The Lost Gardens by Anthony Eglin
An English Garden Mystery

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Hidden within the derelict gardens of abandoned Wickersham Priory, a deadly secret is waiting. But when an unsuspecting young Californian named Jamie Gibson finds herself the new owner of the estate, through a surprise bequest from a total stranger---the secret begins to stir.
            Jamie, fired with enthusiasm to restore the gardens to their 1930s glory, seeks the help of Lawrence Kingston, a retired professor of botany, eccentric bon viveur, and amateur sleuth. Lawrence soon unearths an old chapel, which leads to an ancient Healing Well, which in turn yields a human skeleton. And as the police pursue their inquiries, Kingston begins his own investigation---following a baffling trail of clues that wind down through the centuries, from the battlegrounds of World War II to the depths of the Middle Ages.
            It is a trail marked by misadventure, revenge, compassion, and murder when finally Kingston unlocks the secret of Wickersham Priory, he and Jamie must confront a reckoning that neither of them could have ever imagined.
            As with the highly acclaimed The Blue Rose, Eglin brings his botanical and literary skill to this new mystery. 

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, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 316 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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California winemaker Jamie Gibson has retained Dr. Lawrence Kingston (The Blue Rose, 2005, not reviewed) to restore the gardens at Wickersham Priory, an estate she’s unexpectedly inherited from Major Ryder, a complete stranger to her.

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Lawrence Kingston once again mixes horticulture with crime solving in Eglin's agreeable second cozy to feature the retired botany professor (after 2004's The Blue Rose ).

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Jamie, too, is extremely interesting and she has great plans for Wickersham, which I hope would mean another book with Kingston, Jamie and the gardens of Wickersham.

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