The Sunflower Plot Author:John Sherwood Celia Grant's garden business is in trouble. It expanded too quickly, and the bank now threatens foreclosure. But amateur sleuth and professional horticulturalist Celia is not one to give up easily. She built her nursery from nothing, and she'll do just about anything to give it another chance. — She'll even consider designing an Elizabethan g... more »arden for the obnoxious but very rich Victor Stratton. Stratton's a puzzle. When he lectures the local historical society on flowers in Shakespeare's plays, he's clearly something of a fake. He's genuine, though, in his passion for creating a garden at his Clintbury estate, and he'll pay any price to do it right - complete with statues, fountains, and arbors.
Before Celia can draw up the plans, however, she finds herself in the middle of a strange family and a stranger police inquiry. Victor's uncle, Theo Stratton, was searching for orchids one day when he saved a woman from rape and accidentally killed her attacker. The case would seem to be open and shut, so why are people writing "murderer" on Victor's car and slashing his tires? Victor was nowhere near the crime scene. And why, Celia asks, is nothing at Clintbury quite what it appears to be?
As accomplished at solving murders as she is at finding her way though a garden's maze, Celia unearths far more sinister secrets at Clintbury than the remnants of a once magnificent garden.
Expertly plotted, rich in historical and horticultural detail, and featuring one of the most appealing sleuths in all of mystery fiction, The Sunflower Plot is the best yet from a master storyteller.
John Sherwood is a well-known Britsh mystery author whose books include Menacing Groves, Flowers of Evil, The Mantrap Garden, Green Trigger Fingers, A Botanist at Bay and A Bouquet of Thorns. He and his wife live in Kent, in the south of England. A retired BBC executive, he enjoys gardening as a hobby.« less