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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Game Slaves
Gard Skinner
Progress: 66/320 pages
The Red Book of Primrose House: A Potting Shed Mystery
Marty Wingate
Progress: 249/624 minutes
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've listened 35 out of 609 minutes.

The Garden Plot - Marty Wingate

I wanted a cozy mystery, the garden aspect of this made me think of Rosemary & Thyme, and this was an immediately available Book 1.


This stars Pru, a Dallas woman in her early 50s who decides to quit her job, move to England, and become a head gardener. She managed the first two, but that last one might be out of her reach. She needs a steady paycheck in order to stay in England, so she keeps hunting for gardening work (and trying to convince her few clients to actually pay her).


I keep forgetting that Pru is in her 50s. I have a hard time mentally connecting that with "and she dropped everything to go live in a place where she has zero connections or even a job already lined up." I like the narrator so far, and I'm hoping there's time for some gardening details before the inevitable body discovery.