Rooted in Deceit   ( A Greenhouse Mystery #4) Wendy Tyson from Henery Press It�s summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan i...

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Rooted in Deceit (A Greenhouse Mystery #4)
Wendy Tyson
from Henery Press

It�s summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan is preparing for the grand opening of their wood-fired pizza farm, and things with Megan�s beau, handsome Dr. Finn, are getting as hot as the August temperatures. But when Megan�s ne�er-do-well father arrives in Pennsylvania with his high-maintenance Italian wife, Sylvia, and announces they�re staying at the new yoga retreat center a town away, a sweet occasion sours.

Eager to secure pieces for her Milan boutique, Sylvia finagles a meeting with up-and-coming artist Thana Moore, whose work is showing at the retreat center. After their explosive encounter, Thana is murdered and Sylvia becomes the prime suspect. Only Sylvia isn�t the only one with ties to the artist�once upon a time, Thana Moore had been Megan�s best friend. As Megan delves into Thana�s past, piecing together the years since their falling out, she realizes that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County. Unless Megan can find the killer, this idyllic summer will turn nightmarish. Innocent people may be imprisoned�and even more could die.

Megan found her father in the upstairs hall, outside the room he�d once shared with Megan�s mother, Charlotte. Since Charlotte abandoned her family more than two decades ago, the room had been vacant. Back then Eddie, suddenly finding himself to be the too-young single father of a daughter under ten, had moved to a guest room. Their marital quarters remained empty for years, until Eddie relocated to Italy. After that, Bibi, not one for overt sentimentality but a great holder of grudges, made it into a sewing room. Any traces of young Charlotte Birch had been swept out with the dust bunnies.

�I met her, you know.� Megan moved down the darkened hall toward her father. She watched him breathe deeply, square his shoulders. Always preparing for a fight, it seemed. Even when there was no enemy in sight. �My mother, I mean.�

Eddie�s eyes widened slightly. �Oh?�

�Christmastime. Last year.�

�Not since?�

�No. Not since.�

�That�s your mother, I guess.� Eddie put his hand against the heavy wooden door and removed it quickly, as though the surface had burned him. �Unreliable.�

�She wrote me a letter.�

�She remarried, Megan. Has a new family.� His words were almost a whisper. �I don�t want you to get hurt.�

�I know about her other children. And as for getting hurt, it�s a little late for that.�

Eddie picked up the suitcase that sat on the worn runner and nodded. �Well, then.�

Just like Eddie, Megan thought. Leaving when the going gets tough. But, she reminded herself, he was the one who stayed all those years ago when Charlotte disappeared.

Megan said, �Do you really have to leave?�

Sylvia made reservations. We just came for the evening, to freshen up and say hello.�

�You can change those reservations.�

Her father gave her a sad smile. �I don�t think so, Megan.�


Eddie�s hand shot up. His eyes pleaded for understanding. �Sylvia�s a good woman, Megan. I know she can seem high strung, but she�s a visionary. She sees the positive where others see only failure, possibility where others see futility. She has a sharp eye for business.�

�You love her?�

�Yes,� Eddie replied. �Very much.�

Failure and futility. As Megan watched her father disappear into the guest room to retrieve their bags, she wasn�t so sure it was really Sylvia�s business savvy he was referring to.


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