This is an intriguing mystery that does hold you and keep you reading, the old proverbial page turner. If you like old fashioned sleuthing, you'll probably love this. However - if you have no interest in gardens or flowers, and don't know your gladioli from your pansies (as I don't) you'll find yourself skipping over some of the descriptive bits. I nearly feel ashamed to say that, as the author obviously has a passion for well designed gardens! The main niggle though is the length. Once you've established a death/murder has occurred and there are half a dozen suspects, you are looking for it to come together. It does. But far far far too slowly. As....gradually....the suspects are whittled down, instead of looking for motive, you find yourself working out whodunnit simply because they are the only one that hasn't got some other alibi. So, when the murderer was "revealed", I thought "well, that's the only person it could be" and "great, finally"...but the ending, I'm sorry, is a bit of a let down. (Although the more modern part of the story has a heart warming end) There are also too many loose ends as regards motives and actions of other characters. Personally - I found some of the sexual encounter descriptions far too voyeuristic and you get the impression that most of the male characters in the book are sexual predators, whether covert or overt!
Although a good story, I felt let down at the end, and didn't get the satisfaction out of it I hoped.