Herman Funk, aka Funky, makes his living as a gardener in the small town of Lewes, Delaware, with special expertise in hostas. When an anonymous poetic riddle about hostas surfaces at the public library, it re-awakens the decade-old missing person case of Elisabeth Burgess, an eccentric English professor who was one of Funky’s former clients. The police question Funky once again, suspecting homicide. Cub reporter Stuart Green is assigned to the case, and Funky shares that he has been hearing voices—the voices of hostas that have cracked the human-plant communication barrier. It is urgent that Funky find Elisabeth first to save their genus from an evil force, the hostas emphasize, and Funky and Stuart team up as amateur sleuths to solve the riddle.
Meanwhile, Demetrio Perez struggles as an immigrant gardener. His wealthy client, Agnes Doolittle, advises him to steer clear of another client: Burton Prettyman, a narcissistic philanderer with a shady past who tempts Demetrio with a fraught deal. Agnes blossoms from a reluctant hosta collector into an amateur sleuth, too, as two tales converge under the hostas’ transcendental mantra: The destiny of each is tied to all.
KIRKUS Reviews calls Hosta Seizure “quirky and creative” and a “one-of-a-kind mystery.”
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A retired English professor from the University of Hawai’i, Jim Henry spends countless hours in his garden in Delaware in the company of his 300 closest hosta friends. They relentlessly emph ideas to him for the second and third volumes in this trilogy, and through trowel and error he returns their good faith. “Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination,” opines his protagonist, and Jim strives to bring gardening imagination to the written word. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.