The Scarlet Pepper by Dorothy St. James

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Casey is a smart character, and the setting of the White House and grounds is exciting. In fact, my heart was beating a little fast during the action-packed prologue; and the book got better from there.
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Synopsis

As the White House's organic gardener, Casey Calhoun is up to her elbows
in dirt. But when someone starts tampering with the Presidential
vegetable garden, embarrassing the First Lady-and a hard-nosed
investigative reporter is found dead, Casey realizes that the next thing
buried in the dirt might just be her...
 

About Dorothy St. James

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Dorothy St. James lives a charmed life at the beach just outside Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, two slightly needy dogs, and a contemplative cat. She earned her bachelor of science in aquaculture, fisheries, and wildlife biology from Clemson University’s School of Agriculture, graduating at the top of her class. She went on to receive a master of public administration from the University of Charleston with an emphasis on environmental urban planning.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Berkley. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Richmond Times Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Jay Strafford on Apr 10 2012

A potboiler of homicide, blackmail, journalism, power and sex – but one that St. James handles with taste as well as verve...

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The Mystery Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Monahan Winberry

Casey has a good relationship with the earth and plants but needs to further cultivate her relationships with people so she can form longer lasting relationships.

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MyShelf.com

Good
Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Casey is a smart character, and the setting of the White House and grounds is exciting. In fact, my heart was beating a little fast during the action-packed prologue; and the book got better from there.

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Book Dilettante

Below average
Reviewed by Harvee Lau on Apr 28 2012

Far from being the crafty sleuth, however, Casey seems to fall into the solution to the crimes by accident.

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