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The Christmas Garden Affair: A Gardening Mystery (Gardening Mysteries #7)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Sex sells... even in the home garden market. And Louise Eldridge, with her ratings fading faster than the last rose of summer, finds her once-popular PBS show upstaged by the output of one Bunny Bainfield. With her barely-there outfits, the bodacious Bunny makes pruning, mulching, and planting into an erotic adventure, and her highly successful "Bunny in the Garden" label ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Kensington (first published 2002)
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From medieval anchoresses to modern American gardeners. Well, a piece of seasonal not quite fluff should be fine.
Louise Eldridge, the host of a PBS show Gardening With Nature is invited to a party and conference put on by the American President-elect's wife who is hoping to set up some sort of "encourage the use of native plants in people's garden" thing. Since it is put on hold by the end of the book I'm not really sure what Maud Anderson was supposed to have had in mind specifically, but it pr
Rob Smith
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
A standard mystery that probably goes a bit far describing the garden business. Certainly overblowing it's importance. Though it needs to balance the book.

The writing is fine. Wish there were more descriptions of the setting of scenes. Also, though the characters were well defined, somehow I was getting confused as to who was who. It could be that my not being a fan of landscaping had me a bit detached.

I read this because there is an indication by the title and the cover that Christmas was someh
Julie Barrett
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Garden Affair by Anne Rigley
Love the holiday and gardening and thought this would be a good read.
Louise and 47 others have been invited to visit with the first lady at the annual Christmas Garden Party. Bonnie Banfield was also invited-a rival that is trying to take over her PBS show from her.
Bonnie talks to her audience in a sexual demeanor and dresses with very few clothes on and that is causing her ratings to go sky high. Louise is losing her ratings...
There are many others who
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ergh. I wanted to read a cozy after finishing Stephen King's latest. Don't get me wrong, I loved the King, but it was very dark, like darker than usual for him, and quite depressing and hopeless. When I finish a book like that, I need the comfort of a cozy mystery. Some people use chick lit as an antidote, I use cozies as they are fun, and still have a dark under current. On top this a Christmas mystery, that I thought would add to the fun factor. Christmas was simply the background to the story ...more
Nov 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy, holiday
This is the third book I've tried to read by this author. I finished this one, but barely. I find it tedious and annoying when a writer changes point of view with every chapter and in some cases even within the chapter. It's very hard to care about the main character when the story is all over the place and there are ten or more characters to follow.

Plus, the story was very predictable. So, for me this was not a good read.
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this book alot! I love to garden so this mystery was right up my alley! It is mainly set in Alexandria, VA where there is going to be a major gardening convention and dinner planned by the first lady elect. Everything is going along fine until someone ends up dead! Read the rest to find out how it ends. I would definitely recommend this book.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good quick read of a mystery. Enjoy the series.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not bad, plot drags.
Sarah "Kat"
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read half and was done. A bit predictable and didn't care for the plot. Read the last pages to see who did it.
Not much of a Christmas theme here but the gathering of garden elite made for an enjoyable mystery.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This was a nice mystery but there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of. It was also a little easy to predict.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't read a lot of murder mysteries, but I found this book interesting. The "who done it" was truly kept until the last chapter. It was fun to read
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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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  • Death of a Garden Pest
  • Death of a Political Plant
  • The Garden Tour Affair
  • The Perennial Killer
  • Harvest Of Murder
  • Death At The Spring Plant Sale
  • Summer Garden Murder
  • Death in the Orchid Garden