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Life in full bloom, landscape designer, Paige Turner, scores her first landscaping contract to spruce up the park, her radio talk show shoots to number one, and her retail shop is simply blossoming. Yes, her life is a bed of roses. Until she finds City Manager, Bud Picklemann served up on the blade of her favorite shovel mere hours after she’s threatened to have his head on a platter, then the thorns come out. And there is none thornier than the local police chief declaring Paige the one and only suspect and threatening to plow her under.


Paige teams up with dashing attorney, Adam Hayes to weed through the list of suspects, and clear her soiled reputation. A bigmouthed Parrot who often spouts Mr. T-isms, and a giant pickle mascot join in quirky Paige’s quest to once again cultivate control of her life.
NIPPED IN THE BUD is available from Amazon and SmashWords.


Turn off the TV, get this book and sit by the fire. Susan will give you hours of entertainment and fun! I highly recommend it!
– Nora St. Laurent – CEO of The Book Club Network (TBCN)

I gave this book 5 stars! (It deserves more!) I would highly recommend it if you’re wanting a good suspense/murder with some romance and a little humor sprinkled in.
– Janet Thompson – Reviewer

– Susan Sleeman is a writer with exceptional skill, and I look forward to her subsequent books.
Donn Taylor – Author


SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of romantic suspense and inspirational mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and her Garden Gate Mystery series, which features Nipped in the Bud and Read Between the Tines has enjoyed time on Amazon Best Seller lists as well. And The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.