Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Book Review: The Trail of the Wild Rose

Retired botany professor Dr. Lawrence Kingston is called upon by a colleague to lend his expertise to Thames Valley police investigating a vehicular assault which seems related to a recent overseas plant-hunting expedition. This is author Anthony Eglin's fourth novel in the English Garden Mysteries series. It was my first time reading this series.

I found the story to go rather slowly. We hear quite a lot about botany, and the history of roses over the centuries. The action unwinds over weeks to the point that I lost all track of how much time had passed in the tale. Dr. Kingston often does things he knows better not to do, but seems to not be able to help himself. Some of the dialogue seemed stiff, to me. And there seemed to be an unusually high percentage of people he comes across who are house-sitting, or having their houses minded. Is it that common in the 21st-century UK? I wondered.

Overall, this was a light read, enjoyable if you love gardens or descriptions of the English countryside.

Memorable Morsels:

Eglin doesn't disappoint in the culinary realm.

  • Proper English breakfast: bacon, eggs, sausage, grilled tomatoes, toast, marmalade, tea
  • Roast Aylesbury duckling
  • Truffles, duck confit and foie gras
  • Tea and scones
  • Sorrel soup, roast guinea fowl with port gravy and celeraic, chilled gooseberry fool
  • Melton Mowbray pork pie
  • Scottish salmon fillet, confit of fennel, new potatoes and lemon butter
  • Breakfast of kippers, toast with marmalade and a pot of Earl Grey tea.
  • Salad Nicoise, medium-rare entrecĂ´te, strawberries with Jersey cream
  • Steak and ale pie
  • Veal, ham and egg pie, and a jar of pickled onions
Links to Investigate Further:

Buy the book: The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery (English Garden Mysteries)

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