Sweeney's debut Yellow Rose mystery is sure to bloom into a stunning series. Set in River Oaks, Texas, the "overindulged" part of Houston, it features Abby Rose, a rich—but only a little spoiled—heroine with too much time on her hands.

When the gardener is murdered, the adopted Abby is the main suspect. To clear her name, she digs into the identity of the mysterious gardener and finds out more about her past, and her parents, than she was ever meant to know. This knowledge puts her square in the sights of a murderer who is not afraid to kill again.

Sweeney, a fine writer, sprinkles her story with quirky witticisms and a hint of romance. This novel a delight from first page to last. (May, 272 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison