Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery

Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery

by Amanda Flower

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National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly.

Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom.


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.

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ISBN-13: 9781683317814
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Magic Garden Mystery Series , #2
Sales rank: 83,164
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. This is her second Magic Garden mystery.

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Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
CatsGatherHere 12 months ago
A very enjoyable read! The second book of the Magic Garden series has Fiona Knox settling in to life at her cottage in Duncreigan in Scotland and opening up a flower shop in the nearby village. Fiona has been getting to know her new neighbors, her village, and the mysteries of her magical garden. Like the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton, this series can be considered a paranormal cozy. However, I find this series, like the Dimity books, to express the natural magic in our lives. Each gives a new path that explains the unexplainable in our lives. Fiona, Fi for short, had experienced life-changing events when she first found that she had inherited her god father’s property in Scotland. Now, her sister Isla has joined her from Tennessee and moved into her little one-bed cottage. Unfortunately for Fi, carving out her new life is complicated by the demise of the village minister, a man who had made his dislike of her new cottage and garden very clear. Fiona is immediately concerned that she will be a leading suspect. And then there is the fact that this is the second murder Fi has become involved in her brief time as the new owner of Duncreigan. While Fi’s situation makes it somewhat awkward to develop relationships with the villagers, the investigation also brings Inspector Neil Craig back to the village regularly. The community Fiona has found is a charming one. The characters are likable and have much to explore in later books. Twins Raj and Presha, long settled in Bellewick from their native India are her steadfast friends and confidants. Hamish, the men at the dock, and the villagers are all enticing characters to learn more about. While the book can certainly be read on its own, it is much more enriched by reading the first in the series. Readers may be occasionally annoyed by the need for better proofreading of the copy before it goes to print. The ending of this book left much hanging, as it seemed to be possibly setting up the next book’s storyline instead of focusing on this book. But if the loose ends indicate the next book will focus on the garden and the ancient stone menhir stands in its center I will be very much wanting to know more.
PianoLady831 12 months ago
Death and Daisies is a wonderful cozy mystery, book #2 in an equally wonderful series by the talented Amanda Flower. After reading the previous story, Flowers and Foul Play, this series has become a “must read” for me. Setting, characterization, and storyline all combine in a flowing narrative that is difficult to put down. Amanda Flower has also written other series that I hope to eventually read. A good foundational background is provided so that Death and Daisies can stand alone, but turning to the first page feels like coming home to a beloved village and its sometimes quirky characters. Scotland … what can I say but that there’s just something special about Scotland and its people. For Fiona Knox, new business owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, it’s all about friends like Raj and his sister Presha, Hamish MacGregor, and Chief Inspector Neil Craig. I adore the slowly simmering romance between Fiona and Neil, subtle and very well done This story also brings Fiona’s sister, Isla, into the mix, creating even more drama. The mystery itself is well crafted and believable, but best of all is the rich characterization. Rather than taking second place to the mystery, character development is strong and foundational to the storyline, which elevates this story even more. I also loved how secondary characters and suspects alike are introduced one at a time so as not to be confusing, and this gives readers time to get to know them. Paranormal elements involving the magic garden, of which Fiona is now the caretaker, aren’t featured as prominently as in the previous book, yet this garden is at the heart of everything. Death and Daisies is an engrossing story, a clean read, and I recommend it highly. “Best of the best” for me. May this series continue for a long time! I received a copy of this book through the Review Crew. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Judi_Dorsey 12 months ago
Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower is a delightful story! It is the first book I’ve read from this author and I enjoyed it very much. The story is set near Aberdeen, Scotland and the author excellently describes the scenery and customs of the area. I admit to being envious of the main character, Fiona Knox, as I have always wanted to live in another country as she does in this story. The characters are well-developed and I had no problem catching up on who they are, despite not having read the first book in this series. Fiona has just opened a new flower shop in Bellewick just a few months after inheriting her godfather’s cottage and magical garden nearby. It does not take long until trouble finds Fiona in the form of the local minister, who greatly disapproves of Fiona, her garden and her flower shop. The minister is found murdered not long after a confrontation with Fiona so, of course, she needs to investigate and find the murderer!! She is aided by her younger sister and close friends Pesha & Raj and gathers several clues along the way until she finally is confronted by (and nearly killed) by the murderer! I loved all of the history of the village church (part of the Church of Scotland) and the inner workings of how the church is run. Since I am a Presbyterian, it was all very familiar territory with me. Overall this is a great read and I have just purchased the first book in this series so I can catch up with what went on before. Thank you to Amanda Flower for a wonderful book!! I was provided with an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
RudyLKR 12 months ago
Another exciting adventure with Fiona in Scotland! She’s settled into her new home and opened a flower shop. I liked the addition of her sister to the cast of characters. While I did horrible at figuring out the murderer (exciting confrontation) I did do good at figuring out some of the other plot threads (including one I suspected in the first book). These books are fun, easy to read and have good characters and a quirky, small Scottish town setting. Lots of fun and I’m looking forward to see what happens next. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reveiw, all opinions are my own.
dmhalvers 12 months ago
Death and Daisies is the second book in Amanda Flower’s “A Magic Garden Mystery” series which is such a delight to read with its fascinating mystical bent, enchanting setting, and relatable cast of characters. In this series, Fiona Knox, a florist from Tennessee, has relocated across the pond after inheriting her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland, along with his magical garden for which Fiona finds herself its new guardian and caretaker. In the new story, Death and Daisies, Fiona is busy getting ready for the grand opening of her new shop in the village, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop. With her younger sister, Isla, in Scotland to spend the summer after her college graduation, Fiona should be excited about her sister’s visit, her new store, and what her future holds. Instead, Fiona is confronted by the village minister who is not at all shy about his feelings for her, her godfather, and her new business. After an ominous warning from him, and a formidable storm rolling in, Fiona is feeling deeply unsettled. After the minister’s dead body washes up from the sea and Fiona finds herself a suspect in his murder, she becomes more than unsettled at the thought of losing all that she is trying to build in Duncreigan and becomes determined to find the read murderer before her new life ends before it can really begin. Death and Daisies is a wonderfully written mystery with an engaging storyline, hidden secrets, a clever plot with several suspects (who knew a minister could have so many enemies?), a few red herrings that kept me guessing, and a believable unveiling of the real culprit and their motive. Along with the main mystery’s plot, there are other intriguing subplots (remember the hidden secrets mentioned earlier?) occurring throughout the book which make it all the more exciting to read. Even though Death and Daisies is part of a series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone because of creativity Ms. Flowers shows through her writing by giving a new reader just enough back story to catch them up while keeping repeat readers engaged throughout. I can picture in my mind’s eye the small, old world village Fiona is living in and wouldn’t mind taking a trip to Scotland myself to visit! With sound writing, engaging mysteries, likeable and quirky characters (Popeye, a pet squirrel named Duncan, a cat named Ivanhoe...just to name a few), a little romance, and a totally relatable heroine, Amanda Flower’s A Magic Garden Mystery is a cozy series sure to be around for a long time! Please hurry along, book #3! Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and I have done this. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Second in the Magic Garden Mysteries, this captivating novel can be read as a standalone or after the first. This series will delight fans of Amanda Flowers’ other series and Bailey Cates’ Enchanted Garden Mysteries. The characters are very likable and well-defined, the mystery is a complex challenge to solve, and the location in Scotland sets the stage for long-ago past and present to meet. Fiona Knox, from Tennessee, recently inherited Duncreigan from her godfather, Ian MacCallister, in Scotland. She is the twelfth Keeper of the Garden in which there is a hidden ancient standing stone and surrounding climbing yellow rose. It is a magical healing garden that has been in Ian’s family for about 300 years. To Minister Quaid MacCullen, the magical garden, and Fiona’s presence, and her new business, The Climbing Rose Flower Shop, are an affront. He is pastor at St. Thomas, which was also Ian’s church. He preaches against Fiona and Duncreigan from the pulpit. When she tried to attend a Sunday service, he refused to admit her. Only days later, after a brutal storm, MacCullen was found dead on the beach, apparently a drowning victim. It was no ordinary drowning; the ME notes that the water in his lungs is fresh rather than ocean. Fiona realizes that, for the second time in the two months she has been in Scotland, she is a murder suspect. She doesn’t recognize the attraction Chief Inspector Neil Craig clearly has for her. Despite her new shop opening and the challenges in her relationship with her sister Isla, Fiona feels she has to solve another murder to clear herself of the charges. I enjoyed meeting Fiona and Isla and seeing Fi learning to accept Isla as an adult with her own needs and talents. They deeply love and want the best for each other. Close friends Raj and his twin sister Presha have been in Scotland for forty years and extended a warm welcome to Fiona. By the time the novel had ended, I felt that I had more than a passing acquaintance with Ian MacCallister even though deceased. Overall, I really liked Fiona, Isla, and all the people of Bellewick. Most were shown in a positive way. Hamish sounds like a man after my own heart! A home filled with thousands of books sounds like the perfect place! I have empathy for his lack of desire for going into town. The setting in Scotland is breathtaking! The magic garden, which will only grow and flourish when there is a Keeper of the Garden, sounds incredible. The colors, butterflies, birds, and the mysterious fox who enjoy the garden would make it a restful place. The mystery has unexpected twists and turns, with a surprise for Fiona about … no, I won’t give it away! While the Minister had few real friends, most people respected his position and knew he wanted the best for them. It wasn’t as easy to discover who had a motive other than dislike that fueled the murder. There were at least a couple folks who seemed to be good suspects but were good red herrings. I was surprised to find out the real motive behind the murder yet not surprised at the killer, someone I considered more than once. I highly recommend Death and Daisies to all who appreciate a well-written cozy mystery set in Scotland, with a secret garden, special flower shop, a Scottish fold cat, and characters that grab hold of one’s heart and doesn’t let go. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, and this is my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews 8 months ago
This is the first book I’ve read in the Magic Garden Mysteries. DEATH AND DAISIES in the second in the series. Author Amanda Flower did a wonderful job seeing that first time readers wouldn’t be lost. I was able to follow a long with the story and characters just find. Speaking of characters, the eclectic group of town folks in this story are so much fun to read. I can imagine hanging out in the local haunts with these people and having the best of times. DEATH AND DASIES was a well written mystery, which is to be expected from this author. She has a way with telling a tale that will capture the reader within her writing, causing them to lose all track of time. There were however parts of this book that just didn’t grab me in the way I would have hoped. But the setting and other aspects of the story were more than enough to keep me reading until the end.
AmyWeidenaar 8 months ago
Book 2 in this series and the main character Fiona is getting settled into her new life along with her sister Isla who has popped in to spend the summer with her. Surprise! We're told that in Book 1, Fiona was considered a suspect after finding a dead body in the garden of the property she inherited. As a result, she got to know the Chief Inspector (Neil Craig) pretty darn well. When the most adamant adversary she has turns up dead the day of her flower shop opening, she's pretty motivated to make sure she's not considered a suspect again. There were actually two mysteries going on in this story. One, I caught onto right away. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be part of the intrigue as the main mystery but I didn't really feel that it was. The main mystery kept me guessing pretty well. I did guess who the guilty party was pretty early but it was written well-enough that I kept second guessing myself. I definitely didn't figure out the why of it. In addition to this, we had a LOT of character growth and developing relationships of all kinds. Some were expected as one settles into a new area but others really surprised me. I appreciated how the relationship between the sisters was treated and how it was as natural in its evolution as the rest of the relationships. I enjoyed how Fiona was very self-aware and confident in some ways while vulnerable and at a loss in others. It made her more realistic. I also really appreciated the way that the different cultures played across the story. I definitely would recommend this for someone looking for a cozy that's slightly different. Thank you to NetGalley, Amanda Flower, and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the chance to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
As much as I loved "Flowers and Foul Play" (book 1 in the series) by Amanda Flower, I knew I would also enjoy "Death and Daisies", the second book. The story is set in Scotland, and the book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the delightful small town, surrounding countryside, and sea/cliff/dock areas. The main characters, as well as the key minor ones, are realistically drawn and likable. In this installment, we meet Fiona's sister and learn more about Hamish, Kipling, Raj, and Presha. The animals are also wonderful: There is Duncan the delightful tame squirrel, a mysterious fox who enjoys visiting the garden at Fiona's cottage, and Fiona's newly acquired cat. The mystery itself was well-plotted and complex, with plenty of suspects, clues, and red herrings. Trying to solve the mystery along with Fiona was even more fun this time around, as I already knew a bit about some of the possible suspects. Of course, new characters (and motives) were introduced as well, further complicating matters (in a good way). Perhaps what made this story stand out most for me was the inclusion of the magical element. I have read paranormal cozies before, typically featuring witch/vampire characters. I would consider this a "magical realism cozy", which is a different thing altogether. I loved the magical element of the garden, which played a role in the story without turning the book into a paranormal mystery. I look forward to future installments, in which Fiona will (hopefully) learn more about the garden and use what she learns to help others. (This time around, she was too busy with opening her new flower shop and solving a murder to learn much about the garden.) I'm very much looking forward to future installments, and seeing how Fiona uses her flower shop to incorporate her garden's magic into the lives of the townsfolk.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
I so liked everything about this fun book. It was almost like reading an adult “Secret Garden”. Except that the Secret Garden was published in 1910 and this one is much more up to date. What I am trying to say is that the storyline is delightful and it centers around a very famous and magic garden. A garden that this author makes you want to be able to see with your own eyes. To sneak in and sit in the quiet and enjoy all the flowers. She even makes you want to spend time weeding if you can imagine. Since that’s true it must really have been a magic garden to me. And then just when Fiona, the new keeper of the garden, thinks her new flower shop will finally be her success, she finds of course…a body. This is a quirky easy and fun read. Well-written by an author who seems to be able to surprise us with her murderers and keep us a little on our toes. One who seems to make her own characters real to us as we read. The descriptions of the flower shop are as vivid as those of the garden. Not only is this the 3rd book in a series titled “A Magic Garden Mystery” but Amanda Flower has written several interesting series each with very good reviews. I think I’m going to try out a few of each of them. ***This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Death and Daisies is the perfect blend of mystery, romance and paranormal with believable characters you wish you could befriend in real life. Fiona has lived in Scotland for two months after inheriting her godfather’s house and magic garden. Why didn’t her godfather explain how to help people using the century old menhir and climbing rose in her garden that is the source of the magic? The rules are vague: 1. Visit the garden as much as possible to cement your connection to it. 2. Care for the garden like any other garden. 3. Touch the stone menhir to learn what the garden wants you to know. However, you may see things you don’t want to know. Fiona’s sister, Isla, visits to help open Fiona’s flower shop. The day before the grand opening, the local minister threatens Fiona in person. The next morning Fiona finds a hostile note from the minister stuck in her door. During the grand opening, the handsome Chief Inspector Neil finds the note. When the minister is found murdered, suspicion falls on Fiona so she decides to find the killer to clear her name. Good thing her best friend in town, Cally, is also a lawyer. It is hard to explain why I like the characters so much in this book. Perhaps it is the fact that one has a red squirrel as a pet who sits on his shoulder. Or the old seaman who Fiona calls Popeye in her mind because she has forgotten his name. Everyone in the village has strange quirks that make them memorable. Realistically, it may be the difficult but enviable choice that Fiona has between two burly Scotsmen as potential beaus. As Isla tells Fiona, “You will have your own Scottish love story a la Outlander without the hassle of time travel.” Though Death and Daisies is the second entry in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. It is highly recommended for cozy readers looking for authentic characters, an unusual setting and a good mystery. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Death and Daisies (Book 2 of the Magic Garden Mysteries) by Amanda Flower in exchange for an honest review. Fiona Knox is excited to open a new flower shop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Fiona moved to Scotland upon inheriting her godfather’s estate, which included a magical walled garden, a mystic standing stone, and the responsibility for managing the magic of both. The parish minister has repeatedly and publicly harassed Fiona for her connection to the magical property; he even banned her from entering the church. On the eve of the flower shop’s grand opening, the minister once again accosts Fiona and issues vague threats. When the minister is discovered murdered the next day, Fiona must clear her name before her reputation and new business are ruined. This was an interesting book. Since I did not read the first book, I really enjoyed meeting all of the quirky residents of the town. #DeathAndDaisies #NetGalley
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
I struggled a little bit with Death and Daisies. I found the beginning a little bit like watching grass grow. Fiona inherited her godfather's Scottish cabin and his magical garden. I definitely was expecting more garden and magic than what this book delivers. Fiona spends very little time in her actual flower shop. A bit of an outsider, Fiona is an American and stands out in the crowd. The local minister loathes her and her garden even going far enough to ban her from the church. So naturally when he turns up murdered, Fi begins to investigate and the church seems to be at the center of the mystery. The chief inspector show interest in Fi and add a little touch of romance to the story. This book was just okay for me and just plods along at a sedate pace. The end was somewhat better than the beginning but I doubt I will read anymore books in this series. A 2.5 star read rounded up. My voluntary, unbiased review is base upon a review copy from Netgalley.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
I never tire of reading cozy mysteries by Amanda Flower. She combines a murder mystery with just the right bit of wit and charm that makes her stories such fun reads. Death and Daisies take readers back to Scotland for the second installment of the Magic Garden Mystery series. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the fact I got to know the characters better. Many are introduced in the first book but we really get to know them in this book. Raj and his sister, Presha, become almost like family to Fiona. And speaking of family, Isla, Fiona's sister is over for a visit. The two don't always see eye to eye but it is clear they care for each other and it was nice to read of their sisterly bond. And no Amanda Flower book would be complete without a four-legged creature of some sort so it was nice to see Ivanhoe the cat make a return appearance. As to the mystery part of the book, well, I can never figure out who the murderer is until the reveal. The author gives many possibilities but never gives enough clues to spoil the mystery. This, along with her descriptions, makes the book a fun and quick read. This book could be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the series in order just to get to know the characters. Fans of cozy mysteries will surely love this latest book from Amanda Flower as it's everything one would expect from the genre. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
jwilhoite211 More than 1 year ago
Fiona has opened her flower shop in Scotland, her sister is visiting from the states, and the village minister is dead set on her not being a part of his village. Of course when the monster ends up the victim of murder, Fiona is worried she will be at the top of the suspect list since the village knew all about her run-ins with the minister. She is out to solve the case and it isn't as easy as She thought as not and more suspects come to light. Who knew a small village minister could make so many enemies? I really enjoyed this book. The second in a cozy series is always interesting to me because you get to see where the characters are headed, whereas in the first book we are just introduced to them. There are a lot of secrets in this book involving Uncle Ian, Fiona's parents, her sister, Isla, and a lot of people in Bellewick. I'm also super excited to see where Fiona and Inspector Craig's relationship will go as the series continues. I can't wait for book #3! 4.8 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley. #netgalley #deathanddaisies #amandaflower
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Fiona Knox is now the Keeper of the magical garden in Duncreigan, Scotland which she inherited from her godfather. Her love of flowers is also expanding now to a flower shop in the village. Storms are brewing literally and figuratively so when the village minister is found murdered the morning after he and Fiona had a"disagreement" Fiona feels that she is under suspicion and decides that she needs to find out what happened. I absolutely love the setting and characters here and the mystery was entertaining as well. Can't wait for my next visit to the MAGIC GARDEN!
aCeli More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC for an honest review. I have never heard of Amanda Flower or this series and figured I would give it a try. The first few chapters felt a bit long and at times I found myself second guessing my decision on reading this book. However, as the story continued to develop I became more intrigued with Fiona and the storyline. I am happy that I gave this book a try. I really enjoyed reading it and being introduced to a new character and series. Amanda Flowers is an amazing writer and knows how to captivate her audience at the right time. I loved how Amanda left you guessing up until the very end. I hope there will be another book added to this series. I would love to find out more about the big secret that is revealed as well as what else Fiona gets mixed up in.
MKWD52 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a cozy mystery by Amanda Flower. She always keeps me guessing on who the villain one and this one was no different. Fiona is getting settled in the small Scottish town but still does not have the approval of some of the citizens, the main one being the local minister. Why does he dislike her so much. When he turns up dead Fiona again becomes a murder suspect. She decides to do some investigation on her own. I was surprised at who the villain was. I didn't see that one coming. The only thing that bothered me about this series is that Fiona thinks the fox in the garden is her godfather. I thought that was just too weird. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me a digital copy of this book to read and review. Death and Daisies will be published on November 23, 2018.
Charlotte Pawson More than 1 year ago
Second book in the Magic Garden Mystery. Fiona Knox has come to Scotland and been left a Cottage with Magic Garden by her Godfather. She becomes number one suspect when Minister MacCullen is murdered after saying the garden must be destroyed. This is a good cozy mystery set in a small village with good characters all with their own secrets. You don’t need to read the first book in the series to enjoy this story. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amanda Flower is a remarkable story teller! ????????????
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Death and Daisies is the second book in the Magic Garden Mystery series and is a continuation of the story of Fiona Knox's new life in Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She inherited her godfather, Ian MacCallister's cottage, Duncreigan, along with a walled garden that is magical. If the assigned keeper of the garden dies, so does the garden. When Fiona went to the cottage in the first book, the garden, which had died when Ian died, came back to life. Fiona made the move to Scotland from Nashville after her fiance' left her for the cake decorator for their wedding. She is using her Uncle Ian's money that he left her to open the Climbing Rose Flower Shop. Now, her younger sister, Isla, a recent college graduate, is staying with her while she is considers her next move and is helping Fiona out in the flower shop. Minister Quaid MacCullen of the Presbyterian church doesn't like the MacCallister family, including Duncreigan, the magical garden and Fiona. In fact, he ran her off as she tried to attend church. When he was mysteriously murdered, Fiona gets involved in trying to find his killer to prove that she wasn't responsible. Everyone in the small village knows how the minister felt about the Fiona and her home. Chief Inspector Neil Craig, whom we met in the first book, is quite fond of Fiona and encourages her to stay out of the investigation to remain safe. But for different reasons, she can't stay out of it. Things heat up when she gets threatening notes and verbal threats. There is a cast of possible suspects to chose from-locals who have been in trouble before and some underlying tension among church members. This is a good addition to the series with returning characters and an action packed plot filled with danger, suspense, a little romance and some surprise in store for Fiona. I received a complimentary ARC from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fiona Knox opens her floral shop and welcomes her sister Isla to the cottage for an extended visit. The unexpected death of the local minister leads to her second sleuthing gig in as many months. I loved this second in the series and look forward to reading the next Magical Garden Mystery!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Scotland, murder, law-enforcement, magic, urban-fantasy, family-dynamics I was disappointed that there was more focus on Fiona's git of a sister than on the magical aspects of the garden and its menhir. The background to the murder was very well done and the characters are interesting and engaging complete with many side dramas. The investigation itself certainly had a good dose of suspense and proved to be quite twisty. As far as atmosphere and scenery, I couldn't have asked for better, but my favorite aspect was that her Uncle Ian was the ever present red fox. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
DEATH AND DAISIES is the charming sophomore entry in the Magic Garden Mystery Series full of relatable characters, a wonderful setting, a solid murder mystery, and a touch of magic. When Fiona Knox inherits her godfather’s estate in Scotland, she takes the opportunity to make a fresh start, leaving her ex-fiancé and failed flower shop behind in Nashville. She learns that she is the “Keeper” of a magical garden, but she does not really know what that entails. In this installment, we find Fiona busy opening her new flower shop and her younger sister Isla visiting. Fiona has high hopes for her new endeavor, but if local minister Quaid MacCullen has his way, she will surely fail. After humiliating Fiona by very publically making her unwelcome at church and reinforcing his opinion with a preopening visit to the shop and a nasty note, MacCullen is found washed up on the beach, the apparent victim of a violent storm. When it becomes clear that foul play is involved, Fiona again finds herself the prime suspect (again) and must weed through a variety of suspects to get to the truth. I really enjoy this series. The Scottish setting is delightful, and the characters are well developed and, for the most part, likable. I have not warmed up to Isla yet but do hope she grows on me since it looks like she will be a recurring character. She comes across as bratty and immature to me. Fiona is a bold protagonist, unafraid to meddle in other people’s business to ferret out secrets and truth. She discovers one secret, unrelated to the murder, which has the potential to change her world. The supporting characters add variety and are endearing. The touch of romance with DI Craig is sweet but does not overshadow the mystery. The mystery itself is strong, but I guessed whodunit very early in the book. I just did not know why he/she did it. The clues along the way make me second guess myself, but once everything is revealed, the mystery comes to a satisfying conclusion. DEATH AND DAISIES is a wonderful read, and I cannot wait to see what adventures lay ahead for Fiona and friends. I highly recommend it to any cozy mystery reader. I received and e-ARC of this title from the author/publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this second book of the series we find Fiona preparing her new store for opening day, The Climbing Rose Flower Shop, with some help from a visitor from home. Her sister Isla has come to visit and plans to spend the summer now that she has finished college, she wants to take some time to figure out what her next step will be. While getting the shop ready Fiona gets an unexpected visit from Minister MacCullen, for some unknown reason the man doesn't like her and takes every chance he gets to let her know just what he thinks. He never says what he wants but takes the chance to tell Fiona that she is evil and that nothing good will come of her staying in the village before she finally makes him leave. During a party Fiona is having for other shop owners and friends the next day police chief Kipling rushes into the store and lets in be known that Minister MacCullen is dead on the beach. The previous evening the village was hit by a massive storm and it looks like the Minister may have drowned, but what was he doing outside and near the water no less in such horrible weather. When it becomes apparent that he didn't die at the hands of the storm but from a person Fiona begins to worry because the man hated her so venomously. Being the obvious suspect in his murder she decides to start digging for answers on her own hoping to eventually clear her name. She definitely disliked the man but not enough to kill him but someone out there did. With so much going on in her life, her sister acting funny, and worrying whether opening the shop was the right move Fiona has a full plate on her hands. She can't let any of this distract her though, she has to come up with answers and quick. Along the way Fiona discovers several secrets, one that will change her forever. This is such a lovely series filled with a touch of magic, scenery to die for, and characters we can all relate to. I had a great time visiting with them and look forward to doing it again and getting to know everyone even more.