04 April, 2019

#BookReview :: Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower

Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland—complete with a magical walled garden. But the erstwhile Tennessee flower shop owner promptly found herself puddle boot-deep in danger when she found a dead body among the glimmering blossoms. One police investigation later (made a trifle less unpleasant by the presence of handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig), and Fiona’s life is getting back on a steady, though bewitched, track. Her sister Isla has just moved in with her, and the grand opening of her new spellbound venture, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, is imminent.

But dark, ensorcelled clouds are gathering to douse Fiona’s newly sunny outlook. First, imperious parish minister Quaid MacCullen makes it undeniably clear that he would be happy to send Fiona back to Tennessee. Then, a horrific lightning storm, rife with terribly omen, threatens to tear apart the elderly cottage and sends Fi and Isla cowering under their beds. The storm passes, but then, Fi is called away from the Climbing Rose’s opening soiree when Kipling, the tiny village’s weak-kneed volunteer police chief, finds a dead body on the beach.

The body proves difficult to identify, but Kipling is certain it’s that of the parish minister. Which makes Fiona, MacCullen’s new nemesis, a suspect. And what’s worse, Isla has seemed bewitched as of late…did she do something unspeakable to protect her sister? The last thing Fiona wanted to do was play detective again. But now, the rosy future she’d envisioned is going to seed, and if she and Craig can’t clear her name, her idyllic life will wilt away in Death and Daisies, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s second enchanting Magic Garden mystery.

This is my first experience of the world of cozy mysteries of Amanda Flower. Though second in the series, Death and Daisies can be read as a standalone.

Fiona Knox moves to the countryside in Scotland from Tennessee after her life there is turned upside down. Inheriting her grandfather’s cottage with a magical garden gives her a second chance and Fiona plans on starting over. But not everyone is happy to have Fiona there… On the day of the grand opening of her flower shop, the local parish minister who had seemed opposed to Fiona’s presence in the town is found murdered. Fiona’s new beginning at life is dampened when she becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. Her sister, Isla’s presence and weird behavior are not helping either. Will the very handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig be able to solve the mystery and let Fiona get her second chance at life?

The author has done an amazing job of setting up the story in a countryside backdrop. The description of the setting is well done and I could imagine the Scottish scenery in my mind. It certainly helps the readers to ease into this cozy mystery. The major players in the story are well developed. I liked Fiona for most parts but was torn about Isla. There are some supporting characters that I really liked especially for their temperaments. As is usually the case with most cozy mysteries, the story rides on the back of the characters and their relationship dynamics. And, together the whole cast makes this book an interesting read.

The story flow is very smooth and I loved Amanda Flower’s story telling style that made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Her language is simple and affable that furthers the feel of the setting. For mystery buffs, it would be easy to identify the perpetrator halfway through the book, but that doesn’t take away from the reading experience at all. I am pretty sure that I am going to pick up the first book in this series… and I am definitely going to start on the ‘The Magical Bookshop’ series by the author. Will you join me for a read along?

Review Copy received via NetGalley

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  1. I will try this for sure :-) A 4-star review for a crime fiction from you means it will be good! :D

  2. This is a truly cool book, not least since it was initially composed as a manual for conning at cards. real magic tricks