Mulch Ado About Nothing is part of the Jane Jeffry cozy mystery series by Jill Churchill. I liked the story and the look into plant DNA and how new plants can be patented. I also liked the way that Jane and her friend Shelley interacted with each other. This is definitely a light read, though. There is no sense of urgency to find out how the victim was injured, or a real sense of danger which isn't uncommon in cozy mysteries. According to Fantastic Fiction, Janice Young Brooks has published over twenty books under the name Jill Churchill and I'm looking forward to reading one from the Grace and Favor series.
Amazon book description:
Suburban mom Jane Jeffry and her equally green-thumbless best friend Shelley Nowack could kill plastic plants. But their scheme to improve themselves vegetatively dies on the vine when the celebrated botanist slated to teach a class at the local Community Center is mysteriously beaten into a coma -- and her replacement turns out to be Dr. Stewart Eastman, an arrogant, self-promoting boor. Did Dr. Eastman or a fellow classmate assault their original instructor? And who later plants a corpse in Eastman's compost heap? There's certainly an abundant crop of suspects. And it's up to Jane to weed out a killer.