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I wanted jamie to continue in his future books I love this series and wish he would write faster This is the second book of Eglin s that I have read and I enjoyed it as much as the first The first seemed to beof a suspense thriller, while this hadmystery elements Fair warning though having a strong interest in gardening and horticulture is almost a requirement for enjoying this mystery to the max Much time is spent describing the gardens and the planning of them, so if that s not your cup of tea, you may find this tedious in parts I found the descriptions and scientific inf This is the second book of Eglin s that I have read and I enjoyed it as much as the first The first seemed to beof a suspense thriller, while this hadmystery elements Fair warning though having a strong interest in gardening and horticulture is almost a requirement for enjoying this mystery to the max Much time is spent describing the gardens and the planning of them, so if that s not your cup of tea, you may find this tedious in parts I found the descriptions and scientific information fascinating, but even I occasionally thought, get on with it And when he did, the story was quite compelling No question the author has a firm grip on descriptions and often I felt I was right there in the gardens and what lay beneath The main character, Lawrence Kingston, is a retired professor of botany, who in these first two books, gets pulled into botanical investigations On the basis of my enjoyment of the first two books, I purchased all six in the series A far better attempt than his first novel There are still some issues remaining, but at least this one had an air of mystery important to the mystery genre , unlike his debut novel that wasakin to a garden spy novel Much of the book is still devoted to spouting off garden facts rather than furthering the plot I found the facts really very interesting, but they broke up the action I can t help but feel like what Elgin really wanted to write was a book about garden history rather than a A far better attempt than his first novel There are still some issues remaining, but at least this one had an air of mystery important to the mystery genre , unlike his debut novel that wasakin to a garden spy novel Much of the book is still devoted to spouting off garden facts rather than furthering the plot I found the facts really very interesting, but they broke up the action I can t help but feel like what Elgin really wanted to write was a book about garden history rather than a work of fiction He could have and done well with it as far as I am concerned The way he relayed facts was very easy to comprehend and that s half the battle.The other thing that I was having trouble with was the romance brewing between Kingston described as a retired professor who is a bit of a fuss pot and Jaimie a young, up and coming wine grower Sure May December romances can happen and can be long lasting but I just didn t see the chemistry here nor the reason to try it I kept thinking what DOES she see in him He spent half the book ignoring her pleas to stop digging into the past owners of the house and her connection to them If I were interested in a man and he constantly disregarded my preferences I would swiftly lose interest in him The ending is set up to imply they will continue working together so we may getfrom this will they won t they drama in another book This is one of those books that, while I enjoyed it, it took a while to read because it was very detailed There s a lot going on in this book, the restoration of the gardens and buildings as well the curiosity around how the estate came to belong to Jamie After all, it s a bequest from a stranger To help her is a retired professor who not only helps with the restoration but also digs into the mystery of the bequest Murder happens And then things start to take off.I had not read the first in This is one of those books that, while I enjoyed it, it took a while to read because it was very detailed There s a lot going on in this book, the restoration of the gardens and buildings as well the curiosity around how the estate came to belong to Jamie After all, it s a bequest from a stranger To help her is a retired professor who not only helps with the restoration but also digs into the mystery of the bequest Murder happens And then things start to take off.I had not read the first in the series, but I do not think that in any way detracts from this as a stand alone book An intricate puzzle that was extremely well written The main character is Dr Lawrence Kingston, a retired botany professor who occasionally does private investigations He is asked by an old adversary, Francis Morley, to look into the death of an archeology professor whose body was found on the his estate This discovery is deterring visitors to the estate receipts are down A coded message is found in the victim s hand.There are many twists turns before the resolution Thoroughly enjoyed i An intricate puzzle that was extremely well written The main character is Dr Lawrence Kingston, a retired botany professor who occasionally does private investigations He is asked by an old adversary, Francis Morley, to look into the death of an archeology professor whose body was found on the his estate This discovery is deterring visitors to the estate receipts are down A coded message is found in the victim s hand.There are many twists turns before the resolution Thoroughly enjoyed it hope to readby this author What could be better than an estate with numerous lost gardens, a young American woman 30s determined to revive them, lots of money to do so, and all set in England, one of my two favorite countries Well, a mystery, several murders and atempts too, and an appealing amateur detective Dr Kingsborough, retired professor of botany, wears his learning lightly and the author, an enthusiastic gardener himself, informs the reader just enough about various plants, gardens, and processes involved in What could be better than an estate with numerous lost gardens, a young American woman 30s determined to revive them, lots of money to do so, and all set in England, one of my two favorite countries Well, a mystery, several murders and atempts too, and an appealing amateur detective Dr Kingsborough, retired professor of botany, wears his learning lightly and the author, an enthusiastic gardener himself, informs the reader just enough about various plants, gardens, and processes involved in reviving lost gardens The ending is tense and spectacular and dangerous The plotting is involved , characters well drawn and realistic Venus fly traps are not the only danger lurking among pretty flowers |DOWNLOAD KINDLE ♖ The Lost Gardens ⚐ Hidden within the derelict gardens of abandoned Wickersham Priory, a deadly secret is waiting But when an unsuspecting young Californian named Jamie Gibson finds herself the new owner of the estate, through a surprise bequest from a total stranger the secret begins to stir Jamie, fired with enthusiasm to restore the gardens to their s glory, seeks the help of Lawrence Kingston, a retired professor of botany, eccentric bon viveur, and amateur sleuth Lawrence soon unearths an old chapel, which leads to an ancient Healing Well, which in turn yields a human skeleton And as the police pursue their inquiries, Kingston begins his own investigation following a baffling trail of clues that wind down through the centuries, from the battlegrounds of World War II to the depths of the Middle Ages It is a trail marked by misadventure, revenge, compassion, and murder when finally Kingston unlocks the secret of Wickersham Priory, he and Jamie must confront a reckoning that neither of them could have ever imagined As with the highly acclaimed The Blue Rose, Eglin brings his botanical and literary skill to this new mystery I loved this book Just enough mystery, gardening, etc read this in two days or late nites In hindsight I would have preferred to start with book 1 of the mystery series, I think it s Blue Rose , but I have that on hold, and will continue I even bought an English Garden book that was referenced Evenly paced, descriptive, educational, engaging Refreshing to read a contemporary author who takes time to think and write not just toss something out like so many current genre authors Thoroughly enjoyable. A fun read Good mystery as well Might try another of his.