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 gard... more »en 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 Stratton's car and slashing his tires? He 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 through a garden's maze, Celia unearths far more sinister secrets at Clintbury than the remnants of a o9nce magnificent garden.« less