The Begonia Bribe… for the B Day!

The Begonia Bribe:  2ndin the Garden Society Cozy Mystery series by Alyse Carlson (aka: Hart Johnson) 


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.


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B – Back in the High Life Again

This song by Steve Winwood somehow speaks to dreams I once had and renounced because of initial disappointments and the pure hard work involved in them.  Like the others I speak of in this challenge, it’s one of those songs that make me stop what I’m doing and listen. 

I tend to be a visual sort, and as a storyteller I find that songs turn themselves into stories.    I can see someone who turned away and rejected  everything confident that he could do it all by himself and not ‘pay his dues’, coming to himself thinking that he could do it, and this time he would do it right, step back into the world he belonged in.  It might take courage…

But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in that bright part of town

But will he be welcomed back?  does he have a chance? Is it worth the risk to try again? To straighten his shoulders, take a deep breath and move forward?  Does he dare?  Would I dare?  You have to try –

You used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you’re still out there
And you’re like you used to be

Is it worth the risk? IS it? IS IT?  You take a deep breath, open the door, look at the faces turned toward you, step forward, hopes high –

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

It is.

 Songwriter(s): Steve Winwood, Will Jennings
Copyright: F.s. Music Ltd., Blue Sky Rider Songs