Flowers and Foul Play (Magic Garden Mystery Series #1)

Flowers and Foul Play (Magic Garden Mystery Series #1)

by Amanda Flower

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ISBN-13: 9781683317753
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Magic Garden Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 73,942
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(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 first Magic Garden mystery.

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Flowers and Foul Play 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
ticks all the requirements of a great cozy mystery FLOWERS AND FOUL PLAY by Amanda Flower The First Magic Garden Mystery Fiona Knox's life has been turned upside down. Her beloved godfather, Ian, died, her flower shop went out of business, and her fiancee left her for the cake decorator! Fiona arrives in Scotland to Duncreigan, the cottage and garden bequeathed to her only to find more turmoil as she and her godfather's trusted friend and caretaker find the dead body of Ian's lawyer in the withered garden. The lawyer was disliked by many, primarily due to his selling out the town to developers, but the Chief Inspector has pegged Hamish for the murder. Certain of his innocence, Fiona investigates the town and its residents, but will she find the murderer or will the murderer find her? The first Magic Garden Mystery ticks all the requirements of a great cozy mystery. There's a sympathetic protagonist to whom we can relate, a quaint setting in a charming town, some adorable scene stealing animals, a possible love interest, and a touch of magic! Not only that, there's a well plotted mystery with lots of suspects along with some excitement. There's just a hint of magic found here, which grows as the book progresses. Scottish lore plays an important role, both in securing the setting and adding charm and mystical possibilities. I look forward to Fiona discovering her true role as Keeper of the Garden and discovering, along with her, just what that entails. I was enchanted, not only by the mysterious garden, but by my two favorite characters, Duncan and Ivanhoe. The mischievous and fierce little squirrel and the regal and entitled cat are fully developed characters in their own right. I only hope they can declare peace with each other as I want to continue reading about both of them. FLOWERS AND FOUL PLAY is a great start to a charming new mystery series sure to delight readers. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Sue14 More than 1 year ago
Flowers and Foul Play, the first in Amanda Flowers new cozy mystery series, A Magic Garden Mystery, was fabulous! This is my first taste of Ms. Flowers stories and I loved it. Fiona, our heroine, is finding herself a little lost, but will find herself again in Scotland. The characters are interesting, fun, mysterious, brooding and secretive. And there is magic in the book which all of us could use in our lives. I was pleased that I couldn't figure out who the culprit was before the reveal as I'm usually pretty good at that. So this is a thoroughly enjoyable read in what should be a fantastic new series!
P-Lopez More than 1 year ago
Flowers and Foul Play, A Magic Garden Mystery, by Amanda Flower and is the first book in a new series and it is off to a good start. I enjoyed getting to know Fiona Knox and the magical garden and creatures in the story; my favorite being Duncan the squirrel. It is an interesting start to this magical new series, and the descriptions of the village in Scotland and the garden made me feel like I was actually there enjoying the scenery and experiences. Although this is considered a mystery (cozy), there were several moments where I chuckled and laughed as some of the things the characters did/said were quite humorous. This is a good new series and one I will follow as well as the author as she has several other books in other series. I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
291713 More than 1 year ago
Enchanting cozy mystery! Being an avid reader of the cozy mystery genre, this is my first book in the ‘magic’ cozy mystery subgenre. A subgenre which will now be added to my TBR list, thanks to Amanda Flower. The magic within the book adds another level of enticement for the reader. The author is able to parallel two mysteries at the same time, murder and the link between the main character and magical garden. While leaving breadcrumbs throughout each chapter, the reader is kept guessing to the end on both with a surprising twist. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to as they begin to develop throughout this first book in the series. A small Scottish village is the backdrop for the series and Ms. Flower uses writing techniques that paint a vivid picture. It is a fast paced, unable to put down, fun book. With a mystical fox, magical tree and pet squirrel, who wouldn’t want to read the next book in the series. I received an copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I didn't expect to like it so much as I don't usually read books with magic in the story line. The characters are engaging and the descriptions of the setting are so well written I want to hop on a plane to Scotland. I found myself unable to put the book down and couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to. I was surprised by the ending, usually I have some clue about who did it. This is a plus since I like to be kept on the hook until the reveal. I have already pre-orderd the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CozyMarie 6 months ago
I’ve always felt Amanda Flower writes a great cozy mystery and this is no exception. All of the elements are there. A charming setting, a main character you want to root for, and a magical story to tie it all together. It was a great book and I can’t wait to see where the author takes the series next.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Fiona’s life in Tennessee seems to be falling apart so when she is notified of her Godfather’s passing and that he left her his cottage in Scotland she headed to there to decide what to do with her life. Fiona thought she would most likely start her life over in Scotland, but after she discovers a dead body in the garden of her newly inherited cottage she begins to have second thoughts. Fiona can’t help but get involved in the investigation when it seems the elderly caretaker and her Godfather’s best friend is the main suspect. This is my first book by Author Amanda Flower. Having heard good things about her other series, I jumped at the chance of reading the first book of her new series. I found that I really enjoyed her storytelling. The main character Fiona is a relatable character as her life isn’t perfect but she is determined to keep going no matter what life throws at her. The secondary characters are a mixture of different ages, ethnicities, and personalities. Most of the characters and likable and entertaining both human and animal. The setting in Scotland plays well into the magical garden aspect of the story with its green countrysides and ancient histories and folklore. I really enjoyed the unique combination of Fiona being from Tennessee and speaking with a southern accent while most everyone else spoke with a Scottish accent. The mystery had it’s twist and turns and red herrings to keep you guessing up until the end. I thought I had the murderer figured out but there were some clues I didn’t pick up on so I was pleasantly surprised at the end. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series progresses with the magical aspect, possible romance, and new friendships. I would recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. I received an ARC of this book in hopes I would give an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have in no way been influenced.
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of the cozy mystery genre, I knew I would enjoy "Flowers and Foul Play" by Amanda Flower. What I didn't anticipate was HOW MUCH I would enjoy it. For starters, the story is set in Scotland, and the book is filled with wonderful descriptions of what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The main characters (and some of the minor ones) are realistically drawn and likable. The animals are also wonderful: There is Ivanhoe the cat, Duncan the delightful tame squirrel, and a mysterious fox who enjoys visiting the garden at Fiona's cottage. The mystery itself was well-plotted, with plenty of suspects, clues, and red herrings. I did not completely figure out the solution until all was revealed at the end. 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. All in all, a most excellent start to a new series!
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by Amanda Flower that I didn't enjoy and this book is no different. It has a great mix of magic and mystery and the usual quirky characters for which the author is known. Flowers and Foul Play is an entertaining read. I was hooked on this story immediately. I thought it was interesting and the magic garden was a unique touch. The story moves along at a nice pace and there are plenty of twists and turns that kept me wondering who murdered Alistair. I also really liked that the story takes place in Scotland. Even though I've never been there the descriptions made me feel as if I had packed my bags and jetted off with Fiona. As for the characters, there is the usual mix of likable and not-so-likable. I liked Fiona and Hamish though I think they may have been upstaged a wee bit by Duncan the squirrel and Ivanhoe the cat. But that's quite alright because I love the animals the author puts in her books. They always lend a comedic touch and make me giggle. Chief Inspector Craig grew on me and by the end of the book, he was easily in the "like" column. There are a few characters I didn't really care for but they served their purpose well of keeping me guessing as to who the bad guy was. I liked the fact we were introduced to many of the villagers as they will probably appear in future installments of the series and it was nice to meet them in this book. If you haven't read a book by Amanda Flower this would be the perfect book with which to start. It's a great story and has entertaining characters and a surprise ending that will leave you wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released. Happy reading!! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this first book of Flowers new series we are introduced to Fiona Knox whose life has made a turn for the worse in several different ways. You see not only did her fiance leave her for someone else but she lost a place she loved dearly, her flower shop. When a missive comes saying that her godfather has passed and left her his holdings in Scotland Fiona can't wait to get away and put things back into perspective. While checking out the grounds with the caretaker, Hamish, they find a body in the garden. Not only is finding the body shocking, but the condition that the garden is in as well. What was once a beautifully well kept place filled with blooming flowers is now a place filled with death. After the police arrive and start looking into the mans murder Fiona realizes that Hamish is their main suspect. She doesn't believe that Hamish is the killer and she needs his help in fixing whatever has gone wrong with the garden. Follow along as Fiona digs through suspects, settles in, and looks into her grandfathers past. This was such a bewitching read, it grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the end. I loved not only the setting but the set of characters, two and four-legged, that graced the pages. I felt an immediate connection with Fiona and can't wait to see where her story leads her to next.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended! Amanda Flower gets everything right in FLOWERS AND FOUL PLAY, the first book in the new Magical Garden Mystery series. The Scottish village setting and varied, likable cast of characters drew me into the story from the first sentence. The mystery surrounding local lawyer Alastair Croft is interesting, and protagonist Fiona Fox does a great job of ferreting out information from the local residents. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, each with their own valid motive, but the unexpected reason behind Croft’s murder and the perpetrators made me gasp aloud when I read it. The hint of magic in Fiona’s inherited garden added an additional layer of mystery to the tale, and I look forward to discovering its secrets alongside Fiona. There is also a hint of romance that I think works well. I already consider Fiona, Hamish, DI Craig, and Presha to be friends, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. I received and ARC of this title from the author/publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Flowers And Foul Play is the first book in the Magic Garden Mystery. This is another wonderful series from the Amanda Flower. Fiona Knox’s fiance has just broken off their engagement and she has had to close her florist shop when she receives a phone call from Alastair Croft. Croft is the estate lawyer for Ian MacCallister, Fiona’s godfather and he informs her that MacCallister has passed away and has left his cottage and land to her. She has always thought of MacCallister more as an uncle rather than a godfather and remembers many vacations to visit and how much she enjoyed being there and the beautiful garden which was always referred to as a magical garden. With nothing holding her to Tennessee she heads for Bellewick, Scotland to claim her inheritance. Upon arriving at the cottage she finds Hamish, her godfather’s caretaker, working in the garden that seems to have died off. Hamish tells her that now that she is there the garden will come back to life with her nurturing. As they are touring the garden they find the lifeless body of Croft. As the garden is kept locked and Hamish has the key to the garden he becomes the chief suspect. Fiona has known Hamish since she was a child and sets off to prove him innocent of murdering Croft. As Fiona begins to investigate she learns that Croft was trying to sell some coastline property to a real estate developer and many of the towns residents are against the sale as it would restrict their use of the harbor. With the help of an environmentalist group and some residents of Duncreigan, she hopes to find out who took Croft’s life. This book is a well developed and told story with an interesting cast of characters. I will be looking forward to learning more about the residents. And maybe Fiona will find a love interest in Duncreigan. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about the magical garden, Fiona and the residents of her new home.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
I’d been wishing for a cozy that would take me away to a whimsical, magical place for a few hours relaxation. “Flowers and Foul Play” is that creation. The story is a combination murder mystery and the mystery of how the mystical garden comes to life in protagonist Fiona Knox’s presence. Fiona’s godfather, Ian, has passed along his Scottish ancestors magic found in the garden behind the hobbit-like door. I found myself completely charmed by the animal characters who often appear in scenes. I loved the inclusion of pirate treasure nesting in the nearby sea—that part of history is always thrilling to me. I can hardly wait to learn more about the characters introduced in this debut story; notably Presha and Raj. I also sense we’ll learn much more about the secret gifts Fiona has inherited. I thoroughly enjoyed the paranormal plot twists! I reviewed an advanced Readers digital copy from NetGalley and Crooked Lane.