The Ghost in The Gardens

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The Ghost in The Gardens

Chrysantha Howe had her future planned out.
The ghost was not in the plan.

Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn’t think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.




She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she’s determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.

The ghost is not in the plan.

But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it’s too late.


The Ghost in The Gardens (print and ebook)

Genre: Middle Grade mystery

Rating: Sweet, clean (minimal offensive language; no explicit love scenes)

Suitable for: Ages 8 and up

Length: Novel (35,000 words; 110 pages)

Read Chapter 1

The Ghost in The Gardens, a stand-alone middle grade mystery, is available in print and ebook at Amazon and Mirror World Publishing



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We thank Justine Dowsett for her excellent editing. As always, any remaining errors are ours.




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at