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Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn New York and now she and her husband split their time between Manhattan’s East Side and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

rosemary harris After several careers in book retailing (Waldenbooks), publishing (Crown Publishers), direct marketing (American Express Travel Related Services), and video/television/public television (WNET, ABC, Kultur, Winstar) she traded in her pumps for a yellow legal pad and a stack of pencils and started writing. A small item in the New York Times about a mummified body piqued her interest and subsequent research led to her first book, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies, the first title in the Dirty Business mystery series from Minotaur Books. Daisies was followed by The Big Dirt Nap, Dead Head and Slugfest.

“I love my heroine, Paula Holliday. People always ask how much of me is in Paula – some, but of course she’s the younger, thinner, more adventurous version of me. And she’s single…she can have more romances than I can!”

Rosemary’s latest book, The Bitches of Brooklyn is the story of five friends...or are they?

A master gardener, Rosemary is a long-time volunteer at The Philadelphia Flower Show where she has just started to exhibit in competitive classes winning an honorable mention, an herb society award, two third place ribbons and two second place ribbons. (Hopefully there is a blue ribbon in her future!)

When she’s not writing or gardening, Rosemary finds time for kayaking and hiking; at last count she’s visited over 70 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas, but her favorites are Yosemite, Glacier and Canyonlands.

Something else that’s near and dear to her heart is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s goal is to improve substandard housing for people all over the world. If you are not familiar with them, please visit the Habitat for Humanity site. As of this writing, Rosemary has been on numerous Habitat builds, including China, Tanzania, Trinidad, El Salvador, Charleston, SC, two trips to Mexico, and two trips to post-Katrina New Orleans. She encourages everyone to support this amazing organization, both financially and through volunteering.

Inspired by her Habitat experiences, Rosemary and her husband Bruce (with the help of many generous friends) built a library in central Tanzania. Visit the Chalula Library Page to learn more about it.

Rosemary is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, CAPA (CT Authors and Publishers Association) and CMGA (Connecticut Master Gardeners Association), and is past president of MWA/NY and past president of Sisters in Crime, New England.

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Read about Rosemary's Connecticut Garden

Read about The Chalula Library Project