Hart’s Begonia Bribe

on April 1, 2013 in Misc

First off, I want to say that I’m gonna have TWO, that’s right, TWO whole posts this week.  Wow — I am so ambitious.

My second post will appear on Wednesday and it’s to give a review (FINALLY) to Ciara Knight’s action-packed The Curse of Gremdon.  (Yes I know, the prolific Ciara has written Escapement since Gremdon came out.  Sorry I’m so behind in my reading.)

Today’s post is a shout-out for the lovely Hart Johnson — aka, Alyse Carlson — and the second book in her Garden Society Cozy mystery series, The Begonia Bribe, which will be released on May 7 by Berkley Press.


Begonia Bribe - The Book



Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment …

A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.

But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.





I can tell you that the first book in Hart’s series, The Azalea Assault, was a fun romp with lots of twists, and I really liked her heroine and star of this series, the sexy, smart and sassy Cam Harris.  And since Begonia has a child’s beauty pageant for the premise and we ALL (us normal people) hate those freaky things, this story promises to be even more fun.

Remember, the book is available May 7 but can be pre-ordered now.  Here are some helpful links.


Pre-order this book from:     Amazon      -or-      Barnes and Noble


Visit the author directly at the following sites:


Author's Facebook Page  Author's Web Site  Author's Twitter

14 Responses to “Hart’s Begonia Bribe”

  1. Congratulations, Hart!!!

  2. Alliteration is so popular these days. Hart is set apart though by her super explosive powerfully colorful covers.

  3. Helena says:

    Michael – They’re as colorful as a garden (lol).

  4. Helena says:

    Alex – I’m so happy for her.

  5. Such a cool review. I have both Hart’s books on my TBR list.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – Begonia will be fun, won’t it?

  7. Hart Johnson says:

    Hugs to you, Helena–thank you SO MUCH for sharing the love (and cover and blurb)–and thank you to your fabulous visitors!!! (and yes–LOVE my cover artists!!!)

  8. Helena says:

    Hart — It’s my pleasure.

  9. Nas says:

    Congratulations Hart! Thanks for the review. These books sound awesome!

  10. Helena says:

    Nas – Hart’s cozy mysteries really are fun.

  11. Ciara says:

    Congratulations, Hart!

  12. Helena says:

    Ciara – Your review is next!

  13. Ketutar says:

    Hi, dearest and fairest helena,

    I had a book giveaway in my blog, and there were just 16 participant, so I decided to send everyone a little something… and then I thought of you and Tami… could you send me your address so that I can add you to the mailing list and send you a little token of my appreciation of you and your kindness towards me :-)
    I really appreciate it very much :-) You are one wonderful woman.

  14. Helena says:

    Ketutar – Thank you so much! And really, you’re the kind one.