The Perennial Killer: A Gardening Mystery

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 16, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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On location in Colorado for her syndicated television show, Gardening with Nature, filming alpine butterflies and avalanche lilies, Louise Eldridge can see why this beautiful terrain is as precious as gold. Then the pure Rocky Mountain air is fouled by the discovery of elderly rancher Jimmy Porter's body, shot to death and draped like a coyote carcass over his own backyard fence. Louise soon discovers a staggering list of suspects, since Jimmy's plan to sell his 13,000-acre ranch to a government preservation program left a lot of family, friends, and competitors with much to lose. Throw in a second death, a closed nuclear plant, a CIA investigation involving Louise's husband, and a bullet hole in her cowboy hat, and Louise suddenly realizes she's onto a killer as hardy as the native skeleton weed-and seemingly as indestructible.

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Chapter 15
A Deer in the Headlights
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Whats New in Mulch Manure and Compost
Chapter 20

Weeds in America
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Gardening with Rocks
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Dark Waterand How to Make It Pure Again
Chapter 11
Like Clues Gardens Can Spring Up Anywhere
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
A Butterflys View of Life
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Perennials That Know How to Survive
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
A Bold Solution
Chapter 28

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About the author (2009)

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 now at work on her fifth gardening mystery.

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