Aubrey Elle writes both cozy mysteries and romantic suspense as Amabel Daniels. She spends her time during the day with her daughter and working in her Ottawa Hills, Ohio garden. The evenings are filled with writing her amazing books.
Poison and Poinsettias by Aubrey Elle
Instead of enjoining a quiet off-season, Madis Harrah and her landscapers arrange a holiday plant sale just before Christmas. As if that’s not enough chaos, her best friends are due to marry in the old conservatory at the estate. Flowers are delivered, and as Madis and her crew store them near the wedding site, they realize Zarsettia’s Poinsettias has brought something else along—a dead body! Someone has poisoned the owner of the poinsettia farm, and all three employees are suspects. Is there a chance Madis can figure out who the killer is before the Christmas wedding plans come undone?
If you had to describe your character in three words, what would those three words be?
Three words to describe Madis Harrah, the main character of the Madis Harrah Mysteries, would be hardworking, rock’n’roll fanatic, sarcastic.
How does this story connect with your other books or series?
Poison and Poinsettias connects to the Madis Harrah Mysteries series as a little extra seasonal story in her misfortunes as a landscaper. Even though December isn’t a month of business for her in landscaping, she’s still involved with a holiday poinsettia sale…as long as the owner of the supplier doesn’t bring any more corpses with the flowers.
Your story is set in xxx. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?
Poison and Poinsettias are set in a fictional small town named Payton in Ohio. I chose the small-town life in my home state because it is familiar and comfy for me to imagine mysteries. The precise setting of this story is the house of Madis’s best friend, Rachel. Many of the details about this grand old house are derived from my times of landscaping and gardening at an estate manor house at a local park near home.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Hands down, it’s got to be A Christmas Story. Oh, fudge! I love the family’s humor and the detail of the time of the setting.
What was your favorite or most memorable gift you got as a child?
Books. All of them, any of them, and too many to count. I was a bookworm from an early age and a book was always a guaranteed favorite gift to receive.