The Bluebonnet Betrayal
by Marty Wingate

The Bluebonnet Betrayal is the fifth in the Potting Shed Mysteries and I’ve loved every one of them. I love Texan Pru and her determination…
The author does a great job in keeping the reader guessing up until the end on each story just like this one. A must read for all cozy lovers.
~Sleuth Cafe

The Bluebonnet Betrayal: A Potting Shed Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Alibi (August 2, 2016)
Print Length: 294 pages
Bestselling author Marty Wingate “plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice,” raves Mary Daheim. Now Wingate’s inimitable gardening heroine, Pru Parke, is importing a precious bloom from Texas—and she won’t let a vicious murder stop her.
Pru’s life in England is coming full circle. A Texas transplant, she’s married to the love of her life, thriving in the plum gardening position she shares with her long-lost brother, and prepping a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit featuring the beloved bluebonnets of the Texas hill country. Technically, Twyla Woodford, the president of a gardening club in the Lone Star State, is in charge of the London event, but Pru seems to be the one getting her hands dirty. When they finally do meet, Pru senses a kindred spirit—until Twyla turns up dead.
Although Twyla’s body was half buried under a wall in their display, Pru remains determined to mount a spectacular show. Twyla would have insisted. So Pru recruits her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, to go undercover and do a bit of unofficial digging into Twyla’s final hours. If Pru has anything to say about it, this killer is going to learn the hard way not to mess with Texas.

If you've heard it once, you'll hear it again and again - don't MESS with Texas!
Even when you are across the big pond.
Pru Parke is an unbeatable force when she sets her mind to something Even though she was not originally part of this amazing project with the Chelsea Flower Show in her beloved England, it is an opportunity (and a challenge) not to be missed.
When the people in charge are unavailable, day after day, but someone must be boots-on-the-scene, who better than Pru? The skeleton crew she meets at the garden grounds don't know what a force of nature she is. This project is truly a love affair.
When the power behind the idea finally arrives, her reign is cut short. This is particularly devastating to Pru as she feels a real connection with Twyla. As a reader I could feel the pain.

The descriptions of the gardens and the work in progress paint a vivid picture.
The characters are well developed and readers will feel real emotions about each of them.
When all seems lost, it is good to have a strong support system.
Very well written and another valuable addition to a strong mystery series.

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 includingCountry 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.

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