The Christmas Garden Affair

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Zebra Books, Oct 1, 2003 - Fiction - 304 pages
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This latest engaging gardening mystery finds PBS star and amateur sleuth Louise Eldridge searching for a killer when a rival garden show host is found pushing up daisies at Christmastime. Sex sells...even in the home garden market. And Louise Eldridge, with her ratings fading faster than the last rose of summer, finds her once-popular PBS show upstaged by the output of one Bunny Bainfield. With her barely-there outfits, the bodacious Bunny makes pruning, mulching, and planting into an erotic adventure, and her highly successful "Bunny in the Garden" label is turning gardening into a flashy, multi-million dollar business. It galls Louise to see her life's work exploited for profit, especially when she discovers that both she and Bunny have been invited to the First Lady's Christmas conference on native plants. But someone at the formal affair feels even more strongly about the ruthless blonde magnate. No sooner has Bunny networked her last deal when she falls to the floor in violent spasms, the victim of a very potent poison. Surrounded by suspects galore, Louise is soon unearthing secrets about her fellow guests that make the Christmas spirit seem more menacing than joyful. And it isn't long before another body is found. Now, it's up to Louise to restore the good name of gardening by finding the killer, but the closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she may be to digging her own grave.
 

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User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

The Christmas Garden Affair by Anne Rigley Love the holiday and gardening and thought this would be a good read. Louise and 47 others have been invited to visit with the first lady at the annual ... Read full review

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

The First Lady is hosting a Gardening Conference around Christmas-time. Several gardening experts including television hosts Louise Eldridge and her rival Bunny Bainfield are among those present. When ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
16
Section 3
20
Section 4
27
Section 5
32
Section 6
37
Section 7
43
Section 8
59
Section 22
158
Section 23
166
Section 24
172
Section 25
179
Section 26
184
Section 27
191
Section 28
200
Section 29
205

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
129
Section 20
138
Section 21
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Section 30
216
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
273
Section 37
278
Section 38
288
Section 39
295
Section 40
304
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About the author (2003)

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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