Pru Parke is busy in the garden with her brother Simon getting the Greenoak Gardens in perfect order for a magazine spread coming up in a prestigious English Gardening magazine. Pru’s husband Christopher transferred from the London Police Department to a small local command in Ratley. The Gardeners remove a tree that has failed to thrive and discover as they dig down the reason why – too much gravel and a WWII air plane with skeleton. The Mystery begins amidst the new hedges and dividing the bulbs for winter and being prepared for the reporters visit.
The town is also getting ready for the Christmas Fete and decide their theme is WWII in light of the garden situation and nearly everyone is involved in the discoveries and attractions of figuring out who was buried with the airplane. Lots of stories emerge and papers and speculation, as the town looks at history and the present.
I have found each of Marty Wingate’s books to be a delightful read and I certainly enjoy the tours of garden plants and the family interactions. A great weekend read and I feel renewed when I have finished.
I need to say that I follow Marty Wingate on Facebook and she has identified a plant or two in my new garden space as things are emerging this spring. Thank you so much – I too love the name “Pigs Squeak”
Here are the books I have reviewed from Marty Wingate and she has another series about Birds of a Feather also in England. More Gardening books and articles also to discover.
Several More are listed on Amazon
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. She lives in Seattle, Washington and travels often to England”