Review posted: 7/20/03
Murder is blooming in the little town of Blossom and Rachel oíConnor, owner of Rain
Country Landscaping has landed right in the middle. Gardening fans will love this
charming and unusual series. Devilís Trumpet, the mystery debut for author Mary Freeman,
invites loverís of nature and mystery alike to join her for a little mayhem. The first of
a series that so far contains two other books, Deadly Nightshade and Bleeding Heart, this
book is a fun look at life along the Hood River.
Rachel OíConnorís fledging landscape business finally catches a break in the form of
Henry Bassinger, a kind, if slightly eccentric old man who wants to restore the family
inn to itís former showplace glory.
Rachel starts to worry when Henryís moods become erratic, and her worst fears come true
when Henry turns up face down in the Columbia Gorge. Enter Jeff, Rachelís high school
sweetheart and Blossomís newest edition to the police force. Their reunion is cut short
when Jeff determines that Henryís demise was more than a case of loose railing and poor
footing, and the folks of her small town are starting to look a little more sinister.
If having her biggest client murdered wasnít enough trouble, her one man crew - Julio is
the top suspect, Henryís nephew, in second place as a suspect, has started flirting with
her and worst of all, her widowed motherís in LOVE!
A light-hearted mystery, Devilís Trumpet is a fun, interesting and entertaining read.
Ití s not much of a challenge as far as whodunits go, but youíll enjoy the twists and
turns Rachel takes to finding the killer as much as youíll enjoy solving the mystery.