ONEof those wonderfully eccentric ideas that could only have come from Adelaide, The Body in the Garden is a crime and garden writers’ festival, and surely the first of its kind. You might think the link is tenuous but gardens, like the best crime fiction, are full of class, and we can read them like books. They can be cosy (faintly aristocratic, sterling silver secateurs), psychological (visitors not welcome and you can’t see over the hedges), romantic (lots of roses), hard-boiled (blokes on ride-on mowers), historical (heirloom bulbs) and analytical (full of puzzles). Crime writers at the 25 free events, all centred on the Adelaide Botanic Garden, include Barry Maitland, Tony Cavanaugh (pictured) and Michael Robotham; representing the gardening fraternity are Toby Musgrave, Charles Elliott and Paul Bangay. Sessions will look at whether we confront our modern world on the city streets or retreat to safety in our gardens and deliberate whether the female of the species is more dangerous. October 25-27. More: thebodyinthegarden.com.au.