The Scarlett Pepper is the second book in The White House Gardener Mystery series. And a very enjoyable addition it is.
The time is getting close to the day that the First Lady will be harvesting from the Kitchen Garden, with the press in attendance. Casey Calhoun, along with the White House Garden volunteers are busily doing last minute work in the garden. One of the volunteers, who is also the wife of the Press Secretary for the President is very concerned about an article that is being written Griffon Parker. Casey then has a heated discussion with Parker, in front of witnesses and that evening Parker is found dead. Then out of the blue a Scotsman who has an organic gardening show is brought on board without consulting Casey, bringing further doubt to her organic methods.
There are also mysterious happenings taking place in the garden, too. Signs of digging going on which of course the First Dog is being blamed for, but then red peppers are growing where green ones should be.
Casey has to be careful, as she is not sure she can trust some of those people she has in the past, including Jack a Secret Service member assigned to the White House. But Casey and Jack soon start to trust each other more and begin to work together to solve the mysterious events taking place on the White House grounds.
I enjoy reading mysteries that take in and around at the White House, as I can only imagine that things are much more difficult than is portrayed in the books. Which is very understandable for security reasons.
Looking forward to reading the next book to she how Casey and Jack handle becoming "better friends", if Casey can begin to get closure on her parents deaths when she was a child and of course being a dog lover, looking forward to more tidbits on the First Dog.