Garden Plot-Marty Wingate
she makes an extraordinary find. Digging in the soil of a potting shed, Pru uncovers an ancient Roman mosaic. But enthusiasm over her discovery is soon dampened when, two days later, she finds in the same spot a man’s bludgeoned corpse. As the London police swarm her worksite, ever inquisitive Pru can’t quite manage to distance herself from the investigation—much to the dismay of stern Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse. It seems that, much as he tries, even handsome DCI Pearse can’t keep Pru safe from a brutal killer who thinks she’s already dug up too much.
Well, cozy little mystery story definitely describes this novel. Featuring a truly Anglophilic gardener and Hadrian's autobiography, the mystery is suitably shocking with implications that shake the foundations but also thoroughly British in style. Nothing is going to keep you up at night despite murder and mayhem. The cast of characters are all genteel Brits and made the gardener's reluctance to leave the UK feel just right. The archaeology, thankfully, stayed in reality (to the greater extent), the love interest was actually believable and the plot suitably convoluted enough through the making of strange decisions to keep you reading-perhaps in your window nook with a cup of tea at your side.
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