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The Secret Poison Garden

The Secret Poison Garden

by Maureen Klovers
The Secret Poison Garden

The Secret Poison Garden

by Maureen Klovers


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Rita Calabrese is the guardian angel of the bucolic Hudson Valley hamlet of Acorn Hollow-and of her lovable but exasperating "famiglia." She's always fortifying her down-on-their-luck neighbors with secret deliveries of home-grown vegetables and ravioli alla zucca, sneaking cannoli into her gruff husband's lunch, and meddling in (or, as she would say, "improving") the lives of her three grown children. But now, on the eve of her sixty-sixth birthday, Rita's looking for a meaningful second act-and finds as a reporter for the local paper. Her profiles of Acorn Hollow's eccentric citizens, including the soft-spoken biology teacher with a secret poison garden, soon make her the toast of the town. But when the beloved football coach is murdered and Rita's investigation uncovers not only a messy love triangle, but also rumors of her ne'er-do-well son Vinnie's involvement, she finds her newfound journalistic zeal on a collision course with her fierce maternal instinct.Humorous and zesty, "The Secret Poison Garden" includes eight mouth-watering, garden-to-table Italian-American recipes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999494127
Publisher: Chesapeake Books
Publication date: 05/28/2018
Series: Rita Calabrese , #1
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 700,942
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Maureen Klovers is the creator of the Rita Calabrese garden-to-table culinary mystery series set in New York's Hudson Valley; the Jeanne Pelletier amateur sleuth series set in Washington, DC; and the memoir "In the Shadow of the Volcano: One Ex-Intelligence Official's Journey through the Slums, Prisons, and Leper Colonies to the Heart of Latin America."

As suggested by the title of her memoir, Maureen has served as a U.S. intelligent agent; taught in the shantytowns of Quito, Ecuador; toured a notorious Bolivian prison in the company of a German narcotrafficker; and been inspired by some of the most positive, life-affirming people on the planet-residents of a facility for those suffering from Hansen's disease (the new name for leprosy).

She loves poking around forgotten corners of DC; speaking Italian, testing recipes for Italian-American classics (which will later work their way into the Rita Calabrese series!), and traveling to Italy; and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband, fun (but exhausting!) toddler, and energetic black Lab.

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