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.”
The 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.
This 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