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The Garden Plot by Marty Wingate
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bookshelves: 2015, library-borrowed-kindle-unlimited, series, north-americans-abroad, cozy-mystery
Recommended for: cozy mystery fans

This was a nice, light read and I enjoyed the characters quite a lot. 3.5 stars. Pru Parke, gardening American expat in England, was easy to root for and I felt happier than I probably should have that she finally received an acceptance letter for full employ and housing than I probably should have been. The actual murder took a while to happen and get off the ground and once it did, there were the usual things that happen in cozy mysteries that string out the solution. I didn't mind. Pru was pretty active as a sleuth but admittedly she wasn't very good at it but as this was her first go round, she did well to my mind and I'd enjoy reading her adventures again. I also liked DCI Christopher Pearse as a character and liked the relationship they forged around the case as he kept reminding her that she wasn't an officer and she kept putting her spoke in. It was funny. I also loved the portrayal of the creey, nosy neighbor, Malcolm. Very vividly rendered. The culprits were pretty clear before the reveal but only because there literally couldn't have been anyone else responsible. They were well hidden in the story but it wasn't a surprise when the reveal happened. It was easy to see how Pru didn't see it coming but to the reader, who can see the whole scheme, it's clear to see that what seems unrelated is very much relevant. I would definitely read the next book in this series and would recommend it to cozy mystery fans or anyone looking for a weekend read.
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Reading Progress

April 20, 2015 – Started Reading
April 20, 2015 – Shelved
April 20, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015
April 20, 2015 – Shelved as: library-borrowed-kindle-unlimited
April 20, 2015 – Shelved as: series
April 24, 2015 – Finished Reading
February 23, 2016 – Shelved as: north-americans-abroad
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: cozy-mystery

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