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 Bluebonnet Betrayal by Marty Wingate
Published by Alibi Pages: 294
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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, Best-Laid Plants
Bestselling author Marty Wingate “plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice,” raves Mary Daheim. Now Wingate’s inimitable gardening heroine, Pru Parke, is importing a precious bloom from Texas—and she won’t let a vicious murder stop her. Pru’s life in England is coming full circle. A Texas transplant, she’s married to the love of her life, thriving in the plum gardening position she shares with her long-lost brother, and prepping a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit featuring the beloved bluebonnets of the Texas hill country. Technically, Twyla Woodford, the president of a gardening club in the Lone Star State, is in charge of the London event, but Pru seems to be the one getting her hands dirty. When they finally do meet, Pru senses a kindred spirit—until Twyla turns up dead. Although Twyla’s body was half buried under a wall in their display, Pru remains determined to mount a spectacular show. Twyla would have insisted. So Pru recruits her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, to go undercover and do a bit of unofficial digging into Twyla’s final hours. If Pru has anything to say about it, this killer is going to learn the hard way not to mess with Texas. Praise for Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed mysteries
“Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Zen “Classy, clever, and utterly charming . . . Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery.”—Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn, on The Garden Plot “Just know that Marty Wingate knows how to write a cozy mystery very well and that you will be hooked from page one.”—A Bookish Way of Life, on The Red Book of Primrose House “Pru Parke is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines.”—Michelle’s Romantic Tangle, on Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Pru stood at the open gate of the Bull Ring entrance, the river Thames and the Embankment at her back-the air thick with the noise and exhaust from London morning commuters-and laid out before her, the Royal Chelsea Hospital grounds, home of military pensioners.
Here is what I thought
This is one of my favorite series but this was not my favorite story. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for it or if it was just to much gardening going on but I just couldn’t get into this one as much as the others. 🙁
Pru has been invited to help with the Chelsea Garden for some Texans who have actually got themselves a place among the Brits. One of the ladies knew her and asked if she would mind getting things started for them since they wouldn’t be able to get there until a few days later.
The President of the Austin Gardening club ends up later than planned and Pru isn’t sure what she thinks about that but when she meets her they have an instant connection and Twyla starts talking about needing her help to fix things and really just sort of rambles about things but when she ends up dead, Pru can’t help but keep thinking about what she said. Almost like she is haunting her Pru can hear her voice and she knows she has to figure out what happened so she can have peace of mind.
Christopher is now semi-retired police (work with the local police on occasion) and not an inspector anymore and the local Inspector doesn’t want his help nor Pru’s but that don’t stop them from checking into things and there are a few things that come up to make her suspicious of a few people.
I love Pru and Christopher they are probably one of my favorite cozy couples. I liked the characters introduced in this one but I think I just missed the normal characters that are usually in it, but since they were in a different area Simon wasn’t there and I missed him.
The mystery is pretty good though I did figure it out towards the end but it was nice to see that I was right. 🙂
Overall, it’s a good one but there was just something there that was missing but I am not sure what. Like I said could just be my mood. 🙂 If you like cozies though you should give this series a try.