The Water Lily Cross
An English Garden Mystery
By Anthony Eglin
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312365462, 304pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
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Lawrence Kingston is asked to search for a botanist friend who has gone missing. With nothing but a scrap of paper with a bewildering cryptic message, he begins to investigate. He discovers that his friend was experimenting with aquatic plants and has stumbled on a horticultural breakthrough with staggering implications, one that could ultimately generate billions of dollars in revenue: a unique and giant form of Amazonian water lily. Convinced that influential people are involved in the disappearance, he pursues more leads, but circumstances beyond his control plunge him deeper into jeopardy and a corporate world of ruthless, greedy men who are not to be stopped. Kingston presses on, knowing that his missing friend's life--and his own--both hang by a very slender thread. As with the highly acclaimed The Lost Gardens, Eglin brings his botanical and literary skill to this new mystery.
English-born Anthony Eglin spent many years on the creative side of the advertising and marketing business. Forsaking that career to indulge in his passion for gardening, he started The Larkspur Company, where he coproduced a series of bestselling garden videotapes. Anthony is a member of the American Rose Society and his small garden has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers. In 1995 he was awarded Garden Design magazine’s Gold Trowel Award for Best Rose Garden. Anthony lives with his wife Suzie in Sonoma, California.
"Engaging.... Fans of the brave and erudite Kingston will savor his latest breakneck botanical adventure."
--Publishers Weekly "Aficionados will love the descriptions of famous plant grounds."
--Kirkus Reviews "Enjoy seeing justice prevail in the English manner."