Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: The Skeleton Garden by: Marty Wingate

Title: The Skeleton Garden
Author: Marty Wingate
Pubisher: Albi
Series: Potting Shed Mystery #4
Pages: 233
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours & NetGalley


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.

My Thoughts:

This book starts out with a man arguing with another when he winds up dead.  Then we are fast forwarded to the present where Pru Parke and her husband Christopher Pearse are spending time in England at her former employers house.  This will give Pru time to build a relationship with her brother she didn't know about.  Simon and Pru seem to only be butting heads everywhere they turn.  Not long into this book they find the victim from WWII and a German fighter plane.  Who left a plane and a body at Greenoak?

This book is full of adventure and great people who you can connect with and watch how even with the fighting they do care.  What length Pru will go to free her brother Simon from being thrown to the wolves in this murder. This book is definitely one of those series type books that can be a stand alone as well.  There is enough explanation that you know who the characters are without feeling like you are missing something in the process.  I also enjoyed learning more about England and their history.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

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