Sunday, October 22, 2017


Best-Laid Plants: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Alibi (October 17, 2017) 
Print Length: 294 pages 

A trip to the English countryside turns into a brush with death for Pru Parke, the only gardener whose holiday wouldn’t be complete without a murder to solve.
Pru and her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, are long overdue for a getaway. So when Pru is invited to redesign an Arts and Crafts garden in the picturesque Cotswolds, she and Christopher jump at the chance. Unfortunately, their B&B is more ramshackle than charming, and the once thriving garden, with its lovely Thyme Walk, has fallen into heartbreaking neglect. With the garden’s owner and designer, Batsford Bede, under the weather, Pru tackles the renovation alone. But just as she’s starting to make headway, she stumbles upon Batsford’s body in the garden—dead and pinned beneath one of his limestone statues.
With such a small police force in the area, Christopher is called upon to lead the investigation. Pru can’t imagine anyone murdering Batsford Bede, a gentle man who preferred to spend his time in quiet contemplation, surrounded by nature. But as her work on the garden turns up one ominous clue after another, Pru discovers that the scenery is more dangerous than she or Christopher could have anticipated.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:

Even a time-away vacation of sorts turns into a dangerous adventure when Pru Parke and her husband, retired DI Christopher Pearse, return to the place they first got together. They are looking forward to renewing friendships and investigating an overgrown treasure of a garden. While this is a working vacation for Pru, it is the best kind with research and walking about the plants - no heavy lifting or digging.
The adventure starts from the first, when they check into a B&B that is not given a full star rating.
While they could stay with friends, this couple feels they are where they can do the most good and see the humour in their situation. Good humor, good deeds and being flexible are required when the first person they meet seems to be an old flame of Christopher's.
There are a good number of characters adding their influence to this story, also giving doubt as to whom the true villain is and why when the elderly Mr. Bede, "Uncle Batty," turns up dead under suspicious circumstances. All along we asssume he is dying. Who was in a hurry to speed up his departure?
Coral Summersun, the ersatz niece who commissioned Pru for the job of reorganizing the gardens is somewhatof a mystery herself. She seems to know something about plants and gardening, was raised on the estate, but also seems a bit vague, not all there. She believes she is in line to inherit, but could her life choices have affected Uncl Batty's final wishes?

While the mystery is first class, it is Pru who makes these books a must read.
Not only do I wish to see her triumph each time, I enjoy watching her grow as a person.


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.

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