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Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York and has been a bookstore manager, video producer and television executive. She is past president of Mystery Writers of America's NY Chapter and Sisters in Crime's New England Chapter. She is also a member of Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association and Romance Writers of America.

Slugfest is the fourth book in the Dirty Business mystery series following Pushing Up Daisies, The Big Dirt Nap and Dead Head all of which are available online or at your favorite retailer.

When she's not writing or gardening, Rosemary finds time for kayaking and hiking; at last count she's visited over 75 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas. She's trekked in Nepal and on Kilimanjaro but her favorites are still Yosemite, Glacier and Canyonlands.

Something else that's near and dear to her heart is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat's goal is to improve substandard housing for people all over the world. If you are not familiar with them, please visit the Habitat for Humanity Web site. As of this writing, Rosemary has been on six Habitat builds, including China, Tanzania, El Salvador, two trips to Mexico, and two trips to post-Katrina New Orleans. She encourages everyone to support this amazing organization.

Inspired by her Habitat experiences, Rosemary and her husband Bruce have undertaken another very exciting project, building a library in central Tanzania. Through the generosity of many friends in the publishing industry the library was built in 2007 and continues to operate today. Visit the Chalula Library Page on her website to learn more about it.

Rosemary lives in Fairfield County, CT, where she is a master gardener, with her husband and a rescued golden retriever named Max.

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Authored by Rosemary Harris

Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Rosemary Harris is back with another Dirty Business mystery featuring amateur sleuth/master gardener Paula Holliday!

Welcome to The Big Apple Flower Show where more than just the plants are dying.

When Paula Holliday agrees to help a reclusive garden sculptor at a legendary northeast flower show, she expects a quiet weekend sharing garden tips - she doesn't expect to be knee-deep in jealousy, rivalry, horticultural homicide, and something the loose community of gardeners has dubbed the Javits Curse!

The mishaps start out small but the uneasiness intensifies when an overeager attendee is found floating in the river and Paula realizes she accidentally holds the clue to his identity and the reason for his murder. And so does the killer. That's when the garden gloves come off and this flower show turns into a real Slugfest!

This time out Paula is joined in the sometimes crazy (and neurotic) subculture of conventions and the "show" circuit by a colorful cast that includes Rolanda "Fort" Knox, a no-nonsense security guard, Guy Anzalone, Brooklyn's Tumbled Stone King and his wife Connie whose fake nails and high heels don't keep her out of the garden, J.C. Kaufman, a feisty senior who never leaves home without her weapon of choice, some snooty garden club ladies who never get dirty and a slick marketing guy hawking the hottest new product at the flower show - Slugfest, a foolproof pest repellant that people and companies are dying to get their hands on.

Making cameo appearances are Paula's friends from the first three books in the series, former rock and roller and owner of The Paradise Diner, Babe Chinnery, and best pal, Lucy Cavanaugh, who lends Paula a memorable red dress that keeps getting her in and out of trouble!

"Harris' writing is sharp and funny. Slugfest is an absolute treat. 4 Stars" RT Book Reviews

"Hilarious" Kirkus Reviews

"Sophisticated comedy, romance and murder" Connecticut Post

Praise for Rosemary Harris

"Think Diane Mott Davidosn's Goldy Schulz or Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper" Omaha World-Herald

"Dead Head may be the perfect book for summer" NPR (CT)

"A wild and funny ride" Crimespree Magazine

"Smart, hip and laugh-out-loud funny" Harley Jane Kozak, multiple award-winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse

"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 One Was a Soldier.

"A clever and engaging" Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A nifty puzzle" Publishers Weekly

"Rosemary Harris gives "dirty business" a good name, with green thumbs and tangled puzzles galore!" Cathy Pickens, author of Southern Fried Mystery series

"Quirky, original and captivating" Carolyn Hart, multiple award-winning author of the Death on Demand series

Publication Date:
0615622275 / 9780615622279
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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