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By Julie, suffering weather whiplash in Somerville

Drum roll, please! Garden Squad #3 is ready to take its bow.

Digging Up the Remains will be released on August 25! I’m actually working on the copyedits now, and I can’t wait for folks to read it. I’ve set the story around Halloween and the Goosebush Fall Festival. Here’s the blurb:

A festive fall is in full swing in Goosebush, Massachusetts, but when a snoopy reporter is felled by foul play, it’s up to Lilly and her Garden Squad to spook out a killer . . .

Between hosting a haunted house on her lawn, serving on the town’s 400th Anniversary Planning Committee, and prepping for the Fall Festival’s 10k fundraiser, Lilly’s hands are full. She doesn’t have time for prickly newspaper reporter Tyler Crane, who’s been creeping around town, looking for dirt on Goosebush’s most notable families . . . until he’s found dead on the race route moments before the start.
An unfortunate accident? Or did Tyler unearth a secret that someone in Goosebush is willing to kill to keep? By planting nasty rumors and cultivating fear, Tyler sowed a fair share of ill will during his brief time in town. Weeding through the suspects will be thorny, but Lilly and her Garden Squad are determined to root out the autumnal assassin before the Fall Festival flops . . .

A bit more about the book. There’s a kitten adoption added to the mix. Honestly, I can’t believe there hasn’t been a cat in the series so far. Not sure what I was thinking!

I love writing this series, and am so grateful for the reader support of Lilly Jayne and the rest of the Garden Squad. The book is up for preorder now!

To celebrate Book #3, I’d love to give away a copy of Book #1, Pruning the Dead, which was released a year ago this month! Readers, let me know in the comments what’s on your To-Be-Read pile this month!

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