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The Blue Rose: An English Garden Mystery

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Publisher Comments:

EVEN PARADISE...

Alex and Kate Sheppard have found the perfect house; the home they had always dreamed of owning. Nestled deep in the Wiltshire countryside and surrounded by a two acre walled garden, The Parsonage was to be their little paradise...but nothing stays perfect forever.

CONTAINS SECRETS

Soon after moving in they make an impossibly exciting discovery--one that defies every known law of nature and science. They find a blue rose bush flourishing in their walled garden. But as word of their discovery leaks out, the Sheppard's peaceful existence is shattered and they find themselves plunged into a world of coded journals, genetic experiments, cold-blooded greed, and ultimately, murder.

THAT CAN KILL...

Threatened from every direction, Alex and Kate can trust no one but themselves, and the only way they can save their lives is to unravel the dark, seductive secret of the blue rose...

"One of those amiable mysteries that seek to mildly educate as well as to entertain: Here readers learn something about the history of roses while watching the hero and heroine dodge bullets and pruning shears."

--The Washington Post

"A well-plotted story that should appeal to gardeners everywhere about what happens when amateurs tinker with the ever-favorite rose species and come up with a killer."

--Ann Ripley, author of Death at the Spring Plant Sale

Review:

"In his excellent debut, Eglin combines just the right amount of horticultural detail with well-drawn characters and an absorbing plot. While Kate and Alex Sheppard explore the long neglected gardens of the Parsonage, their newly acquired, 19th-century Wiltshire country house, they discover an astonishing plant — a rose bush with blue flowers ('Not lavender or mauve, but an electric sapphire blue'). For help, the couple turn to Lawrence Kingston, a noted rose authority and incidentally a crossword puzzle aficionado, and Christopher Adell, their London legal adviser. In spite of their efforts to research the plant in secret, word of the extraordinary find gets out, and the likable Sheppards are soon mixed up with secret codes and missing journals and threatened by vicious hybridizers from Japan and the United States, as well as local growers and supposed friends. Mysterious deaths, a kidnapping, a chase and various shootings add to the suspense. Apt gardening quotations, from Edmund Spenser to Dale Carnegie, introduce each chapter. Forecast: As a member of the American Rose Society who's won Garden Design magazine's Gold Trowel Award for Best Rose Garden in 1995, Eglin is well positioned to reach the garden club set. Blurbs from Ann Ripley and Michael Cady, both authors of gardening cozies, will help cue their readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

""The Blue Rose" is a well-plotted story that should appeal to gardeners everywhere about what happens when amateurs tinker with the ever-favorite rose species and come up with a killer."--Ann Ripley, author of "Death at the Spring Plant Sale."

Synopsis:

Alex and Kate Sheppard have found the perfect house; the home they had always dreamed of owning. Nestled deep in the Wiltshire countryside and surrounded by a two-acre walled garden, The Parsonage was to be their own little paradise . . . but nothing stays perfect forever.

Soon after moving in they make an impossibly exciting discovery---one that defies every known law of nature and science. They find a blue rose bush flourishing in their walled garden. But as word of their discovery leaks out, the Sheppard's peaceful existence is shattered and they find themselves plunged into a world of coded journals, genetic experiments, cold-blooded greed, and, ultimately, murder. Threatened from every direction, with no one to trust but themselves and Lawrence Kingston, a gardening expert to whom they have revealed their exciting secret---the only way they can save their lives is to unravel the dark, seductive secret of the Blue Rose.

About the Author

English-born Anthony Eglin spent many years on the creative side of the advertising and marketing business. Forsaking that career to indulge in his passion for gardening, he started The Larkspur Company, where he co-produced a series of bestselling garden videotapes. Anthony is a member of the American Rose Society and his small garden has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers. In 1995 he was awarded Garden Design magazine's Gold Trowel Award for Best Rose Garden. Anthony lives with his wife Suzie in Sonoma, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312328702
Subtitle:
An English Garden Mystery
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Eglin, Anthony
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Gardeners
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/Cozy
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
English Garden Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20041201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312328702 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his excellent debut, Eglin combines just the right amount of horticultural detail with well-drawn characters and an absorbing plot. While Kate and Alex Sheppard explore the long neglected gardens of the Parsonage, their newly acquired, 19th-century Wiltshire country house, they discover an astonishing plant — a rose bush with blue flowers ('Not lavender or mauve, but an electric sapphire blue'). For help, the couple turn to Lawrence Kingston, a noted rose authority and incidentally a crossword puzzle aficionado, and Christopher Adell, their London legal adviser. In spite of their efforts to research the plant in secret, word of the extraordinary find gets out, and the likable Sheppards are soon mixed up with secret codes and missing journals and threatened by vicious hybridizers from Japan and the United States, as well as local growers and supposed friends. Mysterious deaths, a kidnapping, a chase and various shootings add to the suspense. Apt gardening quotations, from Edmund Spenser to Dale Carnegie, introduce each chapter. Forecast: As a member of the American Rose Society who's won Garden Design magazine's Gold Trowel Award for Best Rose Garden in 1995, Eglin is well positioned to reach the garden club set. Blurbs from Ann Ripley and Michael Cady, both authors of gardening cozies, will help cue their readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , ""The Blue Rose" is a well-plotted story that should appeal to gardeners everywhere about what happens when amateurs tinker with the ever-favorite rose species and come up with a killer."--Ann Ripley, author of "Death at the Spring Plant Sale."
"Synopsis" by ,
Alex and Kate Sheppard have found the perfect house; the home they had always dreamed of owning. Nestled deep in the Wiltshire countryside and surrounded by a two-acre walled garden, The Parsonage was to be their own little paradise . . . but nothing stays perfect forever.

Soon after moving in they make an impossibly exciting discovery---one that defies every known law of nature and science. They find a blue rose bush flourishing in their walled garden. But as word of their discovery leaks out, the Sheppard's peaceful existence is shattered and they find themselves plunged into a world of coded journals, genetic experiments, cold-blooded greed, and, ultimately, murder. Threatened from every direction, with no one to trust but themselves and Lawrence Kingston, a gardening expert to whom they have revealed their exciting secret---the only way they can save their lives is to unravel the dark, seductive secret of the Blue Rose.

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