poetry and prose about place

hops or grapes????

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If you owned a bit of property and had a dream of growing grapes, what if the experts told you the property was perfect for growing hops, not grapes?


Every good book lets you inside the protagonist’s dreams and intentions. This is the case with Alexa Bowie’s second cosy mystery Death Between the Tables and its heroine, Emma Andrews. When Emma is not pondering the problem of grapes and hops, she is busy solving the mysteries that seem to crowd around her.


In this Old Manse Mystery, Emma works to solve the deadly puzzle of why someone seems to have a spite against her and her friends. A murder, thefts, mysterious fires and sinister warnings have Emma teaming up with the tenants of the Manse and characters in the community to identify who is causing all the grief.



If you love cosy mysteries, Death Between the Tables will be one to settle with on a chilly winter day. You will find characters to love: the precocious, observant child at a corner table in the basement restaurant; the acting town manager who can’t understand why Emma is not charmed by his ways; Trotsky Birch, the elderly man, who sees all and knows all and helps Emma really see the people of the community. The key to my love for this series is the setting — the small New Brunswick town, the old manse with its curious library and labyrinth of rooms and spaces, the riverscape with its waterfront and hops plants growing along the railroad tracks.

I am looking forward to the next volume in this charming series: curious to discover what new mystery will present itself to Emma and her friends at the old Manse; wondering if a pair of blue eyes will get in the way of her relationship with the local carpenter; and, wondering if she will take up the call and grow hops on her bit of property.


You can find Death Between the Tables at Westminster Books in Fredericton, or at Amazon here.


Enjoy your winter reading!

All my best,


Written by jane tims

February 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm

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  1. Boy, it sounds like you really understand what Alexa is trying to accomplish in writing this series! Alexa and I are so pleased you enjoyed DBTT. Next up is Death Between the Decks, where a pleasant harbour boat tour reception results in fewer passengers returning to the wharf.

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    February 3, 2022 at 11:38 am

    • Looking forward to the next … sounds like some boating is involved. I like how the mystery is set against Emma’s development of her own story!

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      jane tims

      February 3, 2022 at 12:13 pm

  2. This is wonderful, well done Janec and well done Alexa.

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    February 3, 2022 at 11:24 am

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