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by Ann Ripley

When Bunny Bainfield, the sexy host of "Bunny in the Garden," is murdered at the First Lady's exclusive Christmas conference on native plants, Louise Eldrige, star of her own PBS garden show, must weed through a wealth of suspects to catch a killer. Reprint.
Download The Christmas Garden Affair: A Gardening Mystery epub
ISBN: 1575667789
ISBN13: 978-1575667782
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Ann Ripley
Language: English
Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (October 1, 2003)
ePUB size: 1562 kb
FB2 size: 1544 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 545
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I bought this book at a local resale bookstore. I picked this book up on impulsed and I am glad I did. It maybe 2017 when I read it, but it is still a great read that takes place in the 1990's before cell phones where used for everything. I enjoyed the mystery and how the main character, Louise, gets involved by being very curious. Ms. Ripley does a credible job of introducing themes that were new back then: full acceptance of a character's bisexuality, the native plant craze, and the garden shows that changing. She also did a great job in showing how a malicious act can cause unintended heartache and paranoia both the victim's family and the innocent bystanders who had to witness this particularly cruel murder. I recommend this novel.
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 also don't like how Bonnie is sexulizing the garden industry and want her gone. When she is discovered dead at the party there are many who point to Louise and others.
Love the garden tips throughout the book and the clues as they come to lead us to the person who did kill Bonnie. Hard at times to keep track of all the people involved as there are so many of them.
Enjoyed the read so much I will be finding the other works of the author to read.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Bunny Bainfield, like her namesake, is a gardener's nemesis. More specifically, a nemsis to the professional gardening industry including academia, publishing, TV, distributors, and designers. Bunny's talent for self promotion, lack of scruples, and comfort with flaunting her sexuality add up to a formidable competitor who is beginning to dominate the gardening industry. She seems unstoppable, even acheiving a relationship with the new First Lady based on a mutual interest in native plants. Unfortunately for Bunny, she meets up with an enemy unwilling to stop at anything, including poisioning Bunny at a state dinner.
Louise Eldridge is a gardener of a milder type, with a gardening program on Public Television and a warm and loving family. Louise has dabbled in murder investigations in the past, and jumps right into this case. As part of the investigation, Louise finds herself questioning old friends and new, and seeing her relationship with her peers change as suspicion and unease with the police begins to rise. Ultimately, Louise comes face to face with the killer, and finds herself questioning her own preconceptions.
"The Christmas Garden Affair" is made special by the intertwining relationships between people in the somewhat insular gardening trade. Louise Eldridge is a delightful heroine, and even non-gardeners will find the dicussions about native plants interesting. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys cozy mysteries, female sleuths, and / or gardening.
There have been no recent homicide investigation in Louise Eldridge's life, but the TV personality has seen her ratings on her PBS gardening show plummet since the vivacious and sexy Bunny Bainfield hosts the same kind of show in the same time slot though on a different channel. Both Louise and Bunny are invited to the new First Lady's Christmas Garden Gala, along with other knowledgeable garden experts who Louise wants to line up to appear on her show.

From the time she arrives at the event, Louise hears one person after another bad mouth Bunny. She has alienated everyone in the plant and flower world so it really doesn't come as much of a shock that somebody hates Bunny enough to poison her at the eve of the conference. In her own subtle way, Louise starts an investigation, independent of the police, to discover who killed Bunny. Louise always seems to forget that she puts her life in danger when she plays detective and this time it is no different.

THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN AFFAIR is an invigorating cozy that is character driven. The heroine uses her intellect to weed out some suspects and add others but all the time she is trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. It's hard for Louise to quickly finger a suspect because there are so many suspects with viable motives, which means the audience, once the reader overcomes the shock of Louise budding in, has an entertaining amateur sleuth tale filled with gardening tips.

Harriet Klausner
Great literature--no. But this was an immensely fun romp and skewer of the gardening world and thinly veiled references to garden figures we know and either love or hate. As a professional gardener, I laughed out loud more than once at her references to the both insular and welcoming world of horticulture. First I'd heard of Ann Ripley and I'll definitely dip into her other titles!:) Enjoy!
The first couple of pages promised a nice cozy mystery novel and a sleuth, Louise Eldridge, who would be fun to spend an afternoon with. Not so. Way to many characters are thrown into the mix, and the victim seems not to have even one redeeming quality. The newly elected First Lady is silly, the dialogue is forced and plot withers like a vine after the first frost.