cover image Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery

Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery

Amanda Flower. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-68331-562-9

Fiona Knox, the heroine of this superior series launch from Flower (A Plain Malice), has good reason to leave Nashville, where her florist shop is failing and her fiancé is cheating on her, for Scotland, where her late godfather, Ian MacCallister, has left her his cottage, Duncreigan, near Aberdeen. There she reconnects with Hamish, her uncle’s elderly caretaker, whom she remembers fondly from childhood visits. While touring the cottage garden, Fiona and Hamish stumble across the dead body of Ian’s attorney, Alastair Croft. Chief Inspector Craig suspects Hamish may have had a motive to kill Croft, but Fiona believes otherwise. As she becomes acquainted with the local residents, she begins identifying others who may have held a grudge against the lawyer. The well-constructed plot, seasoned with humor, builds slowly toward a surprising conclusion. Cozy fans will look forward to Fiona’s further adventures. [em]Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (May) [/em]