Sunday, October 4, 2009

Anthony Eglin-English Garden Mysteries


Recently I emailed Anthony Eglin, the author of my favorite English Garden Mysteries (Imagine my delight at finding these two subjects woven together in a book!)

Eglin's books are a departure from normal series mysteries, where the writing can be painful at times and plot lines completely obvious (Oh how I hate to figure out a mystery before the protagonist in the book, that just makes me feel like the character is such a dumbass for not seeing what I'm seeing and makes me want to toss the book at the wall)

Eglin's plotlines are airtight and rather clever. He also includes a ton of very interesting horticulture information-much of which has to do with Roses, as he is an expert. These are some of the most intelligent mysteries I've read in a long time. I completely enjoy reading his books.

I emailed him to tell him exactly that and to make a comment about his main character's love life.

Imagine my surprise the next morning when I received an email back. A rather long and friendly one at that. He thanked me for my nice comments and went on to explain his rational for his character's love life and he referenced back Sherlock Holmes to me, which I completely understood! (and people if you know me, you know I'm swooning right now because Holmes is my ultimate detective.)

In addition, he told me a little about the plot of the next book in the series that he is currently writing!

How nice is that!

4 comments:

Deanna said...

How lovely! And Sherlock Holmes -- no kidding? Wow, how nice that you were able to understand exactly what his reference was with regard to Sherlock Holmes -- you must be very familiar with those books -- or shall I say, book... ;) Seriously, that's very cool that you wrote him and that he wrote you back! You just knew that I would have to comment on this though... Elementary, my dear Christine! :)

Christine said...

I actually have the book but won't give it to you. That way I know you'll never leave me, otherwise you'll never get it back!!!

I am familiar with it, however, for Holmes there is only ONE woman,

"To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex."

So really, it's not all that impressive ;-)

Deanna said...

Yes, but then you will always wonder if I am only staying to be near the book... ;)

Ok, seriously, you are writing like a crazy person lately! I haven't written on my blog in what, 2 weeks -- you've written 2 weeks worth in like 3 days!! Pace yourself -- you are giving me an inferiority complex! :)

Christine said...

Sorry, I have a lot of thoughts lately!!

And I really don't care why you stay with me Deanna, as long as you do! ;-)