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The Serpent In The Garden

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Book Summary of The Serpent In The Garden

Summer, 1765. The renowned portrait painter Joshua Pope is eager to escape London and his unhappy past and accepts a commission to paint a wedding portrait for Herbert Bentnick and his bride-to-be, Sabine Mercier.

Joshua learns that the couple are avid horticulturalists. Bentnick's country house, Astley, in Richmond, is famous for its verdant gardens, designed by the master landscape artist Capability Brown. Sabine Mercier, who has lived most of her life in the Indies, is an expert in growing pineapples, the fruit of choice at the grandest dinner parties and an inspiration to artists and craftsmen.

But soon after Sabine begins to cultivate pineapples in the vast conservatory at Astley, she discovers a body among her plants. Why, wonders Joshua Pope, is so little attention paid to this bizarre death? Why do Bentnick's children regard their future stepmother with suspicion and fear? And what connection does Sabine's daughter Violet have with the dead man?

Outraged that any life can be valued so lightly, Joshua begins to investigate the death. But then Sabine's valuable emerald necklace disappears, and he is implicated. His need to discover what has happened at Astley suddenly becomes more pressing. Can Joshua solve the mystery before his reputation is ruined? And, more immediately, can he stay alive long enough to do so?

Following her acclaimed début, THE GRENADILLO BOX, Janet Gleeson has written another compelling tale of murder and mystery set in an exquisitely and authentically rendered Georgian England.

About the Author

Janet Gleeson was born in Sri Lanka, where her father was a tea planter. After taking a degree in History of Art and English she joined Sotheby's, and later worked for Bonhams Auctioneers. In 1991 she joined Reed Books, where she was responsible for devising and writing Miller's Antiques and Collectibles. She is the author of the Sunday Times non-fiction bestsellers The Arcanum and The Moneymaker. She is also the author of three novels, The Grenadillo Box, The Serpent in the Garden and The Thief-Taker.

Details of Book: The Serpent In The Garden (BSID:2855)

Book The Serpent In The Garden
Author Janet Gleeson
ISBN 0553815245
ISBN-13 9780553815245, 978-0553815245
Binding Paperback
Publisher Transworld
Publishing Date 20040901
Number of Pages 416
Language English
Dimensions 7.56 x 5.04 x 1.02 inches
Weight 259 grams

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Susan April 05, 2010 review from Goodreads

Set in the Georgian period when growing pineapples was all the rage. Portrait painter Joshua Pope is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of Herbert Bentnick and Sabine, his betrothed, at their estate, which is famous for its exotic gardens. During the sittings, Sabine wears an unusual emeral...

Nancy February 12, 2008 review from Goodreads

This book may not be your cup of tea if you're not into historical period mysteries. This one takes place in the 1760s; it is set partially in London, partially in Richmond at a country home. So if just this much turns you off, don't read it. However, if you enjoy historical mysteries, you'll lik...

Erin September 25, 2011 review from Goodreads

I feel like this book dragged on a lot. It did not hold my interest and I ended up skimming the last 70 pages.


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