Small town Portage Falls is the idyllic place for an event on the town Green, but when an elderly member of the garden club shows up dead in Catherine Jewell's greenhouse, she falls under suspicion since she's an authority on poisonous plants. As more tragedies plague members of the garden club, Catherine and others begin to suspect that somebody has it in for them.
Mrs. Alden’s 3rd grade class is excited when she brings in a suitcase she found. As young detectives they find the owner, Alice Van Brocken, a woman on the track of jewel thieves. As she travels the country on their trail, she writes to the students telling them of her adventures. They in turn write letters to her giving her advice and encouraging her on her quest to bring the thieves to justice.
Catherine Jewell is excited when she gets a job restoring the gardens of the reclusive Emily Llewellyn until she discovers a body. Soon she finds herself working with Police Chief John MacDougal again when there's another murder and a young man she's become fond of is a prime suspect. She doesn't believe he could be a murderer because she has several other suspects in min
A compassionate sleuth named Catherine Jewell, a small town police chief who isn't used to murder on his patch, a cast of lovably eccentric characters, a rich man no one likes and someone murders give The Blue Rose a feeling reminiscent of Golden Age cozies.