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    Great Start to a Series

    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.
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    Mystery, Romance and Magic…the perfect trio!

    This first book in a new series by Amanda Flower is a treasure! I’ve been dreaming about Scotland lately and then this book found it’s way to me…magical! Fiona Knox inherited her Godfather’s home and garden in Scotland. After being jilted by her fiancé she decide to head to Scotland and claim her inheritance and leave the past behind her. Upon arriving at her new home, she finds a dead body in the garden and everything seems to change. First the dead garden begins to come back to life with her arrival and then the arrival of Chief Inspector Neil Craig’s arrival also seems to bring Fiona back to life. This is a truly enjoyable book and I cannot wait for the second book to see what the future has in store for Fiona, Neil, and the locals
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    An enchanting cozy mystery

    Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower is the first installment in A Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox is having a rough time. Her fiancé has left her for their cake decorator, her flower shop has folded up after a discount floral chain opened nearby, and her godfather has passed away. When Fiona receives the call from Alastair Croft, her godfather’s solicitor, that she has inherited Duncreigan, she hops on the next flight to Scotland. Duncreigan is the ancestral home of the MacCallister clan and Ian MacCallister was the last of his line. Fiona is happy to see Hamish MacGregor, the caretaker, upon her arrival and he takes her to see Ian’s pride and joy—the walled garden. Unfortunately, everything in the garden is dead including Alastair Croft. Chief Inspector Neil Craig is in charge of the investigation, but he sets his sights on Hamish as the culprit. Fiona knows Hamish would not harm a soul, and she sets out to find other suspects for the handsome inspector. It turns out that Alastair was not well liked in Bellewick. Fiona also discovers that Duncreigan has a secret and she is the key—well, technically the Keeper. Come along for an enchanting adventure in Flowers and Foul Play. Flowers and Foul Play is a delightful new cozy mystery. The setting is beautiful. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Bellewick, Duncreigan, and the walled garden. Fiona is a charming main character. She is engaging, smart, personable, inquisitive and open to magic (what a joy). Fiona is not going to let Hamish go to jail for a crime he did not commit. She immediately goes to the village to meet the locals and do some subtle questioning. Hamish is a gentle giant who the perfect counterpart for Fiona. Duncan, the red squirrel, is adorable and I look forward to finding out more about him (I bet there is something special about him). I hope we see more of Presha (from the tea shop) in the next book. I bet there is more to her story. I found Flowers and Foul Play to be well-written and have a nice steady pace. The mystery was intriguing, and I always love when buried treasure is included. I just wish that it had been harder to solve. I did find the background details on Fiona to be light. I am hoping we will get to know her better in Death and Daisies. There are other pieces of information missing from the story (cheating fiance’s last name, where did they find the treasure and what did they do with it). I want to know why Fiona is tied to the stone when she is not a MacCallister. Flowers and Foul Play is a whimsical, magical cozy mystery. I am rating Flowers and Foul Play 4 out of 5 stars. I am eager to return to Scotland in Death and Daisies.
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    Murder and a magic garden

    For childhood fans of The Secret Garden, this is a delightful new mystery series that also features a magic garden. Fiona Knox has recently learned that her godfather has passed away and left her his property in Scotland (which includes a garden that springs to life with the proper loving hand). With her life in disarray, she decides to take a chance and fly there to revisit the cottage. But the dead body in the garden definitely puts a damper on her visit, especially when her godfather's longtime friend and caretaker, Hamish, becomes one of the prime suspects. Fiona is not overly confident in Chief Inspector Craig's ability to ferret out the real murderer, and finds herself asking pointed questions, possibly putting herself in jeopardy. This new mystery series has lovely scenery, interesting characters and absolutely the best two new animal stars...Ivanhoe, the Scottish Fold cat and Duncan, the squirrel, as well as a cameo from a mysterious fox. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the culprit was and despite some of the clues, the who and why remained a mystery until the end. I definitely want to read more of this new series and learn more of Fiona's connection to the garden. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this advance reading copy.
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