Ah, spring! The brighter days and singing birds have a way of lifting peopleâ€™s spirits, as well as those of their animal companions. But the season can also bring out the first blossoms of murder. As the redbuds open in Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor â€śHarryâ€ť Haristeen is especially excitedâ€”until a health crisis sends her reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures. Surviving this journey will be tough, but Harry has her animal friendsâ€”and her ever-helpful husband, Fairâ€”to support her. Others are considerably less fortunate: A promising nurseâ€™s lifeless body is discovered without a mark on her. Then another hospital employee, who had seemed in perfect health, is also found dead. Thereâ€™s a mystery afootâ€”and thatâ€™s one thing Harry and her menagerie canâ€™t keep their noses out of.