Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny

by John Sherwood
     
 

Horticulturist Celia Grant, whose talent for gardening is surpassed only by her instinct for sleuthing, returns in a series that is classic mystery at its best. When young Jenny Watson arrives at Celia's Archerscroft Nurseries looking for a job, Celia wonders whether the demure, painfully shy young woman can cope with caring for rare and valuable plants. But Jenny… See more details below

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Horticulturist Celia Grant, whose talent for gardening is surpassed only by her instinct for sleuthing, returns in a series that is classic mystery at its best. When young Jenny Watson arrives at Celia's Archerscroft Nurseries looking for a job, Celia wonders whether the demure, painfully shy young woman can cope with caring for rare and valuable plants. But Jenny seems to know a lot for a beginner, and Celia needs a replacement for a worker who's away on temporary leave, so she agrees to give Jenny a try. Something doesn't feel quite right, however, starting with the fact that Jenny has no known address. Celia's doubts grow when she realizes that the new helper has seduced handsome but vulnerable head gardener Bill Wilkins. Is Jenny really the innocent she proclaims herself to be? And who are the two mysterious men Celia sees one day in agitated conversation with Jenny? Their relationship with her seems to be anything but cordial, but it's still a shock when Jenny disappears, probably kidnapped by the same men Celia observed. Urged on by the distressed and lovesick Bill, Celia follows a trail of clues that leads her to a sinister group that is planning a terrorist attack on one of London's cherished traditions - the Chelsea Flower Show. Celia's soon caught up in an attempt to prevent a tragedy, while back at home she faces a more mundane challenge: how to placate a businessman who's furious about his wife's exclusion from the Melbury village Garden Society. Creeping Jenny is the best yet in this acclaimed series, which delights mystery fans and gardening enthusiasts everywhere.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the threads of its plot as thin and tangled as pot-bound roots, the latest crime-amongst-the-flowers caper for horticulturist Celia Grant can't easily be recommended to readers unfamiliar with the series. Sherwood ( The Hanging Garden ) gives his ladylike sleuth of a certain age a Marple-esque manner, then tries to toughen up the cozy tone with copious references to bloody events in previous adventures. At the start of this gossamer-thin case, Celia hires a new employee at Archerscroft Nursery in the British village of Melbury. Jennifer Watson quickly belies her vapid looks and quiet manner by seducing a co-worker. Then she disappears after a neighbor sees her being forced into a car by two men with Irish accents. The trail leads to an abandoned house where militant environmentalist literature hints at major disruptions of forthcoming horticultural events. The author strews his story line with false leads easily discernable by both reader and sleuth. Despite some supple prose, this newest adventure, featuring a bizarre form of terrorism, is strictly for fans of the highly opinionated Ms. Grant. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Series heroine Celia Grant appears to be the intended victim here, but, as usual, the levelheaded horticulturalist manages to outwit her opponents. As designer of the Melbury Garden Society's winning entry in a London show, Celia must battle the society's bull-headed, contrary president and circumvent violence threatened by environmental extremists. She helps police tie the extremists to events back in Melbury, where a wealthy conglomerate owner seems to have gotten away with murder. Nicely described and suspenseful village thunderclouds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684196138
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
Celia Grant Series
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
256

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