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Marigolds for Malice
Enchanted Garden #3
BY Bailey Cattrell

August 28, 2018/ ISBN 978-0-451-47690-6

Reviewed by Laura Hinds 

Ellie Allbright is contentedly living in her tiny home in Poppyville, California, where she is also the proprietor of a perfume shop, Scents and Nonsense. She lives with her beloved dog, Dash, and has a cat named Nabokov who lives at the perfume shop. The garden outside the shop is always beautiful with a variety of plants and an intoxicating, magical aroma.

The women's business group, the Greenstockings, has been pushing for a museum dedicated to the California gold rush, and one item that they find for the museum is a butter churn. The churn is also a time capsule. At the public opening of the capsule, many items are found, but two are very significant. One is a large piece of gold, which is valuable and immediately put in the vault at the bank. The other is a mysterious manuscript written in an unknown language. Oh, and there just happens to be a photograph of a woman who looks exactly like Ellie!

When local history professor Eureka Sanford is murdered in the museum, Ellie once again finds herself embroiled in solving a murder. She must rely on her magical, empathetic instincts to solve the crime and restore order and peace.

This is such a special book in a special series. Bailey Cattrell has a true gift for crafting a murder mystery with just enough of the paranormal to elevate the setting and the characters. You don't need to have read the previous two book in the series to understand this one, but why not? The three books complement each other, and following along as Ellie's abilities develop is fascinating.

With the beautiful flowers and scents described within the pages, my imagination wandered and I daydreamed of having such a talent and a garden. The only thing that could possibly enhance the reader's enjoyment is if the book could somehow be a scratch 'n sniff!

You might want to light a scented candle, or diffuse some essentials oil while you read to bring your own olfactory sense into the enjoyment of Marigolds for Malice.

Adrienne Langer has created another beautiful cover. Her artwork has graced all three of the books in this series.

Reviewer’s Note: Author also writes as Bailey Cates

Reviewed 2018