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Death in the Garden Paperback – October 15, 2005
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"One of those few mystery writers you unreservedly look forward to reading" --The Spectator [UK]
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This book takes place in the present and during the early adulthood of the main character's great aunt. The aunt travels among the beautiful people. At the same time she's an independent woman - something her husband and most of society at the time doesn't care for. She surrounds herself with artists and contemporary literati.
Our focal character is contemporary, hard working, interesting and unhappy.
Great combination. The current great niece explores the independent and fascinating great aunt's past, a past that includes - among the parties - murder.
I can't say much more because I want you to enjoy it as much as I did.
Read this book. I promise you'll have fun and feel like you've spent your hours among the most fascinating characters.
As she goes through her beloved aunt's possessions, Helena finds Diana's diaries, and learns for the first time about the murder of George Pollexfen. Before she can accept her inheritance, Helena feels compelled to learn the truth about whether or not Diana murdered George. The remainder of the book details Helena's investigation, and includes various extracts from letters and diaries and people's memories, as well as events in Helena's modern-day life. The book culminates with resolution of the mystery, and of some issues in Helena's own life.
I found this book to be a cross between a post WWI British country estate novel (like the work of D. E. Stevenson) and a spare, modern-day examination of people's ordinary lives (like the work of Anita Brookner), with the tiniest hint of the supernatural thrown in. The mystery was almost incidental, paling in comparison to the examination of individual characters and motives. Both the historical and modern portions of the book have a strong and authentic British flavor.
Elizabeth Ironside is the pseudonym of Lady Catherine Manning, wife of the British Ambassador to the U.S. Death in the Garden was shortlisted for Britain's CWA Silver Dagger for Best Mystery of 1995. The U.S. edition was published in 2005.Read more ›
It is a murder mystery with a little bit of history and just a hint of the supernatural. Underlying it all is an exploration of the intricacies of human relationships over the course of a life time and between intersecting generations. Did you ever take the time to wonder what your mother, grandmother, great aunt was like before she was cast in the role of mother, grandmother, great aunt?
I loved this book and can't wait for Ms. Ironside to write another.
the american publisher has printed a hint on the back cover: "who's likely to like this? fans of minette walters." this is an accurate statement. this novel is more about character and psychology, memory and human interactions than forensics or procedure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the most engrossing British murder mystery I've read; however, it helped pass the time as I traveled.Published 3 months ago by Janet S. Yoder
We are in England shortly after the close of World War I. A number of guests are gathered for the weekend at a country estate to celebrate the 30th birthday of the hostess, Diana... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AYJ
I really enjoyed this book - while the structure (toggling between 1925 and 1990) at first felt a little jarring, I was a convert in the end. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Parlakian
It was a rare pleasure to read this intelligent fiction novel. There is a reason that I call it a fiction novel. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Srdjan Pesic
Each life explored in this work is followed in vivid detail to the benefit of the reader. Every character appears in view as one personality, but as the story evolves the lives are... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by billy stone
This is the sort of mystery I dearly love: a crime in the past has consequences for people in the present. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by John D. Cofield
I read the reviews here and elsewhere of this book and decided to give it a try. I am a long time fan of the mystery genre: Sherlock Holmes, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler,... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by fermat
This is a beautifully written book -- elegantly turned sentences, believable characters, nice historical details. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by R. Ward
This is my first book by the author Elizabeth Ironside - and now I'll have to check out others. I truly enjoyed the mixture of the present with the past, although sometimes I was... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by nhrbookcrazy