The Skeleton Garden By Marty Wingate: Review/Giveaway

Apr 16, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

In this our Earth Day issue we are featuring e-books and books that somehow tie in to Earth Day. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an e-book copy of The Skeleton Garden, along with a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Newlywed Pru Parke is happily settled in at Greenoak, the birthplace of her English mother. In this bucolic setting Pru is also working alongside her brother Simon, who only recently reunited with his American sister. Built-up tensions still simmer between them, as Pru can’t help but feel guilty for being raised by the parents who gave Simon up for adoption. Family ties and loyalty are at the core of Pru’s heart, and as a result she doesn’t hesitate to welcome her husband’s nephew Orlando, sent to visit due to the teenager’s Internet shenanigans. book

Simon’s aspirations to have their most recent gardening project photographed for a prominent magazine dash Pru’s hopes for a relaxing, unpressured, and angst-free gardening endeavor. Orlando’s involuntary assistance certainly doesn’t help, and his passive-aggressive labor stems from the deprivation of his mobile devices. What does spark his interest is the fascinating, but unfortunate, discovery of a German plane buried in the garden with its pilot’s remains still inside. The resulting investigation will expose secrets of Greenoak hidden since World War II and provide publicity for the garden and town in ways Simon never intended.

This charming series continues to grow stronger with its cast of characters who are so grounded and yet continue to grow in their ‘mature’ stage of life. Pru struggles to grow closer to Simon, whose moodiness often has her off-balance and unsettled. The one thing Pru never questions is the devotion of her husband Christopher Pearse, a former London Detective Inspector more than happy to settle down as a Special Constable in the sleepy countryside. They have both discovered that even in Greenoak murder and crimes fester beneath the calm surface, but the sardonic and extremely intelligent pair have more than enough support and resources between them to meet any challenge. Romance, gardening, and history all blend together perfectly in this charming English village mystery.

To enter to win a copy of The Skeleton Garden, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “skeleton,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 23, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. I love to garden and to try to design gardens around my home. I’m still getting the hang of it and learning what does and doesn’t work.

  2. This book sounds really intriguing — I’d love to have the chance to read it!

  3. Thanks for introducing me to another series. It sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  4. This is another author I am not acquainted with and I would enjoy reading “Skelton Garden”. An English garden and a German plane buried in the garden with a dead pilot sounds like a great storyline. Can’t wait to read.

  5. I love an English settings with a mystery. It reminds me of my favorite British detective dramas. Thanks!

  6. This series is on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Fantastic! I would LOVE to win this one!!!

  8. Would love to read this.

  9. New to me author and series. I am a garden lover, and an Anglophile – seems like a match made in heaven for me.

  10. Sounds charming and I would love to read it. Thank you for the Review. Lovely Cover too.

  11. The Skeleton Garden sounds like a great cozy. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. I would love to read this!

  13. We have a winner!


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