Casey Calhoun loves gardening and enjoys being able to serve at the pleasure of the president Her dedication to the gardens also leads her into some trouble as she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer She is curious, wanting answers, and not about to sit on her hands despite warnings from DC Police, FBI and Secret Service I really like her feistiness and determination despite the danger The plot is intriguing and the various characters make the pages fly by I was particularly excited by the way the setting descriptions pulled me into the story and made it very easy to imagine being right there on the grounds of the White House. 3.5 Stars Pretty good first book in the series I liked how Casey is an armchair sleuth like the rest of us and gets to put her Miss Marple skills to the test here It was fun reading a book that takes place at the White House even though I have no interest in gardening, I always enjoy getting a glimpse at something I know nothing about While there were parts of the mystery that I didn t figure out I wasn t that surprised at who was involved in the end Would definitely read another in the series. There are a number of issues with Flowerbed of State that prevented me from rating it any higher than 3 stars, but despite this I still found it enjoyable because of the likeable main character and her relationship with the potential love interest.Casey Calhoun has the typical qualities of an amateur detective she s spunky, obsessed with justice and incredibly nosey I am generally turned off by heroines who do stupid things in an effort to discover the truth despite being repeatedly warned by perfectly capable law enforcement people, and Casey definitely stepped right over the line into being TSTL What saved her character for me was that she was at least aware of how irritating she was being and made a conscious effort to tone her sleuthing down Thank God for self awareness I also appreciated her sense of humour and relatively calm reactions to danger here s a girl who ll fight her way out instead of descending into hysterics.Her potential love interest Secret Service agent who saves her butt, Jack Turner, needs some major character development, but I liked what little we know about him beyond the fact that he s a hunk and is a gruff man of few words he definitely has a sense of humour I LOLed at his reaction to Casey s announcement that he s the sidekick to her Miss Marple and he s a surprisingly good listener I love that Turner actually listens to Casey and seriously considers her theories So often these policeman boyfriend characters spend time lecturing their girlfriends about not jumping into danger than they do listening to what insights they have to offer The downsides that I mentioned earlier the writing, particularly in the middle third of the novel, can really use some tightening up I found myself skimming quite often because there are so many wordy, unnecessary sections Why do we need to know about Ambrose s stress over organizing or Seth Donahue s crazy micromanaging Who are they anyway The author was perhaps attempting to flesh out the setting of the White House by developing various staff, but if the character s have no actual role to play like Ambrose , then they should have been removed altogether Inserting all these random people who make useless cameo appearances only makes the story confusing and messy.Confusing and messy also applies to the plotting of the mystery, which felt like a huge jumble of unrelated events and characters Right up to the end, I still had only the vaguest idea how the villain, victim and red herrings were connected It doesn t help that Casey s sleuthing involved crashing headlong into things, not so subtly grilling suspects for information and then promptly getting herself almost killed I think she was also hauled off by the Secret Service and lectured questioned at least 3 times At one point, I thought I was reading a novel about Hurricane Casey rather than a cozy mystery set in the White House.Thankfully, the pacing picked up in the last stretch, the conclusion was reasonably satisfying even though I had guessed the murderer right at the beginning, and Casey s relationship with Jack Turner shows promising development There are definite sparks, but I love that they re becoming friends first I m looking forward to the next book Welcome to President s Park locate at the White House.Casey Calhoun works as an assistant White House Gardener Casey is preparing to present a organic gardening system to the First Lady To calm her nerves,Casey goes outside to dig up some roots she noticed that were choking the tulips Big Mistake..Someone hits her on the head she wakes up face down the garden When she wakes upshe has to face a Secretservice agent plus they find a dead body in a nearbytrash can Does Casey hold the key to the murderer The book describes the gardens, trees and shrubs growing on the White House grounds You will learn about organic gardening with tips at the end of the book on how to keepyour home garden growing productively.You will meet Milo, the young White House puppy as he digsup the roses and leads the staff on a good chase.A diverse array of characters keep the reader entertained. Well, this grabbed my interest at the beginning, but as it went on, it began to annoy me While some of the supporting characters are okay and I liked poor Turner , Casey seemed pig headed to the point of stupidity, and from about halfway through the book I started hoping that her theory on the murder being related to the banking hearings was wrong, so she d look stupid, and maybe get fired Julie Hyzy does a much better job of a White House cozy. After a really bumpy start, so bumpy that I almost stopped reading this book not once but twice, I am glad to say I stuck with it I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters in it The book finally gained momentum that instead of the three stars I was going to give it I am now giving it four Looking forward to the next book. Casey Calhoun is the assistant gardener at the White House The book starts with Casey lying in the garden and a dead body not that far from her It appears that she interrupted the killer and that person hit her over the head Casey is determined to find out what happened and how it connects to her.I really enjoyed Casey s character I liked the banter with Secret Service Agent Turner I hope he sticks around in later books It was a little slowed paced for me but overall it was an ok book I would continue with this series just to see what happens with Casey and Agent Turner. Amazing EPub, Flowerbed Of State A White House Gardener Mystery, 1 Author Dorothy St James This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Flowerbed Of State A White House Gardener Mystery, 1 , Essay By Dorothy St James Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Flowerbed of StateBy Dorothy St JamesCopyright May 2011Publisher Berkeley Prime CrimeCasey s passion for organic gardening and eye for detail have carried her into the most important patch of land in America President s Park, on which site the most important home in America the White House.But while she s readying the final touches on an innovative cultivation program for the First Lady to inspect, she s attacked from behind by an unknown assailant who then disappears When she comes to, she notices some damaged foliage that leads her and the Secret Service to a dead woman in a trash can With the biggest opportunity of her life ready to bloom, and all the President s men plowing up her perfect plans, Casey has to dig in and root out a killer before she ends up planted herself Casey s job as an assistant White House Gardener is everything she could wish for She s even working with the First Lady to design a new garden area that will utilize the new no chemical fertilizer techniques Coming to work the day of her presentation she dressed in a suit to show a professional appearance Wouldn t you know that she spots some damaged foliage that calls to her for immediate attention And that is where she should have left well enough alone and just sent one of the workers to handle it While out there pulling at the offending plants she is attacked from behind and knocked out briefly When she wakes up she finds herself being watched by a Secret Service member and then a dead body in a trash can This is the first book in Dorothy St James new White House Gardener Mysteries and I m thrilled with her main character Casey and the crew of associates that were designed as her co workers and foils for each of her new ideas I m looking forward to book two and beyond and think this is going to be a long running and very popular series Ms St.James can be found at Full Disclosure This ARC was sent to me by the author in the hope that I would consider reviewing it. This book started off as a promising fun cozy mysteryCassandra Casey Calhoun s passion for gardening has carried her to President s Park on which sits the White House But when she finds a dead body in a trash can, Casey has to root out a killer before she ends up planted herself Well that s about all the excitement the book held I really tried to like this book but it just did not draw me into the storyline.I found it very boring, nothing seem to be happening except that Casey was kept from her important meeting with the First Lady, running from one place to another, running from someone or another Someone had just tried to kill her, and all the secret service did was drag her from one place to another trying to interview her, they didn t seem to care that she was covered in mud from head to toe It just seemed unrealI read 100 pages and said ENOUGH of this, I turned to the last chapter, read it and guess what I had guessed who the killer was in the first 100 pages, so feel I didn t miss much by bypassing the other 165 pages, except maybe a lot of the same boring reading.I awarded this book 1 star, because I didn t finish reading it The book is a part of my Nook library.