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    Another winner

    I have enjoyed this book, have followed the continuing evolution of the characters with interest.
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    Marty Wingate’s Midsummer Mayhem

    Pru (Prunella) Parke and her husband, Detective Inspector Christopher Pearse live at Greenoak in the English Countryside. Pru has earned the title of detective gardener as she always seems to get involved in some kind of mystery. Our book finds Pru being asked to help out the Shakespeare au Naturel with the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Coeur-de-la-Mer Gardens in walking distance from Greenoak. The famous play director requires a variety of plants, small trees, vines and whatever it takes to make the stage as realistic a woodland staging as possible. Pru is happy to be asked to create the magical forest scenery plus meet all the actors as they prepare for their production. The cast consists of a lot of well developed characters.They all bring their own touch of flavor to the story plus provided a long list of suspects when one of the cast if found murdered. The man was allergic to bees. He was hit on the head then a jar of honey with bees was released so he went into anaphylactic shock then died. Description of the gardens are so vividly written that the reader will feel as if they are there. You will learn about small trees, vines, flowers, types of honey and the harvesting to make the honey plus garden maintenance. Combine gardening, acting, murder, a puzzling plot, twists with plenty of turns, a touch of romance and mayhem in this British set cozy mystery for a captivating read. This is book # 7 in the Potting Shed Mysteries series but can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read Midsummer Mayhem. Thank you to Alibi through NetGalley for the opportunity.My opinion is voluntary and my own.
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    Potting and Plotting for a great read!

    Gardener Pru Parke and has been tapped to provide scenery for a local production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. But when one of the lead actors is killed by an allergic reaction to bees, it’s anything but a dream and it appears he was targeted and murdered. But who knew of his allergy and who would want him dead? This is the first book in this seven book Potting Shed Mystery series that I have read and it was a great standalone. Even more, I am THRILLED to have a new (to me) series with more books that I can enjoy and catch up on. The writer’s style flows and the characters are well developed. I can’t wait to get more background on Pru and the gang!
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    Nice escape.

    Enjoyed reading it as a nice summer read. A good break from the Mayhem of the real world.
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    Dreaming of Shakespeare

    I love the practical approach of "the gardener," observing without interfering with her police detective husband's investigations. Unlike so many "cosy/cozy" mysteries, due process is observed, police procedure is followed, and the amateur's insights assist rather than replace official efforts. Not having to suspend disbelief, I was able to simply absorb the clues as presented, playing the "whodunit" game while fully enjoying the clever twists and turns of the plot. It helps that the main characters are thoroughly likable so one is pulling for their success and concerned for their safety. Plus there is the play within the play for added enjoyment. Solidly entertaining! (Hah! AND I managed to figure out the villain from the clues!]
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