Sunday, November 25, 2018
Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
When Fiona Knox inherited her godfather's cottage and magic garden in Scotland in Flowers and Foul Play, she thought she'd be welcome in the village where his family, the MacAllisters, had lived for centuries. Instead, the village rector, Quaid MacCullen, refuses her admittance at the church door. He disapproves of the family and the magical garden. Then, on the eve of the opening of her new Climbing Rose Flower Shop, he threatens her.
Despite the rector, the opening of the flower shop is a success. At least it's successful until the volunteer village police chief announces he found the minister's murdered body. Although Chief Inspector Neil Craig never treats her as a suspect, Fiona feels accused. She knows some villagers suspect her because she had been a suspect in another murder investigation soon after she arrived in Scotland. After losing her flower shop in the U.S., Fiona is determined not to lose another shop to rumors and suspicion. She'll turn sleuth for a second time, if she must.
Flower's Death and Daisies has charming characters and an atmospheric setting. It has that setting in Scotland if you like the Scottish cozies by Paige Shelton or Molly MacRae. The characters remind me of Laura Bradford's in her Amish mysteries, characters who welcome readers back. And, of course there's the magical garden. In other words, fans of cozy mysteries might want to try Flowers and Foul Play or Death and Daisies.
Amanda Flower's website is http://www.amandaflower.com
Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower. Crooked Lane Books, 2018. ISBN 9781683317814 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.