Cozy Mystery

Petal Pushers Mystery Series

The first two novels in this series have appeared on Amazon’s Bestseller List in their Cozy Mystery subcategory.

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Book 1 in the Series
280 Pages
ISBN:  0692362185
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Darci Shelton has just one year to make her new flower shop a success, but she must come to terms with the store’s resident ghost while struggling to put Petal Pushers in the black.

Customers in the small Kentucky town keep Darci busy with flower arrangements and landscaping jobs. She also has to watch over her pregnant employee, and puts herself in jeopardy trying to help the sheriff crack a murder case.

While all that’s going on, the ghost heals puny plants, entertains the parakeet, and her cold spots keep the cooling bill down, but a dead woman who pops up beside floral displays just isn’t good for business. Financial ups and downs are hard enough to deal with, plus Darci needs to find out what the apparition wants, before it scares everyone away … or worse.


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Secrets, Snapdragons, and a Spirit
Book 2 in the Series
278 Pages
ISBN:  0692362193
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Darci Shelton is compelled to help a woman reclaim her rightful name and possible inheritance, which means uncovering dark family secrets someone may have killed to keep hidden.

She gets a letter addressed to Addie Brown, the ghost who haunts Petal Pushers flower shop. Turns out a deathbed confession prompted Ellen to write in hopes that somebody in the small Kentucky town might know what happened all those years ago, when her great-grandmother, Betsy, went on the run with newborn twins. What happened to Betsy’s husband, and why did she hide behind an alias the rest of her life?

When Darci starts asking questions, she snoops her way into legal trouble. She’s already struggling to overcome financial problems in the shop, so that’s the last thing she needs. Miss Addie is eager to help, especially since Betsy was her BFF, but a dead lady can only do so much. Darci must solve the mystery in time … without falling victim to the cover-up.


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Grudges, Goldenrods, and Ghosts
Book 3 in the Series
220 Pages
ISBN: 0692583548

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Darci Shelton finds an old cookie tin buried in the cellar under her flower shop and can’t stop wondering why it was hidden there in the first place. More questions arise when she goes through the contents.

What possible significance could some faded pictures and a straggling key hold? Between her floral business and a campaign party at Clydell Manor, Darci already has more than enough to worry about before weird things start happening at the shop. The key keeps vanishing, she’s nearly strangled by her own necklace, and the computer crashes after a mysterious message appears on the screen. Miss Addie might act up on occasion, but the resident ghost’s antics are never malicious. With Halloween coming up, she figures someone might be playing an elaborate prank, and hopes the crooks responsible for a string of local burglaries don’t have their sights set on Petal Pushers.

Just when it looks like her questions are doomed to go unanswered, Darci discovers a secret that somebody intends to keep hidden … by any means necessary.