- Gebundene Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
- Verlag: Minotaur Books; Auflage: 1 (17. Februar 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312369689
- ISBN-13: 978-0312369682
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,8 x 2,6 x 21,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 874.729 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Big Dirt Nap (Dirty Business Mysteries) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Februar 2009
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Praise for The Big Dirt Nap
“An absolute must-read for cozy lovers. Readers of Susan Wittig Albert and Earlene Fowler will relish Rosemary Harris’s exceptionally engaging new voice. Harris’s delightfully witty A Dirty Business series is in full flower.”
- Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of I Shall Not Want
"A wild and funny ride...a lot of fun to read."
- Crimespree Magazine
Praise for Pushing Up Daisies
“Quirky, original, and captivating . . . a sure-to-please series.”
- Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series
“Think Diana Mott Davidson’s caterer extraordinaire Goldy Schulz or Earlene Fowler’s Benni Harper. Harris plots out a good story.”
- Omaha World-Herald
“An appealing main character . . . Recommend this to fans of Veronica Heley’s series starring avid gardener Ellie Quicke.”
“If you like gardens and like reading mysteries, this is the book for you--a clever mystery full of garden lore, fast-paced and engaging, with a heroine who isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt.”
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Sophisticated social comedy, romance, and murder could give Harris a wide readership beyond the fans of amateur sleuth books.”
- Connecticut Post
“With sassy wit and smart plotting, Paula Holliday is a sleuth to watch.”
- Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles herbal mysteries
“Contemporary cozies, such as Pushing Up Daisies…are reinventing themselves with likable female amateur sleuths who are smarter, less nosey, and able to work their investigations plausibly into their daily routines.…A charming debut.”
- Library Journal
Welcome back to Springfield, Connecticut,
where weary suburbanites can rest in peace...
New York media exec-turned-gardener Paula Holliday is thrilled when her friend Lucy asks her to tag along on an all-expenses-paid junket to the Titans Hotel. On display is the rare titan arum, a notoriously pungent plant known as the “corpse flower.” Unfortunately, the flower isn’t blooming—and the only thing Paula smells is a real corpse…
“A heroine who isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lucy’s would-be suitor has been found dead—with a hole in his head—and Lucy has mysteriously disappeared. Now Paula has to start digging up clues before the police’s worst suspicions take root. Even if the odious flower finally blooms, Paula has more important things to tend to. Because murder, by any other name, really stinks…
“An absolute must-read for cozy lovers. Readers of Susan Wittig Albert and Earlene Fowler will relish Rosemary Harris’s exceptionally engaging new voice.” —Julia Spencer Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of I Shall Not Want
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Shortly after Paula arrives she runs into Nick Vigoriti. A good looking ladies man who refuses to accept the brush off and doggedly tries to pick her up. Next thing you know the police are knocking on Paula's door because Nick is dead. And worse yet, Lucy is missing. Somehow the two are tied together but when the police refuse to investigate the disappearance Paula starts asking questions that make people nervous.
Judging a book by the cover is supposed to be a no-no but I did and I was not all that excited about reading this book. Boy was I mistaken. This book is hilarious. Paula cracked me up from the opening line to the very end.
I'll share my favorite scene so you get an idea... With both Paula and Lucy in full Goth make up (don't ask LOL) they scare the heck out of a convenience store clerk. Paula then terrifies him further when she calls him by name.
"Chill. You name's on your shirt." I peeled off a few dollars,
then hurried Lucy out of the store, but not before sticking my
head back in and telling the frightened clerk to have a nice day.
The book is filled with those kinds of witty interactions and I couldn't get enough. The characters are well described that I could easily picture each and every one. This was the second book in the Dirty Business mystery series and it stands alone as I have not yet read book one, Pushing Up Daisies, which is now on my wish list. I highly recommend this one to all cozy mystery lovers.
I could have wished for more of a development between the cop and the main sleuth but perhaps that will be in future installments. I was surprised and not pleased that the author left gardening out of this book. It is her "hook" and also seems to be her own personal experience and yet it is notably missing - unlike her first book. Once again, I felt the author invested too much time to a cause - this time Native American rights and the horror of the "gambling" income they receive. In her first book, it was the plight of Mexicans who are in this country illegally. Being preached at in a "cosy" mystery doesn't make for a fun read. Another nit is that the author focused on the homeless guy and on her client's husband and then dropped both like yesterday's news. I was looking for something a little more interesting and twisted from these references - perhaps some plot lines that were deleted in editing?
On the other hand, I do like this writer's style and her sense of humor. I was happy to visit some old friends from "Pushing Up Daisies" and just wished for a few more of these friends. I liked the addition of the "bikers" and hope to see them again in the future. I will certainly be looking forward to and buying more of her books and hope that someday I can start giving her 5 stars.
The plant takes seven years to bloom, if ever, giving off a funky smell till it blossoms, at which time it smells like a dead body; hence the nickname "corpse flower." The plant is on display at the hotel in all its phallic wonder, and its expected blossoming is imminent. After she arrives at the hotel and while she is waiting for Lucy in the hotel bar, a sexy-looking guy strikes up a conversation with her. That budding relationship is doomed, however, quite literally, when the man turns up dead later that evening. And just to complicate matters, Paula receives cryptic text messages from Lucy, who never did show up at the hotel, nor does she explain where she is or what has happened to her.
With the able assistance of her friend Babe, former backup singer and ex-rocker who now owns a truck stop/diner, Paula tries to find out who has broken into and trashed her home, as well as what may have befallen Lucy. Babe is quite a character. As the author says, "Babe lived for this - - she genuinely loved solving other people's problems. In another lifetime she might have been a radio shrink," or, as Babe herself says, "I give out better advice than a bartender." The cops' search for the murderer also forces itself into her life when she becomes a "person of interest" in the case. Having once solved a murder in Ms. Harris' first novel, "Pushing Up Daisies," Paula is almost compelled to try to solve this one as well. In the process, the author has given us another winner, with a protagonist who is a delight. Maybe it's because the author is, like myself, Brooklyn-born, but in Paula she has created someone you would like to have as a friend. The book is recommended.