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Death and Daisies
Magic Garden Mystery #2
BY Amanda Flower

Crooked Lane
November 13, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-781-4

Reviewed by  Laura Hinds

Duncreigan, Scotland is officially the new home of Fiona Knox, formerly of Tennessee. Fiona, who inherited her godfather’s cottage and magical garden, is elated to be opening her flower shop, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire.

Parish minister Quaid MacCullen darkens the doorstep of the flower shop before it is even open for business. His manner is churlish, his disdain for Fiona and her shop obvious, and his words are threatening. During the grand opening party at the flower shop, volunteer police chief Kipling barges in, announces that there has been a murder and faints. Craig, the chief inspector is at the party as a guest and takes charge of the situation. It appears that the dead man is Quaid MacCullen and it becomes clear that Craig will have to consider Fiona a suspect in the murder Meanwhile, Neil Craig and Fiona are considering each other romantically.

The addition of Fiona’s sister Isla is a welcome one. It was nice to revisit characters from the first book as well and to enjoy watching relationships grow and change. I still love the animal inhabitants including the fox and the squirrel, both of whom have enchanting personalities. There is also a smart cat named Ivanhoe to add feline mysticism to the tale.

Mystery buffs everywhere will enjoy this cozy mystery. It’s like a ticket to Scotland for your imagination!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Flowers and Foul Play #1
Death and Daisies #2
Mums and Mayhem #3

Reviewer Note: The author writes several other mystery series, including the Magical Bookshop Series

Reviewed 2018