USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed series continues as expert gardener Pru Parke digs up a Nazi warplane—and a fresh murder.
Texas transplant Pru Parke has put down roots in England, but she never dreamed she’d live in a grand place such as Greenoak. When her former employers offer Pru and her new husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, the use of their nineteenth-century estate while they’re away for a year, she jumps at the chance. Sweetening the deal is the prospect of further bonding with her long-lost brother, Simon, who happens to be Greenoak’s head gardener. But the majestic manor has at least one skeleton in its closet—or, rather, its garden.
Working on renovations to the extensive grounds, siblings Pru and Simon squabble about everything from boxwood to bay hedges. But when the removal of a half-dead tree turns up the wreckage of a World War II–era German fighter plane and a pile of bones, the arguments stop. That is, until a rival from Simon’s past pays a surprise visit and creates even more upheaval. It’s suddenly clear someone is unhappy their secrets have been unearthed. Still, Pru’s not about to sit back and let Simon take the fall for the dirty deed without a fight.
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
The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO
Praise for Marty Wingate
“Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman
“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
“Put the kettle on and settle into a well-crafted village mystery with a delightful new sleuth.”—Connie Archer, bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave, on The Rhyme of the Magpie
Customer ReviewsSee All
I found this to be a very interesting book. I enjoyed figuring out the culprit. The story is set in England, so I had to look up the meaning of some words that are British slang (this Yank didn't know them all, lol). I enjoyed hearing some of the British history involved with WWII also. I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I couldn't wait to see it all wrapped up but at the same time, I was sad to say goodbye to the characters! I wasn't familiar with this series, but can't wait to go back and read the previous books!! I am thankful for the opportunity from Chatterbox to review this book!
Good read to cozy up to on a cold night
The Skeleton Garden
I was selected by Random House and the Chatterbox program to read The Skeleton Garden: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate in exchange for my honest opinion about the book.
In the book Pru Parke and her new husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, is offered the use of Greenoak, a nineteenth-century estate from her former employer while they are away for a year. Pru is also wanting to go to Greenoak because her long lost brother, Simon, just happens to be the head Gardner and she is hoping for family bonding while restoring the gardens. However things don’t go as planned because all they do is fight until they find the wreckage of a WWII fighter plane, which of course is where this mystery begins. In the plane wreckage is a skeleton and then another body is near the dig site and it becomes apparent that someone is wanting the past to stay buried.
I had a really hard time getting into this book for several reasons. The first is that the mystery really did not take off until about a quarter of a way through the book. The second is that I am not a huge history fan, so this is not a book I would have picked for myself. However I did think that there was some great character development and did enjoy the story and the mystery the more I stuck with the book.