I swear that gardener, Casey Calhoun, must have some kind of sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out mysteries. I’m a master at the craft of espionage. I’ve brought down world leaders, destroyed crime lords, and no one—not even fellow spies—has ever suspected an outside force was responsible for these deeds.
I moved from country to country, from high-level position to high-level position like an avenging wraith. Always five steps ahead of my adversaries, I never worried about being discovered.
Until the day I met Casey.
Oh, she looks so innocent as she works her way through the gardens wearing that silly oversized straw hat with the floppy rim. More often than not, her clothes are stained with garden soil. She acts as if she thinks of nothing but the flowers and trees under her care, but I’d heard about how in the past she’d caught murderers.
While those stories of her past adventures were impressive, I wasn’t worried that she’d notice anything about me. I’m a professional, an expert at NOT getting caught.
So how is it that this simple gardener, who can’t even keep the President’s dog from mangling the South Lawn, is on the verge of outsmarting one of the smartest spies to have ever lived? She keeps giving me these sidelong looks and asking questions that she shouldn’t even think to be asking. About me!
She’s turning me into a nervous wreck. I’m starting to pull my hair out!
If I’m not careful, everyone will know who I am. No matter what, that can’t happen. It would ruin everything I’d worked so hard to accomplish! Plus, if I fail, I’d surely become the butt of jokes in the spy community. I can’t let that happen to ME! I didn’t work all these years to become a legend among legends in this cutthroat business to let a gardener ruin me!
What’s a self-respecting spy like myself supposed to do? Scare her? Silence her? Kill her?
OAK AND DAGGER
(Book #3 in the White House Gardener Mysteries – April 2, 2013)
A Spy in the White House Gardens?
Stolen documents, death threats, mysterious holes in the South Lawn, and now a dead body in the garden! The evidence for the murder points to Gordon Sims, beloved White House chief gardener.
White House organic gardener Casey Calhoun, with the help of Special Agent Jack Turner, works to clear Gordon’s name. Soon Casey finds herself in a deadly race against time to discover the link between the missing stolen papers, the holes in the lawn, and a rumored 200-year-old treasure—before the killer strikes again…
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Don’t miss Casey’s others misadventures in the White House gardens. The first two books in the White House Gardener mystery series, Flowerbed of State and The Scarlet Pepper, are available now from Berkley Prime Crime.
Meet the Author
Mystery author and Master Gardener Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, two crazy dogs, and fluffy cat. An environmental urban planner by profession and wildlife biologist by education, she gave up her day job to devote her time to writing in 2001. She writes mysteries, romantic adventure fiction, Regency romances, and short stories. You can read more about Dorothy’s books at www.DorothyStJames.com , on Twitter or on Facebook.
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