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The Lemon Garden Hardcover – May, 1991


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In the best romance/thriller tradition, three-time British novelist Rossiter sets strong-willed, likable English actress Joanna Fleming a fascinating dual mystery to solve: after a car accident leaves her with amnesia, she must both recover her memory and find out who is so threatened by her lost knowledge as to want to kill her. In beautifully evoked Italian countryside, Joanna fights constant doubts about all that her elderly aunt Steffy, lover Roddy Marchant and director Frank Harmer tell her about her identity. She is especially suspicious of Steffy's intense, handsome and cynical stepson, journalist Angelo Valente. Certain objects and places--a single stud earring, a fancy gown, her aunt's fragrant lemon garden--trigger abject terror in Joanna, leading others to wonder if she's lost her wits. After Angelo saves her from a murder attempt, Joanna finally decides to trust him, and together they investigate a possible link between Joanna's accident and the murder of a female reporter whose body is found near Steffy's home. Drawn to the lemon garden to verify her own understanding of the past, Joanna at last completes the circle of memory. A gutsy heroine and a taut, psychologically suspenseful read.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- Film star Joanna Fleming awakens in an Italian hospital to find that she is amnesic, with no knowledge of her friends, family, or previous life. This intriguing novel sets about to unravel the mystery of her past and of a murder she unknowingly witnessed. Joanna has supportive friends to help her, but she experiences a recurring sense of forboding, particularly in the lemon garden of her aunt's home , where she begins her convalescence. Rossiter does a nice job of maintaining reader interest in the search for Fleming's past and the identity of the murderer who is now stalking the actress. --Diane Goheen, Topeka West High School, KS
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881846821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881846829
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,103,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The quality of this 1980s mystery was a nice surprise. The lyrical writing pulled
me into the languid Italian countryside and kept me there for the entire novel. What
detracted from a 4-5 star rating was the fact that I couldn't identify with the main
character and the surprise ending seemed forced. It might have worked better as a
romance.
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