Death of a Garden Pest

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Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Jun 2, 1997 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Unearthing murderers is quickly becoming the specialty of amateur gardenerand housewife Louise Eldridge. Her horticultural skills have garnered her arole on the public television show "Gardening with Nature". She hascultivated a controversial organic gardening approach that delightsenvironmentalist viewers and alarms chemical-using traditionalists, drawingswarms of protesters, mounds of nasty mail, and absolutely fabulous ratings.

But the bloom of success fades suddenly when the society maven Louise replacedviolently turns on her, picking a fight in the studio, only to wind updead--poisoned by pesticides--moments later. Louise is suspect number one, andin trying to clear herself, she must grub up clues and root out the realkiller--but with the police and the murderer hot on her trail, she is morelikely to be planted six feet under than to stop this deadly canker.

"A good lighthearted diversion from summer weeding and deadheading".
"--The Plain Dealer", Cleveland

"[This] hybrid of traditional whodunit and up-to-the-minute gardening guide iscertain to appeal to mystery readers with a green thumb".
"--The Denver Post"


"Gardening and murder make a fascinating combination in "Death of a GardenPest". Gardener sleuth Louise Eldridge offers an enchanting view of gardenswhile facing down dauntingly evil opponents".
--Carolyn G. Hart

"--Publishers Weekly"

"Informative and fun".
"--Kirkus Reviews"

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About the author (1997)

A former newspaperwoman, Ann Ripley now spends her time organic gardening and writing mysteries. She lives with her husband, Tony, in Lyons, Colorado. Her first novel, Mulch, won the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors' League. She is at work on her fourth gardening mystery.

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