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The Garden Plot: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate

“Entire Roman floors were often set on posts, so that the space between floor and ground, called they hypocaust, Pru read on a sign, could carry heated air from the furnace.  Ingenious, but unrelated, and it left her unsatisfied.  And Distracted.”

plotThe Garden Plot (Potting Shed Mystery) delights the reader with a new story about the Gardens of England and their history.   I wish I had read this book before my trip to the UK, so I could have put these many gardens on my itinerary.  Add a blossoming romance to the plot and jump right into the discovery of a dead body and the reader is off to a great mystery story.

Pru is not a spring blossom, detective or tourist just passing through; she is making a major change to her career in midlife and is determined to succeed.  Her early work life was centered in Texas, where she has been a master gardener and designer for several prominent gardens.  Her father was definitely a Texan when he met Pru’s mother when stationed in England.  The family remained in Texas with only one England visit when Pru was 8 years old.  Pru is ready to make a move to being a British resident and garden expert.  She must find a place to live and a new garden to get established and she has set herself a year to meet her goal.  The year is nearly over and Pru is just hanging on to her dream.  Clever was in the layout how the rejection letters from garden applications denoted the start of each new chapter.

While Pru is busy making ends meet by mowing grass and deadheading blossoms, an Amateur Archeological Society is working on finding historic remains, especially of the Roman period in the UK.  One of their members would like the overgrown mess of a backyard redone, as their previous home had such lovely gardens to enjoy.   Pru is hired to first clean up the yard and then design a new garden.   She ducks into the old garden shed in the corner and finds a hedgehog nest and trips over a dead body thus disturbing a crime scene and setting  her true adventure in motion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the backstory and the plant names and historic values; it was such a lesson in history and traditions.  From Roman mosaic flooring to badgers and Grenadine Hall, I was delighted with the references and descriptions.  Understanding how a person with a plan and a desire can trust her ideas and make it happen, not even thinking about giving up until the very last minute, appears to be an excellent opportunity to make a midlife change into a dream come true.  The other characters just added to the confusions and distractions which make a story possible and fun.  The writing had good tension and although I figured out the scratching noise was not mice early on; it still kept me turning the pages to a satisfying conclusion.

I would certainly recommend you put THE GARDEN PLOT on your list.  THE GARDEN PLOT will be released in May 2014.

Marty Wingate is a master gardener who lives in Seattle, Washington.  She is a landscape specialist and lecturer who attended University of Washington and conducts tours.  She has written a number of books on Gardens.  THE GARDEN PLOT is her first novel.

Marty Wingate Amazon Author’s page

tlc logoThis ebook was sent to me by TLC Online Book Tours and Alibi eBooks a division of Random Books.  It was an uncorrected file/ advanced readers copy for my Kindle, a very pleasant read with lots of history of Roman Times in England and beautiful established gardens.  I am sure you will enjoy THE GARDEN PLOT

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17 Responses to “The Garden Plot: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – I’m going to put this on Facebook right now for my friend Sandi. Not only is she a voracious reader, she’s a Master Gardener!

    patricia Reply:

    This is delightful and I wish I had read it before my trip to UK – all the history and English Garden know how. I thought of Sandi When I read this As the author lives in Seattle, I might sign up for one of her tours – delightful

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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    This is definitely my kind of mystery! Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    What a fun read Thanks for putting me on the tour

    Always fun to find Heather J on this list :)
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  5. Lisa Munley Says:

    Oh, sounds great! I love how she trips over a hedgehog nest! I didn’t know they made nests; I’ve only seen cute pics of hedgehogs but never seem them out and about. Very nice review! Thanks so much for being on the tour.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Yep hedgehogs have nests – my children had a pet in the school library which nested and shared 5 babies with the children!

    Thanks for sharing this book with me and putting me on the tour. It was just what I needed.
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  6. Sara Says:

    Oh, this sounds delightful. My eldest daughter may just receive a gift of this book. She lives in England and loves a good mystery. This one sounds perfect for her…and maybe even me.

    As usual, I know where to come to get a good book review. Thanks Patricia!
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    Patricia Reply:

    I just gave this book to my gardening neighbor and I am studying to see if I can go to Seattle for a local garden tour with the author – Marti Wingate.

    Definitely a winner of a read
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  7. Sara Says:

    Hey, I purchased the book, but I’m uncertain if you got credit for it? My email is different on Amazon and I had to sign in. It looks like a fun book to read:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you, It appears in 2014 I am only receiving the books as a income gift and now Amazon has joined the ranks of not paying for purchases off my site.

    Yes everyone goes to their own homepage – so that is normal. I do get an email when folks purchase books or other product I have reviewed.

    At this time, I am receiving no pay for my book reviews at all FYI
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  8. Sam Juliano Says:

    Excellent review!

    There isn’t another country on the face of the earth that is as garden friendly as the U.K.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you

    I believe you are absolutely correct about gardens and to know about the Greek roots! What a treat
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  9. Sara Healy Says:


    I wanted to let you I absolutely loved The Garden Plot (Potting Shed Mystery)! I just finished it last night and it was such a fun read. The characters are well done and I never got tired of Pru or any of the others. For me characters are everything!

    There were times in this book that I laughed loudly. The author did a great job of putting just right amount of humor in the book.

    I thank you for this review. I will look forward to the next book in this series:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Yay! Sara,
    It is just a fun book and I too found it delightful. I wanted to go on a Garden tour with the author….so many neat characters and ideas all coming together for a blooming good story.

    I do not know why but am having some internet trouble tonight will head over to your post – by trying again tomorrow

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