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Death of an Orchid Lover

By Nathan Walpow

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 01 April 2000
Nature. Nurture. Murder.
L.A. actor Joe Portugal just wants to keep the mealybugs off his cacti, give a little boost to his love life, and maybe make a few commercials along the way. And with a small acting role nailed down, Joe has every reason to mind his own business. But he doesn't. That's because a man who loved orchids has been found dead. And so has a woman who asked for Joe's help.
Never one to walk away from a challenge, Joe is plunging into a world unlike any he's seen before--the frenetic, highly competitive world of the orchid enthusiast. And suddenly Joe Portugal--actor, cactus lover, reluctant sleuth--is discovering that solving murder cases among the flora, fauna, and fanatics who thrive in L.A. isn't just a hobby, it's his true calling...especially since a killer has already come calling on him....
Includes The Joe Portugal Guide to Orchids.

"From the Paperback edition."

About the Author

Nathan Walpow has been writing since 1992. Before that he had ten years of experience as an actor, working on the stage and on television shows such as Moonlighting, and he is a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. He is also the author of The Cactus Club Killings, the debut novel in the Joe Portugal mystery series. From the Paperback edition.

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Walpow brings back Joe Portugal of The Cactus Club Killings to unravel the mystery behind the sudden death of Albert, an orchid grower in Los Angeles. Portugal, more of a succulent plant enthusiast, rarely mingles with orchid growers but happens to attend the spring social of the Palisades Orchid Society, where he meets the accused, Laura, whom he fondly remembers from his past. Attracted to the thrill of playing detective--and to Laura--he assumes the role of investigator, enlisting the help of his best friend, Gina. This time around, Walpow ups the ante, tossing more bodies in the protagonist's way; soon Portugal is wondering whether he's too involved for his own good. Despite the predictable romance between Gina and Portugal and the lackluster horticulture details, Walpow's quirky cast of characters enlivens a satisfying mystery. Agent: Janet Manus. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"The Sam Spade of the gardening set."--Elaine Viets, author of The Pink Flamingo Murders "Bright, witty and full of intriguing characters, the second Joe Portugal mystery is a wonderful sequel to The Cactus Club Killings."--Dale Furutani, author of the Ken Tanaka and Samurai mystery series From the Paperback edition. "The Sam Spade of the gardening set."--Elaine Viets, author of The Pink Flamingo Murders"Bright, witty and full of intriguing characters, the second Joe Portugal mystery is a wonderful sequel to The Cactus Club Killings."--Dale Furutani, author of the Ken Tanaka and Samurai mystery series"From the Paperback edition."

EAN: 9780440613855
ISBN: 044061385X
Publisher: Delta
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.83 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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