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The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery (English Garden Mystery #4)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  128 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The hunt for an ancient Chinese rose turns deadly in this latest English Garden Mystery featuring Dr. Lawrence Kingston.

A plant-hunting expedition haunted by tragedy leads to a perilous trail of greed, larceny, and deceit. Has Peter Mayhew, the man who plunged to his death on a mountain in China, come back to life? Which of the expedition members is hiding an explosive sec
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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May 11, 2009 Harvee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the novel just as much for the horticultural and botanical information on roses, their propagation from the 18th century onward, as well as for the complicated plot and the travel description of places in the U.K. such as Oxford, Dorset, Cornwall, London, and Wales.

There is a lot to like about this mystery by Anthony Eglin, which I think is better than his last, The Water Lily Cross, which had a too unbelievable plot - a waterlily hybrid that desalinates sea water, turning it into fres
Sep 10, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The main character in all these books, Lawrence Kingston, a retired professor of botany, was very amusing in likable in the first few books I read of this series. He did have a tendency to be pedantic and maybe a little likely to overstay his welcome, but not boorish and so self consumed that he crossed the line.

He is wearing thin, at least to me, by this book. He is a little too likely to interfere in crimes scenes and take and withhold evidence, since he seems to think, though he doesn't admi
Jun 04, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not super into the mystery genre but this was a good mystery for someone who is. It was well written and well conceived, but I just found too unrealistic which kept getting in the way of my enjoyment. However, despite that, I did continue to pick it up and want to know what happened. If you are better at suspending reality, then it can be a good quick story - a nice beach read.
Apr 22, 2012 Syrdarya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england
I liked the mystery, but I think the book could have used some serious editing down, and the conclusion went on for much longer than necessary. This was the first English Garden Mystery which I've read, and while I wouldn't avoid any others, I certainly won't seek them out. The character of Kingston is arrogant, long-winded, and takes too much liberty with crime scenes and evidence. The mystery was so long that I began to mix up the characters from the expedition, so now I can't properly remembe ...more
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Apr 15, 2012 Sandy Weir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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These garden mysteries are getting better all of the time! I like the base mystery in this novel - man falling off cliff in arduous search for rare seeds in remote China. The actual story location is England and surrounding areas, which is fine with me, but the flavor of exotic background is interesting. Main character, Kingston, is challenged trying to assess policeman, Sheffield's acceptance of his deductions (never sure how suggestions are being taken) and also has an interesting relationship ...more
An interesting story with an over-complicated solution and hamfisted botany lessons that were informative but often out of place.
In Anthony Eglin's books, I have enjoyed the main character, Lawrence Kingston, and the garden settings in the U.K. What I find most enjoyable is the setting in a garden, the activities surrounding the gardens and plants and of course a mystery that must be solved. This book I thought was not as good as the others as mystery to be solved was not part of a garden or a wild rose. Also, I thought that the main character didn't have enough to do between clues or events, seemed too lost and aimless. ...more
Good mystery--little slower than the others.
Not as good a The Blue Rose
Jun 30, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured out part of the mystery pretty early in the book, but still enjoyed it. One of my hobbies is gardening and the descriptions of the botanical gardens in England made me want to jump on the next plane there. I learned a lot about The different areas of Great Britain as well as the significance of China in the world of botany. This author has written other books and I look forward to reading them.
May 21, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this has been the best of the series so far. The plot was good, there was fascinating information about the history of roses, beautiful descriptions of various English gardens and manor homes, and a discussion of valuable Chinese pottery. This is the best rating I've been able to give of the books with one more to go.
This is the second of Eglin's mysteries I've read. I preferred the plot and action of this book over the other one I've read. I am fascinated with the horticultural connections, too. I just finished retreading before presenting to book club. I love Eglin's non-fiction/factual inclusions with a good mystery!
Nancy Martin
usually this series has a lot of garden lore, but not this book. also, the Dr. Kingston character is much more stodgy than in the previous 3. The plot concerns a mystery revolving around a chinese plant hunting expedition and is simply not as riveting as the plot lines in his other novels.
I read the first volumn in this series and kind of forgot about them. Its solid plotting and the main character is likable retired professor of botany which brings a lot to the book. I'll be looking for the the 2 books I missed.
Jun 28, 2013 LibraryLady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Lawrence Kingston becomes involved in several murders connected to a plant-hunting expedition in China. Great for those who love mysteries and botany.
LInda L
Mar 05, 2016 LInda L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful English Garden mystery -- all 4 have been exceptional and I will be SO disappointed if there are no more coming.
A little too much detail from Dr. Lawrence Kingston, but otherwise a good story.
Feb 01, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but enjoyed The Lost Gardens more. Would still recommend.
Sep 18, 2013 Alida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps if I was a gardener I would have enjoyed it more.
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Jan 21, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Botany and chinese pottery in Cornwall
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Author of the Arsène Lupin Literary Prize winner THE BLUE ROSE and International Book Awards winner, THE ALCATRAZ ROSE, Anthony Eglin grew up in England and worked in art and advertising before starting The Larkspur Company, which produced a series of best-selling garden videos. Addicted to gardening, his own former pint-sized garden was awarded Garden Design magazine's Golden Trowel Award. Tony i ...more
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