Talking Adelaide is just a tad obsessed with Aimee Leduc, the detective heroine in Cara Black's Paris-based crime series, in which each book is set in a different arrondissement of the French capital.
So it was with interest TA received details of the inaugural The Body in the Garden, a crime and garden writers’ festival in Adelaide Botanic Garden this weekend.
Hilarious. Mixing garden writing with crime. Love it.
BTW check out Talking Adelaide's spring roses. These are St Jude the Obscure and there are so many buds (you can seem in the background) in TA's garden that it's going to smell like Guerlain's perfume factory this spring-summer. This David Austin variety was chosen because of its scent and heavy head of petals.
But back to the writing festival. It's organised by Rose Wight and Penelope Curtin, experienced arts, literary and festival practitioners in Adelaide.
TA is a fan of UK actress Brenda Blethyn's work as English detective Vera Stanhope in the TV series and Vera's creator Anne Cleeves is on the program; she is joined by Toby Musgrave, one of the UK’s leading authorities in garden history and design; Hakan Nesser, winner of the European Crime Fiction Star Award and three-time winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award and British garden writer Charles Elliott.
Check out the program here.