Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Grounds For Death by Andrea Zanetti


So, Andrea, tell me a bit about yourself.
I love to read. Like many Lori’s Reading Corner followers, it’s my favorite way to spend my free time. And, thankfully, it can be done anywhere: in the garden (my number one spot!), in a luxurious bubble bath, snuggled under the covers, or in the car (when someone else is driving, I mean!). Mysteries have been my preferred reading for a long time. I think back to reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock Presents anthologies in my early teens. So you can see my preoccupation with mysteries, and I always thought it would be great to write one myself. More recently, I have become a voracious fan of cozy mysteries – I love all the series – getting to know the characters and their foibles is great fun.
So how did you get into writing cozy mysteries and why did you launch a series based on a garden center owner?
Good question. I actually have a day job working as a human resources professional. (Any further commentary on that will put you to sleep in seconds, so let’s just skip over the details.) At one time I was between jobs and presented with the opportunity to go to university to pursue an MBA degree. I was accepted into the program one March, and courses would start in September. Whoopee, a whole six months to do nothing but steel myself to re-enter the long forgotten world of studying and prepare myself for hanging around with people half my age (okay, not quite, but still younger people). I had a degree in languages, and a ton of spare time. What better way to spend it than to write a mystery? I jumped in with both feet: I decided immediately that Death in the Forsythia would be the first in a series named the Garden Plot Mysteries. Talk about setting high expectations! It was the perfect fit for my love of reading, writing and gardening. Gardening has been one of my passions since my teens, although at that time I was determined to grow vegetables. Tomatoes and green peppers worked out all right, but the carrots I grew turned out to be stubby little things. (I’ve since learned that you have to loosen the soil for a good twelve inches to grow carrots.) And I don’t think our clay soil helped the situation. Since then I’ve moved on to horticultural pursuits – my favorites are perennials. Not to disparage anyone planting annuals (they provide endless, colourful blooms), but I find that perennials are more challenging and can be planted once for years of enjoyment. So perhaps there’s a bit of a lazy gardener in me, I guess.
Tell my readers about your latest book, Grounds for Death.
Grounds for Death is the second in the Garden Plot Mystery series. This time, heroine Marilee Bright gets herself into a deeper pickle, now that she’s become braver as an amateur sleuth. Hopefully she also gets wiser as time goes on as she has to face more killers intent on keeping her nose out of their business. In Grounds for Death, Marilee has to solve a long cold case involving a skeleton found in a well during one of her landscaping projects. I won’t give away anything further so you can enjoy it for yourself. My only clue (and mea culpa) is to say oolong tea is not as dreadful as I’ve made it out in the book and I hope no one will avoid trying it because of what I’ve written in the book. Happy reading!



Who’d have thought a garden center owner could unearth the dirt on murder?

The season is off to a good start for Marilee Bright’s garden center and landscaping business. When skeletal remains are found at the bottom of a well during a landscaping project, things start to go downhill, and fast. Who is the dead body, and when was it dumped down the well? Is the killer still at large in the quiet town of Sandalwood? Amateur sleuth Marilee Bright needs to dig up the dirt on this murder before the “green” goes out of her business and she loses her hard-won new career.

About the author ~ 


Andrea Zanetti is the author of the Garden Plot Mystery series. She lives on the banks of the Etobicoke Creek in Caledon, Ontario, with her husband and four rambunctious cats. She spends her summers writing and tending to her colorful, overgrown gardens and ponds.

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The author is generously giving away either an electronic copy or paperback copy of  Grounds For Death

Contest ends January 5th
Open to residents of US & Canada


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  1. Nancy Roessner says:

    This sounds like a fun series. I love gardening, although I can’t do it now I do like to read about it. Of course I love a mystery!

  2. brandy boone says:

    Thanks for this chance!! I love to read and this does sound like a neat series. Death in the Forsenthia looks good too!! Merry Christmas!!

  3. Great interview.
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  5. Linda Townsend says:

    I, too, love gardening… sometimes, I think, a little too much… as I’m looking at some weeds taking over a spot from my window as I sit here at the computer.
    AND I love to read… sounds like a great combo for a series… mmmm!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. This sounds like a delightful read.
    I don’t have an e-reader so didn’t enter the giveaway.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with us today. Grounds for Death sounds like an awesome read. I am so in line with sitting on the patio and reading a good book – and a good cozy mystery can always make the sun shine 🙂

  8. misskallie2000 says:

    I also love gardening and love cozy mysteries.. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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