Shakespeare comes to Hampshire—and Pru Parke is cast into the role of cunning detective gardener once again.
Pru’s friends and neighbors are abuzz with the news of an acting troupe putting on an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And while many are eager to catch a glimpse of famed actor Ambrose Grant, Pru can’t wait to finally see the spectacular gardens of the private estate where the play will be performed. When the estate’s gardener abruptly quits—frustrated with actors trampling his beloved plants—Pru is called upon for her gardening expertise. She throws herself into creating magical woodland forest scenes, and is quickly drawn into the excitement of putting on a play, as she watches the drama on and off the stage. But the play’s suddenly no longer the thing, when one of the actors turns up murdered.
Pru’s husband, Detective Inspector Christopher Pearse, relies on Pru’s knowledge of all the players in this particular intrigue, and Pru finds herself using rehearsals to investigate. But playing the role of private eye could prove perilous for Pru, as she closes in on a murderer who won’t let anyone—least of all the gardener—keep him from stopping the show . . . dead.
Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:
The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS | MIDSUMMER MAYHEM
The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO
Marty Wingate’s Midsummer Mayhem
Pru (Prunella) Parke and her husband, Detective
Inspector Christopher Pearse live at Greenoak
in the English Countryside. Pru has earned the
title of detective gardener as she always seems
to get involved in some kind of mystery.
Our book finds Pru being asked to help out the
Shakespeare au Naturel with the production of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the
Coeur-de-la-Mer Gardens in walking distance
The famous play director requires a variety of
plants, small trees, vines and whatever it takes
to make the stage as realistic a woodland staging
Pru is happy to be asked to create the magical
forest scenery plus meet all the actors as they
prepare for their production.
The cast consists of a lot of well developed
characters.They all bring their own touch of
flavor to the story plus provided a long list of
suspects when one of the cast if found murdered.
The man was allergic to bees. He was hit on the
head then a jar of honey with bees was released
so he went into anaphylactic shock then died.
Description of the gardens are so vividly written
that the reader will feel as if they are there. You
will learn about small trees, vines, flowers, types
of honey and the harvesting to make the honey
plus garden maintenance.
Combine gardening, acting, murder, a puzzling
plot, twists with plenty of turns, a touch of
romance and mayhem in this British set cozy
mystery for a captivating read.
This is book # 7 in the Potting Shed Mysteries
series but can be read as a stand alone.
I volunteered to read Midsummer Mayhem. Thank
you to Alibi through NetGalley for the opportunity.
My opinion is voluntary and my own.