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New mystery novel – How Her Garden Grew

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Merry, Merry

Quite contrary

How does your garden grow?


Announcement: My new mystery novel ‘How Her Garden Grew‘ is now available on Amazon in paperback. The Kindle version will be available in a few days.

How Her Garden Grew’ is the first in my series of Kaye Eliot mysteries. Kaye is a busy mother with a business to run, two active children and an accountant husband who can’t seem to get free of tax time! The books will take us back to the 1990’s, to a time before cell phones and computers were a key ingredient of family life.

‘How Her Garden Grew’ is a novel about coping with stress, the strength of family, the problems of community, a century-old garden and a strange character called the Grinning Tun.




In the 1990s, Kaye Eliot comes to Acadia Creek to spend a quiet summer with her two children. But instead of passing stress-free days of swimming and hiking, she finds herself embedded in mystery after mystery. A missing vagrant and a gang of thieves have the community worried. Neighbours seem determined to occupy all of Kaye’s time and energy in restoration of an old flower garden. To add to the mayhem, Kaye and her kids have stumbled on a century-old legend of a treasure buried on the property, a packet of forgotten letters from a woman named Maria Merriweather and an old map of the garden. And they dig up a sinister sea shell. A sea shell who looks like a grinning skull and will not stay where he is put. Can Kaye recover her calm or will she be the victim of neighbors, vagrants, thieves and a shell called the Grinning Tun? Restoring Maria’s garden seems a great idea, until Kaye discovers how Maria’s garden grew.


So what or who is the Grinning Tun? The Grinning Tun is a sea shell, plucked from the sands of a faraway tropical shore. But this is a sea shell with a difference. It will not stay put! Shove it in the warming oven and, next morning, it sits on top of the stove. Bury it in the ground and it is found in the root cellar. And it grins. It thinks of the possibilities. And it links a mystery in the 1990’s with one in the 1870’s.



To get your copy of ‘How Her Garden Grew’, go to Amazon here. If you are in the Fredericton area, I will be reading from the book and signing copies at the Authors Coffee House in Nasonworth later in May (more details soon)!

Hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it!

All my best,


Written by jane tims

April 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm

10 Responses

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  1. Congrats on the new book! It sounds wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person


    May 7, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. Thanks! Now come the readings. It was a fun book to write. My son (who is 35) says I have been writing it most of his life!


      jane tims

      May 10, 2019 at 11:34 am

  2. Ok. You write poems. You write fantasy. You write mystery. You write memoir. You can draw. You can spell. Well, la-de-dah. I am a songwriter. Wrote one just for you, too. It’s entitled, Have I Told You Lately that I Hate You?.
    Wanna hear a bar or two?

    Anyway, Congrats, my dear.

    your bestest friend in the whole wide whirled (yeah, I’m pruning trees)


    Liked by 1 person


    May 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    • I can’t help it, I was born that way. I am glad I am your bestest friend even after I called you a salamander.


      jane tims

      May 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

  3. Jane, Your new mystery novel sounds intriguing and the synopsis has me hooked. Will you be at WordSpring with copies to sell? Hope things are good.


    Liked by 1 person


    April 28, 2019 at 9:55 am

    • Hi Susan. Yes I’ll have copies with me. I think I’ll read from it too. See you there.


      jane tims

      April 30, 2019 at 12:02 am

  4. Sounds like a good read. I love mysteries

    Liked by 1 person

    Judy Finnamore

    April 28, 2019 at 9:07 am

    • Hi Judy. I think you’ll like it. Lots of mystery and a couple of very scary moments.


      jane tims

      April 30, 2019 at 12:01 am

  5. Love the cover. Eager to read the mystery.

    Liked by 1 person


    April 28, 2019 at 6:47 am

    • Just heard they will be delivered on Friday. I’ll bring over your copy. Hope you like the story and Kaye Eliot. She is going to be in at least two more mysteries in the series.


      jane tims

      April 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm

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