Friday 22 February 2019

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)
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.
   (Summary via Goodreads)

Death and Daisies is the second book in the Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower and I am in LOVE with all of it !!  And there is a lot to love.....

Fiona moves to Scotland after her godfather passes away and leaves her a cottage and the time Fiona doesn't know how much things are going to change.  In the first book in this series, Flowers and Foul Play, Fiona is getting to know the magic behind the garden, meeting and making friends in the little village and oh yeah, helping to solve a mystery.  Well, things are somewhat the same in the second book when you start reading....except things are completely different also !!  

Fiona's sister, Isla, shows up to stay with Fiona as she tries to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life.  Fiona, on the other hand, has decided to stay in Duncreigan, take care of the cottage and garden, and open up a flower shop.  Unfortunately after a brutal storm a body is washed up on the beach and Fiona finds herself investigating the murder .....again.  But Chief Inspector Neil Craig wants her to stay as far away from everything murder-related so that she will be safe.......

As you follow Fiona around as she opens the flower shop, hangs with her sister and friends, you can't help but feel like you, yourself are there in Scotland along side her.  You will fall instantly in love with everything in this quaint little village.....and will want to help Fiona unpack and settle right in.  And as you are reading and getting lost in the story, there is a point when a "secret" is revealed !!!  And this is a very, very big secret that will change the course for future books in this series.  You know that there are going to be more books because of the ending and even though it is kind of a cliff hanging ending, it will have you hooked !!!

Review by Missi S.

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