Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin
Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants

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Hired to assess the value of broken and missing antiques following a suspicious burglary at a Virginia manor house, intrepid appraiser and amateur sleuth Sterling Glass finds that her job is more complicated than she’d anticipated. The antiques, she realizes, are not always what they seem: some are worth tens of thousands, others are well-done replicas.

Whether the well-traveled and well-heeled couple who once owned Wynderly could have been trafficking in fakes is what Sterling must unravel from the secret rooms, hidden treasures, uncovered diaries, and convoluted trail of paperwork and provenance. As our sharp-witted heroine sifts through details doled out by the museum's curators, board members, and the town's local residents, she discovers that objects, unlike people, do not lie.

The Big Steal is a delightful mystery that enhances readers' antiques acumen and provides an easy guide to identifying the most popular styles and periods in an illustrated appendix.
 

About Debra Lee Baldwin

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Debra Lee Baldwin gardens on “an inhospitable half acre” in the foothills of southern California, where temperatures range from below freezing to 110 degrees F. As a garden photojournalist and scout for major magazines, she developed an appealing and sophisticated design aesthetic; as a hands-on gardener, she knows what works and what doesn’t. In addition to writing and illustrating articles, books, and blog posts and giving presentations at major flower-and-garden shows, Debra shares her passion for plants that drink responsibly via seasonal newsletters, workshops, YouTube videos, and social media such as Facebook. Find out what she’s up to and where she’ll be at debraleebaldwin.com.
 
Published July 14, 2009 by Algonquin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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