"I'm only orchid-crazy a small part of the year, you know," he said earnestly." The rest of the time I'm a normal, everyday sort of bloke. Please believe me."
A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery by Michelle Wan
Location and background info: Mara Dunn of Montreal is an interior decorator and her British partner Julian Wood is a landscaper and orchid collector. Things are testy between the two because of Julian's obsession with finding a rare, possibly non-existent orchid in the mountains of the Dordogne, France, where they live. They become sleuths when strange things begin to happen in the town where they live - a mysterious death of an elderly woman, the disappearance and death of a young man, and the haunting of a widower with Parkinson's disease who swears he has mysterious nighttime visitors. However, Mara and Julian don't necessarily work well together all the time.
My comments: Apart from the constant bickering between the two lovers, the plot was enjoyable and original, having all the loose ends tie together nicely and conveniently at the end of the book. But that's one reason I love mysteries - all is solved and resolved in the end and the bad guys get their just rewards. I loved the setting and the description of the forests in the Dordogne.
Rating: I would rate this a 4 1/2 out of 5 for plot, characterization, and writing.
Here is an interview on YouTube with Michelle Wan, who says her book is about "sleeplessness, murder, and a sprinkling of orchids."
Title: A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery
Author: Michelle Wan
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
Genre: Mystery Series
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