The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery Series #2)

The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery Series #2)

by Marty Wingate

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In this charming Potting Shed Mystery from bestselling author Marty Wingate, Texas transplant Pru Parke’s restoration of a historic landscape in England is uprooted by an ax murderer.
Pru Parke has her dream job: head gardener at an eighteenth-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.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:

Praise for The Red Book of Primrose House
“All of the elements—gardening, history, romance, mystery—are perfectly blended with each other to form a coherent whole that is both entertaining and thoroughly engaging.”—Bibliotica
“[Marty] Wingate once again brings readers a quirky cozy packed with fun characters, gardening history, and suspense.”—No More Grumpy Bookseller
“Just know that Marty Wingate knows how to write a cozy mystery very well and that you will be hooked from page one.”—A Bookish Way of Life
“I enjoyed The Red Book of Primrose House as much, or maybe more, for the way it developed and dealt with the relationships involved as for the murder mystery. I’m looking forward to seeing what trouble Pru gets into next.”—Reading Reality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804177719
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Potting Shed Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 19,190
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Marty Wingate is the USA Today bestselling author of The Garden Plot and a regular contributor to Country Gardens as well as other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed mysteries are planned.

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He returned after everyone had left and stood just inside the gate of the walled garden, surveying the scene. They’d made real progress, but now . . . What a mess, he thought. I can’t believe it came to this. Now it was left to him to sort it all out.

He had intended to take care of it; he had promised he would. But the time for negotiating had passed—he must take action. Checking his watch, he thought he might as well get to work. Clear this up before he began to clear up the other problems. He looked at the mountain of branches, strewn about in such disarray.

He reached down and gathered up an armful of greenery. No sense in letting it lie—it would only make more work for them later. God knows they had far too much to do as it was. He walked to the back gate; it wasn’t a heavy bundle, although he had to take care not to step in one of the holes made by the boy. He let go the branches and they fell to the ground, making a soft flump. He went back for another load while his mind went over what he would say to each of them. His only concern was to make sure she would be all right—it made all other priorities take second place.

“Have you done it?”

He had just let go of the second armload of greens and hadn’t seen the speaker approach. “You can’t expect it to happen so fast,” he said.

“You said you would take care of it. It’s gone too far now, and I won’t give up.”

“I said that I would take care of her,” he replied, growing short with this same argument.

“You made promises—we agreed, but you’ve done nothing.”

“I will do what needs to be done, and what I do, I do for her—not for you or for a building or for anyone or anything else,” he said, pulling his arm away from the hand that tried to stay him.

“It’s cost me too much. How could you let it go this far? How could you let this happen?”

The rising frenzy would not sway him. “How could I let it happen? You’re here only because of what you’ve done. Too full of yourself by half—you knew better than to start up, I warned you. I’m looking out for her.” He started back to the gate.

“Do you think I’ll let you off that easy?”

He turned to reply, but it was too late. The hatchet sank straight into his chest, and the impact sent him falling, falling backward until he landed on the soft bed of yew branches.

Primrose House
15 December

Dear Pru,

We love what you’ve done with the boxwood path out from the kitchen door to the yew walk—how clever to think of making the overgrown hedge into its own arbor walk—so much better than those laburnum walks. We wondered if it would be possible to plant daffodils at the base of the box—seeing as how you’ve already removed all the lower branches. What a glorious sight that would be!

Is it too late to do that now? You know we are more than happy to cover any extra costs for working on weekends. You are a jewel of a head gardener, and we remain thrilled with all your ideas and hard work—American Pru Parke and the famous Humphry Repton, what a pair!

Here’s to a fine Christmas for all of us—and just think, soon you’ll be moving in to your cottage. It’s almost ready!

Davina and Bryan

Oh, yes—we’ve decided to open the garden here at Primrose House on 30 July. I’m sure you’ll have everything ready. It will be a glorious summer party!

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The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lively mystery and combinged with a sweet romantic story. The main characters and their relationsip were fleshed in a timely manner and new characters that are sure to be a part of the next book added to the overall story. I also like that the main characters have a healthy personal relationship but the author didn't feel compelled to go borderline porn; tasteful, fun, exciting & tender.
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy Marty Wingate's storytelling with this latest installment of the Potting Shed Mysteries. I love the feisty Texan gardener Pru and the British folks who both work with her and who are also her friends. There is plenty of humor mixed into this story and the mystery that is intertwined through the story is also captivating, making this an excellent adventure in reading. "The Red Book of Primrose House" is the second book in the series, but first-time readers can easily pick up on the back-story and enjoy this installment as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend Wingate's first book, "The Garden Plot," as well. I look forward to Wingate's next book!
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
The Red Book of Primrose House is the second book in the Potting Shed Mystery series by Marty Wingate. Pru Parke is from Texas but has always wanted to live and work in England because this is where her mother was from. As a child she grew up listening to her mother's stories of England. She has now become the head gardener at Primrose House. She has been hired to restore the gardens to their original glory of 1806 when it was designed by Humphrey Repton. Luckily she has been loaned his "Red Book" which shows his design plans so that she can recapture that glory. Pru is easy going but a hard worker and has become well liked by her crew as they work together to complete this restoration in a very short amount of time. Unfortunately, she is hours away from London and her new love interest, DCI Christopher Pearse. Because of her tight schedule to get the garden completed and his case load, Pru and Christopher only get weekends and nightly long telephone chats. It was enjoyable to watch how their relationship continues to develop even over a long distance. The story also includes some interesting details regarding Pru's English family that in the first book she is hoping to find. In this book, she does find those family members and that adds to Pru's character development. The reader also gets to meet Christopher's son, Graham. Being in their 50's, Pru and Christopher have pasts and lives before they meet so these new characters helped to add more depth to both Pru and Christopher. The supporting characters in this story were well developed and definitely helped in moving this mystery plot along. Marty Wingate did a great job of introducing each character and filling in all the details that I needed to understand who they were and their roles in this story. It was an entertaining cozy mystery and I was pretty sure that I knew "who had done it" long before the reveal. That being said, I did enjoy reading how Pru investigated the murder and put it all together. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this series. I received an ARC from Alibi Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sorry to finish this book. I grew very attached to Pru.and the other characters. I loved that it was set in England and that a woman in her fifties was fulfilling her dream to start a new chapter in her life by moving from Texas to England. The murder plot was clever and kept me guessing and it was fun and interesting. I am no master gardener but found the flower, plants and tree information interesting as well. There is a sweet and endearing love story intertwined. Please read Garden Plot first. You wont be sorry. I cant wait for the 3rd book which will be out later this year!
vamay More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was well written & the people were so good in it. I found myself rooting for Pru to be able to be able to find her family & Robbie was such a good kid I loved reading about him.The end was so good &was just what was needed to make the book perfect. I loved how Cate found a wonderful man to be good to her & a good father to her little girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good cozy mystery. Sometimes a little too long on side stories, but a quiet, fun read. Learning lots about gardening in Gr. Britain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tiny bit into violence and erotica but keeps within cozy thought it might have done little more with separate flower info of flowers mentioned like the food ones do receipes. especially the older varities of flowers. Lacks a "cast" needs them available not on email and phone
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InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Red Book of Primose House - Potting Shed Mystery 2 Author: Marty Wingate Published: 11-4-2014 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group/Alibi Pages: 274 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; International Crime ISBN: 9780804177719 ASIN: B00KAFXBHE Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Prunella "Pru" Parke has found her dream job of head gardener when she is hired by Davina and Bryan Templeton to restore the historic gardens at Primrose House in Sussex. Originally laid out and planted in 1806 by famed designer Humphry Repton. Following his original plans which Repton wrote out and illustrated in his Red Books. The Templetons want to showcase their garden at their summer party so Pru gets busy and soon has the gardens beginning to take shape, but someone keeps sabotaging the work. When one of the workers is found murdered among the yews (a dark leafy shrub common used in historical English gardens). A suspects soon found by police, but Pru is sure they have the wrong person and sets out to find the real killer. Putting herself in the path of a vicious killer without even a trowel for defense. This is the second book in this delightful series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. The few references to previous event in book one , The Garden Plot are explained briefly and quickly. The romance between Pru and Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearce is slowly developing as they can only see one another on the weekends, but it is nice to watch them get to know one another instead of just jumping into a full blown relationship. This book flows a bit smoother than the first as the characters are established and are more cohesive. Pru also looks into her own English familial history more in this book. You have a lot to keep you invested in the series and the story. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading book three, Between a Rock and a Hard Place as soon as I can afford it, along with the dozen other books I want to buy and read. The pricing of the series is very reasonable for which I am very grateful to the author and publisher.
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much more satisfying than the blood'n'gore type mysteries. And quite challenging for a Yank storyteller who dares to write mysteries set in the UK. Kitt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that is not only a mystery but has more in it. This book has mystery , gardens , and archeological themes. I will have to check out other books by this author .
dgvt More than 1 year ago
This second book of Pru's gardening adventures, was every bit as good as the first. I like these type of mysteries. Thank you
ABH38 More than 1 year ago
This second of the Potting Shed Mystery series was as charming as the first, certainly in the category of "cozies." Our heroine, Pru, finds yet another body, and finds herself in danger. The elements of mystery, murder, romance, and more, are all here. Wingate, an American writer, has mastered many English ways of speaking, using words common in England but not here. I enjoyed that. This was a good book to read between more heavy books.
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zhela More than 1 year ago
i bought this for my mother and she liked it so much i am reading it. i cant wait to read the rest of the series.
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