Friday, 4 March 2016


THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE (2nd in the Potting Shed mystery series)

Publised:  November 2014

Pru Parke has her dream job:  head gardener at an 18th century manor house in Sussex.  The landscape for Primrose House was laid out in 1806 by renowned designer Humphrey 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.
Then 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.

Texan Pru Parke's second outing is every bit as entertaining as her first: The Garden Plot which was the first book in this new Potting Shed cozy mystery series.

Pru has her hands full at her new job at Primrose House trying to clear the derelict garden and have it all designed and planted by the summer: only six months away.  But when vandals destroy some plants in the greenhouse, start a fire in the potting shed, and then her gardener, Ned, is found murdered, her plans for a beautiful garden start to look shaky.

She believes the wrong man has been arrested and is determined to try and clear his name while also trying to discover who the murderer is.  

With Pru trying to find her English roots, her relationship with the lovely DCI Christopher Pearse getting serious, vague online threats against her, this was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I enjoyed getting to know Pru more and loved her nosiness!

If you like British cozy mysteries centred around gardening this is the perfect read for you.

Thanks to NetGalley for supplying me with a review copy.

I'm looking forward to the next in the series:  Between a Rock and a Hard Place


About the Author

Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who shares her love of Britain in her two mystery series. The Potting Shed books feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to England, and Birds of a Feather follows Julia Lanchester, bird lover, who runs a tourist office in a Suffolk village. Marty writes garden articles for magazines including Country Gardens and theAmerican Gardener. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Crime Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland and Ireland, spending free moments deep in research for her books. Or in pubs.

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