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Friday, July 3, 2020

A Sprinkling of Murder

Sprinkling Of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery)

by Daryl Wood Gerber

About A Sprinkling of Murder

Sprinkling Of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)

Paperback: 304 pages

ISBN-10: 1496726340

ISBN-13: 978-1496726346

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 . . .

What I Thought:

I am a fan of Daryl Woods Gerber's books and this series looked very intriguing. This is the first book that I have read that had fairies in it, and I found that very charming and entertaining. Courtney Kelly owns the shop Open Your Imagination that sells things to help people build fairy gardens. Courtney also has a resident fairy, Fiona, in her shop and a ragdoll kitten, Pixie, that can see Fiona. When neighboring shop owner Mick Watkins is found murdered in Courtney's shop, Courtney has to investigate to prove she did not kill him. I really enjoyed this story and the magical element to it as well. It has a very well thought out plot and as always with Daryl, the writing was superb and the story flowed really well. I enjoyed the setting of the story and all the characters were well developed. The mystery was a completer surprise as was the reveal of the killer and the reason the murder took place. I love a cozy that grabs my attention from the beginning, keeps me turning pages, and keeps me guessing till the very end. This story did all of that. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Daryl Wood Gerber

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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