Texan Pru Parke is quickly becoming one of my favourite amateur sleuths.
The third book in the series sees Pru starting a new position, not gardeningTexan Pru Parke is quickly becoming one of my favourite amateur sleuths.
The third book in the series sees Pru starting a new position, not gardening this time, but a three month research project attempting to discover the authenticity of a journal by a renowned botanist. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh are, unfortunately, a long way from her new fiance DCI Christopher Pearse who is in London.
But she is kept busy planning her wedding, reading copious amounts of documents and trying not to argue too much with the Gardens own historian who calls Pru a 'fraud'. Not very welcoming!
However, murders and Pru seem to go hand in hand and when a body is pulled from the local river, Pru can't help getting involved in trying to find the killer, even when she becomes one of the suspects.
Another intriguing case for Pru which I enjoyed very much.
This could be read as a standalone to get a feel of the series....more
In the Autumn of 1943 sixteen year old Pippo's father is arrested by the Militia, while he hides in a cupboard listening to the sounds of the recedingIn the Autumn of 1943 sixteen year old Pippo's father is arrested by the Militia, while he hides in a cupboard listening to the sounds of the receding footsteps and the car taking his father away, not knowing if he will ever see him again.
Pippo's War gives us an insight into the lives of ordinary people living in Italy during the last years of the Second World War, of how it was for the villagers living under the Germans, how they struggled from day to day, and particularly for young Pippo, how they grew up, fell in love and faced the enemy.
This is a very emotional story, simply told. Pippo's mother, Rose, rescues a young Jewish girl, Hannah, after her parents are killed and passes her off as her daughter with forged documents. Pippo and Hannah grow close, but not everyone is happy for them.....she puts all their lives in danger by being there.
As the months pass, Pippo wants revenge for his father, he joins the Partisans, his mother helps more allies, and the Germans are watching.
I enjoyed this story, it was just as the right pace, the storyline was engrossing, I knew little of that time and place in history so I found it interesting, though I would have liked to know more of the back stories of some of the characters. For instance, Cora was Pippo's godmother, but I knew very little about her, who was she, why was she his godmother, how did she and Rose know each other, what was her life like before the war? Knowing some of these facts would have made more sense to me by the end of the book. I also would have liked to know more of what the characters were thinking and feeling.
But I don't want to dwell on the negatives as there are lots of positives about the book, I liked Pippo, he was a good person, the story held my attention throughout, their love affair was moving without being sickly sweet, and overall a book that I would certainly recommend....more
Texan Pru Parke's second outing is every bit as entertaining as her first: The Garden Plot which was the first book in this new Potting Shed cozy mystTexan Pru Parke's second outing is every bit as entertaining as her first: The Garden Plot which was the first book in this new Potting Shed cozy mystery series.
Pru has her hands full at her new job at Primrose House trying to clear the derelict garden and have it all designed and planted by the summer: only six months away. But when vandals destroy some plants in the greenhouse, start a fire in the potting shed, and then her gardener, Ned, is found murdered, her plans for a beautiful garden start to look shaky.
She believes the wrong man has been arrested and is determined to try and clear his name while also trying to discover who the murderer is.
With Pru trying to find her English roots, her relationship with the lovely DCI Christopher Pearse getting serious, vague online threats against her, this was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I enjoyed getting to know Pru more and loved her nosiness!
If you like British cozy mysteries centred around gardening this is the perfect read for you. ...more