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The Perennial Killer (Gardening Mysteries #5)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
On location in Colorado for her syndicated television show, Gardening with Nature, filming alpine butterflies and avalanche lilies, Louise Eldridge can see why this beautiful terrain is as precious as gold. Then the pure Rocky Mountain air is fouled by the discovery of elderly rancher Jimmy Porter's body, shot to death and draped like a coyote carcass over his own backyard ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 16th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Joan Schrock
May 19, 2015 Joan Schrock rated it it was ok
This is not a great mystery but during the plot you learn a lot about flowers, landscaping and other ecology facts. The setting is Colorado. The author is rather an east coast snob and not too complimentary on western states inhabitants which leads me to believe she has never been there so that part of the book is poorly researched. She also depicts Texas unfavorably as sje wrotes -"pointed toe boots are to corner cockroaches" so being from Colorado in my youth and Texas in my adulthood I was ra ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
#5 in th Louise Eldridge/Gardening Mystery series. TV Gardening Show hostess Louise Eldridge is off to Colorado in this atypical series entry.

Louise Eldridge discovers that land is gold in Colorado and people will stop at nothing to control it. As soon as she arrives to shoot her TV show she finds herself in a struggle over a 13,000-acre ranch: environmentalists want it as "open space"; developers want it. Louise and her cameraman discover the body of the ranch's owner, Porter. Her list of suspe
Apr 01, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Another land development (anti) book, with plenty of gardening information included. I love Louise and her pesky curiosity. I sure hope Ann Ripley continues to write this series.
Nov 07, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok
This book got somewhat confusing and did not hold my attention that much.
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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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Gardening Mysteries (10 books)
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  • The Christmas Garden Affair
  • Death At The Spring Plant Sale
  • Summer Garden Murder
  • Death in the Orchid Garden

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