cover image Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery

Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery

Amanda Flower. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-68331-781-4

In Flower’s gentle sequel to Flowers and Foul Play, Tennessee-born florist Fiona Knox, who has recently moved to the tiny Scottish fishing village of Duncreigan, is set to open her new shop, the Climbing Rose, named after the 300-year-old rose growing in her cottage garden, a legacy bequeathed to her by her godfather, who has enjoined her to use the magic the garden contains to help others. The day before the shop’s official opening, Quaid MacCullen, the local parish rector, drops by to make it clear that Fiona and her hocus pocus are not welcome in town. The next day, MacCullen’s body is found on the beach. Bruising on his neck indicates that he has been murdered. Fortunately, handsome Aberdeen-based Chief Insp. Neil Craig, with whom Fiona is smitten, is on hand to deal with the official investigation, while Fiona assists by piecing together gossip and her own observations. Those with a taste for fantasy-tinged cozies will want to see more of the appealing Fiona. [em]Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Nov.) [/em]