Mrs. Matilda Thistlethwaite is a woman of a certain age (85, actually), a retired school teacher with a remarkable memory and a wide variety of interests. Practical in most matters, Tillie (as she’s known to her many friends) has a weakness for garden gnomes. Her flower-filled cottage garden on the Oregon Coast is home to dozens of the comical figures, to whom Tillie bears a resemblance.
In this story, Tillie and her friend, Slim, are instrumental in solving the mysterious disappearance of a budding ballet dancer, the teenage niece of a friend.
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