May/June 2020

My experience as a landscape garden designer brought me to Columbus Circle in New London, Connecticut USA. I volunteered to tend to the city garden for a day with a friend. The story was born at the feet of the Columbus statue, among the yew shrubs.

Roses, Wine & Murder - In the City of Steeples, is a story with high contrast between the peaceful wine regions by Long Island Sound, and New London, CT. A tightly mottled city of grand architecture. The City of Steeples includes New London's labyrinth streets and it's unique history dating back hundreds of years. 
   In this modern-day mystery, a villain snakes through the City of Steeples, and the whole city is on edge. Will it deter the tourists and summer Tall-Ships event? Will it interrupt the Presidential visit to the Coast Guard Academy's graduation ceremonies?
   Detective Morrison is juggling multiple suspects, including the escapades of an expert gardener, Roxanne, and Georgi, a flamboyant wine connoisseur. While Fire Chief Samson, and Medical Examiner, Dr. Angela Storm, do their best to assist professionally. Yet, all are confounded by the villain's antics.
Roses, Wine & Murder will keep you entertained with humor and murderous intrigue! 


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Book Trailer Video

Please visit my Facebook Author Page where I have more photos of the actual locations that inspired the story and the activities I embrace as a writer and researcher. 

 Author Notes: When I was in grade school, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes fascinated me with his analytical methods utilizing intricate details to solve the crime before anyone else! I then enjoyed being scared by the intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds, Rear Window, and Psycho. 

On tv's 'Masterpiece Mystery' I loved watching Agatha Christie's characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. They captured me with their unique and eccentric personalities and wonderful ways of deduction.

Ye Antientist Burial Ground, New London, CT
  A good murder-mystery novel is a thrilling puzzle, a maze for the mind to wander and ask, What is going on? Add-in, unusual character antics and the drama comes alive. That is why as a reader, it's fun to try and solve a murder from the comfort of a soft chair.

  Dan Brown is one of my favorite writers. He adds the dimension of history, architecture, and a strong sense of place, often as we race along a blood-stained trail. It all draws us deep into the story. He knows how to hit the I can't put it down sweet-spot for me. I am inspired and only aspire to the level of his craft.

Research Note: My love of nature, photography, and writing allowed me to visit many locations I may not have wandered into. A wonderful surprise was the manicured beauty of the vineyards. As I photographed scenes, to capture the ambiance of my story, I saw families picnicking and enjoying an afternoon snack. The parents shared a bottle of wine and the children sipped on lemonade and chased butterflies.
Working on the book trailer video with Jojo.

  Every vineyard I visited exhibited a partnership with nature. Hardworking men and women who turn a grape-growing, farming business, into a beautiful elite adventure for their visitors. The result, a  stunning vineyard landscape where the fruit is lovingly cared for and placed in a bottle, to become wine.
  I enjoyed inserting Georgi's wine knowledge and food-pairings, as well as the poisonous plants and gardening tidbits which were part of the villain and Roxanne's expertise.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy reading my story!

  Cheers! Rose

P.S. For writers, three to five drafts are never enough. You must, read your work and put it down. Let it percolate a day, or much more. Away from it, you will have a new thought to add, and when you read it fresh again, you will improve it. This cycle will be repeated too many times to count! And then, in the end, you must have an editor. You will never see every issue, even if you are a perfectionist. Then you will find out there is more than one opinion about commas. So what are you to do? Do the best you can and forgive yourself when you make mistakes.
P.S.S. Yes, I did a 2nd printing to fix the typos that I, nor the hired editors, did not catch!

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