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The white garden : a novel of Virginia Woolf
Stephanie Barron
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Barron, a pseudonym for thriller writer Francine Mathews, puts her talents for suspense to good use examining the death of Virginia Woolf from the vantage point of present-day England. The story begins when American Jo Bellamy sets out to study the White Garden at the estate of Virginia Woolf's lover, working for Long Island clients who want to recreate it. Her mission also has a personal component: figuring out why Jo's beloved grandfather, who worked at the garden as a youth, killed himself. After the head gardener passes Jo a journal he found in the tool shed, which may be Woolf's work, Jo embarks upon a wild tour of Woolf's old stomping grounds, tracking down answers and missing pages. While leaning on convenient stereotypes-the headstrong but clueless American; the femme fatale (with eyes like "liquid pools"); stuffy Brits-Barron invests the text with a quick pace and an absorbing plot, making this a dynamic thriller with a well-tempered literary fixation. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Barron, known for her mysteries featuring Jane Austen, now focuses on another literary figure, Virginia Woolf. American gardener Jo Bellamy is commissioned to research Sissinghurst Castle's White Garden, where she also hopes to discover why her grandfather committed suicide (decades earlier, he had tended the garden). Uncovering a diary that appears to have been written by Woolf, Jo enlists the assistance of manuscript expert Peter Llewellyn to verify its authenticity-but the diary is stolen. Jo and Peter follow literary clues to libraries and historical homes and attempt to recover the diary and solve mysteries past and present. Verdict Fans of historical mysteries and literary suspense novels will enjoy this entertaining read. Jo and Peter are engaging characters, and readers will be drawn into their adventure. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/09.]-Cheryl L. Conway, Univ. of Arkansas Lib., Fayetteville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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