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The Big Dirt Nap: A Dirty Business Mystery (Dirty Business Mystery #2)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  403 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
“A smart, engaging heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty—literally.”
- Brian Freeman, author of Stalked

A hit with mystery lovers and gardening fans nationwide, Pushing Up Daisies introduced Paula Holliday, ex-NYC media exec turned Connecticut gardener, in Rosemary Harris’s celebrated series debut. Now in The Big Dirt Nap, Paula is back in a second scent-sational t
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Aug 15, 2009 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, the book was okay, but nothing I would rush out and buy with my own money. Too many extraneous characters, too much rushing around, odd story tangents, all in all not terribly satisfying when you find out who did it. Sort of like those times you eat a whole box of Oreos but still feel hungry when you stop. And sort of sick. Not the worst thing I've ever read, but I don't know that I'd read any of her other books.
#2 in the Dirty Business series. Paula Holliday is attempting get a landscaping business off the ground in suburban Connecticut.

Dirty Business Mysteries - An all-expenses paid weekend at an upstate hotel with her oldest friend seems like a good idea to Paula Holliday. After all, gardening season doesn’t really kick in for another few weeks and she and Lucy Cavanaugh haven’t had a chance to catch up since they worked together in the television business. Besides, the hotel is playing host to a rar
Jun 13, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm addicted.
Paula Holliday, owner of Dirty Business, a garden design business, is ready for a spa weekend in Connecticut’s wine country, courtesy of her friend Lucy. She will be able to combine business with pleasure as she plans to write a story about the hotel’s rare corpse flower which is ready to bloom. However, Lucy doesn’t show up as planned, leaving Paula a cryptic message; and a local man, Nick Vigoriti, is murdered at the hotel. As Paula is briefly considered a suspect because her business card is ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, harris
Did not hold my interest, July 6, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Big Dirt Nap: A Dirty Business Mystery (Dirty Business Mysteries) (Hardcover)
Paula Holliday is involved with a corpse plant. A corpse plant that eventually will bloom with a rare and beautiful flower. In the meanwhile it's fragrance is gross to say the least. This plant/flower is located in the middle of the hotel that her best friend ,Lucy, has invited her to spend an all expenses paid vacation of sor
Feb 01, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I didn't love this book as much as the first installment of the Dirty Business Mystery series, but it was a fun read none the less. I primarily found fault, if you can call it that, in the humor, or rather "lessness", by comparison to "Pushing up Daises". I just really loved the wit and humor of PUD and didn't find it so much in this 2nd installment, but "The Big Dirt Nap" was still a fun, great cozy/beach read mystery.

Paula is looking for a relaxing, all expenses paid, spa get-away at the Tita
I haven't yet read Rosemary Harris's Agatha-nominated Pushing Up Daisies, but I definitely want to after sampling the second of the series, which I read in uncorrected page proofs. Paula, a refugee from the cutthroat world of Manhattan, is now a gardener with her own business in Connecticut. When she plans to meet a New York journalist friend at a resort hotel near the Indian casinos, murder and mystery spoil what was to have been a relaxing weekend. Casino and Indian politics, possible Russian ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Sheila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary Harris, the author of "The Big Dirt Nap" is annoyed, apparently, that her editor made her write an "Author's Note" explaining that the tribe featured in the book, "the Quepochas," is fictional.

Ironically, she airs her beef on the blogsite of a group she belongs to that calls itself "Jungle Red Writers." As far as I can tell, there's nary a red (Native person) or a red (Communist) in the bunch. Nor do they live in the Jungle. These "8 smart and sa
Apr 30, 2009 Bridget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery fans, gardeners
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is an author and series that are new to me, but when I visited the library recently, this book caught my eye. The main character, Paula Holliday, has given up her stressful life as a media executive in New York City, and opened her own gardening business – Dirty Business – in Springfield, Connecticut.

This story (second in the series) begins with Paula heading to a hotel that is past its glory days in suburban Connecticut, with plans to meet a friend, and write an article for her local pape
Rahiem Brooks
May 05, 2011 Rahiem Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all cozy mystery lovers, looking for a fresh voice!
Recently, I joined the Mystery Writer’s of America and in an effort to effectively hone my mystery writing skills, I was compelled to learn from the best. I have read Patterson and Grisham, but I am now onto Rosemary Harris. And not because she is the MWA President of the NY Chapter; but, she has capture me with a cozy mystery series, and I did have to read part 1 to get it.

Foremost the opening line, “Maybe I’d had a drink with the guy if I had known the next time I saw him he’d be sprawled out
Kathy Chung
Mar 29, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Books :The Big Dirt Nap by Rosemary Harris

This is the second Rosemary Harris book which I read. I love her Pushing Up Daisies. Got both books from The Big Bad Wolf Sale last year.

In this book, Paula Holiday gets to tag along with her friend Lucy to an all expenses paid trip the Titans Hotel. Lucy is there for a story while Paula is there to see the rare Titan Arum or better known as Corpse Flower( Rafflesia).

Unfortunately for her, she gets to "meet" with a real corps
Mar 11, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Dirt Nap is the second book in Rosemary Harris' "A Dirty Business Mystery" series. Paula Holliday is a landscaper/gardener, a woman with a love for plants. So when her friend Lucy tempts her out to a swanky resort for some relaxation and a look at their rare corpse flower, Paula agrees.

While Paula is waiting in the hotel bar for Lucy to arrive, a handsome man with terrible pick-up lines starts putting the moves on her. She chats with him long enough to find out he can connect her with t
Jun 17, 2009 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The mystery plot was incredibly weak and the main protagonist, Paula, seemed only to have a periphery interest and involvement. The plot overall seemed rambling and haphazard, there was no conviction, no sense of urgency and I was never convinced of Paula’s interest in anything, she seemed perpetually bored in the middle of her own story and I was bored right along with her. Those interested in the series for the gardening theme will find little to please since it garners only the occasional men ...more
I enjoyed this cozy mystery, but there was more story than mystery and not so much of Paula’s gardening that made the last book I read fun. This one centers on gambling and Connecticut Indian national casinos and international characters and investors. A good story, but I did not enjoy it as much as the other book I read by this author. The Epilogue pretty much wrapped it all up in the like one of those funny movies that has a blurb for each character at the end before the credits. The book may ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Dwayne Wojtowicz
This was the first book of Rosemary Harris' that I read. I gave it five stars because of her character development along with the twisting and winding plot.

She gives a sense of pride in her writings and that is one factor that I look at when I read. Rosemary Harris brings life to her characters in outstanding ways.
Sep 24, 2012 Janet marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
I made it to page 86 and tossed it aside for a different book I got from the library, because it took me I don't know how long to make it that far. I was getting tired of repetitions of Paula's obsession about her weight, what food she passes up to be virtuous, ad nauseam, plus at the beginning of the book she's supposed to be meeting her friend Lucy for a getaway weekend, and after not hearing from Lucy, who didn't show up, Paula ponders a couple of times, maybe more, that it's not like Lucy no ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time sticking with this book long enough to finish it. I liked the first book in the series much better. In this one I didn't like the multitude of characters, the constant running back and forth between locations, and the long rambling storyline that never seemed to get anywhere. By the time I got to the end, I didn't even care if I found out who the killer was.
I love the Dirty Business Mysteries! They are, by far, the most "fun" mysteries I have ever read. The Big Dirt Nap kept me interested and entertained all the way through. I get a kick out of the main character, Paula, and the humour mixed with intrigue is very appealing. Rosemary Harris does a fantastic job of writing in a way that engages the reader right from the start. As with Pushing Up Daisies - the first book in the series - I loved that I didn't know the ending until the actual end of the ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Hope rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one in the series (Pushing Up Daisies). It seemed like it was written in a completely different voice, it read like a Kinsey Millhone mystery.
Lauri Saplad
Aug 10, 2015 Lauri Saplad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Pretty funny and enjoyable read, although some of it seemed rather contrived and hard to believe. The Native American slant along with Russians & Ukranians was an unusual balance as well.
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
More like 2.5 stars, but I'll be generous and give it 3. Not a bad book, but I just wasn't invested whle reading it. A jerk gets offed, a bitch cop investigates, it takes the MC half the book to realize the texts she's getting from her life long best friend are out of character, and the end was abrupt.
Dec 20, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Dirt Nap (Dirty Business Mystery #2) by Rosemary Harris
In this the second Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris we find our heroine Paula Holliday headed to the Catskills with her friend Lucy. Lucy is working on a story and the Titans resort where they will be staying has a corpse flower getting ready to bloom.
A guy hits on Paula in the resort bar and shows up not much later dead. Lucy goes missing. Paula and Babe along with a few helping hands are on the case. What is it with Paula
Jun 18, 2011 Nell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2011
Not as good as the first one which was nominated for an Agatha award. Main character is a gardener, but there's very little of that here. Story takes place mainly at a hotel out of town. Too many extraneous characters, too much TSTL behavior (especially from her best friend) and the scene with the bear was pointless. Some of what she threw in should have been edited out. Because I liked the first one, I will read the next one. Hope this was a sophomore slump.
btw - Her character describes the Mer
Mar 09, 2015 Just rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read. I think I will look for the first one and the 3rd one in this series.
Sep 01, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has been a really fun read so far. I love the humor mixed in with the mystery. The main character is finding herself getting caught up in some sticky situations only to find out she has a knack for solving murder mysteries.
Feb 05, 2014 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery--quick, easy read. This is the second in the series and I have now read both. I will probably read the third one eventually.
May 09, 2009 E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paula Holliday is a hardworking gardener who has been invited to decompress at a hotel with her good friend, journalist Lucy Cavanaugh. Unfortunately, the anticipated rest and relaxation is rudely circumvented by the murder of a man that Paula was seen speaking with earlier in the evening. Intertwined with the murder investigation is the anticipated blooming of the hotel's corpse flower. Eccentric characters abound as Paula races against time to clear herself of blame, save her missing friend an ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in CT and it's fun for me to see local landmarks and businesses appear in the fictional story (Marcus Dairy, the Merrit Parkway, UConn and the corpse flower, Native American casinos ....). This is the 2nd book in the gardener mystery series. It was an entertaining read involving the casinos and some bad guys near the casino. It kept me guessing until the end.
All gardener Paula wanted was a weekend away with her friend Lucy at a Connecticut hotel. But Lucy doesn't show up, and the handsome guy who hit on Paula in the hotel bar is found murdered. Then Paula's house is ransacked and she's followed by two thugs. What is going on? It's not too easy to tell, as chunks of exposition seem to be missing. But Paula looks for Lucy, despite police disinterest, and gets involved with conflicts among a group of Native Americans who want federal recognition so the ...more
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ROSEMARY HARRIS has worked in marketing for Crown Publishers and American Express Travel Related Services and as a producer for Disney/ABC and WNET. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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Other Books in the Series

Dirty Business Mystery (5 books)
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