Murder and Pink Blossoms

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Murder and Pink Blossoms

Written by Elizabeth J. Wheeler, local Grand Valley author and frequent visitor at Spun yarn shop events.

A-lady-of-a-certain-age, Ellen Lane finds a man’s body in her driveway. Her neighbor, who operates an illegal tree trimming company in the alley behind her garage, is the assumed the killer. After all, everyone heard him arguing the day before with the dead man. Ellen and her cousin are worried people won’t come now to the Pink Blossoms and Neighborhood Tour they have so carefully prepared. With guides explaining the distinctive architecture and the unique pink blooming trees planted in honor of former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, who loved the color pink and grew up in the area, hundreds are expected to participate.Kids and their moms planned on raising money for their schools by selling fudge made from Mamie’s recipe.  Thanks to her cousins’ efforts, the murderer confesses and the tour takes place among the blossoms and Colorado sunshine. Lots of history, lots of tears, lots of laughs.


About the Author

Born in Denver on March 29, 1947, Elizabeth has been igniting the world ever since. Her parents called her Reddy Kilowatt, after the famous utility company mascot, who also had red hair.

Elizabeth was one of a few women who graduated from the University of Colorado School of Business in 1973 with a graduate degree in marketing. She headed up marketing/public relations departments for the American Red Cross Denver Chapter, the American Cancer Society Rocky Mountain Region, Geneva Pharmaceuticals, a Novartis Company, and the University of Colorado Hospital. She was instrumental in obtaining a major grant for the construction of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado and played a key role in the opening of the historic Eisenhower Suite on the 8th floor of Building 500 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center Campus in Aurora, Colorado.