Devil's Trumpet

Kindle Devil s Trumpet This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O Connor It has been awhile since I ve read a cozy mystery and this

Kindle Devil's Trumpet This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O'Connor. It has been awhile since I've read a 'cozy' mystery and this one was a delight.Rachel and her Guatemalan laborer Julio have a job restoring the grounds of an old hotel on the banks of the Columbia River in the scenic Willamette Valley, Oregon. The problem is that the owner, Henry Bassinger, hasn't paid her in awhile and has been acting increasingly strange. Surely he is too young for Alzheimers? When he suffers from a fatal fall, the duo have to leave the job, but Rachel is determined to find out the circumstances of her client's death.Rachel has a big new job on - designing the huge yard of a doctor. She and her assistant Julio are hard at work when she remembers that she has to pick her mother up from the train. The doctor offers to go in her stead so that she can complete her work doing up his yard for his granddaughter's wedding.  When he returns the two seem awfully chummy... the next thing you know, Rachel's mother and Rachel's client, the good doctor are engaged to be married!Rachel is still reeling from what she thinks is her mother's rash decision when she meets up with her own first love that she hasn't seen since high school. Jeff Price is back in town and is a new member of the town's police force.  He is looking into the death of Henry Bassinger.  Much to Jeff's disapproval, Rachel continues her own investigations, much to her own peril..."Devil's trumpet" was a very enjoyable 'cozy' mystery.  With vivid description and engaging characters, it was humorous and well-plotted without being 'cutesy'.  Rachel's opinionated cat, Peter, added to the allure of this book for me.The plot explores various family dynamics as well as touching on the subjects of landscape design and jazz music. Not deep by any means, this light mystery was a joy to read. I have already purchased the second in the series "Deadly nightshade", and plan to read it just as soon as my review commitments allow.. Devil's Trumpet is Ebook All Rachel O Connor wants is for her business, Rain Country Landscaping, to be a success But when her latest client, Henry Bassinger, is found at the bottom of a nearby cliff, Rachel finds herself pulled into a dangerous world Only recently returned to Blossom, Jeff doesn t like the circumstances surrounding Henry s death any than Rachel does but it s his job as a dAll Rachel O Connor wants is for her business, Rain Country Landscaping, to be a success But when her latest client, Henry Bassinger, is found at the bottom of a nearby cliff, Rachel finds herself pulled into a dangerous world Only recently returned to Blossom, Jeff doesn t like the circumstances surrounding Henry s death any than Rachel does but it s his job as a detective to find out what really happened.. Mary Rosenblum born Mary Freeman 1952 in Levittown, New York is a science fiction fantasy and mystery author She grew up in Allison Park, a dead little coal mining town outside Pittsburgh PA, and attended Reed College in Oregon, earning a biology degree She attended the Clarion West workshop in 1988.Her first story came out in 1990 and her first novel in 1993 Her career began, and has largely returned to, science fiction However, from 1999 to 2002 she wrote the Gardening Mysteries novel series under the name Mary Freeman She is also a cheesemaker, teaching the craft at workshops At the age of 57, Rosenblum earned her pilot s license from Wiki. A viral Kindle Devil's Trumpet This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O'Connor. It has been awhile since I've read a 'cozy' mystery and this one was a delight.Rachel and her Guatemalan laborer Julio have a job restoring the grounds of an old hotel on the banks of the Columbia River in the scenic Willamette Valley, Oregon. The problem is that the owner, Henry Bassinger, hasn't paid her in awhile and has been acting increasingly strange. Surely he is too young for Alzheimers? When he suffers from a fatal fall, the duo have to leave the job, but Rachel is determined to find out the circumstances of her client's death.Rachel has a big new job on - designing the huge yard of a doctor. She and her assistant Julio are hard at work when she remembers that she has to pick her mother up from the train. The doctor offers to go in her stead so that she can complete her work doing up his yard for his granddaughter's wedding.  When he returns the two seem awfully chummy... the next thing you know, Rachel's mother and Rachel's client, the good doctor are engaged to be married!Rachel is still reeling from what she thinks is her mother's rash decision when she meets up with her own first love that she hasn't seen since high school. Jeff Price is back in town and is a new member of the town's police force.  He is looking into the death of Henry Bassinger.  Much to Jeff's disapproval, Rachel continues her own investigations, much to her own peril..."Devil's trumpet" was a very enjoyable 'cozy' mystery.  With vivid description and engaging characters, it was humorous and well-plotted without being 'cutesy'.  Rachel's opinionated cat, Peter, added to the allure of this book for me.The plot explores various family dynamics as well as touching on the subjects of landscape design and jazz music. Not deep by any means, this light mystery was a joy to read. I have already purchased the second in the series "Deadly nightshade", and plan to read it just as soon as my review commitments allow.

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  1. Mary Rosenblum born Mary Freeman 1952 in Levittown, New York is a science fiction fantasy and mystery author She grew up in Allison Park, a dead little coal mining town outside Pittsburgh PA, and attended Reed College in Oregon, earning a biology degree She attended the Clarion West workshop in 1988.Her first story came out in 1990 and her first novel in 1993 Her career began, and has largely returned to, science fiction However, from 1999 to 2002 she wrote the Gardening Mysteries novel series under the name Mary Freeman She is also a cheesemaker, teaching the craft at workshops At the age of 57, Rosenblum earned her pilot s license from Wiki

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  1. This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O Connor It has been awhile since I ve read a cozy mystery and this one was a delight.Rachel and her Guatemalan laborer Julio have a job restoring the grounds of an old hotel on the banks of the Columbia River in the scenic Willamette Valley, Oregon The problem is that the owner, Henry Bassinger, hasn t paid her in awhile and has been acting increasingly strange Surely he is too young for A [...]


  2. Twists and turnsComplicated characters Lots of intrigue No real surprises Good clues and a couple of unexpected character flaws Secrets make enemies want retribution.


  3. Title Devil s Trumpet Rachel O Connor Mystery 1 Author Rachel Rosenblum Published 4 22 2016 Originally Published 6 30 2015 Under the name Mary Freeman Publisher Endeavor PressPages 220 Genre Mystery, Thrillers Suspense Sub Genre Gardening Landscape Design Amateur Sleuths Flowers ISBN 9781532885129 ASIN B010QX169E Reviewer DelAnne Reviewed For NetGalley My Rating 4 1 2 Stars Welcome to Blossom, Oregon Take a moment to stop by Rain Country Landscaping and meet the owner, Rachel O Connor She could [...]


  4. very engaging mystery with interesting characters and a good setting the town of Blossom is almost a character itself I had not read Rosenblum previously but I ll look for her in the future Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC You ll like this if you enjoy a quick read with enough twists to keep you guessing I read this on a train and it was a perfect plot driven book for the ride.


  5. Cute readEnjoyable who done it set in a fictitious Oregon town that I wish I could actually visit But beware of the carb cravings created by references to the treats served at the local bakery



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