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by Rebecca Rothenberg

  • Author: Rebecca Rothenberg
  • ISBN: 0892965614
  • ISBN13: 978-0892965618
  • ePub: 1583 kb | FB2: 1114 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: United States
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr; First Edition edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Pages: 293
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Adjusting to a new job at a California agricultural station, microbiologist Claire Sharples discovers some unauthorized pesticide usage at a local vineyard and a body in an irrigation ditch.

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The dandelion murders. by. Rothenberg, Rebecca. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Women scientists, Microbiologists, Detective and mystery stories. New York : Mysterious Press. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

As in The Bulrush Murders (1991), Rothenberg is knowing and exact about how lovers and other people fight, and her tale is twistier than mile-high blacktop. Before she's through, Claire will have peered so closely at every man in the case-imperious grape grower Bert Yankovich; his kid brother Emil, a stuttering liberal in love with Claire; pertinacious walnut grower Wayne Harris; even Jeff Green, her knockout blind date down in . that you'll wonder if she can ever think about a. man again without a shudder. As in The Bulrush Murders (1991), Rothenberg is knowing and exact about how lovers and other people fight, and her tale is twistier than mile-high blacktop.

With The Bulrush Murders, author Rebecca Rothenberg began her highly praised mystery series featuring microbiologist Claire Sharples. 1994) (A book in the Claire Sharples series) A novel by Rebecca Rothenberg. The dandelion-like flower doesn't grow in the San Joaquin Valley-and it shouldn't have been on the dead body in the ditch. But even finding the body can't distract MIT microbiologist Claire Sharples from her efforts to save her rocky romance with stone-fruit expert Sam Cooper-until two more bodies are found. From the authors of The Bulrush Murders. Used availability for Rebecca Rothenberg's The Dandelion Murders. New York: Mysterious Press, 1994. Fine in Fine DJ. Slight. 016656) Rothenberg, Rebecca.

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Recommended Citation. Rothenberg, Rebecca, 1970, "The Dandelion Murders" (1994).

A botanist specializing in blight, wilt, and rot, Claire Sharples has just the right credentials for investigating the dirty business of homicide. Back for a third outing in this highly acclaimed mystery series, the thorny-tempered detective puts down roots in the High Sierras of central California and finds fertile ground for old growth trees, die-hard environmentalists, and a bumper crop of murder.

With The Bulrush Murders, author Rebecca Rothenberg began her highly praised mystery series featuring microbiologist Claire Sharples. A prickly sharp-witted sleuth transplanted from Boston, Claire enthusiastically pursues puzzles like the source of brown rot on peaches and ruinous mold on almonds in lush central California - when she's not practicing her secret talent for snooping into murder.Alpine hulsea, a yellow dandelion-like flower, doesn't grow in the citrus groves and vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley. It belongs in the High Sierra - only it's found on the body of the unidentified corpse Claire Sharples stumbles upon in a local drainage ditch. Claire knows death is no stranger to the fields and farms of California's agri-business. Tempers run short in the local cantinas. Migrant laborers make fatal mistakes when they toil for seventy hours a week. Then, too, some common pesticides used all too often here have a lethal dose of three or four drops.But when Claire's dead man is added alongside the bodies of two Mexican nationals also found drowned in this water-scarce region, one realizes the rash of "accidents" may be more than a tragic coincidence.Urbane, former M.I.T. scholar Claire can't resist her natural inclination to find out as much as any can about the victims and how they died. The more questions she asks, the more she feels like a stranger in a strange land amid the Stetson-wearing growers and agri-businessmen. Unfortunately, she felt the same way at her lover Sam Cooper's house, now that his two baseball-playing sons are spending a month with their dad.Soon Claire is running into trouble with both nature and nurture as her personal relationship starts wilting and her investigation uproots some dangerous secrets. Her instincts, honed sharp by her scientific training, are telling her to watch out for little white lies and some big black ones. And a woman's gut emotions are warning her about passions that run deep and dark through the valley ... and the yellow wildflower that may lead to catching a killer or to her own dusty death.
The first of her books I ever read was Bulrush Murders. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had to get the rest of her works.
(Contains mild spoilers)

There was much in this book that I found entertaining. As someone with a background in agriculture and botany, I found that aspect of the story fascinating. The author is also good at poking fun at the foibles of scientists and academicians (such as boring your dinner companions to death by going on and on about your narrow field of interest). The book also sympathetically raises the consciousness of readers regarding the hardships endured by migrant workers. Unfortunately, the book has a number of weaknesses that detract from it.

To begin with, the "dandelion" of the title really has nothing to do with the story. The author tries to relate it to the time and place of one of the deaths, but the explanation is so convoluted it just ends up confusing the reader, and it was in no way essential to the story. I suppose the author wanted to continue the botanical theme in her title, but "grapes" would have been much more logical, since the story revolves around the cultivation and harvest of that fruit.

Secondly, the main character, Claire Sharples, is so immature and self-centered it is hard to empathize with her, even if she does have an interesting career. The story opens with her being in a snit because her boyfriend's two young sons are visiting for the summer. Much is made of the fact that she is "not a mother" - but come on now. One doesn't have to be a mother to be a tolerant if not gracious hostess. Her boyfriend doesn't earn high marks for maturity either; he copes with Claire's discontent by jumping into the arms and bed of a former lover. I suppose the author worked in all this soap opera behavior as a mechanism to get Claire out of her boyfriend's house and into the motel where much of the action takes place, but surely the same result could have been achieved in another way that would have left the characters with their adulthood intact.Another sign of her immaturity comes when she yells at the police chief, "You lied to me!" simply because he did not share details of the investigation with her. But what self-respecting law enforcement officer would? Her naivety and childish demands are incredible.

Another weakness of the book is that there is really no excitement in it. Even when dangerous situations seem to be developing, such as when it looks like Claire is being chased by a fork lift, or when she falls down a slope in the dark, they quickly fizzle out, and are safely resolved before the reader's adrenalin can get going.

Here's where the SPOILERS are: The biggest disappointment is that the "murders" of the title aren't really murders - they are merely accidents. True, they take place during the commission of other crimes, but they are accidents nonetheless. I like my murder mysteries to be about real murders that are cleverly executed by killers who have motives that are reasonable to them. I find it a real letdown when that turns out not to be the case. It was hinted that one of the deaths might have been a murder, but the author left it dangling there, and missed her chance to develop the theme.

As a murder mystery, this book tastes like soda that's lost its fizz. Nevertheless, the book has enough positive features, as outlined in the first paragraph, to make it a worthwhile read, as long as you're not seeking excitement.
Excellent botanical mystery.
The protagonist Claire Sharples from Boston lives in California and works at a research station assisting with crop diseases and pests. Weedkiller is a serious issue given that the migrant workers are expected to use pesticides lethal at three drops. However it wasn't weedkiller which killed a journalist Claire finds dead in a drainage ditch on the valley floor. He is wearing a small dandelion-like flower in his buttonhole which is one of many very similar flower varieties. Local taciturn botanist Sam Cooper is called upon to identify it and pronounces that this is Alpine Hulsea - which only grows above ten thousand feet. Where had the man been, and what had he seen or investigated which led to his murder? If you like an intelligent mystery where altitude, soil type and growing conditions are as important clues as the local hardworking and exploited people, this is for you.
At only four books, this series is far too short.
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Interesting new protagonist. Lots of info about wildlife and agriculture in California's San Joaquin Valley. Claire is a tad emotional, but otherwise likeable.
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