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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Potting Shed Mystery # 3
Marty Wingate

Random House Publishing Group – Alibi
August 4, 2015/ ISBN ASIN: B00PEPR70M
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


I always enjoy Ms. Wingate’s releases in this series, for she has a lovable protagonist in Prudence (Pru) Parke who, while in her 50s, relocated from Texas to England, her mother’s homeland, hoping to establish herself as a reputable landscaper, while trying to find any long lost relatives. Fortunately, in the last release, she found her brother, from whom she was separated while very young.

In this release, Pru and her beau, Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, whom Pru met during her first job in Chelsea, have grown close. I smiled as Christopher paled before asking Pru to marry him. Of course, Pru accepted the proposal, and she also was offered and accepted a position at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, researching the work of eighteenth-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Fortunately, Pru and Christopher agree that Scotland would be a perfect site for their wedding. Unfortunately, Pru and a colleague have an argument over her research, and when the colleague is later found murdered, Pru becomes the likely suspect.

Once again, Mary Wingate has provided a witty, enchanting and highly enjoyable entry in her engrossing series. I enjoyed how Pru has grown in her relationship with Christopher, who is charming, and her interaction with her colleges reveals her growing confidence in her abilities. Ms. Wingate has added enough humor throughout to have me laughing out loud too many times to count. I especially loved the scenes of Pru at the dressmakers.

Reading this story made me feel as though I were visiting old friends and savoring every minute. I was happy that Pru’s relationship with her brother has grown, adored the wedding preparations, and was sad that the story had to end. I can't wait for the next release in this wonderful series.


Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2015