I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Published by Alibi, Random House Pages: 288
Also by this author: The Garden Plot, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, The Rhyme of the Magpie: A Birds of a Feather Mystery, Empty Nest, The Skeleton Garden (Potting Shed Mystery #4), Every Trick in the Rook
In Marty Wingate’s charming new Potting Shed Mystery, Texas transplant Pru Parke’s restoration of a historic landscape in England is uprooted by an ax murderer.
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.
So I totally thought I reviewed this one as I read it a few months ago. I don’t know how I missed it but when I was checking Netgalley it didn’t have a review and I went to get my review from Goodreads and there wasn’t one there either so I must not have done it.
He Returned after everyone had left and stood just inside the gate of the walled garden, surveying the scene. They’d made real progress, but now… What a mess, he thought.
From the Prologue of the eARC, so it could have changed in the finished product.
What I thought of the book
Pru Parke is an American living out her gardening dream in England. She finally landed a full time gardening job at Primrose House. It was laid out by designer Humphry Repton back in 1806 and the owners found his red book that has all his design ideas. They want her to recreate his design and add in some modern gardening themes. The owners want it all done before they open their garden to the public that summer.
Pru is having a hard time getting together with her new boyfriend Inspector Christopher Pearse because they are living in different towns. And in between gardening she is trying to find out more about her English ancestors and boy does she learn some things about her parents. All is going well until some things get sabotaged and then a co-worker is murdered. Suspicion is pretty much on everyone and you have a good amount of characters to ponder.
It took me almost up until the end before I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was and to me that makes a really good mystery. Pru is a great character and it’s been fun learning about her ancestors and the surprise she gets in this story was crazy. I felt sorry for her and Christopher because they really had a hard time getting together in this one so hopefully it won’t be so hard in the next one cause I like them together. Of course he doesn’t like her being in the middle of murder but he is starting to get use to it.
I liked some of the side characters more than the others but the old couple (can’t remember their names), they were from the first book and I was glad they were in this one too as they are just too cute. I think I still have to warm up to Simon a little he was sort of an ass but he does have reason, but I am sure he will be in the next one and so maybe he can redeem himself in my eyes.
Over all it was a cute cozy mystery that I really enjoyed and I can’t wait to see what sort of trouble Pru gets into next!