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I am looking for fiction (or really non-fiction as long as it's a story) that focuses on gardens and/or gardening. Anybody know of anything? I don't know how to look, google and amazon just come up with how-to books.<br><br>
In non fiction, I liked Henry Mitchell. I also recently read 'The 64 dollar tomato" which I enjoyed, but I am looking longer stories than that. Anybody? I know it's an odd thing...
 

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Aagthat Christie's Miss Marple books.<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Big help you are, Monsieur!<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
(I'm going to Provence in May and I've forgotten all the french I ever knew! Au secours!)
 

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Mmm, this thread is not working out the way I had hoped...<br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Where in Provence are you going? There are areas where English and Dutch are more spoken than French...
 

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Noooo, I don't want THAT! <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
We're renting a house 30 km northwest of Aix-en-Provence, near the village of Lambesc. I have never been to Provence, I'm looking forward to it!
 

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I looked him up on Wikipedia and put the first 2 in the series on hold at my public library. They sound interesting (though not that garden-focused, but I like mysteries too). Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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I went to a garden party...<br><br>
Even "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" doesn't have much gardening in it (as far as I know).
 

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Read all of them. Favourites are the first I ever read (Monk's Hood) which is the third in the series. Virgin in the Ice, which is 6th I believe, Holy Thief, which is on towards the end of the series, and one I can't remember the title of, but is somewhere near #12. Oh yeah and the Leper of St. Giles.<br><br>
They are MUCH better than the TV mini-series, and are a great read. Truly.<br><br>
And she had the grace to finish the last book before dying.
 

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I don't that area. I've worked in Martigues for about a year and have been to Marseilles several times. I lived in Nice for about 2 years.<br><br>
Good for a vacation, but I didn't like living there!
 

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Nice and the Cote d'azur do not appeal to me at all, but I think I wouldn't mind living in the area around Aix (based on what I've read, which admittedly, does not give you the whole picture!). Well, aside from the having to speak french bit, but even that I'm sure would be fine after a few weeks.
 

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Reginald Hill's <i>Dalziel and Pascoe</i> detective novels are excellent, and there's one called <i>Deadheads</i>. Here are a couple of synopses from Amazon:<br><br><i>An English rose garden on a summer's day. A small boy watches with interest as his great-aunt cuts the deadheads off the rosebushes with a sharp knife. What could be more peaceful, more harmless? Young Patrick grows up to be a calm, pleasant man, with a good job, a wife and two children, and the best rose garden for miles around. When somebody tells the police that Patrick Aldermann is killing people, Chief Superintendent Dalziel thinks it's probably all nonsense. But Inspector<br>
Pascoe is not so sure . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.<br><br>
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'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction' Tom Hiney, Observer Life is a bed of roses for Patrick Aldermann when Great Aunt Florence collapses into her Madam Louis Laperrieres and he inherits Rosemont House with its splendid gardens. But when his boss, 'Dandy' Dick Elgood, suggests to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann is a murderer -- then retracts the accusation -- the inspector is left with a thorny problem. By then Police Cadet Singh, Mid-Yorkshire's first Asian copper, had dug up some very interesting information about Patrick's elegant wife Daphne. Superintendent Dalziel, meanwhile, is atttempting to relive the days of Empire with Singh as his tea-wallah.</i>
 

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Grim, I'll look into these as well. Apparently gardening = english mysteries! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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That was very accomodating of her! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
I'll let you know how I like them. I love discovering a new series I haven't ready anything of, so I hope I like them!
 

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The other Dalziel and Pascoe books aren't to do with gardening - just the one I mentioned.<br><br>
This is a TV series in the UK, but unfortunately I don't think it originally sprang from novels:<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_and_thyme" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_and_thyme</a>
 

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Well it's not quite a "gardening" book, but growing gardens is a big part of the book's premise:<br>
"Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver<br><br>
on the plus side, it's a great read and deals with some interesting topics.
 

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I'll second Prodigal Summer.<br><br>
And it's not fiction, but Michael Pollan's first book of essays is called Second Nature, and I can't imagine the gardener who wouldn't love it.
 

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