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Day of the Dandelion: An Arthur Hemmings Mystery (Arthur Hemmings…

by Peter Pringle

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Day Of The Dandelion by Peter Pringle. It was a good mild mystery.

Arthur Hemmings, works as a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, but is also a spy for the British Secret Service, which sends him after a greedy multinational corporation that has nasty plans. The theft of some seeds at an Oxford University botanical laboratory nearly results in some decidedly bad guys gaining monopolistic control of the world's food supply. The Dandelion is one of a few plants that is asexual, meaning it does not have to have the pollen of a male plant to fertilize the seed of a female plant. An asexual plant actually clones itself so that it's a perfect reproduction. If scientists could discover this gene, then they could make any plants such as corn clone itself. Scientists could design plants and they would clone themselves. This could bring about specialized plants that could produce medicines, cures, etc. Whichever country or company finds the gene would have a monopoly and could make billions of dollars. When Professor Scott finds the gene, he becomes the interest of the big countries and companies. When he turns up dead, England calls in Arthur Hemmings. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 141654075X, Hardcover)

Seeds of a new corn plant are stolen from Oxford University's botany lab, and the professor, Alastair Scott, and his Russian assistant, Tanya Petrovskaya, are missing.

Alarms ring in London and Washington, where intelligence officials know that Scott was working on a supergene that could allow control over the world's entire food supply.

The British government calls in Arthur Hemmings from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. To his coworkers, Hemmings is just another researcher in the herbarium, but for many years he has been a secret service agent, an outwardly rumpled but dashing covert adventurer.

Officials see a Moscow plot. Has Scott been kidnapped? Is he dead? Have Scott and Tanya fled to Russia? And why is Oxford's vice-chancellor withholding vital information?

The intrepid Hemmings follows a series of clues into the cutthroat world of international patents, where the hunt for priceless genes is always nasty and often deadly.

In Arthur Hemmings, Pringle has created an original heartbreaker of a hero, a botanist detective with a dash of James Bond. Facing murderous threats, Hemmings investigates fearlessly and with devastating precision. Handsome, witty, an ambitious cook, and a wine lover, he is irresistible to a much younger American female researcher.

Day of the Dandelion is a seductive modern hybrid of the thrillers of Graham Greene and the adventure novels of Ian Fleming, filled with political, scientific, and commercial intrigue, and laced with miracle plants, deadly toxins, kidnappings, and car chases. It will keep the reader in suspense and amused from prelude to postscript.

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"Seeds of a new corn plant are stolen from Oxford University's botany lab, and the professor, Alastair Scott, and his Russian assistant, Tanya Petrovskaya, are missing." "Alarms ring in London and Washington, where intelligence officials know that Scott was working on a supergene that could allow control over the world's entire food supply. The British government calls in Arthur Hemmings from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. To his coworkers, Hemmings is just another researcher in the herbarium, but for many years he has been a secret service agent, an outwardly rumpled but dashing covert adventurer." "Officials see a Moscow plot. Has Scott been kidnapped? Is he dead? Have Scott and Tanya fled to Russia? And why is Oxford's vice-chancellor withholding vital information?" "Hemmings follows a series of clues into the cutthroat world of international patents, where the hunt for priceless genes is always nasty and often deadly."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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