My house calls for holiday decorations. Since I live in the historic district of Goosebush it calls for a bit of attention, but in a classic way. Delia takes care of the front of the house, and for the last couple of years, that was as far as decorating went. That wasn't always the case. When my father was alive, the house was a Christmas wonderland, with different decorations in every room, and a winter playland in the back yard, complete with a train set that went around the different bushes and plants. What folks didn't know is that he kept the lights up all winter long, to help illuminate the long New England winter nights.
I'm not up to a holiday open house this year. Maybe next. But I will decorate. Delia and I have been working on making different wreaths from different plant pruning efforts. I have become a fan of rosemary wreaths. What a wonderful scent! Delia has been working wonders with other plants, and we're adding evergreens to fill in spaces.
So yes, thanks to my friends I'm feeling better. Who knows, maybe next spring I'll have a garden party. That could be fun.
**********Pruning the Dead, the first in the Garden Squad series, debuts on January 29. The book starts during the garden party Lilly mentions here. Here's a description of the book:
Post-retirement aches and pains can’t prevent sixty-five-year-old Lilly Jayne from keeping the most manicured garden in Goosebush, Massachusetts. But as a murder mystery blooms in the sleepy New England town, can a green thumb weed out a killer?
With hundreds flocking to her inaugural garden party, meticulous Lilly Jayne hasn’t left a single petal out of place. But the picture-perfect gathering turns unruly upon the arrival of Merilee Frank, Lily’s ex-husband’s catty third wife. Merilee lives for trouble, so no one is surprised after she drinks too much, shoves a guest into the koi pond, and gets escorted off the property. The real surprise comes days later—when Merilee is found dead in a pile of mulch . . .
Lilly wishes she could stick to pruning roses and forget about Merilee’s murder—until her best friend and ex become suspects in an overgrown homicide case. Now, aided by the Garden Squad, an unlikely group of amateur crime solvers with a knack for planting, Lilly knows she has limited time to identify the true culprit and restore order to Goosebush. Because if the murderer’s plot isn’t nipped in the bud, another victim could be pushing up daisies!
The book is available for pre-order. Today I have an ARC to give away to someone who comments on the blog! I love writing this series, and so look forward to all of you getting to know Lilly and the rest of the Garden Squad.
The winner will be chosen on Friday, November 23. Happy Thanksgiving to our US readers!