Digging Up The DirtI just heard the most fascinating news, and I can’t wait to get home to tell my sister An’gel. My older sister, that is. The look on her face when I tell her! Oh, this is going to be good. . .

A friend told me that Hadley Partridge, of all people, has turned up in Athena again. He left town forty years ago under odd circumstances, and no one has seen hide nor hair of him since. Not a word, at least that any of us in the Athena Garden Club has heard. But he’s back in town, or so people are saying, and he’s supposed to turn up at the board meeting the garden club is having.

Forty years ago, he was the most handsome, the most charming, and the most infuriating man in Athena. Rumors were always flying about who Hadley’s latest conquest might be. I was never one of them, mind you, but I suspected at the time that An’gel, my older sister, might have succumbed. That’s why I can’t wait to see her expression when she hears the news.

I also can’t wait to see what Hadley looks like after forty years. Some men age so well, and it will be such a disappointment to all of us if Hadley comes back with a pot-belly, a receding hairline, and false teeth. I’ve never looked forward to a garden club board meeting this much!


Digging Up the Dirt is the third book in the Southern Ladies mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, September 2016.

The New York Times bestselling author of Dead with the Wind and Bless Her Dead Little Heart is back with more of those sleuthing Southern belles, the Ducote sisters. . .

An’gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club’s spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all a-flutter now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But the idle chatter soon turns deadly serious when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm. . .

The remains might belong to Hadley’s long-lost sister-in-law, Callie, who everyone thought ran off with Hadley years ago. And if it’s not Callie, who could it be? As the Ducotes begin uncovering secrets, they discover that more than one person in Athena would kill to be Mrs. Partridge. Now An’gel and Dickce will need to get their hands dirty if they hope to reveal a killer’s deep-buried motives before someone else’s name is mud. . .

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About the author
Miranda James is the New York Times-bestselling author of two series, the “Southern Ladies” mysteries and the “Cat in the Stacks” mysteries. Miranda lives near Jackson, Mississippi, has two cats and thousands of books. By day, Miranda is a medical librarian, at night and on weekends, a serial murderer. . . but only in the pages of fiction.

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