Poor Fiona Knox! Shortly
before the big day, her fiancé dumped her for their
wedding cake decorator. Her flower shop was put out of business
by a chain florist opening nearby. Then she learns that her
beloved godfather, Ian MacCallister, died in a military battle.
Fiona is surprised that he has left her his cottage in Scotland.
goes Fiona to Scotland to see about her inheritance, only
to have her first day in Scotland end up with finding the
once magnificent gardens on the grounds of Duncregian near
death, but also a real dead human body in the garden! Her
uncle's loyal caretaker, Hamish, and his pet red squirrel
Duncan are on the premises as well. Hamish becomes the chief
suspect in the killing... The victim of murder, Allistair
Croft was Ian's attorney and he was not liked by anyone in
town, but because of where the body was found among other
things, Hamish looks guilty to the local law enforcement.
the garden comes to life again, Hamish explains that it is
because Fiona is the new Keeper of the Garden and it is her
presence which enables the garden to thrive. A magical standing
stone within the garden holds its own mysteries and magic,
and as the story unfolds more and more is revealed, both to
Fiona and to the reader. Will Fiona be able to clear Hamish's
name and find her own place in the small village? Or will
the real killer find out what she's up to and decide to eliminate
enchanting read provided me with hours of reading pleasure
as I was introduced to the charming characters. There are
a delightful cat, a tame squirrel, and a fox with blue eyes
to further the list of exceptional inhabitants of Duncregian!
I felt transported to Scotland and enjoyed trying to unravel
the mysteries along with Fiona. An inevitable romance with
the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig added just the right
amount of romantic suspense and set the stage for future books
in the series.
enjoyed other series by Amanda Flower and am thrilled that
she's woven her authorial magic into this special debut. Highly
of other titles in this series
and Foul Play #1
and Daisies #2
and Mayhem #3
Reviewers Notes: The author writes several other
mystery series, including the Magical Bookshop Series