Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mischief & Mayhem in the Garden

Rosemary Harris , author of the Dirty Business Mystery Series was recently at The Rosemary House for a book signing and tea party.   Her sleuth is a Master Gardener and runs her own landscaping business.  This cozy mystery series has clever titles such as "Pushing up Daisies" and "Dead Head".  Well written and peppered with gardening trivia and tips it is delightful light summertime reading.

Nancy created another of her signature Afternoon Tea events for everyone to enjoy after the book signing.  For starters, a Sleuth's Favorite Strawberry Soup, garnished with rose petal confetti and a fresh mint leaf.  Everything was fresh and seasonal, perfect for a gardener's tea.

The sandwich platter included a Tomato Basil Sandwich, The Flower Show Murders May Flower Sandwich, Spinach & Artichoke Phyllo Shell, Goat Cheese and Herbed Triangle, Roast Beef with Parmesan Mayonnaise on a Lemon Pepper Muffin, and Rosemary's Poppyseed Rollups.

Scones included a Lavender Scone with Sweet Cream, Orange Glazed Poppyseed Tea Bread, and an Almond Cream Filled Strawberry.
The dessert medley included Lemon Verbena Cheesecake, Pushing Up Daisies Chocolate Cream Cupcake, and Mysterious White and Dark Chocolate Truffles.
After dessert Rosemary Harris, presented a program on Mischief and Mayhem in the Garden.  A series of cute little stories about her own garden,  her sleuth's garden, and plant trivia. 

Rosemary Harris is a charming person and Rosemary House was lucky to be able to host her.  She stated on her way out the door "This was one of her top 3 favorite book signings!".  What an honor.


Deb said...

That is an honor. It looks like it was a lot of fun. Must get the book. Deb

GardenOfDaisies said...

Everything looks delicious. Lemon Verbena cheesecake.... MMMMMMMmmmmmmm! The books sound fun too. I'll have to look for those. You sisters always have such fun events at your place. I wish I lived near!

Bernideen said...

Nancy's menu is really delightful and what fun is was!

Joy said...

Everything looks wonderful, and I need to look for those books!

Steph said...

Ooooh, books and tea! And an author! And tea foods! And the garden! Yay, yay, yay.

Marilyn Miller said...

Now this is an event I would have thoroughly enjoyed. Living with a Master Gardener can be a mystery, just smiling! The food looks amazing.

relevanttealeaf said...

Another fabulous tea party, Nancy! Everything looks delicious, and I know it was fun to attend.