Bannister, Jo. The Primrose Convention. A cozy mystery featuring a pathologist who turns "agony aunt" (or advice columnist) in a second career. I liked Rosie - a brash, middle-aged, woman, hefty in weight and personality - whose responses to those seeking advice are certainly out of the norm. In fact, a young woman who sought Rosie's advice turns up at the office to chastise Rosie for her flippant reply to what the woman considers quite serious.
Add a gardener with psychic abilities, a rather finicky retired schoolmaster named Arthur Prufrock (well, I couldn't help but love him, now could I? ...and I've no doubt but that the mermaids do sing to him), a lovely assistant, and the owner of the paper who is missing a foot from his time in the service... and eclectic mix even before adding in the missing person and the villain.
It was a bit slow in the beginning, but rather a fun read. Not as good as Bannister's Brodie Farrell series, but quite entertaining.
Fiction. Mystery. 1997. 267 pages.