I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Daryl Wood Gerber and her new book A Sprinkling Of Murder. This is the 1st book in her A Fairy Garden Mystery and it was really good.
Sprinkling Of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07W8Y4D6R
Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she’s starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .
The characters are well developed and well wounded. Courtney is friendly, curious and smart and she does not back down when things get tough. When she finds a dead body in her shop, and she is the prime suspect, she knows she has to figure out the culprit so she does not land up behind bars. She will have help figuring out the mystery from her friends Meaghan and Joss. And Fiona, Courtney’s fairy, is there to take care of Courtney, help her figure out the killer, and to be friends with Courtney. I enjoyed the relationship between Fiona and Courtney. The secondary characters added a lot to the story and some of them were suspects as well.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The descriptions formed pictures in my mind’s eye and I learned a lot about fairies and fairy gardens. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystical cozy mystery. This book was a great beginning for the Fairy Garden mystery series.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. In June 2020, her new series, the Fairy Garden Mysteries debuts. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, and read, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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