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- DescriptionMaggie Eliot has a problem. The American academic is supposed to be writing a book during a sabbatical year from her position at Oxford and has come down with a bad case of writer's block. Her friend Anne arranges for Maggie to borrow a cottage in a picturesque village in the Cotswolds, where she can write without distractions. When even this fails to do the trick, Anne decides what Maggie needs is a complete break and convinces her friend to accompany her to a swdrop study weekend. The small white flowers have been selling at stratospheric prices and Anne wants to see what all the fuss is about. So off they go to Rochford Mar, home of Lord and Lady Ainswick and their famous swdrop garden. The two women encounter an odd assortment of supposed galanthophiles-as swdrop fanciers are called-and hear the first rumours of a priceless swdrop called the Ainswick Orange. On a visit to a neighbouring swdrop garden, Maggie meets Lord Raynham, a widower as well as the 28th Baron. However, while she is admittedly attracted to the man, in the end she decides it is all way too Jane Austen for her and that it is unlikely she will ever see him again. Exploring the Rochford Mar gardens the next morning, Maggie and Anne discover a brutal murder. The corpse's outstretched hand holds a gardening trowel that points to a hole from which a swdrop has been removed. Lady Ainswick confirms that the Ainswick Orange has been stolen. When a second murder is committed and the police become fixed on Lord Raynham as a suspect, Maggie and Anne join forces with Lady Ainswick to solve the crimes on their own. They discover that several members of the group do indeed have secrets they are trying to hide. But does that make one of them a killer? And what has become of the Ainswick Orange?
- Author BiographyA native New Yorker, Susan Alexander lives in Luxembourg, where she writes and undertakes research on public policy and the social sciences. She enjoys writing about women who have lived complex and interesting lives, their relationships and the choices they have made.
- Author(s)Susan Alexander
- Date of Publication09/11/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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