A classy cozy mystery starring Pru Parke, a transplant from Dallas, TX, to the English countryside, with the hope of working in the garden estates of the landed gentry. As the one year deadline she had given herself is coming to an end, she also finds herself wrapped in a murder mystery that may force her to stay in England longer than her finances will allow,
It was a pleasant read as my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on our very first Caribbean cruise. The visits Pru makes to various English gardens throughout the story added a vacation feel to the book, though the excessive number of rejection letters she received for positions for which she applied or interviewed was a downer. Perhaps it was bit too much like real life at the start of the 21st century.
In the midst of her part time job Pru discovers a body in shed on the property that served as temporary employment while waiting and hoping for that permanent position that would allow her to remain in England. It is this murder and Pru’s lack of a permanent position that serve to anchor the story and give a believable quality.
Though it served as a pleasant vacation read for me, for others it will no doubt serve as a similarly pleasant Spring read (for those in the northern hemisphere) as the days grow longer and the temperature warms up.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.