The Trail of the Wild Rose

An English Garden Mystery

English Garden Mysteries (Volume 4)

Anthony Eglin

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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The hunt for an ancient Chinese rose turns deadly in this latest English Garden Mystery featuring Dr. Lawrence Kingston.

A plant-hunting expedition haunted by tragedy leads to a perilous trail of greed, larceny, and deceit. Has Peter Mayhew, the man who plunged to his death on a mountain in China, come back to life? Which of the expedition members is hiding an explosive secret? Why are some being targeted for murder?

Once again, Dr. Lawrence Kingston—retired professor of botany and reluctant sleuth—finds himself at the center of a baffling case like none he has ever encountered. Following an ambiguous trail with only scant clues, he must find the hidden meaning dormant in a cache of valuable Chinese antiquities, shadow a ruthless assailant through London’s teeming Underground, and travel the length and breadth of Britain, from a hospital ward in Oxford and an anonymous rendezvous in a Hampshire garden, to a remote farm in Dorset and the mystical Cornish coast—even to the mountains of Wales—in his search for the truth. Even the most likely suspects are becoming victims themselves, and the stakes rise exponentially as each lead comes to a dead end...literally.

Racing to save the lives of the remaining plant hunters and not become a victim himself, Kingston discovers the extreme lengths to which desperate men will go for riches, recognition, and the thrill of the hunt. Clever and chilling, The Trail of the Wild Rose effortlessly combines Anthony Eglin’s horticultural knowledge and literary skills to create an innovative and riveting new mystery.

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Chapter One

June 2007, England

The road south out of Little Stanhope village could have been any one of hundreds that spider the picturesque Thames valley, south of the city of Oxford: narrow, with dense hedgerows—often blocking the view on both sides—and fraught with unremitting curves.

To anyone following the Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle, it would be apparent that the leather-jacketed rider was familiar with the quirky road, its capricious twists and turns. Allowing for the light drizzle, he maintained a steady but not excessive speed, barely slowing for

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Praise for Anthony Eglin and The Lost Gardens

“Lawrence Kingston once again mixes horticulture with crime solving in Eglin’s agreeable second cozy to feature the retired botany professor...it’s the plethora of gardening detail that makes this a memorable read.” --Publishers Weekly

“The primary appeal of the Kingston series is its detailed treatment of a subject dear to the hearts of many cozy fans: English gardens.” --Booklist

“His is a talent in full bloom.” --Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose is a well-plotted story that should appeal to gardeners everywhere about what happens when amateurs tinker with the ever-favorite rose species and come up with a killer.” --Ann Ripley, author of Death at the Spring Plant Sale

“In his excellent debut, Eglin combines just the right amount of horticultural detail with well-drawn characters and absorbing plot.” --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Blue Rose is one of those amiable mysteries that seek to mildly educate as well as to entertain: Here readers learn something about the history of roses while watching the hero and heroine dodge bullets and pruning shears.” --The Washington Post


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About the Author

Anthony Eglin

English-born ANTHONY EGLIN spent many years in advertising before defecting to indulge in his passion for gardening. In 1995 he started the Larkspur Company, coproducing a series of bestselling garden videotapes. The same year, he won Garden Design magazine’s Gold Trowel Award for Best Rose Garden. Author of the internationally popular garden mysteries The Blue Rose, which won France’s prestigious Prix Arsène Lupin for mystery novel of the year, and The Lost Gardens, he is a member of the American Rose Society. Anthony lives with his wife, Suzie, and tabby cat, Pyewacket, in Sonoma, California.

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The Trail of the Wild Rose
An English Garden Mystery
Anthony Eglin

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312365479
ISBN10: 0312365470
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781429953726
ISBN10: 1429953721
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
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