Just found out about Nora Roberts new "In the Garden" trilogy.
Nice to have gardening mixed in with romance! It is making me wish that
spring was here and I can't wait to get my hands in some good ol' dirt!
One of my favorite authors is Susan Wittig Albert and she writes
mystery novels and is the owner of a herb shop in a small town in
Texas. Some info:
The China Bayles Mystery Series
Thyme of Death (1992) --China's first adventure. A friend dies--murder
Witches' Bane (1993) --China and Ruby discover that the supernatural
Hangman's Root (1994) --Animal rights, academic politics, and
murder--a potent mix.
Rosemary Remembered (1995) --Who remembers the victims of crime?
Rueful Death (1996) --Grace, forgiveness, and the mystery of
Love Lies Bleeding (1997) --China learns a tough lesson in love.
Chile Death (1998) --Hot stuff, folks! (Funny, too)
Lavender Lies (1999) --Mystery, murder, and a wet 'n' wild wedding
Mistletoe Man (2000) --What's Christmas without mistletoe? What's life
without Ruby? Join China as she faces both of these difficult
- from the official China Bayles website:
garsh, i sure hope nora did a bit more research than the average writer who
throws plants into their books into areas where they cannot possibly grow!!
it bugs me when an "esteemed and noted" author writes about flowers and
trees which never have (and prolly never will) grow in the areas which they
are basing their books upon.
and those who give an email address to write them and tell them how much you
LOVED (snarl of lip here) their books, i write them and ask them....how come
you didn't do any research into the botany of the area OR why did you bother
mentioning these plants at all??? you could have just said something like,
"John tenderly lay Gloria against the tree which had falled due to last
season's wind storms" etc etc)
WHY did the author have to write:
"John lifted Gloria up to the first limb of the River Beech tree and as she
sat there, kicking her legs back and forth, as if she were on a swing, John
took a small branch of the short, stubby leaves of the tree and fanned her
EXCUSE ME??? short stubby leaves?? on a river beech????? OH!! and i
forgot----the scene is supposedly taking place in Key West, Florida....i
it's like all those TONS of movies which show jungles or forests of trees
which NEVER co-exist together....almost everyone knows they are just potted
trees stuck together in a sound stage.
WAIT!!! before you say, "who gives a sh(*t?"
With Malus toward none, and Cherry-Trees toward all.
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