Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Blurb #6

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                                                  In Mrs. Phelan's Garden

Abigail Phelan was known across the state for her English garden. Each hosta and azalea placed with precision like sliver cutlery on an Edwardian table. Although she had a full time gardener to help, Mrs. Phelan could be seen early every morning pulling on her gloves to help.

The problem arose when she wanted to set a brass sundial. Nursey workmen dug deep for a cement base that Monday morning when the body was found. Wrapped in a canvas tarp, someone had been buried in Mrs. Phelan’s English garden. Who was it? Who put a body among the perfect arrangement of boxwood and gravel paths?

The town of Overman wanted answers, but a great many more questions came to the top of the garden before any answers formed. The remains brought suspicions, doubts, and fear to everyone especially Mrs. Phelan who could not explain the dead body in her garden. 


Sioux said...

Poor Mrs. Phelan.

Claudia--It never ceases to amaze me how one photo can inspire such different pieces. Thanks for writing this week... and I hope the shoes for next week do something for you ;)

Terra Hangen said...

Your words are a great match for the photo; this could be the beginning of a British cozy mystery.

Elephant's Child said...

If ever I write a book I need you to write the blurb.
Yet again, this is another one I would read in a heart beat.

Val said...

Sounds like Mrs. Phelan should have instructed the workmen more precisely on where to dig...or could that be part of her legal defense?

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

This sounds like a wonderful cozy mystery. I'd love to read it!

Pat Hensley said...

As a gardener, this really struck my fancy! Great blurb!

Lynn said...

I'm not much of a mystery fan, but I would read this! Sounds like a great mystery. Loved your take on this photo.

Marylin Warner said...

Claudia, this is amazing!
Well done. Have you checked the many Flash Fiction contests out there? Some are only 100 words, but others go as high as 250.
You write so well, and "In Mrs. Phelan's Garden" is excellent.