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.Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate
Published by Alibi Pages: 281
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Also by this author: The Garden Plot, The Red Book of Primrose House, 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, The Bluebonnet Betrayal
A trip to the English countryside turns into a brush with death for Pru Parke, the only gardener whose holiday wouldn’t be complete without a murder to solve.
Pru and her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, are long overdue for a getaway. So when Pru is invited to redesign an Arts and Crafts garden in the picturesque Cotswolds, she and Christopher jump at the chance. Unfortunately, their B&B is more ramshackle than charming, and the once thriving garden, with its lovely Thyme Walk, has fallen into heartbreaking neglect. With the garden’s owner and designer, Batsford Bede, under the weather, Pru tackles the renovation alone. But just as she’s starting to make headway, she stumbles upon Batsford’s body in the garden—dead and pinned beneath one of his limestone statues.
With such a small police force in the area, Christopher is called upon to lead the investigation. Pru can’t imagine anyone murdering Batsford Bede, a gentle man who preferred to spend his time in quiet contemplation, surrounded by nature. But as her work on the garden turns up one ominous clue after another, Pru discovers that the scenery is more dangerous than she or Christopher could have anticipated
Pru Parke digs up buried secrets in this charming series from an author who “plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader” (Mary Daheim).
Pru sat at the old pine table in the kitchen at Greenoak pretending to read a magazine with as much nonchalance as she could muster.
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Pru gets an offer to come to Cotswold by a lady named Coral because she will soon be inheriting a home with a lovely garden that is in disrepair. Pru and Christopher have friends nearby so they think it will be a lovely way to get away and visit but that is not what happens. Pru and her husband are staying in a B&B that is very strange with a lonely old lady who can’t cook a chicken and the adventure just gets better from there…lol.
Soon Pru finds the old guy who owns the place dead in his garden with a statue on top of him, is it an accident or murder? They soon figure out he was murdered and there are a good number of suspects from those who think they will inherit or benefit in some way from the old guys death or just some shady characters lingering around.
Pru and Christopher are one of my favorite cozy couples and I like that they are an older couple (it’s Pru’s first marriage and she is 50). I enjoy reading about characters that are only slightly older than me instead of the younger bunch from time to time. 🙂 She is an American with English roots and a love for English gardens which is why she moved to England. She has become quite well known. Christopher was an inspector when they met and has retired…well sort of because he seems to always get roped into the investigations, once a cop always a cop. 🙂 They are just so cute together!!
This has a really good mystery too and the author gives you some great suspects and I had a hard time trying to figure out which one might have done it. Had my suspicions but wasn’t really sure till the end.
I really like this series so I think anyone should give it a try if you like cozies.