By Heather Webber

There is a serpent unfastened in Nina's backyard ... Nina Colette Ceceri Quinn's company, Taken all at once -- a landscaping company focusing on shock backyard makeovers -- is the one factor in her lifestyles that appears to be like 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 means of ordinary factors. whatever evil has taken root in Nina's Ohio small city, and the neighborhood police -- together with dearly unbeloved Kev -- are baffled. yet it is remarkable what a inventive gardener can dig up whilst she places her brain to it -- notwithstanding, through sticking her fingers too deeply into this fetid, fertile soil, Nina may possibly good turn out planted underneath her personal petunias.

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The phone rang and I hurried to answer it, nearly tripping on the plunger as I rushed down the stairs, thinking it might be Tam reporting more missing hoes. It wasn’t. ” my mother asked. I wasn’t in the mood to have her pry so I inserted a light lilt into my voice. ” What was it about mothers and their ability to know when something was wrong—and why were stepmothers excluded from this gift? ” How did I argue with her when she was right? I could hear her breathing, but she remained silent. “I’m fine,” I finally said.

Appropriately armed, I ran back upstairs. The sink still needed plunging, but my curiosity over that magazine Riley had shoved under his pillow couldn’t be quenched. Something was up with him, and I was determined to find out what it was. After all, it was my evil stepmotherly duty to snoop, right? However, as I reached the landing at the top of the steps, I heard a car door slam. Running into my bedroom, I peeked out the window, swore under my breath. The unmarked assigned to Kevin sat in the driveway, parked next to my ancient Corolla.

They narrowed as she looked at me. “I’ll be darned. Nina Ceceri! ” She jumped up, moving much quicker than I would have thought she could. She had to be at least seventy. Before I knew it I was engulfed in a big hug. She smelled of baking bread and Ivory soap. I smiled as she pulled away. ” She waved to her head. “I’m old. ” The twinkle in her eye told me she was teasing. ” She smiled. ” “You look wonderful, Mrs. ” She patted her hair, then slid her hands down her still slim figure. ” Her smile faltered.

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