Monday, November 24, 2014

The Red Book of Primrose House A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

Pru is now the head gardener at Primrose House.  It was her dream and now it's a reality.  The only bad news is that her boyfriend (she prefers "fellow") is still in London.  They have to put up with weekend visits when one of them can make the trip.  The job is rewarding, she loves gardening, and she now has an opportunity to look for long lost relatives.  But being away from Chris is killing her...

Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.  Be sure to grab the first book in the series, too.  I really like Pru who is an excellent gardener but a not so great a detective.

Pru works with a young man who has the mind of a ten year old.  She keeps him busy digging holes for her, which he loves.  When he goes to find Ned and comes back and says he thinks he's sick, she rushes to see.  Unfortunately, nobody can help Ned now.  She tries to get Robbie away from him without alarming him and calls the cops.

It doesn't take long for Chris to find out what's going on.  He's concerned, asks her to stay out of the investigation, and he tells her how worried he is about her.  She appreciates his concern but losing Ned means she has to work more hours and she somehow finds herself a bit involved in the investigation.  Mostly because the police are arresting the wrong people.

You have a nice young cop and a snotty overbearing inspector who has no tact.  The young cop shares some facts with Pru when he can but the inspector is rude and just tells her to say out of it.  That's what he tells her fella, too. Everyone seems to be lying in one form or another.  When it seems someone is out to get Pru, Chris gets really upset. 

I enjoy this series.  Pru and Chris are a sweet couple.  Pru is a Texan who is trying to find her roots and what she finds shocks her.  She ends up solving another murder mystery, but she almost dies doing it.

I wonder what the author will have her up to in the next book?

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