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. (From Goodreads.com)
Sissy: This is a sequel to The Garden Plot which we reviewed back in February 2014. So lovely to follow Pru Parke to her dream job as Head Gardener of Primrose House and to watch her romance blossom with the dishy Inspector Christopher Pearse. She’s of course involved in a new murder mystery (some people just have bodies following them around all over the place!) and this one does not disappoint.
Bubby: As much as I enjoyed Marty Wingate’s writing on the last go-round, I really have to say that she’s improved her skills in this new offering. The dialogue is sharp and witty and the characters are memorable and interesting. I enjoyed the heightened romance between Prue and Christopher as well. I’m excited to see what happens next in their relationship!
Sissy: The Red Book refers to actual landscaping plans done by Humphry Repton, who is a real historical figure. This made the whole story, along with the English setting (you know how I love my English settings) more interesting to me. Overall, a very entertaining read. Go get it!
Bubby: The Red Book of Primrose House actually made me want to go plant something. That’s an accomplishment! Can’t wait for book three.
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