The Walled Garden
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"The narrative drops enough hints to ease the audience through its twists; anticipating the young detective's discoveries as she works toward a happy ending for her grandmother, her new friends, and herself is engaging. The Walled Garden is a gentle novel about forbidden love and the cost of keeping secrets."
"Maass' debut novel blends romance and poetry with the language of flowers....In addition to [Agatha] Christie, Maass' novel evokes Dan Brown's 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code, with suspense arising from poring over poetic passages as well as the study of flowers and plants."
"Robin Farrar Maass is a terrific writer whose voice and vision will hold you captive from page one. But this mystery is more than a page-turner: it's also an exquisite portrait of a young woman who is, truly and finally, seeking to solve the mystery of herself and discover who she is. This is a wonderful book. Read it!"
--Bret Lott, New York Times best-selling author of Jewel and Dead Low Tide
"Part literary mystery, part love story, part gently ironic send-up of both, The Walled Garden captures our American tendency to romanticize all things British, particularly lush gardens, eccentric poets, Oxford, and aristocrats. Maass deftly manages to weave them all together is this witty, absorbing, warmly intelligent novel. One to savor on a long summer afternoon by the backyard roses."--Suzanne Berne, author of The Dogs of Littlefield
"The Walled Garden is a truly atmospheric novel; it's a mystery with the lyrical beauty of a spring day and the yearning of a young and broken heart. . . . A joy to read both for the story that it tells and the way in which it tells it, The Walled Garden is a thoughtful, provocative piece not to be missed. Highly recommended."
"A remarkably well crafted and fully engaging story that deftly combines an historical mystery with elements of a coming of age saga and of college romance. A perfect choice for a summer recreational novel, The Walled Garden is an original, entertaining, and unreservedly recommended addition to community library collections."
--Midwest Book Review