Death in the Garden

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Felony & Mayhem, 2005 - Fiction - 294 pages
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In 1925 beautiful, bohemian Diana Pollexfen was celebrating her 30th birthday with a party at a country estate, but the celebrations soured when her husband died, poisoned by a cocktail that had been liberally laced with some of Diana's photographic chemicals. Sixty years later, Diana's grand-niece, Helena, is also turning 30, but with rather less fanfare. An overworked attorney in London, Helena's primary social outlet is an obsessive love affair. By way of distraction, Helena starts looking through her great-aunt's papers and soon develops another obsession: Determining just who did kill George Pollexfen in that lovely, sunlit garden between the wars.

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I've read two other Ironside mysteries and this is my favorite. One of the best opening lines ever: "Today at half-past two in the afternoon I was acquitted of the murder of my husband." I appreciate ... Read full review

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"Death in the Garden," by Elizabeth Ironside “For that glance took in everything. Pia realised with what terrifying speed the eye sees everything, relevant and irrelevant, and understands everything ... Read full review


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Elizabeth Ironside is the pseudonym of Lady Catherine Manning, wife of theBritish Ambassador to the U.S. Her first novel won Britain's John Creasy award for Best First Mystery of 1985, and Death in the Garden was short listed for Britain's CWA Silver Dagger for Best Mystery of 1995.

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