Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Twist of Orchids

A Twist of Orchids
by Michelle Wan

This series is set in the lush Dordogne départment of southern-western France. Julian, an English botanist, freelance landscaper and orchid enthusiast is searching for the rare Cypripedium Incognitum, an orchid that he saw only once in a damaged photo. Mara, his live-in lover, notes that "come spring, he is filled with a kind of anticipatory anixiety" until May arrives and the Cypripedium Incognitum blooms and he can search for it again. Julian's near fanatical search for the Cypripedium Incognitum is the backdrop for these books. In this novel, Julian's enthusiam is tempered by his search Kazim Ismet, the son of Turkish friends. Kazim has disappeared and his worried parents asked Julian to look for him. Orchids, while not the root of evil, certainly play a role in the evil perpetrated in this book. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle, books in the English Garden Mystery Series by Anthony Eglin, and The Garden Mystery series by Ann Riple .] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

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