Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate

Author: Marty Wingate
Publisher: Alibi
Date of publication: November 2014

Pru Parke has her dream job: head gardener at an eighteenth-century manor house in Sussex. The landscape for Primrose House was laid out in 1806 by renowned designer Humphry Repton in one of his meticulously illustrated Red Books, and the new owners want Pru to restore the estate to its former glory—quickly, as they’re planning to showcase it in less than a year at a summer party.

But life gets in the way of the best laid plans: When not being happily distracted by the romantic attentions of the handsome Inspector Christopher Pearse, Pru is digging into the mystery of her own British roots. Still, she manages to make considerable progress on the vast grounds—until vandals wreak havoc on each of her projects. Then, to her horror, one of her workers is found murdered among the yews. The police have a suspect, but Pru is certain they’re wrong. Once again, Pru finds herself entangled in a thicket of evil intentions—and her, without a hatchet.

The Red Book of Primrose House is the second in the book in the potting shed series.  Once again, the author has given us a good solid mystery with a great amateur detective.  This time around, Pru has taken the job as head gardener at Primrose House.  She has been given the task of restoring the gardens to their former glory.  Someone keeps sabotaging her work and then one of her employees is murdered.  As in the first book, Pru puts on her detective thinking cap and sets out to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed this one.  While I wasn't too surprised at who the murderer was, I still had fun watching Pru figure it all out. She is just such a likable character. We also learn a bit more about Pru and her background.  I won't spoil it, but she gets a big surprise that affects her family tree in a big way.  We are also treated to more of Pru and Christopher together.  Their relationship is really sweet.

Even though this is the second in the series, you could read this one as a stand alone. I do hope more books featuring Pru Parke are planned for the future.  I look forward to reading them!

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About the author:

Marty Wingate is the author of The Garden Plot and a regular contributor to Country Gardens as well as other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed mysteries are planned.

Purchase Links

Marty Wingate’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 3rd: Bibliotica
Tuesday, November 4th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, November 6th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, November 6th: Luxury Reading
Friday, November 7th: 5 Minutes for Books
Monday, November 10th: Reading Reality
Monday, November 10th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, November 11th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, November 12th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, November 13th: Under a Gray Sky
Friday, November 14th: Back Porchervations
Tuesday, November 18th: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, November 19th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, November 20th: Open Book Society
Friday, November 21st: 2 Kids and Tired Books
Monday, November 24th:  A Book Geek
Tuesday, November 25th: Brooke Blogs
TBD: Omnimystery News - guest post

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pru sounds like a fabulous character!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.