The Bluebonnet Betrayal - Marty Wingate

The Bluebonnet Betrayal

By Marty Wingate

  • Release Date: 2016-08-02
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 14 Ratings

Description

Bestselling author Marty Wingate “plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice,” raves Mary Daheim. Now Wingate’s inimitable gardening heroine, Pru Parke, is importing a precious bloom from Texas—and she won’t let a vicious murder stop her.
 
Pru’s life in England is coming full circle. A Texas transplant, she’s married to the love of her life, thriving in the plum gardening position she shares with her long-lost brother, and prepping a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit featuring the beloved bluebonnets of the Texas hill country. Technically, Twyla Woodford, the president of a gardening club in the Lone Star State, is in charge of the London event, but Pru seems to be the one getting her hands dirty. When they finally do meet, Pru senses a kindred spirit—until Twyla turns up dead.
 
Although Twyla’s body was half buried under a wall in their display, Pru remains determined to mount a spectacular show. Twyla would have insisted. So Pru recruits her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, to go undercover and do a bit of unofficial digging into Twyla’s final hours. If Pru has anything to say about it, this killer is going to learn the hard way not to mess with Texas.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:
 
The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS
 
The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO

Praise for Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed mysteries
 
“Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Zen
 
“Classy, clever, and utterly charming . . . Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery.”—Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn, on The Garden Plot
 
“Just know that Marty Wingate knows how to write a cozy mystery very well and that you will be hooked from page one.”—A Bookish Way of Life, on The Red Book of Primrose House
 
“Pru Parke is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines.”—Michelle’s Romantic Tangle, on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Reviews

  • Best Yet!

    5
    By Seaponey
    I started pretty far into this series reading these books. This book is even more fun than the last, maybe because I'm getting to know Pru better. This is the second book in this series I have read. London has a huge flower show that I didn't know about. It's called the Chelsea Flower Show. A friend from Texas, her hometown, asked for her help with the flower show. A big name flower association back in Texas has been granted their own exhibit at the Chelsea show. It's slow going getting it built, so the woman who is the head of The Austin Rock Garden Society, Twyla, has to go to England to the Chelsea Show to get things moved along. She and Pru meet and hit it right off, only, well, Twyla is DEAD the next morning. Someone must have thought she was worthy of being part of the rock wall, or hoped to hide her better than they did. That is just sad and horrible. The Chief Inspector wants Pru to steer clear of this mess, so she isn't drug in deeper than she is, but that is going to be hard to do with Christopher putting himself in danger undercover snooping and sleuthing. Since when does Pru stay out of danger? Reminiscent of another murder series I liked, this isn't going to be something Pru just walks off from. This book is bursting with blooms, and all kinds of happenings. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more! My copy came from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.
  • Triangles, danger, murder

    4
    By Valkia12
    I enjoyed this story even though I felt that it took a little too longer to really get started. Pru is a lovely woman, happy with her life, who helps out with a major gardening event for Twyla. Things become more complicated when Twyla ends up murdered. Pru hears Twyla's voice in her head and, with the help of her husband, takes up her own investigation. Love triangles, jealousy, and a power struggle are revealed as Pru digs into Twyla's life. I recommend this book. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley for an honest review.
  • Marty Wingate's The Blue Bonnet Betrayal

    5
    By Carol M Smith
    If you enjoy gardening, murder, reading cozies with a puzzling mystery plus a touch of romance, this book is for you!! The Chelsea Flower Show is ready to begin development. Pru Parke receives a request to help out until the Austin Rock Garden Society President and crew arrives in London. The garden at the Chelsea Flower Show will be a version of the Texas Hill country covered by a sea of bluebonnets. Description is deftly woven into the story. You will feel as if you are part of the story. All the characters are vivid, colorful and well defined. There are many suspects. Many twist, turns and surprises throughout the story, keep you reading from the first page to the last. This is the fifth book in the Potting Shed Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Thank you to Net Gallery and Alibi for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
  • A Bit of Texas in London

    4
    By susu707
    This is the first book by Marty Wingate that I have read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a wonderfully written cozy mystery. Even though this is part of a series, this is a standalone with no cliffhanger. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Now I want to read more of these Potting Shed Mystery books. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a great job of explaining not only about the Chelsea show but also the piece of Texas landscape they were trying to recreate in London. There is a lot of history between characters in the storyline that keep you guessing what twists and turns will be revealed next. It definitely kept me riveted. I look forward to reading more of Marty Wingate's books. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.