How to Plant a Body [NOOK Book]

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Sarcastic by nature, Lily Aster’s morning just went from bad to worse. A dead body has been discovered—by employee, Joey Emerson—in her family’s flower shop’s greenhouse. Greeting Lily as she tries to get inside, is Detective Anthony Falcetti, the guy in charge . . . now. Lily instantly falls into extreme dislike for the man and the feelings are quite mutual. Her sister Angelica simply wants to get inside, clean up the place and get on with their work day. Not today!
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How to Plant a Body

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Overview

Sarcastic by nature, Lily Aster’s morning just went from bad to worse. A dead body has been discovered—by employee, Joey Emerson—in her family’s flower shop’s greenhouse. Greeting Lily as she tries to get inside, is Detective Anthony Falcetti, the guy in charge . . . now. Lily instantly falls into extreme dislike for the man and the feelings are quite mutual. Her sister Angelica simply wants to get inside, clean up the place and get on with their work day. Not today!
Owen and Iris Aster own Aster’s Offerings and have spent more than thirty-five years building it up to the tremendous success it is. Problem? Dead bodies tend to bring business to a screeching halt. Add to that a daughter who is hell-bent on finding out who is responsible while trying to outdo and out-sleuth a seasoned detective, and finding herself oddly attracted to him. Something she is not very proud of. Lily finds herself knee-deep in an investigation Detective Falcetti is trying his best to keep her as far away from as is humanly possible.
Personalities clash, clues are uncovered, feelings are hurt, emotions are set on high and lust is in the air. With a quick wit and sharpened tongue, Lily Aster brings readers into her world and gives them something to laugh at while enjoying a great, old-fashioned who-dun-it!
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Editorial Reviews

Susan Santangelo
“A sarcastic, mouthy woman, protective of herself and her family, meets an over-the-top slightly arrogant police detective investigating a murder at the family florist shop. It’s a match made in—well, not heaven, exactly. But it’s not dull, that’s for sure.

With crisp, witty dialogue as razor sharp as Lily’s tongue, Armstrong moves the plot along at a rapid pace, taking the reader along for a hilarious ride. Great fun!”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014520140
  • Publisher: Suspense Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/16/2012
  • Series: How to , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 302,558
  • File size: 435 KB

Meet the Author

Terri Ann Armstrong lives in Pittsfield, MA near her grandson Tyler and daughter Ashley. Armstrong has been writing for many years and also enjoys being and Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine. She also edits with her partners in ARR Editing Services, http://arrediting.com/.
Armstrong has plans to make “How to Plant a Body” the first in a series of books featuring Lily Aster and Detective Tony Falcetti. You can find Terri Ann on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Library Thing, Red Room, Word Press, LinkedIn and her website, www.freewebs.com/tarmstrong.
Stop by her FB author page, Twitter (TerriAnn125) or Goodreads and let her know what you think about her new How To series, she’d like to hear from you.
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  • Posted July 29, 2012

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    Apparently, one day author Terri Ann Armstrong decides to churn

    Apparently, one day author Terri Ann Armstrong decides to churn together a blooming relationship with a healthy dose of disaster. Mix together a body found by a sensitive man in a greenhouse, one very sarcastic lady and her laid-back sister and you get “How to Plant a Body.” A title apropos to the story within the pages.
    Lily Aster and her sister Angel manage a flower shop for their now retired parents. They have hired Joey Emerson to help them in the shop. One morning, Joey walks in and finds a body. Panic sets in and he calls the police. Lily and Angel arrive to find Detective Anthony Falcetti ordering them out of their own shop while he investigates.
    Lily doesn’t take kindly to being ordered around, even if it is by the authorities. She sets her mind to doing her own inquiry into the murder and keeps running up against Falcetti at every turn. Or maybe he’s ‘planting’ himself close to her on purpose. He takes a liking to Lily despite her snarky tongue (or maybe that’s because of it) and tries to convince her they were going to have a relationship.
    She fights him on it, not wanting to immerse herself in misery she defines as the male-female bond. While she’s fending off his unwanted (or wanted?) advances, Lily tries to find out what happened to the man found in her greenhouse. Falcetti does his job, but is unwilling to share his findings with a civilian, which leads Lily to quick retorts about the falsity of trust in a relationship (that is, if they were to have one).
    This is a witty cozy that you’ll be more than glad you picked up. This is Terri’s first attempt at the cozy genre and I do believe she has found her calling. I rate it a five-star! ~Starr Gardinier Reina, author of "One Major Mistake"

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    MURDER HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN! I have always been fond of s

    MURDER HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN!

    I have always been fond of strong female characters, but Terri Ann Armstrong has created a classic in Lily Aster. A smart and sarcastic woman who the reader will fall in love with instantly! Her humor is amusing, her veiw of the world entertaining, and her hidden humanity takes the course of the book to discover. Adding his two-cents into the mix is snarky Detective Anthony Falcetti. Instantly, these two hate each other. But...keep reading...it gets BETTER! There is a matter of trying to keep the familiy business running, now that dead bodies are "popping up like daisies," but the humor and horror do well with this plot. One thinks of such classics as "Arsenic and Old Lace," and of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry," when reading this impressive work. Certainly a good beginning for a new series! Those who seek romance will not be disappointed. The unsuspected attraction between the two main characters is a fantastic twist to the whole story, that makes "How to Plant a Body" a great tribute to the early "Radio Mysteries" of the past.

    If you are looking for a grand old-fashioned, grit in your teeth adventure, surrounded by murder, mystery, and marigolds, GET THIS BOOK! -- Donald Allen Kirch, author of "Manchester House," and "The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight."

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