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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Red Book of Primrose House: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate - Book Review

About The Book:

In Marty Wingate’s charming new Potting Shed Mystery, Texas transplant Pru Parke’s restoration of a historic landscape in England is uprooted by an ax murderer.
Pru Parke has her dream job: head gardener at an eighteenth-century manor house in Sussex. The landscape for Primrose House was laid out in 1806 by renowned designer Humphry Repton in one of his meticulously illustrated Red Books, and the new owners want Pru to restore the estate to its former glory—quickly, as they’re planning to showcase it in less than a year at a summer party.

But life gets in the way of the best laid plans: When not being happily distracted by the romantic attentions of the handsome Inspector Christopher Pearse, Pru is digging into the mystery of her own British roots. Still, she manages to make considerable progress on the vast grounds—until vandals wreak havoc on each of her projects. Then, to her horror, one of her workers is found murdered among the yews. The police have a suspect, but Pru is certain they’re wrong. Once again, Pru finds herself entangled in a thicket of evil intentions—and her, without a hatchet.

My Thoughts:

I truly enjoy Marty Wingate's storytelling with this latest installment of the Potting Shed Mysteries.  I love the feisty Texan gardener Pru and the British folks who both work with her and who are also her friends. 

There is plenty of humor mixed into this story and the mystery that is intertwined through the story is also captivating, making this an excellent adventure in reading.

"The Red Book of Primrose House" is the second book in the series, but first-time readers can easily pick up on the back-story and enjoy this installment as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend Wingate's first book, "The Garden Plot," as well.

  I look forward to Wingate's next book!

About The Author:

Photo of Marty Wingate
Marty Wingate is the author of The Garden Plot and a regular contributor to Country Gardens as well as other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed mysteries are planned. Check out her website at www.martywingate.com

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

LuAnn Braley said...

I agree heartily with you and enjoyed both stories very, very much!