Books by Ann Ripley

SUMMER GARDEN MURDER by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2005

"The engaging Eldridge family seem a bit over the top this time, but the gardening tips are always welcome, especially the charming essay on volunteer plants, altogether the best thing here."
A dull neighborhood dinner party heats up when a killer newly released from a mental hospital drops in to say hello. Read full book review >
DEATH AT THE SPRING PLANT SALE by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Stiff dialogue, colorless people, and an unconvincing story: one of Ripley's lesser efforts, even for gardening fans."
Louise Eldridge (The Christmas Garden Affair, 2002, etc.), gardening expert par excellence, with a TV series to prove it, attends an annual do where somebody gets done in. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN AFFAIR by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Readers with similar interests probably won't mind the inevitable arid patches between display plots."
Into each life some rain must fall—even such an enviable one as that of Louise Eldridge, the gardening maven and sometime sleuth who lives in Alexandria with her CIA husband Bill and their teenaged daughter Janie. Read full book review >
HARVEST OF MURDER by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Ripley provides provocative background on bioterrorists raping natural habitats and pharmaceutical chicanery involved in developing new drugs with falsified testing, and ends, as in The Garden Tour Affair (1999) and its predecessors, with a short vade mecum for gardeners."
As her PBS gardening show is about to go on hiatus, Louise Eldrige is asked by fellow dogwalker Peter Whiting, an elderly ethnobotanist busy propagating plants from the northwest quadrant of Brazil reputed to have phenomenal anti-aging properties, if she'd like to spend her sabbatical as his lab assistant. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN TOUR AFFAIR by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"The storyline itself tends to ramble fuzzily through its cast in search of a convincing finale but doesn't quite make it."
Once more over the garden wall with mulch-maven/would-be sleuth Louise Eldredge (Death of a Political Plant, 1998, etc.), who lives in Washington with Foreign Service husband Bill and teenaged daughter Janie. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A POLITICAL PLANT by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Serious gardeners will probably enjoy Ripley's informative gardening essays, interspersed throughout the story, but her clunky plot and heroine's irritating mix of smugness and chutzpah provide a good deal less satisfaction."
Louise Eldridge of Washington, D.C., who has never met a murder she didn't think she could solve (Death of a Garden Pest, 1996; Munch, 1994), is once again embroiled in mayhem. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GARDEN PEST by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 1996

"On the up side, the gardening nonfiction—ten small and distinct chapters—is informative and fun."
Ripley's upscale housewife heroine, recovering from injuries inflicted by a crazed Defense Department nominee (Mulch, 1994), returns for a second outing. Read full book review >
MULCH by Ann Ripley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1994

"A first novel whose slender plot leaves its smart, appealing heroine all dressed up with no place to go."
Gamely establishing still another garden after her husband, Bill, an ill-concealed State Department spook, moves her back to suburban DC, Louise Eldridge gathers two dozen bags of leaves from her Sylvan Valley neighbors' trash to use as organic mulch. Read full book review >