Pru Parke has her dream job: head gardener at an 18th-century manor house in Sussex. The landscape for Primrose House was laid out in 1806 by renowned designer Humphry Repton in one of his meticulously illustrated Red Books, and the new owners want Pru to restore the estate to its former glory - quickly, as they're planning to showcase it in less than a year at a summer party. But life gets in the way of the best laid plans: When not being happily distracted by the romantic attentions of the handsome Inspector Christopher Pearse, Pru is digging into the mystery of her own British roots. Still, she manages to make considerable progress on the vast grounds - until vandals wreak havoc on each of her projects. Then, to her horror, one of her workers is found murdered among the yews. The police have a suspect, but Pru is certain they're wrong. Once again, Pru finds herself entangled in a thicket of evil intentions - and her, without a hatchet.
©2014 Martha Wingate (P)2016 Tantor
Someone Who Cares
I'm throughly enjoying this mystery series by Marty Wingate! A gardener that helps solve mysteries is a new twist on female "detectives." My only frustration is the lack of physical traits of the characters. At least I now know the color of Pru's hair! For some characters I'm able to fill in the gaps, but that is only due to Erin Bennett's great performance! I normally do not like "voices" but Erin has a great gift for changes that don't go too far and sound ridiculous (which is how I feel about most readers, with a few exceptions). The characterization is great, but something more than just one physical trait would be nice. But, regardless, the books are amazing and I would highly recommend them!
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