Publication: Bantam Press, 2003, London
First edition. Fine in dust jacket. In the summer of 1765, Joshua Pope, a painter of portraits, is asked to paint a wedding portrait for Herbert Bentnick and his bride-to-be, Sabine Mercier who are both avid horticulturalists. As Sabine begins to cultivate in the conservatory at Astley, she finds a body among her plants. Joshua wonders why so little attention is paid to this death. Why are Bentnick's children afraid of their future stepmother? Lastly, what does Sabine's daughter have to do with the dead man?
Inventory Number: 18809