Gruesome Gardens

Gardens can be such lovely spots, all verdant and lush and deadly. There are such delicious ways to get rid of unwanted people; poisonous herbs and flowers and tools of every degree of sharpness or bluntness. Try one of these mysteries with a gardening theme. All of these titles are located in the Adult Mystery section of the Library.


Albert, Susan Wittig. Thyme of Death. 1992.
    Other titles in the China Bayles series:
        Witches Bane. 1993.
        Hangman’s Root. 1994.
        Rosemary Remembered. 1995.
        Rueful Death. 1996.
        Love Lies Bleeding. 1997.
        Chile Death. 1998.
        Lavender Lies. 1999. Also available: Large Type
        Mistletoe Man. 2000. Also available: Large Type
        Bloodroot. 2001. Also available: CD
        Indigo Dying. 2003.
        An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries. 2003.
        A Dilly of a Death. 2004.
        Dead Man’s Bones. 2005. Also available: Large Type
        Bleeding Hearts. 2006. Also available: Large Type
        Spanish Dagger. 2007. Also available: Large Type, CD
        Nightshade. 2008. Also available: Large Type, CD
        Wormwood. 2009. Also available: Large Type, CD
        Holly Blues. 2010. Also available: Large Type, CD
        Mourning Gloria. 2011. Also available: Large Type
        Cat’s Claw. 2012. Also available: Large Type
        Widow’s Tears. 2013. Also available: Large Type
        Death Come Quickly. 2014.

Albert, Susan Wittig. The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree. 2010.
    Also available: CD
    Other titles in the Darling Dahlias series:
        The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies. 2011. Also available: Large Type, CD
        The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose. 2012.
        The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star. 2013. Also available: Large Type

Anderson, J.R.L. Death in the Greenhouse. 1978.

Andrews, Donna. Swan for the Money. 2009.

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Duke. 1994.

Bannister, Jo. The Primrose Convention. 1997.

Bastion, Elisabeth. The Marigold Mafia. 2009.

Beaton, M.C. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener. 1994.
     Also available: CD

Black, Cara. Murder in Passy. 2011.

Cannell, Dorothy. Down the Garden Path: A Pastoral Mystery. 1985.

Churchill, Jill. Mulch Ado About Nothing. 2000.
     Also available: Large Type

Colley, Barbara. Wiped Out. 2005.

Coward, Mat. Up and Down. 2000.

Craig, Alisa. The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain. 1981.
    Other titles in the Grub-and-Stakers series:
        The Grub-and-Stakers Quilt a Bee. 1985.
        The Grub-and-Stakers House a Haunt. 1993.

Dunn, Carola. Black Ship: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery. 2008.

Dunn, Carola. The Winter Garden Mystery. 1995.

Edwards, Martin. The Cipher Garden. 2005.

Eglin, Anthony. The Blue Rose. 2004.
    Other titles in the English Garden series:
        The Lost Gardens. 2006. Also available: Large Type
        The Water Lily Cross. 2007. Also available: Large Type
        The Trail of the Wild Rose. 2009.
        Garden of Secrets Past. 2011.

Gleeson, Janet. The Serpent in the Garden. 2003.

Graham, Caroline. Killings at Badger’s Drift. 1987.
     Also available: Large Type

Granger, Ann. Flowers for His Funeral. 1994.

Harper, Karen. The Thorne Maze. 2003.

Harris, Rosemary. Pushing Up Daisies. 2008.
    Other titles in the Dirty Business series:
        The Big Dirt Nap. 2009.
        Dead Head. 2010.

Harrison, Janis. Roots of Murder. 1999.
    Other titles in the Gardening series:
        Murder Sets Seed. 2000. Also available: Large Type
        Lilies that Fester. 2001.
        Deadly Bouquet. 2002.
        Reap a Wicked Harvest. 2004.
        Bindweed. 2005. Also available: Large Type

Heley, Veronica. Murder in the Garden. 2004.

Hirahara, Naomi. Summer of the Big Bachi. 2004.
    Also available: Large Type
    Other titles in the Mas Arai series:
        Gasa-Gasa Girl. 2005. Also available: Large Type
        Snakeskin Shamisen. 2006. Also available: Large Type
        Blood Hina. 2010.

Ironside, Elizabeth. Death in the Garden. 2005.

Kenney, Susan. Garden of Malice. 1983.

Klein, Kathleen Gregory. The Deadly Garden Tour. 2004.

Landrum, Graham. Garden Club Mystery. 1998.

Lavene, Joyce & Jim. Pretty Poison. 2005.
    Other titles in the Peggy Lee series:
        Fruit of the Poisoned Tree. 2006.
        Poisoned Petals. 2007. (Adult Mystery-Paperback L).
        Perfect Poison. 2008.
        Corpse for Yew. 2009.

MacLeod, Charlotte. Something in the Water. 1994.

Maitland, Barry. Chelsea Mansions. 2011.

Mills, Mark. The Savage Garden. 2007.
    Also available: Large Type, CD

Mitchell, Gladys. The Death-Cap Dancers. 1981.

Pim, Sheila. Creeping Venom: An Irish Gardening Mystery. 1946.

Ripley, Ann. Mulch. 1994.
    Other titles in the Louise Eldridge series:
        Death of a Garden Pest. 1996.
        Death of a Political Plant. 1998.
        The Garden Tour Affair. 1999.
        The Perennial Killer. 2000.
        Harvest of Murder. 2001.
        The Christmas Garden Affair. 2002.
        Death at the Spring Plant Sale. 2003.
        Summer Garden Murder. 2005. Also available: Large Type
        Death in the Orchid Garden. 2006.

Roosevelt, Elliott. Murder in the Rose Garden. 1989.

St. James, Dorothy. Flowerbed of State. 2011.
    Also available: Large Type

Sherwood, John. A Botanist at Bay. 1995.
    Other titles in the Celia Grant botanical series:
        A Bouquet of Thorns. 1989.
        The Hanging Garden. 1992.
        Bones Gather No Moss. 1994.

Stallsmith, Audrey. Rosemary for Remembrance. 1988.

Walpow, Nathan. The Cactus Club Killings: A Joe Portugal Mystery. 1999.