The Blue Rose by Anthony Eglin
An English Garden Mystery

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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 Anthony Eglin

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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 coproduced 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.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crime. Fiction

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In an out-of-the-way corner of her walled garden, Kate stumbles on a rosebush she was certain could not exist, with large, perfect, velvety blooms of “an electric sapphire blue”—the blue rose as legendary in its own right as the Maltese Falcon, sought by floral alchemists throughout the centuries...

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(Dec. 8) 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.

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When Kate and Alex Sheppard find the house known as The Parsonage, they know that they have found their dream house.

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From the moment they saw the Parsonage in the English village of Steeple Tarrant Alex and Kate Sheppard knew they found their dream house.

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