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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Garden Plot by Marty Wingate - Book Blog Tour Stop

The Garden Plot

About The Garden Plot

  • Publisher: Alibi (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
In an entirely appealing mystery debut, Marty Wingate introduces readers to a curious Texas ex-pat whose English gardening expertise on occasion leads her to unearth murderous goings-on.

Pru Parke always dreamed of living in England. And after the Dallas native follows an impulse and moves to London, she can’t imagine ever leaving—though she has yet to find a plum position as a head gardener. Now, as the sublet on her flat nears its end, the threat of forced departure looms. Determined to stay in her beloved adopted country, Pru takes small, private gardening jobs throughout the city.

On one such gig in Chelsea, she makes an extraordinary find. Digging in the soil of a potting shed, Pru uncovers an ancient Roman mosaic. But enthusiasm over her discovery is soon dampened when, two days later, she finds in the same spot a man’s bludgeoned corpse.

 As the London police swarm her worksite, ever inquisitive Pru can’t quite manage to distance herself from the investigation—much to the dismay of stern Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse. It seems that, much as he tries, even handsome DCI Pearse can’t keep Pru safe from a brutal killer who thinks she’s already dug up too much.

Advance praise for The Garden Plot
 “Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman

“Classy, clever and utterly charming . . . Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery.”—Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn

My Thoughts:

I absolutely had a ball reading "The Garden Plot" by Mary Wingate - for several reasons.

1. I'm a Texas girl, and Pru Parke, the main heroine, in the story is a Texas girl!
2. I love gardening, and Pru Parke is a gardner
3. I'm a little bit noisy, and Pru Parke is definitely a lot a bit noisy!
4. I love a good mystery and Pru Parke finds herself right in the middle of a fascinating mystery!

Wingate presents her readers a well-written, totally engaging story filled with charming characters and plenty of spine-tingling twists to the story to keep readers on the edges of their seats!  I highly recommend this debut mystery to anyone who enjoys a great tale with plenty of action and a bit of romance dropped in for good measure!

I'm looking forward to Marty's next book in this fun series!

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About Marty Wingate

Marty Wingate is a regular contributor to Country Gardens as well as other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. The Garden Plot is her first novel. More Potting Shed mysteries are planned.

Check out her website at www.martywingate.com

Marty Wingate’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 28th:  5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, April 30th:  Reading Reality
Thursday, May 1st:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, May 5th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 5th:  Kelly’s France Blog 
Tuesday, May 6th:  Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, May 7th:  A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, May 8th:  Bibliotica
Monday, May 12th: Under a Gray Sky
Wednesday, May 14th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, May 15th: Joyfully Retired
Friday, May 16th:  Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, May 19th:  Staircase Wit
Tuesday, May 20th:  Serendipity Reviews
Wednesday, May 21st: Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, May 22nd:  Stitch Read Cook
Thursday, May 29th: No More Grumpy Bookseller


My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Literary Feline said...

This sounds like such a fun book! I am not particularly good at gardening, but I like looking at them. And I love a good mystery. Great review!

Tea norman said...

Nothing like gardening and mysterious twists. Would love to read this Cozy. Thanks for entering me.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Looks like everything was aligned to make you really love this book!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.