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Garden related fiction.

Compiled by Forbes Library Staff | Summaries from ContentCafe | Updated March 2012

  • The Garden of Evil by David Hewson
    The discovery of two corpses next to an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece in an art studio in Rome sends Detective Nic Costa on a quest to uncover the truth about a modern-day crime and a centuries-old secret concealed in the painting.

  • Rose's Garden by Carrie Brown
    After the death of Rose, to whom he was married 50 years, Conrad withdraws from life, becoming increasingly depressed. One day an angel appears with a message from Rose, telling Conrad to stop mourning and start living.

  • The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
    Reluctantly bringing her daughter to her men's club office when her babysitter falls ill, stripper April endeavors to keep her child safe while servicing a wealthy foreign client, while a drunken regular angrily retaliates for being thrown out of the club.

  • Devil's Garden by Ace Atkins
    In this noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history--the 1921 manslaughter case against silent-screen comedy star Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle--Dashiell Hammett investigates what really happened at Arbuckle's San Francisco party and discovers a truth that will change American legal history--and his own life forever.

  • The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper
    Released from the Tower of London by an insurrection against Queen Mary, her half-sister, the twenty-five-year-old Princess Elizabeth immediately puts herself back into harms' way by investigating a multiple poisoning.

  • Exiles in the Garden by Ward Just
    Settling in Georgetown after rejecting his family's life in politics, newspaper photographer Alec witnesses the GemigrGe gatherings at the home of his next-door neighbors and watches the disintegration of his marriage upon his refusal of an assignment in Vietnam.

  • The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
    Assigned to write about a famous sixteenth-century garden, Cambridge scholar Adam Strickland visits the garden only to discover that the woman to whom the garden was dedicated may have been murdered, a finding that points to a more recent killing.

  • The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
    The discovery of the skeleton of a woman murdered two centuries earlier sends medical examiner Maura Isles on the trail of a long-dead serial killer who terrorized Boston with crimes in which Norris Marshall, a Harvard Medical School student, had become the prime suspect.

  • The Stone Flower Garden by Deborah Smith
    Childhood friends torn apart by an unsolved murder, Darleen Union and Eli Wade are reunited years later as the dark secrets of the past finally come to light.

  • Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber
    Fifty-year-old Susannah Nelson returns to her childhood home and to the garden she has always loved, where she discovers that some paths were meant to be taken and others were meant to be buried forever.

  • Rousseau's Garden by Ann Charney
    Claire Symons, a 37-year old photographer, is visiting Paris with her older husband, art historian Adrian Arensberg. While he researches French gardens, she investigates why her long-dead mother, Dolly, once a confident sculptor, sank into depression after a trip to Paris 25 years ago.

  • Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside
    In 1925 beautiful, bohemian Diana Pollexfen was celebrating her 30th birthday with a party at a country estate, but the celebrations soured when her husband died, poisoned by a cocktail that had been liberally laced with some of Diana's photographic chemicals.

  • Garden of Evil by Edna Buchanan
    Miami reporter Britt Montero's faith in human nature will be tested when a female serial killer forces her to watch the execution of one of her male victims and kidnaps his daughter.

  • Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver
    Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler's regime.

  • The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock
    The lives and fates of three people--a scientist smuggled into America to work at Los Alamos, a young woman quarantined on a refugee ship in the Atlantic, and a young Japanese girl--collide in August 1945 with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

  • Garden of Exile by Aleida Rodríguez
    Having left Cuba at the age of nine, Rodriguez's evolution as a writer has been directly influenced by the dubious circumstances of her emigration and subsequent alienation from the Spanish language. Garden of Exile is a book about reconciling this and other falls from innocence and also about the desire for fulfillment, especially with regard to lesbian love.

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