Cover Reveal **and giveaway**

by Julie, enjoying the 40 degree heatwave in Somerville

Drum roll, please! I am delighted to share the cover for Garden Squad #5, The Plot Thickets, with all of you!

Another fabulous cover in this series! Here’s the blurb about the book:

The ever-quintessential New England town of Goosebush, Massachusetts truly shines in springtime, but when an underhanded undertaker digs herself an early grave, it’s up to sixty-something gardening sleuth Lilly Jayne—and her fellow Garden Squad members of course— to unearth the cryptic killer…

With spring’s arrival in Goosebush, Lilly and the Beautification Committee turn their eyes to new projects. A cleanup of the historic Goosebush Cemetery may be in order, after Lilly and Delia find the plots there sorely neglected and inexplicably rearranged. Lilly soon discovers that Whitney Dunne-Bradford snapped up custodianship of the graveyard once she inherited Bradford Funeral Homes. But before Lilly can get to the bottom of the tombstone tampering, she stumbles upon Whitney’s body at the Jayne family mausoleum…

Though at first it appears Whitney died by suicide, Lilly has doubts, and apparently, so does Chief of Police Bash Haywood, who quickly opens a murder investigation. Plenty of folks in town had bones to pick with Whitney, including her stepdaughter, Sasha, and funeral home employee, Dewey Marsh—all three recently charged with illegal business practices. But when the homicide inquiry suddenly targets an old friend, Lilly and the Garden Squad must rally to exhume the truth before the real killer buries it forever…

Chronologically, in Goosebush time, this book takes place a year after Pruning the Dead. and several months after Wreathing Havoc. It will be released on October 25, 2022, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!

You can pre-order it from your favorite bookstore,, Amazon or Barnes&Noble!

Readers, I want you to be able to comment, but I don’t want to make this too taxing, so how about this–how much do you love this cover? To celebrate, I’m giving away 3 copies of Wreathing Havoc to a commenter!

78 Thoughts

  1. I love the country cemetery scene and the pink flowers really sets off the gray of the mausoleum and gravestones! Very serene feel to it. Great plot as well!

  2. Julie, I love the cover of the new book. Combining the beautiful view with the graveyard setting is a nice twist.

  3. So pretty! I love the flowers and the pop of color, and the cemetery beyond gives it that subtly ominous, mystery vibe.

  4. I love this cover! The blue is very eye catching. Plus, this is a great series and I can’t wait to read about the new adventures of the Garden Squad!

  5. Love the cover! The colors really are eye catching! Congratulations on the book! Excited to read it!

  6. Love everything about this cover from the country scene showing the Jayne family mausoleum in the historic Goosebush Cemetery to the pop of color with the flowers and the blue skies. Love that the amateur sleuth is a senior citizen too. Can’t wait to dive in reading and it’s most definitely on my TBR list now.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of “Wreathing Havoc”. I would be thrilled to read and review it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. CONGRATULATIONS on your 5th Garden Squad Mystery dear Julie!!!! The cover is very impressive, and even if I had been hiding in a cave for years and did not know about you and your FUN-tastic books, I would get the book and read it. The colors are so festive, and the cemetery scene is enticing rather than “scary”. Thank you for sharing your writing talents with us happy readers!!! luis at ole dot travel

  8. I’m so looking forward to the latest book in this series. I just love it! I also love old cemeteries and this one is very inviting. All the flowers are so appropriate for the Garden Squad.

  9. What exciting news!!! And, the cover is outstanding and pulls the reader into the scene beautifully. We learned when we lived in the Southeastern part of the country that some cemeteries are called “churchyards” if they are attached or very close by the church itself. I believe it is a hold over from the British Anglican Church early settlers who started their churches here which later became Episcopal Churches for the most part. I can’t wait to read about the Garden Squad and look forward to being with them each one in The Plot Thickens. I have read all four of the previous books, so please don’t enter me in the contest. I am so very happy for you!

  10. Love the cover. Looking forward to reading the book. (And, obviously, don’t include me in the giveaway since I’ve already read the book.)

  11. I think the colors used are beautiful. I like the mausoleum and the cemetery “plots” used for The Plot Thickens. I find it makes me curious to see what secrets the mausoleum holds and what it has witnessed. If it could only talk. But with some evidence you might find if you look REALLY close maybe in its own way it can tell us a lot more than we realize. Okay, now I have to read this. I’ve got my own sleuthing juices flowing now. I want to get inside that mausoleum and see what take it can tell about this murder.
    Congratulations on the new book! Sounds like a real winner. I predict huge success will follow this book along its way.

  12. So love this cover! It fits in so well with the whole series. Can’t wait to read this one! Congratulations!!

  13. Great cover and title! It will definitely make me pick it up to read the synopsis of the book. Looking forward to reading the book when it’s released.

  14. Congratulations Julie! I love the cover, I love the flower on it and the colors of it , it is a Great cover! It really stands out and it goes perfect with the Title. Have a great day and stay safe.

  15. I love the cover and interesting with a cemetary and it is appealing. I enjoy books by Julia Henry and have not read the book that is given away.

  16. Love the book cover, book title and excerpt. sounds fun, intriguing, suspenseful, engaging and a page turner.
    I love your creativeness and wordplay on title.
    Would love to read & review book in print format. Love books like this

  17. Love the cover with the lovely rhododendrons in the front and tulips on the graves. I was out in my garden the other day since it was warmer but I was disappointed to find no bulbs coming up yet. Congratulations on the new book!

  18. I love the cover. The colors are stunning. The detail is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  19. LOVE the series and the cover! I feel as if I’ve either been to this cemetary — or should find it today!!

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