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.
of titles in this series
Garden Plot #1
Red Book of Primrose House #2