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Interior decorator Mara Dunn and orchidologist Julian Wood team up again to solve two murders in Michelle Wan's charming new botanical mystery.

Mara is renovating the manor house of the wealthy Christophe de Bonfond when she discovers the body of a murdered infant. The body, concealed for more than a century, brings to light unexpected and critical information on an elusive Lady's Slipper orchid that Julian avidly seeks. Christophe hires genealogist Jean-Claude Fournier to exonerate his ancestors, only to have the expert unleash even more terrifying suspicions. When violent death strikes in the present day, Mara and Julian begin an investigation of their own that leads them to uncover a trail of murder spanning many decades


“Readers...will enjoy her vivid renderings of the offbeat characters, sumptuous cuisine, and loup-garou lore that suffuse this sylvan stretch of southwestern France.” —Booklist

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    November 15, 2007

    Vintage USA

    RRP $21.99

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