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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.