dispatch
Coming April 2013:
OAK AND DAGGER