The Serpent in the Garden

The Serpent in the Garden

Book - 2005 | First Simon & Schuster paperback edition
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Accepting a commission to paint a wealthy landowner's wedding portrait, renowned 1763 London portrait artist Joshua Pope arrives at the man's estate only to discover a dead body in the greenhouse, and when the intended bride's necklace goes missing a few days later, Pope finds himself accused. By the author of The Grenadillo Box. Original. 35,000 first printing.

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She opened the shagreen box. Couched in gray silk was an emerald necklace, one he had not seen for twenty years. The stones were just as he recalled them: a dozen or more, baguette cut and set in gold links, with a single ruby at the center. Flashes of verdigris, orpiment, and Prussian blue sparkled in the candlelight. The form of this necklace was as disturbing as ever. It had nearly cost him his life.
It is the summer of 1765. The renowned and exquisitely dressed portrait painter Joshua Pope accepts a commission to paint the wedding portrait of Herbert Bentnick and his fiancée, Sabine Mercer, to whom Bentnick has become engaged less than a year after the death of his first wife. Joshua has barely begun the portrait when a man's body is found in the conservatory. A few days later, Sabine's emerald necklace disappears, and Bentnick accuses Joshua of theft. The painter is suddenly fighting not only for his reputation but for his life. With a sure understanding of period detail and character, Janet Gleeson creates a richly nuanced tale of greed and revenge that plays out in the refined landscapes and dark streets of eighteenth-century London.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005
Edition: First Simon & Schuster paperback edition
ISBN: 9780743260053
Branch Call Number: MYS Gleeson, J 2005
Characteristics: viii, 341 pages ; 22 cm


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