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The Garden Plot
Potting Shed Mystery #1
Marty Wingate

Alibi / Random House LLC
May 6, 2014 / ASIN: B00GL3Q176 (Kindle edition)
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Pru Parke has a master's degree in garden history, but at fifty and ending a messy long-term relationship, Pru's decided to give herself one year to start life anew in England, her mother's birthplace. With no family in the States, Pru feels at home in England, and hopes she can eventually find traces of her English roots. Having found lodging in a Chelsea home, Pru does gardening at different London houses, but her goal is to obtain a permanent position as head gardener at a small historic garden. Thus far her job search has been fruitless, but she's spunky and determined to fulfill her goal.

When a client recommends Pru to Vernona Wilson and her archaeologist husband, Pru eagerly accepts the job. Designing a new back garden would give her a sense of accomplishment and look good on her resume. Pru discovers ancient tiles under the Wilson's garden shed and it's clear there's an ancient Roman site on the land, much to Mr. Wilson's delight. When Pru later falls onto a body near the shed, the police are called and Detective Chief Inspector Pearse arrives to investigate. Though all business, DCI Pearse decides to protect Pru from her impulsiveness, especially when it becomes clear that someone wants her dead.

I love reading cozy mysteries and watching one of my favorite British TV shows, "Rosemary and Thyme." The Garden Plot fits into my enjoyment of both. Though the novel starts off slowly, it soon becomes intoxicating: a delightful trip with interesting characters, a tantalizing mystery, a dose of horticulture and ancient history, a blossoming romance and an all-around fascinating read.

I am so glad I discovered Marty Wingate and her charming new series, and eagerly await the next release.

Reviews of titles in this series

The Garden Plot #1
The Red Book of Primrose House #2

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2014