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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate

Here we go again with a delightful story in Edinburgh, Scotland full of flowers and gardens, interesting characters and strange activities, and of course a great mystery surrounded by Pru and Christopher’s love story.  What could be better to pull you into a great read.   This is Marty Wingate’s third book in her English Garden series moving Pru, our Dallas, Texas Master Gardener, back to England to connect with her roots and explore the gardens of the UK.

I have reviewed the other two books in the potting shed mysteries and found them delightful and fun.   Also this spring, I reviewed a first book in a new series called THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE a fun read with a good mystery; more of the UK revealed.

Pru has taken a research position in Edinburgh to authenticate a journal written by a famous botanist, explorer, and physician who travelled with Captain Vancouver on the Discovery.  There are several mysteries about plants and seeds that were collected.   Her position is stepping on the toes of the plant historian at the gardens, and this sets up a rather tense relationship.  When the historian is killed, Pru once again becomes a suspect.

Christopher is back in London as an Inspector for the Police and working in homicides.   Because the couple is planning to marry at the end of Pru’s posting they are connecting over the death of her co-worker and making wedding plans.

The wedding dress experience becomes quite funny and I could just see these creations by Fiona in my mind’s eye and they provided quite a chuckle.  Also walking through the town brought me back to my one-day experience of Edinburgh and seeing all the sights and the castle during the festival period.  This made the read even a better experience.

Wingate’s books are scenic and informative and have a lovely flow to the words.  They have an interesting story line and they follow through without leaving out the little details and the garden descriptions almost allowing the reader to breathe in the fragrance of the soil and the blooms.  I put her books on the delightful list and try to tell all my gardening friends to keep them reading during the indoor seasons.  I think many, many readers will enjoy these tales and I am very happy that Netgalley sent me an uncorrected proof to review.  BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.

From the book:

“In addition to the Potting shed Mysteries, Marty Wingate is also the author of The Rhyme of the Magpie, A Birds of a Feather Mystery.  A well-known speaker on gardens and travel, she has written numerous non-fiction books on gardening, including Landscaping for Privacy.  Marty’s garden articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including The American Gardener, and Country Gardens.  She is hard at work on her next novel.”

www.martywingate.com

Related:
Potting Shed Mysteries:
The Garden Plot 
The Red Book of Primrose House
The Birds of a Feather Mysteries:
The Rhyme of the Magpie

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2 Responses to “BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate”

  1. Sam Juliano Says:

    Lovely review here Patricia! The mystery aspect combined with the scenic UK setting reminds me of Agatha Christie, though of course BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is about more. Yes it absolutely means more when you have actually been to some of the place described in the novel. I have been to England but not to Scotland. I know Edinburgh (so beautifully described in Muriel Spark’s novel THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE) is one of the loveliest places on the Earth.

    Patricia Reply:

    Sam
    This is a very fun mystery series/romance series and just perfect for a vacation at the beach or just sitting down and relaxing on a hot summer’s day. Since I can not go very far these days of healing, it was the perfect garden tour of the UK and very fun and clever read.
    Am certainly enjoying Wonders in the Dark’s childhood film countdown. Many of the movies I have never heard of and I have added them to my list. Thank you
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