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The Red Book of Primrose House
Potting Shed Mystery #2
Marty Wingate

Random House - Alibi
November 4, 2014/ ISBN 9780804177719
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


In Marty Wingate’s latest release, Pru Parke has achieved her dream job of being the head gardener at Primose House, an 18th century manor house in Sussex. She found a “Red Book” written in 1806 by renowned designer Humphry Repton containing specific designs for Primrose House. Pru plans to re-create Repton’s designs in the now derelict garden and enlists the help of elderly widower and caretaker Ned, Robbie, a young man who has the mind of a ten-year-old, and several other workers.

Soon after a local paper follows Pru’s gardening efforts, vandals wreak havoc in the gardens. Then one of Pru’s workers is found murdered with an ax. The police suspect Robbie, but Pru’s certain the young man is innocent.

Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, whom Pru met during her first job in Chelsea, is determined to visit Pru on weekends to insure she remains safe. After all, this isn’t the first murder she’s discovered. But a long distance relationship can’t prevent a killer intent on murder.

Marty Wingate’s latest release in the Potting Shed series is like visiting an old and welcome friend. Pru is an admirable and determined woman in her fifties who left the U.S. to create a new life in England. She wants to complete Primrose House’s gardens and gain recognition and a career in that field. She also hopes to learn if any relatives from her mother’s family are still alive Her discoveries of the truth of her background touched my heart. The growing relationship between Pru and DCI Pearse had me cheering them on and so pleased with the outcome. The mystery itself was spellbinding and had me guessing who the killer might be until the very end. Marty Wingate has written yet another excellent and satisfying read.

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