Professor Shandy, propagator of the world's most renowned rutabaga and Balaclava College's best amateur sleuth, takes on the case of the Giant Hogweed - a garden pest about to wipe out Britain's lovely hedgerows. With colleagues Dan Stott and Timothy Ames at his side, he leaves the groves of academe for some fancy fieldwork deep in the heart of Wales. But never in their wildest dreams did the three professors expect the bizarre events that awaited them.... Where Miss Hilda Horsefall's recipe for homemade lye soap becomes as valuable as Dan Stott's knowledge of The Chronicles of Narnia...and where pursuing the wild asparagus...or rather the Giant Hogweed...becomes a dangerous expedition indeed.
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By JMay on 26-08-13
Mystery readers beware.
This fantasy stuck in the middle ages is not what you'd expect from the author of the Peter Shandy mysteries. Going on and on in a middle ages fantasy is not what you want Dr. Shandy to be involved in. Sorry. I really like this mystery series but this story does not belong. My recommendation is read it if you want but I was very disappointed.
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By SN Rubin on 16-03-13
Strays (madly) into fantasy, not just mystery
If you’ve listened to books by Charlotte MacLeod before, how does this one compare?
If you are reading the Peter Shandy series and expect another Balaclava mystery, be prepared. It doesn't take place at Balaclava College by a long stretch. On the other hand, the story stands up to expected quality, even if it falls down the rabbit hole with Alice (McLeod's own allusion).
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