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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

The Talisman Ring
Georgette Heyer
Progress: 43 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %

The Garden Plot, by Marty Wingate

The Garden Plot - Marty Wingate

In The Garden Plot, Pru Parke has packed up her goods in Texas, and returned to her mother's homeland, England, to restart her life.  Once in London, she rents a house in Chelsea (the owners are on an extended holiday in Italy), and attempts to get hired in a permanent job as a head gardener at some great house, or house museum.  After nearly a year in London, having found only spotty jobs in town, and many rejection letters, and having used up most of her savings, she is facing the prospect of having to return to Texas (where her old job is open to her) - when she finds both a Roman mosaic, and a dead body, while refurbishing an old garden.


Pru has a good eye for detail, but is a little naive about people, which had me thinking "no, don't do that!" on occasion, and sometimes resulting in the novel being a bit "the perils of Prunella."  The mystery is nicely constructed, and I liked her budding friendships with her real estate agent, Jo, Jo's daughter and daughter-in-law, Lucy and Cordelia, and the police inspector in charge of the case of the body in the greenhouse.  The atmosphere, of an American in London, is well done.  If this is the first in a series, I'd read the next book.
My ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley/Random House.  Many thanks!