Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles—with a dead body in the garden.
Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is already being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized. But it’s Craig’s fixation on Uncle Ian’s loyal caretaker, Hamish, as a prime suspect, that really makes her worried. As Fiona strolls the town, she quickly realizes there are a whole bouquet of suspects much more likely to have killed Alastair Croft, the dead lawyer who seems to have had more enemies than friends.
Now it’s up to Fiona to clear Hamish’s name before it’s too late in Flowers and Foul Play, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting first Magic Garden mystery.
3.5 out of 5 stars
|I read a book by this author in a different series earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to check this book out as well. The premise of a magical garden mystery set in Scotland was really interesting to me.
This book was a promising start to a new series. I liked the main character Fiona. I read this book quickly because there was a lot of mystery and questions to answer when it came to Fiona and how she’s supposed to be connected to the magical garden. It kept me wanting to find out how it all tied together. I don’t feel that we really got much of the magical garden element in this story, but I’m hoping that will be different in the next book.
There were a couple other enjoyable characters other than Fiona, but for the most part, a lot of the people in the town were kind of rude or just plain mean to Fiona. I hope she is able to make some friends in the next book in this series.
There were several editing errors that momentarily took my focus out of the book, but it wasn’t to the point that my enjoyment of the book lessened.
The mystery was well written even though I was able to ultimately guess who the killer was.