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Death in the Orchid Garden (Gardening Mysteries #10)

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The lush island of Kauai is the perfect place for Louise Eldridge to film a few episodes of her public television gardening show, especially since an elite botanical conference is taking place at her luxury hotel. Her taste of paradise comes to a halt when three squabbling, prima donna botanists arrive--especially when one of them is found battered to death. Louise is conv...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Kensington
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The opening description of swimming in the man-made lagoon at the hotel in all of its exotic beauty lured me right into the story. However,the extreme detail continued throughout the book, vivid descriptions of place and clothing and people. Way too much detail for this reader. It was a safari through the palm fronds to find the story.

The violence seemed to move this story out of the cozy genre into gruesome territory albeit with azure water and lush plant life.

Sad to say, I am disappointed in t...more
This book is apparently part of a series of "gardening" murder mysteries - I haven't read its precursors and so a lot of the references to prior events were kind of boring. Too many boring descriptions of characters and their bathing suits (I think there's literally a description of each outfit the main character wears in every scene) and the mystery itself is a little too formulaic (i.e. it's just like playing "Clue" - was it Mr. White or Ms. Scarlet????) Skip it.
Louise Eldridge is a television personality. She travels to Hawaii to participate in an interview with three well-known horticulturists. When one of them is found dead at the base of a cliff, Louise tries to find out what has happened. This is a bit different from other stories of the like because she actually assists the police in solving the murder instead of going against their wishes. It was a fair cozy and the series has promise.
"Cozy" style of murder mystery (thought the two deaths are pretty violent, but not described too much)set in Kauai and Kona. The Hawaiian settings make for a fun read and was what drew me to the book. Part of a gardening mystery series. I may read some of the others.
This book is another fun and easy read form Ann Ripley.
It is not the type of book that I like to read all the time, but it was a nice diversion from reality.

Kae Cheatham
Low key cozy with good descriptions of Hawaii. Several deaths, but none in the orchid garden. Too much extraneous detail.
She did a really stupid thing at the end, that didn't make much sense but added excitement (I guess) to the story.
Kat Chan
So slow and not that good. By no means horrible, but really difficult to keep reading. Just kind of boring...
Pretty good thriller, set in Hawaii. I will read more books by this author.
Aug 30, 2013 Pat added it
I have read much better chic books but interesting about the plants in Hawaii.
The Twins
entertaining and easy read, love Hawaii as location - loveable characters
Mar 10, 2013 Joanie added it
Do not like this author.
Couldn't finish it...
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A former newspaperwoman, Ann Ripley now spends her time organic-gardening and writing mysteries. She lives with her husband, Tony, in Lyons, Colorado. Her first novel, Mulch, won the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors' League. She is now at work on her fifth gardening mystery.
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