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The lost gardens : an English garden mystery
Anthony Eglin
Adult Fiction EGLIN

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Summary: 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 1930s 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 thatwind 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. 

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