Aunt Dot and Harry are finally tying the knot, and Callie Erickson is buried up to her elbows in flower arrangements and, yet again, more mysteries. When her prized Eden rosebushes go missing days before the wedding, Callie summons her courage to call out an all-around unpleasant person and local garden club president, Ginger Slayton. But despite the help of her loyal friends, Mona and Houston, the confrontation with Ginger leads to a dead end—but the chaos doesn't end there.
A local businesswoman is found dead, and Callie becomes the main suspect. She is determined to prove her innocence just as much as she's determined Aunt Dot's wedding will go on--with or without her Eden roses in the bridal bouquet. But when Callie's missionary parents disappear on their way back to Texas, roses keep mysteriously appearing, and her own family strife is brought to the surface, Callie may just drown in the upheaval.
Can Todd walk the line between his love for Callie and his dedication to his law enforcement career? Will Callie have a chance to make things right with her parents? And who keeps leaving roses for her to find?
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Aside from the fact that Callie has a natural curiosity that causes her to want answers, somehow trouble seems to always be waiting just around the corner for her. I am not suggesting that she goes looking for trouble. However, if trouble is brewing, she manages to get in the middle of it. In this particular story, she simply lets her pugs out into the back yard to do what dogs do. The dogs head to the neighbor’s back yard instead, refusing to come back when she calls them. She goes to retrieve them and finds a body in the neighbor’s yard. As hard as she tries, she cannot stop herself from trying to figure out who killed the person. Even when she does resist, something else occurs that gets her started again. The sheriff doesn’t help his own cause when he keeps treating Callie as his prime suspect. Her boyfriend Todd, who is a deputy, tries to rein her in but he only slows her down occasionally. I appreciate that her Aunt Dot and Dot’s fiancé, Harry, are constantly praying for her and everyone else involved in all that is going on. Her friend Mona is quite an enjoyable character who keeps the reader wondering what she will say next, like “washing it under the table” instead of “sweeping it under the rug” and other quirky phrases. Although Callie moved to Short Creek a few years earlier looking for a slower life than she had in a big city, Short Creek has its fair share of excitement. I don’t know if there will be more books in this series, but I would welcome them. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.