Thursday, March 3, 2016

History Corner/ Book Review: The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Random House, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Our Parade Day is Saturday, and we get to connect with friends far and near, those both in and visiting for the parade. So in honor of our sub-theme for our parade of family, it's only fitting to share a book that shows family is what you make of it. Even if it is years before you are together, family is family!

the skeleton gardenMarty 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.


This is a great book that goes back and time in history, showcasing how England was during WWII while at the same time showing how the secrets of the past can have haunting consequences on the future. Just as Pru and Simon on finding their footing as family, but Pru gets to spend time with Christopher's nephew, and helps work out family issues there as well. But the big secret that the discovery of the plane and body provides kept is right up sleuthing Pru's alley, and this is a super quick read as you search along with Pru for the secrets behind the mystery. This is another winner from Marty and I love this series for its simplicity, history, botanical knowledge and a great mystery that Dame Agatha would enjoy (if you have to ask who Dame Agatha is, you're on the wrong blog...SIGH!)! Don't miss it!

About the Author:

Marty Wingate is the author of the Potting Shed mysteries from Random House/Alibi - The Garden Plot, The Red Book of Primrose House, and Between a Rock and a Hard Placeas well as her new mystery series, Birds of a Feather (including Empty Nest). Marty speaks at national events, and writes about gardens and travel. She can be heard on A Dry Rain (, a free podcast available on iTunes. Marty is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, as well as the Royal Horticultural Society and the Garden Writers Association. She leads small-group garden tours to European destinations including England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and on North American journeys. Marty doesn't believe that the thin veneer of tourism - successive one-night stops in a series of hotels - can ever replace getting to know the people, history and culture of a region, and so, when arranging her tours, she always includes time for a cup of tea, a pint of beer, or a glass of wine.Connect with Marty on Facebook or on her website:

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