The first book in a new cozy mystery. It is a relaxing read, characters developed. It set in rural Iowa along. a river bank. The town is slowly changing from farms to a small town. Melanie Perkins was writing for the newspaper until she was fired for taking too many pictures of flowers. Melanie doesn’t want to leave the area so she accepts a job redoing the landscape of a Victorian house. Gardening is her first love. The owner of the newspaper, Hal Morris has an argument with her in the local store. The next morning, Melanie find him buried in a pile of manure. Melanie works to clear her name as some of the law enforcement officers decide she is guilty. I am looking forward to Melanie and friends next adventure.