Death in the Garden

Death in the Garden

by Elizabeth Ironside


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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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ISBN-13: 9781933397177
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 1,117,055
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.70(d)

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Death in the Garden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Bestine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If the rest of Ms. Ironside's classy British mysteries are as wonderfully written and deeply characterized as this one is, I sure hope Felony & Mayhem reissues them all. I want to read every one. As it is now, the few available on the secondary market tend to be very pricey indeed.
Karenbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing and sense of the book is similar to that of Dorothy Sayers. The intricacies of the sentence construction made me pause, almost like savoring a dense piece of dark bittersweet chocolate.
conniermiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. The mystery itself - about an incident in the past - was gripping. But the way Ironside wove the mystery and the protagonist's personal life together was brilliant. A wonderful, thought-provoking read filled with interesting characters.
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this small trade paperback to read on a plane. I like English murder mysteries, but even more I like well written books. The backcover blurb compares Elizabeth Ironside to Minette Walters and have to agree. I love many of Minette's books and I loved this book also.The book opens on a trial for murder in 1925. A woman is accused of murdering her overbearing husband, but is acquitted. Several chapters explore the woman's life and the fateful weekend that her husband died. Many decades later the woman dies and leaves her house and estate to her niece (by remarriage). No one in the nieces' family even knew that Great-Aunt Diana was ever accused of murder since the great-aunt lead a secluded life of intensive gardening for many decades. The niece, a successful intellectual property lawyer with a secret affair with a married man, decides that she must solve the murder mystery before she can keep the house. During her investigations, she learns more than she knew she would about Diane, Diane's friends and family, and eventually even herself.If you enjoy well written and detailed stories about the recent, but becoming dusty past, then this is definitely a book that you will love.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the onset of the novel, it is 1925 and Diana Pollefexen is awaiting the verdict at her trial for the murder of her husband George. The story of George's death is divulged little by little both contemporarily (to 1925) and later, after her grand-niece Helena receives word that her great aunt has died. Helena is going through her great-aunt's property and finds a journal entry telling about that day in court in 1925. Helena, through the help of other family members, friends, and further journal articles, begins to piece together her great-aunt's life, and realizes that her great aunt had a life of which Helena knew nothing. Helena is a major beneficiary in her great-aunt's will, but In order to accept Diana's legacy, she feels that she must decide for herself whether or not her aunt was a murderess. Very well written, it will keep your attention through the end. The characters are well drawn, the story is a good one, and I can definitely recommend this book.
DonnaB317 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The telling of the story in a non-predictable looking back through time was so much more compelling than a straight-forward from the view of the main character was delightful. A good read!
jbaker614 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story begins in 1925 when friends gather to spend a weekend celebrating Diana Pollexfen¿s 30th birthday in the English countryside. Before the weekend is over, Diana¿s husband, George, a member of the British Parliament, is found dead in the garden (hence the book¿s title), apparently poisoned by chemicals from his wife¿s photography studio that were mixed in his whiskey. Diana is tried for murder and is acquitted by a jury of her peers.Fast forward 60 years later, and Diana¿s own death coincides with the 30th birthday of her grand-niece, Helena, who has no idea of the mysteries of her grand-aunt¿s life until she begins to sort through Diana¿s belongings and diaries.What ensues is a very engaging story as Helena is determined to unravel the mystery of her grand-aunt¿s guilt or innocence and to determine exactly who killed her husband George. There is a wide assortment of characters that Helena has to sort through to get to the bottom of this entertaining `whodunit¿ tale that will leave you very satisfied.A very good read overall.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I have just given up on this book for the second time. This was a dull story about pompass and tiresome people- I did not care who did what to who. I know this is one of those books that mystery lovers like me as suposed to love. I just put it in my "dead book box"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago