Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed (Peter Shandy #5)” as Want to Read:
The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed (Peter Shandy #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed (Peter Shandy #5)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  246 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Professor Peter Shandy, Balaclava College's best amateur sleuth, takes on a pest threatening to wipe Britain's lovely hedgerows. With colleagues Dan Stott and Timothy Ames, he leaves the groves of academe for fancy fieldword in the heart of Wales. Never in their wildest dreams did the three expect the bizarre events awaiting them.... Where Miss Hilda Horsefall's recipe for...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 184 pages
Published 1985 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Curse Of The Giant Hogweed

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 354)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jan 13, 2013 Stephanie marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Some other day, a whimsical magic adventure in an otherwise mundane mystery series might appeal to me. At the moment, it reads like a dream sequence, and I want to kill it with fire.
Charlotte Armstrong’s heroes exercise wit in uproarious circumstances. Best of all, she infused in all her work, the most unique edge. Every title stands out and her unforgettable covers are a hodgepodge of classic mystery, something macabre, and sheer whimsy. She possessed an unmitigated gift to make you feel her protagonists were sharing normal concerns; while you marvelled at the assortment of oddities she dreamed up. Plots that *might* happen but which none of us heard of! She laid out a com...more
Niki Beecher
Ripoff!! I like MacLeod's Shandy series, so bought the "next book", which turned out to be this one, which turned out to be a completely different kettle of fish, as it were. It's total fantasy, not that well done, and has nothing to do with any of the Shandy books I read or expected. I got far enough in to think "WTF??", glanced ahead a few chapters--it didn't change--went to the end, and threw it away. Shame on you, Charlotte!
Silly, absurd, fantastic!

Of all of Charlotte MacLeod/Alisa Craig's mystery series, the Peter Shandy series is my favorite. None of them are Important Literature by any means. They are pure fluff, but oh, so much fun!

A lot of people don't seem to appreciate this one, and it's understandable. The series is generally based at a fictional agricultural college in modern (late 20th-early 21st century) New England. In this book, our heroes are transported back in time to the period of knights and drago...more
Still the same lovable characters, but the setting was distinctly different. While in England on the Welsh border, researching the problem of giant hogweed plaguing farmers and anyone rural, Professors Shandy, Stott, and Ames find themselves in long ago Wales, also troubled by giant hogweed. They navigate their way through some fantastic adventures, but find the cure for giant hogweed along the way.
I can’t express how much I enjoy Charlotte MacLeod’s stories. However, I didn’t care for this one. She sets her characters in a dream which takes place in ancient Wales. I enjoy fantasy stories but this just felt wrong. It was hard for me to get through and I found myself skimming through most of it. I will continue with the series and hope the dreamscape is a onetime deviation.
Interesting diversion in this series as the entire story is a dream sequence in which Peter and two of his cronies from Balaclava College are transported to a medieval world and go on a classic swords and sorcery quest. It's as witty and tongue-in-cheek as the rest of the series.
Whoa...this was a difficult read for me. The accents and spellings were so hard to follow. I got quickly that it was like an Alice lost in Wonderland but not as intriguing. But I did finish it.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I love the sense of humor she infuses into her mysteries. I should reread them, since the Professor Peter Shandy ones take place in a college, and I work in one.
Professor Shandy is back in another Charlotte MacLeod mystery but this one veers off into bizarre territory. I gave up on it halfway through.
Once I got through the first couple a chapters thinking "what the hell is this", I actually began to enjoy it immensely! The quirkiness is BACK!
Although this has some interest and I imagine it was an interesting for Ms. MacLeod to write, all I can really say about it is, "Weird!"
Very fun. Much different from the other Peter Shandy Mysteries. This one takes on a mystic adventure in another place and time.
Maggie Worth
The best of the best, the most absurd from the undisputed queen of the screwball mystery. Sheer inventive genius from word one!
Kathryn McCary
Unbearable. The underlying idea would have been fun, but the incompetent Olde Englishe was excruciating. Too bad …
Most of the Peter Shandy books are silly, but charming. This one was just plain silly and stupid.
Feb 08, 2008 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbie by: Me mum
I thoroughly enjoyed this dated little flight of fantasy and the author's take on medieval Welsh is a treat!
Mary Rose
It was interesting fantasy departure but not my favorite of the Peter Shandy books.
Lia Marcoux
WHAT. This was nuts. Lots of fun. But straight-up nuts.
Amusing, but not amazing.
Jenny marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2014
Tom added it
Aug 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Pint of Murder
  • Misery Loves Maggody (Arly Hanks, #11)
  • Nice Girls Finish Last (Robin Hudson, #2)
  • I.O.U. (Jenny Cain, #7)
  • Jimmy The Kid (Dortmunder, #3)
  • Sweet Danger (Albert Campion Mystery #5)
  • Novena for Murder (Sister Mary Helen, #1)
  • The Body in the Bonfire (Faith Fairchild, #12)
  • Pursuit and Persuasion (Ben Reese, #3)
  • Emily Dickinson Is Dead (Homer Kelly, #5)
  • Naked Once More
  • The Raven and the Nightingale (A Karen Pelletier Mystery #3)
  • Hide & Snoop (An Odelia Grey  mystery, #7)
  • The Face Of Trespass
  • In for a Penny: A Cleopatra Jones Mystery
  • Something Fishy
Naturalized US Citizen

Also wrote as Alisa Craig

Charlotte MacLeod, born in New Brunswick, Canada, and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the multi-award-winning author of over thirty acclaimed novels. Her series featuring detective Professor Peter Shandy, America's homegrown Hercule Poirot, delivers "generous dollops of...warmth, wit, and whimsy" (San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle). But full...more
More about Charlotte MacLeod...
Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy, #1) The Family Vault (Kelling & Bittersohn, #1) The Silver Ghost (Kelling & Bittersohn, #8) The Withdrawing Room (Kelling & Bittersohn, #2) The Luck Runs Out (Peter Shandy, #2)

Share This Book