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Murder With a Green Thumb booklist

I accuse Major Mallory, in the arboretum, with the hoe! No, no, no! It was Mrs. Phillips in the rose garden with a deadly dose of herbicide!

No matter "who done it", there's little question that the gardening mystery has become popular. Nearly everyone has spent some time tilling the soil, planting their annuals and cursing the weeds that attempt to take over their garden plots. Throw in the menacing plots of your fellow human beings, and a Garden becomes a prime location for deadly deeds. Whether you're interested in historical gardening mysteries, like those solved by herbalist and medieval monk Brother Cadfael, or contemporaries, such as the stories featuring herb shop owner China Bayles or landscape designer Celia Grant, you should find something in this list to fertilize your fancy. So, plant yourself on a garden bench, and kick back with some Gardening Mysteries! Oh, and watch out for that stranger with the weed whacker!

All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. Some titles not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic nature, or their position as part of a series. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.



Catherine AirdAmendment of Life [2002]
Susan Wittig AlbertThe China Bayles series [Herb shop owner]
-- Thyme of Death [1992]
-- Witches' Bane [1993]
-- Hangman's Root [1994]
-- Rosemary Remembered [1995]
-- Rueful Death [1996]
-- Love Lies Bleeding [1997]
-- Chile Death [1998]
-- Lavender Lies [1999]
-- Mistletoe Man [2000]
-- Bloodroot [2001]
-- Indigo Dying [2003]
-- An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries [2003]
-- A Dilly of a Death [2004]
-- Dead Man's Bones [2205]
-- Bleeding Hearts [2006]
-- Spanish Dagger [2007]
-- Nightshade [2008]
-- Wormwood [2009]
-- Holly Blues [2010]
-- Mourning Gloria [2011]
-- Cat's Claw [2012]
-- Widow's Tears [2013]
John Richard Lane AndersonDeath in the Greenhouse [1978]
Nancy AthertonAunt Dimity and the Duke [1994]
Marion BabsonGuilty Party [1988]
Richard BarthA Ragged Plot [1981]
M.C. BeatonAgatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener [1994]
J.S. BorthwickThe Garden Plot [1997]
Edna BuchananGarden of Evil [1999]
Dorothy CannellDown the Garden Path [1985]
Taffy CannonGuns and Roses [2000]
Tangled Roots [1995]
Agatha ChristieMurder at the Vicarage [1930]
Nemesis [1971]
Jill ChurchillMulch Ado About Nothing [2000]
Wilkie CollinsThe Moonstone [1868]
Susan ConantRuffly Speaking [1994]
K.C. ConstantineThe Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes [1982]
Alisa Craig
(a.k.a. Charlotte MacLeod)
The Grub-and-Stakers Series
-- The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain [1981]
-- The Grub-and-Stakers Quilt a Bee [1985]
-- The Grub-and-Stakers Pinch a Poke [1988]
-- The Grub-and-Stakers Spin a Yarn [1990]
-- The Grub-and-Stakers House a Haunt [1993]
Marjorie DornerFreeze Frame [1990]
John Keith DrummondThy Sting, Oh Death [1985]
Tis the Season to be Dying [1988]
Carola DunnThe Winter Garden Mystery [1995]
Anthony EglinThe Blue Rose [2004]
The Lost Gardens [2006]
The Water Lily Cross [2007]
Kate EllisThe Bone Garden [2003]
Kathy Lynn EmersonSusanna Appleton series
-- Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie [1997]
-- Face Down Upon an Herbal [1998]
-- Face Down Among the Winchester Geese [1999]
-- Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross [2000]
-- Face Down Under the Wych Elm [2000]
-- Face Down Before the Rebel Hooves [2001]
-- Face Down Upon the Western Sea [2002]
-- Face Down Below the Banqueting House [2005]
-- Face Down Beside St. Anne's Well [2006]
-- Face Down O'er the Border [2007]
E.X. FerrarsAndrew Basnett - Professor of Botany
-- Root of All Evil [1984]
-- A Murder Too Many [1988]
Anthea FraserSix Proud Walkers [1988]
Mary FreemanDeadly Nightshade [1999]
Devil's Trumpet [1999]
Bleeding Heart [2000]
A Garden View [2002]
Frances FyfieldQuestion of Guilt [1988]
Jacqueline GirdnerMurder My Deer [2000]
Rumer GoddenAn Episode of Sparrows [1955]
Caroline GrahamThe Killings at Badger's Drift [1987]
Murder at Madingley Grange [1991]
Ann GrangerFlowers for His Funeral [1994]
Say it With Poison [1991]
Annie GriffinLove and the Single Corpse [2000]
Joan Hadley
(a.k.a. Joan Hess)
Night-Blooming Cereus [1986]
The Deadly Ackee [1988]
Jean HagerBlooming Murder [1994]
Karen HarperThe Poyson Garden [1999]
The Thorne Maze [2003]
Janis HarrisonThe Bretta Solomon series
-- Roots of Murder [1999]
-- Murder Sets Seed [2000]
-- Lilies That Fester [2001]
-- A Deadly Bouquet [2002]
-- Reap a Wicked Harvest [2004]
-- Bindweed [2005]
Reginald HillDeadheads [1983]
Muriel Resnik JacksonThe Garden Club [1992]
Susan KenneyGarden of Malice [1983]
Graham LandrumThe Garden Club Mystery [1998]
Emma LathenGreen Grow the Dollars [1982]
Elizabeth LemarchandSuddenly While Gardening [1978]
Change for the Worse [1980]
Charlotte MacLeodPeter Shandy series - Agricultural Professor
-- Rest You Merry [1978]
-- The Curse of the Giant Hogweed [1985]
-- Something in the Water [1994]
David ManuelA Matter of Roses [1999]
Ngaio MarshGrave Mistake [1978]
Sujata MasseyThe Flower Master [1998]
Stefanie MattesonMurder at Teatime [1991]
Mary McMullenGrave Without Flowers [1983]
Barbara MichaelsThe Dancing Floor [1997]
Gladys MitchellThe Death-Cap Dancers [1981]
Spotted Hemlock [1985]
Skye Kathleen MoodyBlue Poppy [1997]
B.J. MorisonChampagne and a Gardener [1982]
Marcia MullerThere's Something in a Sunday [1989]
Donna Huston MurrayFinal Arrangements [1996]
Beverley NicholsThe Moonflower [1955]
No Man's Street [1954]
Ellis PetersThe Brother Cadfael series - Medieval herbalist monk
-- A Morbid Taste for Bones [1977]
-- One Corpse Too Many [1980]
-- Monk's Hood [1981]
-- Saint Peter's Fair [1981]
-- The Leper of Saint Giles [1982]
-- The Virgin in the Ice [1983]
-- The Sanctuary Sparrow [1983]
-- Devil's Novice [1984]
-- Dead Man's Ransom [1985]
-- The Pilgrim of Hate [1985]
-- An Excellent Mystery [1985]
-- The Raven in the Foregate [1986]
-- The Rose Rent [1986]
-- The Hermit of Eyton Forest [1988]
-- The Confession of Brother Haluin [1988]
-- A Rare Benedictine [1990]
-- The Heretic's Apprentice [1990]
-- The Potter's Field [1990]
-- Summer of the Danes [1991]
-- Holy Thief [1993]
-- Brother Cadfael's Penance [1994]
Ralph PetersThe Devil's Garden [1998]
Ian RankinThe Hanging Garden [1998]
Cynthia RiggsDeadly Nightshade [1999]
Ann RipleyThe Gardening Mystery series
-- Mulch [1994]
-- Death of a Garden Pest [1996]
-- Death of a Political Plant [1998]
-- Garden Tour Affair [1999]
-- The Perennial Killer [2000]
-- Harvest of Murder [2001]
-- The Christmas Garden Affair [2002]
-- Death at the Spring Plant Sale [2003]
-- Summer Garden Murder [2005]
-- Death in the Orchid Garden [2006]
Lora RobertsMurder Crops Up [1998]
Elliot RooseveltMurder in the Rose Garden [1989]
Rebecca RothenbergThe Bulrush Murders [1991]
The Dandelion Murders [1994]
The Shy Tulip Murders [1996]
Tumbleweed Murders [2001]
Betty RowlandsA Little Gentle Sleuthing [1990]
Beth SaulnierBad Seed [2002]
Dorothy SayersBusman's Honeymoon [1937]
John SherwoodThe Celia Grant series - Landscape Designer
-- Green Trigger Fingers [1984]
-- A Botanist at Bay [1985]
-- The Mantrap Garden [1986]
-- Flowers of Evil [1987]
-- Menacing Groves [1988]
-- A Bouquet of Thorns [1989]
-- The Sunflower Plot [1990]
-- The Hanging Garden [1992]
-- Creeping Jenny [1993]
-- Bones Gather No Moss [1994]
Sheila SimonsonLarkspur [1990]
Rex StoutBlack Orchids [1942]
Heather WebberHoe Lot of Trouble [2004]
Trouble in Spaces [2005]
Stuart WoodsOrchid Beach [1998]
Deborah WoodworthSins of a Shaker Summer [1999]
Nancy Means WrightStolen Honey [2002]

Compiled June 2007 sdc / last updated May 2013

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