Death in the Garden summary ✓ 8


  • Paperback
  • 294
  • Death in the Garden
  • Elizabeth Ironside
  • English
  • 05 May 2019
  • 9781933397177

10 thoughts on “Death in the Garden

  1. says:

    This is a very British story both in the tangled web of the past history of the Great Aunt and in the modern tales of the current domestic lives of Helena and her various cousins lover her work and relative distance from others Everything is uite proper except when it oh so definitely isn'tThe story exists in two times the early 1920s just after the war when the wounds are still very fresh and the beginning of the current new millennium In the first the setting is a gathering spent over a weekend at an English country home the home of an MP The guests are largely friends of his wife who is celebrating her birthday They are variously artists writers scholarsdifferent sorts than their host Ultimately there is a murderFlashing forward to the near present Helena adopted as an early teen by The Great Aunt learns on that loved woman's death of that party and of that death so many years ago and resolves to find whatever truth she can That is the essence of Death in the Garden This is not a cloak and dagger mystery of a cerebral thought inducing read and a treat for AnglophilesI plan to seek out of Ironside to read


  2. says:

    I braved the cold hopped the train downtown yesterday and captured some great books This is a beautifully written and artfully constructed story There are layers to be unwrapped in the reading and while the characters are not always endearing they were painted with master strokesIt was another reminder of how uickly people of the first few decades of the 1900's matured behaving very differently from today's 20 30 year old population They lived through the first World War and this had defining impact on their behaviorThis author was one I had never heard of until reading a goodreads review


  3. says:

    A wonderful British mystery novel with a surprising twist at the end And yet it is so much It is a murder mystery with a little bit of history and just a hint of the supernatural Underlying it all is an exploration of the intricacies of human relationships over the course of a life time and between intersecting generations Did you ever take the time to wonder what your mother grandmother great aunt was like before she was cast in the role of mother grandmother great aunt?


  4. says:

    One of the most absorbing novels I've read in a very long time A few years after the end of World War I George Pollexfen died by poisoning in his own country garden and his wife stood trial for his murder She was acuitted and the mystery was never solved Now ie the 1990s her great niece and principal heir tries to work out from extant records who could have killed George all those years agoIf it's instant gratification you're after this isn't the detective novel for you In fact despite the presence at its core of a mysterious death and the attempt to deduce what really happened I'm reluctant to call it a detective novel at all It reminded me of books like Ian McEwan's Atonement and AS Byatt's Possession although I'm tempted to say that it's better written than eitherI read this as a rather battered secondhand paperback but am inclined now to invest in a hardback copy for the shelf


  5. says:

    Death in the Garden written by Elizabeth Ironside and first published in 1995 this edition in 2005 by Felony Mayhem You are in England after all We do things for duty and for respectability and because other people do them not for pleasure This post WWI novel was a slow starter but eventually unfolded into a solid but not especially exciting murder mystery George Pollexfen is that even a real surname? is found dead of poison and the crucial ingredients are conveniently found in his wife's photography studio This manor mystery focuses at first on the socialites staying for the weekend and present that night What secret lives went on behind the accepted fictions of their existences? but soon jumps forward to a young lady whose beloved great aunt amusingly referred to as the great aunt by her relatives has just died She discovers the great aunt is connected to this 60 year old murder and takes it upon herself to solve it This is where the book picks up and settles into a pleasant typical English mystery The author is Lady Catherine Manning wife of the British Ambassador to the US 2003 2007 and her other four novels look interesting also


  6. says:

    I loved this book It's a bit slow to read it really reuires your attention but there is so much going on it is very rewarding All at once it is a traditional English country house mystery a glimpse of the modern years during and just following WWI and a look at changing women and women's roles in this century It's a complete portrait of an event that took place in 1925 seen in its historical context and through the eyes of the second generation to follow Each piece of the puzzle unfolds as each character is illuminated through journals letters reminiscences and recorded history so authoritatively that it is easy to forget you are reading a novel and not participating in the search Very often a story told through multiple generations feels unbalanced one generation suffers while the other's history is told This book for me strikes just the right balance between past and present Whether or not you are a mystery reader if you have any interest in the time period I would definitely recommend this


  7. says:

    Mystery set in two time periods with excellent prose The story slowly unfolds as connections between the characters are revealed Don't look for too much plot in this just enjoy the writing


  8. says:

    Very enjoyable and slowly unfolding mystery set across two time periods The writing is very stylish and the author is very perceptive in writing from different characters' perspectives I look forward to by this author


  9. says:

    I enjoyed the way Ironside presents the reader with multiple points of view through interviews of characters journal entries letters and even a description of a short story written by one of the suspects She doesn't do it with absolute strictness an interview with a character isn't merely transcribed we are also aware of what the character is thinking but does not say but these shortcuts prevent what might otherwise be tedious readingHaving the facts presented so neatly meant that I had correctly guessed the murderer early in the book but not without a couple of false starts Because this book asks not only Who done it? but Why? trying to understand the motivations of the various characters was as interesting as trying to spot the murderer


  10. says:

    In 1925 beautiful bohemian Diana Pollexfen was celebrating her 30th birthday with a party at a country estate but the celebrations soured when her husband died poisoned by a cocktail that had been liberally laced with some of Diana's photographic chemicals Sixty years later Diana's grand niece Helena is also turning 30 but with rather less fanfare An overworked attorney in London Helena's primary social outlet is an obsessive love affair By way of distraction Helena starts looking through her great aunt's papers and soon develops another obsession Determining just who did kill George Pollexfen in that lovely sunlit garden between the wars From


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Death in the Garden

Elizabeth Ironside ¹ 8 review

St who did kill George Pollexfen in that sunlit garden between the wars First US edition. Very enjoyable and slowly unfolding mystery set across two time periods The writing is very stylish and the author is very perceptive in writing from different characters' perspectives I look forward to by this author

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In 1925 Diana Pollexfen was found innocent of killing her husband but the accusation sha. A wonderful British mystery novel with a surprising twist at the end And yet it is so much It is a murder mystery with a little bit of history and just a hint of the supernatural Underlying it all is an exploration of the intricacies of human relationships over the course of a life time and between intersecting generations Did you ever take the time to wonder what your mother grandmother great aunt was like before she was cast in the role of mother grandmother great aunt

review Death in the Garden

Dowed the rest of her life Sixty years later Diana's grandniece resolves to determine ju. One of the most absorbing novels I've read in a very long time A few years after the end of World War I George Pollexfen died by poisoning in his own country garden and his wife stood trial for his murder She was acuitted and the mystery was never solved Now ie the 1990s her great niece and principal heir tries to work out from extant records who could have killed George all those years agoIf it's instant gratification you're after this isn't the detective novel for you In fact despite the presence at its core of a mysterious death and the attempt to deduce what really happened I'm reluctant to call it a detective novel at all It reminded me of books like Ian McEwan's Atonement and AS Byatt's Possession although I'm tempted to say that it's better written than eitherI read this as a rather battered secondhand paperback but am inclined now to invest in a hardback copy for the shelf


About the Author: Elizabeth Ironside

Elizabeth Ironside is the pseudonym of Lady Catherine Manning wife of the British Ambassador to the US Her first novel won Britain’s John Creasey Award for Best First Mystery of 1985 and Death in the Garden was nominated for Britain’s CWA Gold Dagger for Best Mystery of 1995