DEATH AND DAISIES
By Amanda Flower
In this second Magic Garden Mystery, Fiona Knox is readying her shop for its grand opening. Two months ago she’d been living in Knoxville, TN, operating her own flower shop. Now, she’s living in Scotland, in a cottage that was bequeathed to her by her godfather.
She’s still getting used to the unique world and is working hard to make sure that her Climbing Rose Flower Shop succeeds. She’s also getting used to her new job as the Keeper of the Garden: a magical garden attached to the cottage. Her godfather was the eleventh person in line whose job it was to take care of the flowers that flourished all year long, and the ancient standing stone that bestows gifts on the Keeper.
Two weeks ago Fiona’s sister, Isla, showed up on her doorstep for a visit. And now, the day before the grand opening, a storm is coming in hard and fast and the ladies are doing their best to get home before it hits. As they’re leaving, Minister Quaid MacCullen, the unfriendly parish rector, appears and basically lays down a threat. He does not like the MacCallister family and wants Fiona to head straight back to America.
Both the storm and the opening are huge. Fiona is excited that the townspeople are flooding her shop and inundating her with orders. Even Chief Inspector Neil Craig (the man who makes Fiona’s heart flutter) shows up to wish her luck, and ends up reading a note left by the surly reverend in regards to Fiona’s ultimate destruction.
When the body of the reverend is found murdered, Fiona becomes a suspect immediately. With the help of her friend Presha; Hamish, her godfather’s friend; and, the garden’s magic, Fiona fights to find the killer, prove to the chief that she’s not his nemesis, and stop an ancient omen from coming true.
A great series, this author continues to write stories that should not be missed!