The Last Camellia: A Novel by Sarah Jio

By Sarah Jio

At the eve of the second one global struggle, the final surviving specimen of a camellia plant often called the Middlebury purple lies secreted away on an English state property. plant life, an beginner American botanist, is reduced in size by way of a global ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the loved ones and obtain the coveted bloom. Her seek is without delay brightened through new love and threatened by way of her discovery of a chain of ghastly crimes.

More than part a century later, backyard dressmaker Addison takes up place of dwelling on the manor, now owned via the relatives of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared ardour for mysteries is fueled via the spell binding camellia orchard and an outdated gardener’s pc. but its pages trace at darkish acts ingeniously hid. If the risk that flowers as soon as confronted is still greatly alive, will Addison proportion her fate?

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Thank you, ladies,” he said with an apologetic smile. “I’m sorry you had such an unfortunate incident spoil your visit. Please don’t let it warp your opinion of Port Royal. ” “Of course,” agreed Judith, her sympathy with the detective almost goading her into a confession that she had unwittingly given shelter to a murderer in her very own home less than a year ago. But it was probably best not to 50 / Mary Daheim say so. Unlike Constable Guildford, Angus MacKenzie didn’t seem inclined to detain the cousins in Port Royal.

Hunh. ” Renie inquired, plopping down on the plush sofa and retrieving her drink. Judith was trying to track down a bicycle specialty shop for Mike. “What? ” She scribbled out an address, then glanced at her watch. “Hey, it’s almost six. Let’s get going. ” Renie was scrutinizing her travel wardrobe. ” “Not much choice, with one suitcase apiece,” said Judith, then jumped as a series of explosions rattled the windowpanes. “Damn! ” Renie nodded, less concerned with the revelers out along Empress Drive than her social dilemma.

Or two! ” “Well,” Spud replied, turning ruminative, “I’m not sure they know I’m theirs. You see, we moved around a lot because of my dad’s job, and I was only in town for the four years I was in high school. Then, when I went away to college in Lincoln, it turned out that a lot of Nebraskans work in the New York theater. I made all my contacts through them when I went back East. Everybody in the business thinks of me as a Cornhusker. Somehow, that Midwestern farm boy background was good for my image.

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