The Skeleton Garden:
A Potting Shed Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Alibi (March 15, 2016)
USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed series continues as expert gardener Pru Parke digs up a Nazi warplane—and a fresh murder.
Texas transplant Pru Parke has put down roots in England, but she never dreamed she’d live in a grand place such as Greenoak. When her former employers offer Pru and her new husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, the use of their nineteenth-century estate while they’re away for a year, she jumps at the chance. Sweetening the deal is the prospect of further bonding with her long-lost brother, Simon, who happens to be Greenoak’s head gardener. But the majestic manor has at least one skeleton in its closet—or, rather, its garden.
Working on renovations to the extensive grounds, siblings Pru and Simon squabble about everything from boxwood to bay hedges. But when the removal of a half-dead tree turns up the wreckage of a World War II–era German fighter plane and a pile of bones, the arguments stop. That is, until a rival from Simon’s past pays a surprise visit and creates even more upheaval. It’s suddenly clear someone is unhappy their secrets have been unearthed. Still, Pru’s not about to sit back and let Simon take the fall for the dirty deed without a fight.
Praise for Marty Wingate
“Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman
“Classy, clever, and utterly charming . . . Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery.”—Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn, on The Garden Plot
“Put the kettle on and settle into a well-crafted village mystery with a delightful new sleuth.”—Connie Archer, bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave, on The Rhyme of the Magpie
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.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Marty-Wingate/e/B001JS1AIS
FTC Disclosure: I received an advanced E-copy from the publisher via ChatterBox and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
My thoughts: The Potting Shed Mystery series is a new series for me. Though this is the 4th book in the series, it was easy to follow the story without having read any of the previous books.
I truly enjoyed this book and would like to read the others in the series. The characters are very likable, even curmudgeonly Simon. The pace is a bit slower than some mysteries, but it works very well for this story. I enjoyed how the story included events and information from WWII mixed in with current day events.
There was a touch of humor that added to the story as well. Sonia the duck and Pru’s attempts at cooking helped lighten the atmosphere quite a bit. I was able to “solve the mystery” before the end of the book, but it took me a bit longer than some mysteries do.
This was one of my Spring Break reads, a good choice for my leisure time reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys mysteries, English gardens, stories set in WWII.
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