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A Hoe Lot of Trouble: A Nina Quinn Mystery (Nina Quinn by Heather Webber

By Heather Webber

There is a serpent free in Nina's backyard ... Nina Colette Ceceri Quinn's company, Taken unexpectedly -- a landscaping enterprise focusing on shock backyard makeovers -- is the single factor in her lifestyles that appears thriving. Her marriage to adulterous police detective Kevin Quinn has wilted. Her delinquent stepson Riley is spreading hassle round like smelly manure. Even her gardening instruments are disappearing, together with a slightly helpful set of hoes. Worst of all, the pleasant previous guy who first brought her to the thrill of horticulture is useless -- and never by way of typical motives. anything evil has taken root in Nina's Ohio small city, and the neighborhood police -- together with dearly unbeloved Kev -- are baffled. yet it is extraordinary what a innovative gardener can dig up while she places her brain to it -- even though, through sticking her fingers too deeply into this fetid, fertile soil, Nina may good turn out planted underneath her personal petunias.

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We’re fine. Really, we are. ” Mrs. Sandowski clucked. “I know. ” Strands of pale blonde hair fell forward onto Bridget’s face. She pushed them back behind her ears. ” She pulled out a chair for me. “Catch me up with you. ” I smiled, thinking about Taken by Surprise until I remembered those damn hoes. ” Her wrinkled face puckered. ” “It started that way until a client offered me an absurd amount of money to be done with her job in a day. ” I laughed before I realized who I was speaking to—someone who had turned down an absurd amount of money.

I smiled. Bridget had started calling Mrs. Sandowski “Mom” long before she and Tim married. My eyesight slowly adjusted. The living room, where we were standing, was spotless. I doubted there was a speck of dust on any piece of furniture, and certainly no trace of soot in the large stone fireplace. I checked the soles of my Keds to make sure they were clean. ” Bridget called out, slightly louder than before. ” Hot was an understatement. Even with the windows open and a prehistoric ceiling fan droning above, hell had nothing on this place.

Her cell phone rang, and she scurried away to answer it. Kit lumbered over, all six-foot-five, 250 well-muscled pounds of him. “Hey, boss. ” he asked, though by the glint in his eye he knew darn well why I was there. I hedged. ” A smile curled up one corner of his mouth. ” I pulled him aside. Thankfully, he went willingly or I wouldn’t have been able to budge him. ” His eyes narrowed. Long ago he’d had them lined with black ink. He looked scarier than a pit full of vipers, but it was all for show.

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