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National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly. Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom. Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfa National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly. Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom. Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland—complete with a magical walled garden. But the erstwhile Tennessee flower shop owner promptly found herself puddle boot-deep in danger when she found a dead body among the glimmering blossoms. One police investigation later (made a trifle less unpleasant by the presence of handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig), and Fiona’s life is getting back on a steady, though bewitched, track. Her sister Isla has just moved in with her, and the grand opening of her new spellbound venture, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, is imminent. But dark, ensorcelled clouds are gathering to douse Fiona’s newly sunny outlook. First, imperious parish minister Quaid MacCullen makes it undeniably clear that he would be happy to send Fiona back to Tennessee. Then, a horrific lightning storm, rife with terribly omen, threatens to tear apart the elderly cottage and sends Fi and Isla cowering under their beds. The storm passes, but then, Fi is called away from the Climbing Rose’s opening soiree when Kipling, the tiny village’s weak-kneed volunteer police chief, finds a dead body on the beach. The body proves difficult to identify, but Kipling is certain it’s that of the parish minister. Which makes Fiona, MacCullen’s new nemesis, a suspect. And what’s worse, Isla has seemed bewitched as of late…did she do something unspeakable to protect her sister? The last thing Fiona wanted to do was play detective again. But now, the rosy future she’d envisioned is going to seed, and if she and Craig can’t clear her name, her idyllic life will wilt away in Death and Daisies, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s second enchanting Magic Garden mystery.


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National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly. Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom. Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfa National bestselling author Amanda Flower returns with her second floral Magic Garden mystery, perfect for readers of Paige Shelton and Sheila Connolly. Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom. Fiona Knox thought she was pulling her life back together when she inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland—complete with a magical walled garden. But the erstwhile Tennessee flower shop owner promptly found herself puddle boot-deep in danger when she found a dead body among the glimmering blossoms. One police investigation later (made a trifle less unpleasant by the presence of handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig), and Fiona’s life is getting back on a steady, though bewitched, track. Her sister Isla has just moved in with her, and the grand opening of her new spellbound venture, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, is imminent. But dark, ensorcelled clouds are gathering to douse Fiona’s newly sunny outlook. First, imperious parish minister Quaid MacCullen makes it undeniably clear that he would be happy to send Fiona back to Tennessee. Then, a horrific lightning storm, rife with terribly omen, threatens to tear apart the elderly cottage and sends Fi and Isla cowering under their beds. The storm passes, but then, Fi is called away from the Climbing Rose’s opening soiree when Kipling, the tiny village’s weak-kneed volunteer police chief, finds a dead body on the beach. The body proves difficult to identify, but Kipling is certain it’s that of the parish minister. Which makes Fiona, MacCullen’s new nemesis, a suspect. And what’s worse, Isla has seemed bewitched as of late…did she do something unspeakable to protect her sister? The last thing Fiona wanted to do was play detective again. But now, the rosy future she’d envisioned is going to seed, and if she and Craig can’t clear her name, her idyllic life will wilt away in Death and Daisies, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s second enchanting Magic Garden mystery.

30 review for Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower is the second book in the cozy A Magic Garden Mystery series. Each book of this cozy mystery series has it’s own mystery to be solved within the book so they could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However the characters personal stories do carry over from book to book so reading in order is always best. Readers were introduced to Fiona Knox in the first book of the series when she got a call from a lawyer in Scotland informing her that h Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower is the second book in the cozy A Magic Garden Mystery series. Each book of this cozy mystery series has it’s own mystery to be solved within the book so they could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However the characters personal stories do carry over from book to book so reading in order is always best. Readers were introduced to Fiona Knox in the first book of the series when she got a call from a lawyer in Scotland informing her that her godfather had passed and she would be inheriting his estate. Within days of receiving the call Fiona’s fiancé ran off with the cake decorator and her flower shop went out of business so what better to do than hop on the next flight to Scotland and claim her inheritance. Now Fiona feels like she’s getting her life back on track in Duncreigan, Scotland becoming the caretaker of her godfather’s magical garden and cottage and opening her own shop. However, the parish minister Quaid MacCullen is not a fan of Fiona and the magical garden she’s inherited and makes that fact well known so when he’s found murdered Fiona ends up a suspect and needing to clear her name. While I haven’t been able to catch up with all of Amanda Flower’s cozy mysteries I have however really enjoyed the ones that I have read and this was no exception. This series takes readers to Scotland and mixes in a touch of magic making it a unique read but along with likable characters and a solid mystery it’s definitely a series I’ll keep coming back to to see what else is in store. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Amanda Flower has quickly become one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. Her books have a magical quality, great characters and creative plots. Death and Daisies is the second book in her new Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox is the caretaker of a magical garden. She is still trying to wrap her head around the fact she inherited the cottage and garden in Duncreigan, Scotland from her godfather. She has since opened a floral shop in a nearby village. Climbing Rose Floral Shop is named afte Amanda Flower has quickly become one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. Her books have a magical quality, great characters and creative plots. Death and Daisies is the second book in her new Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox is the caretaker of a magical garden. She is still trying to wrap her head around the fact she inherited the cottage and garden in Duncreigan, Scotland from her godfather. She has since opened a floral shop in a nearby village. Climbing Rose Floral Shop is named after a magical rose that grows in her walled garden. She's the 12th keeper entrusted to upkeep the garden and protect the rose. A local minister hates the garden and threatens Fiona, leaving her a cryptic note that the garden will bring evil. As if threats can't possibly be enough to put a damper on her shop's grand opening, the minister is found dead. Some villagers blame her for the death....Can Fiona find out the truth before everyone starts believing there is something sinister about her and the magical garden? I love this series! It has the same wonderful, magical feel as the author's Magical Bookshop series! The location is awesome...who wouldn't love to inherit a cottage and walled garden in Scotland? The characters are well-developed and have that village quirkiness about them. The plot of this newest book is interesting and the mystery moves along at a nice pace with plenty of suspects, investigation and twists. There is just the right touch of the supernatural/magical to sparkle up the story....never over-done, just right. While it isn't necessary to read the books in order, to get the full character and location background and development it might be best to read book one (Flowers and Foul Play) before jumping into Death and Daisies. But, a reader could jump in at this second book and still totally enjoy the story! All in all, this is an entertaining and fun cozy to read. I'm definitely in line awaiting the next book! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    I liked several of the same things in this second book of the Magic Garden series—the mystical garden, the animal characters, and several secondary characters, Hamish, Presha, and Raj—that I enjoyed in book one. In this story, although Fiona should be enjoying the opening of her florist shop, Climbing Rose, instead she’s pulled into a murder involving a prominent citizen in the Scottish village, who had made it clear he didn’t like her or her ancestors before her. There are several suspects to s I liked several of the same things in this second book of the Magic Garden series—the mystical garden, the animal characters, and several secondary characters, Hamish, Presha, and Raj—that I enjoyed in book one. In this story, although Fiona should be enjoying the opening of her florist shop, Climbing Rose, instead she’s pulled into a murder involving a prominent citizen in the Scottish village, who had made it clear he didn’t like her or her ancestors before her. There are several suspects to sort through their relationships with the deceased, however, the killer reveal didn’t really surprise me. There aren’t near as many magical garden scenes, and I felt the tone of the plot was overall dreary. Fi’s sister, Isla, has come to stay with her and they bicker constantly. On a positive note, the author continues her great world building and characterization and seems to set the stage for more mystical revelations in the third story. I recommend reading the first book before you read this one or you’ll be lost as to what’s going on. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Coming to Duncreigan, Scotland, to accept her inheritance to accept her inheritance gave Fiona Knox a chance to repair the wounds of her failed engagement and closing of her flower shop. Little did she know the inheritance included a magical garden. In the second book of the series, her sister, Isla, has come to join her and help her open a new flower shop. But before the grand opening, the minister who is unhappy with her arrival is found dead and Fiona a suspect, once again. Fast-paced and cha Coming to Duncreigan, Scotland, to accept her inheritance to accept her inheritance gave Fiona Knox a chance to repair the wounds of her failed engagement and closing of her flower shop. Little did she know the inheritance included a magical garden. In the second book of the series, her sister, Isla, has come to join her and help her open a new flower shop. But before the grand opening, the minister who is unhappy with her arrival is found dead and Fiona a suspect, once again. Fast-paced and charming, the story has it all for me. Intriguing characters, red herrings, touch of the supernatural, and a heroine worth rooting for. You know the book is good when your first thought after finishing it is how long until the next one. HIGHLY recommended. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the second book in what I am finding to be a delightful series so far. On this return trip to Duncreigan, Scotland we are treated to a visit with all the same characters that made the first book in the series so enjoyable. Fiona is opening her flower shop and her sister Isla has come to stay. I have to say that I haven't quite warmed up to Isla yet, but it appears that she will be a returning character. I love the Scottish setting and the mystical garden in this book. While Fiona didn't This is the second book in what I am finding to be a delightful series so far. On this return trip to Duncreigan, Scotland we are treated to a visit with all the same characters that made the first book in the series so enjoyable. Fiona is opening her flower shop and her sister Isla has come to stay. I have to say that I haven't quite warmed up to Isla yet, but it appears that she will be a returning character. I love the Scottish setting and the mystical garden in this book. While Fiona didn't spend as much time in the garden in this book, there are still elements. Without much guidance from her godfather Ian, Fiona is struggling to learn how to use the magic in the garden to help the people of the village as well as to protect the garden. On top of that, she is once again as the center of danger as she tries to solve the murder of the village minister (who is not a fan of Fiona's). There are plenty of suspects as Fiona is faced with mystery, lies and secrets, some which will impact her personally. The murder mystery is resolved nicely and once the twists and turns are straightened out, the suspect is believable. I am such a fan of this author, I can't imagine not coming back to see what she has planned for Fiona in the rest of the series. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The second book of the Magical Garden series continues in the vein as the first one. This one did not disappoint. Fiona has been joined in Scotland by her sister, Isla and Fiona is opening a Flower shop in the town. On opening day the parish minister Quaid MacCullen is found dead on the seacoast. As he made it very clear he didn't like Fiona, she is a suspect in his death. She began to seek an answer for his death. Isla's antics add humor and much to the story. Fiona's Scottish Fold ca The second book of the Magical Garden series continues in the vein as the first one. This one did not disappoint. Fiona has been joined in Scotland by her sister, Isla and Fiona is opening a Flower shop in the town. On opening day the parish minister Quaid MacCullen is found dead on the seacoast. As he made it very clear he didn't like Fiona, she is a suspect in his death. She began to seek an answer for his death. Isla's antics add humor and much to the story. Fiona's Scottish Fold cat, Ivanhoe has a part as he becomes a shop cat. Fiona's life is not going as well as the residents of the town seem to be avoiding her flower store. What will happen? I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    NicoleG

    This newest book in the Magic Garden Mystery series is a delightful in so many ways! I enjoy getting to know the characters, from the previous book and also new ones, and the setting is not only magical but the author's descriptions make you feel like you are there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    First and foremost, this is a delightful cozy-mystery with a hint of fantastical, mystical element sprinkled here and there in the book. Although I wasn’t quite sure if this fantastical element would fare well, I ended up enjoyed reading this book on the whole. There was a bit of a misgiving concerning this book being my first Amanda Flower book. I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I was a bit concerned if I would find a lot missing, but the author builds up the story very First and foremost, this is a delightful cozy-mystery with a hint of fantastical, mystical element sprinkled here and there in the book. Although I wasn’t quite sure if this fantastical element would fare well, I ended up enjoyed reading this book on the whole. There was a bit of a misgiving concerning this book being my first Amanda Flower book. I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I was a bit concerned if I would find a lot missing, but the author builds up the story very well with just the perfect amount of the background to bring the new readers up to speed on what happened in the previous book, I even thought readers don’t necessarily have to pick up the first book before they read this one. It was that well-constructed and plotted, I’ll give the author credit for that. However, I would have loved to read more of the magical element from this book. In fact, it was the magical garden and the magical aspect that enchanted me and fascinated me about this book. Imagine being appointed to be the keeper of a magical garden that’s been taken care of for as long as 300 years. The heroine, Fiona Knox was passed down such an important assignment from her Godfather, and her uncle Ian watches over her even after his death in the form of… well, I won’t divulge this detail, but it was another thing that really excited me about this book. In addition to that, the mysterious vision that she is given whenever she touches the magical stone, ‘menhir’ the source of the magic in the garden… there are a lot of ingredients that make this book stand out from other cozy-mystery in my eyes. That was all the more reason why I was a bit disappointed by the slight devoid of those very elements in this book. Although they are touched upon now and then, but most of the time, this book seems to focus on other stuff like sisterly issues and the romance between the handsome inspector… I can totally understand the investigative part should be at the forefront of the plot, but still, if this book features the magical garden, I think it should be touched upon more often. It would have been more entertaining if the author incorporated that element much more than she actually did. Another of my niggling issue with this book was the culprit reveal. The tension was certainly surging leading up towards the reveal, as all the pieces fit together, but I didn’t feel as much suspense and thrills as I would have liked in the actually reveal, it slightly fell flat for me which was a bit unfortunate, but I would say I enjoyed guessing the killer along with Fiona. I’m actually in two minds about picking up the first book. All in all, I don’t feel any desperate need to do so, but another part of me is expecting to see more of such magical elements (or at least some unraveling regarding them) mentioned in the previous book and that makes me curious to read the first book. If you are looking for something different in cozies, this book might be for you. With the romance building up nicely – slow and steady, not at all insta-lovey and the writing being solid enough, this book is certainly a delight to read. Once again, I enjoyed reading this much more than I had thought. Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, Lane Books, for granting my request to read this book in exchange for my honest review. (Expected Publication Date: November 13th, 2018) My Rating: 3.5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Death and Daisies by Amanda Flowers returns us to Bellewick, Scotland. Fiona Knox has been busy getting her new flower shop, Climbing Rose Flower Shop ready to open with the aid of her sister, Isla. Isla showed up at the beginning of the summer after she graduated from college and has yet to return home. She has been acting cagey recently and spending a great deal of time texting. The day before the grand opening, Minister Quaid MacCullen stops in and once again expresses his dislike for Fiona. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flowers returns us to Bellewick, Scotland. Fiona Knox has been busy getting her new flower shop, Climbing Rose Flower Shop ready to open with the aid of her sister, Isla. Isla showed up at the beginning of the summer after she graduated from college and has yet to return home. She has been acting cagey recently and spending a great deal of time texting. The day before the grand opening, Minister Quaid MacCullen stops in and once again expresses his dislike for Fiona. He recently barred Fiona from attending church by blocking the door and stating he did not want her corrupting the villagers (what a charmer). That night a terrible storm hits the area and thankfully blows back out to sea by morning. Fiona’s shop opening is a success until Kipling, the villages volunteer police chief, stumbles in crying murder and then promptly faints. Kipling stumbled upon the reverend’s body on the beach. Chief Inspector Neil Craig rushes away to secure the scene and a curious Fiona is not far behind him. It is well known in the village that MacCullen disliked Fiona which puts her at the top of the suspect list. Fiona has just started to set down roots and has no intention of letting her new life go to seed. The only way to stop the speculation is to sniff out the killer with a little help from the magical garden at Duncreigan. While Death and Daisies is the second book in A Magic Garden Mystery series, it can be read alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included in this tale. I thought the book was well-written with steady pacing throughout. Amanda Flower has an engaging, conversational writing style that drew me into the story and it kept my attention until the very last page. I like the characters and they are nicely developed. We are still getting to know Fiona (it is only the second book), and she learns some new information about herself in Death and Daisies. Hamish is such a sweetie and we learned something new about him that makes him even more endearing. I am not a fan of Fiona’s sister, Isla. I am hoping we will see her mature and become less self-centered. The village sounds quaint with friendly residents except for the minister. The murder of Reverend Quaid MacCullen is expected since he is such a nasty character. There are several suspects, misdirection and good clues. I wish the mystery had been more of a challenge. However, I still enjoyed reading this beguiling narrative (I knew who now I wanted to know why). I especially enjoy the addition of the magic from the garden, the stone and the fox. It enhances the overall story as well as the mystery. I like that new details are revealed in each book. Carver Finley, a historian, has taken an interest in the garden, and I believe he will be a formidable foe for Fiona. Death and Daisies is an enchanting cozy mystery with a charming village, friendly characters, a hint of romance, adorable little critters, magical assistance, and a murder mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    As much as I loved "Flowers and Foul Play" (book 1 in the series) by Amanda Flower, I knew I would also enjoy "Death and Daisies", the second book. The story is set in Scotland, and the book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the delightful small town, surrounding countryside, and sea/cliff/dock areas. The main characters, as well as the key minor ones, are realistically drawn and likable. In this installment, we meet Fiona's sister and learn more about Hamish, Kipling, Raj, and Presha. Th As much as I loved "Flowers and Foul Play" (book 1 in the series) by Amanda Flower, I knew I would also enjoy "Death and Daisies", the second book. The story is set in Scotland, and the book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the delightful small town, surrounding countryside, and sea/cliff/dock areas. The main characters, as well as the key minor ones, are realistically drawn and likable. In this installment, we meet Fiona's sister and learn more about Hamish, Kipling, Raj, and Presha. The animals are also wonderful: There is Duncan the delightful tame squirrel, a mysterious fox who enjoys visiting the garden at Fiona's cottage, and Fiona's newly acquired cat. The mystery itself was well-plotted and complex, with plenty of suspects, clues, and red herrings. Trying to solve the mystery along with Fiona was even more fun this time around, as I already knew a bit about some of the possible suspects. Of course, new characters (and motives) were introduced as well, further complicating matters (in a good way). Perhaps what made this story stand out most for me was the inclusion of the magical element. I have read paranormal cozies before, typically featuring witch/vampire characters. I would consider this a "magical realism cozy", which is a different thing altogether. I loved the magical element of the garden, which played a role in the story without turning the book into a paranormal mystery. I look forward to future installments, in which Fiona will (hopefully) learn more about the garden and use what she learns to help others. (This time around, she was too busy with opening her new flower shop and solving a murder to learn much about the garden.) I'm very much looking forward to future installments, and seeing how Fiona uses her flower shop to incorporate her garden's magic into the lives of the townsfolk.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another exciting adventure with Fiona in Scotland! She’s settled into her new home and opened a flower shop. I liked the addition of her sister to the cast of characters. While I did horrible at figuring out the murderer (exciting confrontation) I did do good at figuring out some of the other plot threads (including one I suspected in the first book). These books are fun, easy to read and have good characters and a quirky, small Scottish town setting. Lots of fun and I’m looking forward to see w Another exciting adventure with Fiona in Scotland! She’s settled into her new home and opened a flower shop. I liked the addition of her sister to the cast of characters. While I did horrible at figuring out the murderer (exciting confrontation) I did do good at figuring out some of the other plot threads (including one I suspected in the first book). These books are fun, easy to read and have good characters and a quirky, small Scottish town setting. Lots of fun and I’m looking forward to see what happens next. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reveiw, all opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    This is the first book I’ve read in the Magic Garden Mysteries. DEATH AND DAISIES in the second in the series. Author Amanda Flower did a wonderful job seeing that first time readers wouldn’t be lost. I was able to follow a long with the story and characters just find. Speaking of characters, the eclectic group of town folks in this story are so much fun to read. I can imagine hanging out in the local haunts with these people and having the best of times. DEATH AND DASIES was a well written myst This is the first book I’ve read in the Magic Garden Mysteries. DEATH AND DAISIES in the second in the series. Author Amanda Flower did a wonderful job seeing that first time readers wouldn’t be lost. I was able to follow a long with the story and characters just find. Speaking of characters, the eclectic group of town folks in this story are so much fun to read. I can imagine hanging out in the local haunts with these people and having the best of times. DEATH AND DASIES was a well written mystery, which is to be expected from this author. She has a way with telling a tale that will capture the reader within her writing, causing them to lose all track of time. There were however parts of this book that just didn’t grab me in the way I would have hoped. But the setting and other aspects of the story were more than enough to keep me reading until the end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2EYRhLp Death and Daisies is a wonderful cozy mystery, book #2 in an equally wonderful series by the talented Amanda Flower. After reading the previous story, Flowers and Foul Play (click on title to see my review), this series has become a “must read” for me. Setting, characterization, and storyline all combine in a flowing narrative that is difficult to put down. Amanda Flower has also written other series that I hope to eventually read. A good found Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2EYRhLp Death and Daisies is a wonderful cozy mystery, book #2 in an equally wonderful series by the talented Amanda Flower. After reading the previous story, Flowers and Foul Play (click on title to see my review), this series has become a “must read” for me. Setting, characterization, and storyline all combine in a flowing narrative that is difficult to put down. Amanda Flower has also written other series that I hope to eventually read. A good foundational background is provided so that Death and Daisies can stand alone, but turning to the first page feels like coming home to a beloved village and its sometimes quirky characters. Scotland … what can I say but that there’s just something special about Scotland and its people. For Fiona Knox, new business owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire, it’s all about friends like Raj and his sister Presha, Hamish MacGregor, and Chief Inspector Neil Craig. I adore the slowly simmering romance between Fiona and Neil, subtle and very well done This story also brings Fiona’s sister, Isla, into the mix, creating even more drama. The mystery itself is well crafted and believable, but best of all is the rich characterization. Rather than taking second place to the mystery, character development is strong and foundational to the storyline, which elevates this story even more. I also loved how secondary characters and suspects alike are introduced one at a time so as not to be confusing, and this gives readers time to get to know them. Paranormal elements involving the magic garden, of which Fiona is now the caretaker, aren’t featured as prominently as in the previous book, yet this garden is at the heart of everything. Death and Daisies is an engrossing story, a clean read, and I recommend it highly. “Best of the best” for me. May this series continue for a long time! I received a copy of this book through the Review Crew. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower allowed me to visit Scotland again and I enjoyed every minute of the mystery. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series. Fiona is now settled into her home at Duncreigan and has decided to open a florist shop in town, The Climbing Rose. The magic garden seems to be thriving under Hamish and Fiona's tender care. The red fox who visits Fiona in the garden is a mystery and yet maybe not as he has Ian's, her godfather, blue eyes. I do bel Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower allowed me to visit Scotland again and I enjoyed every minute of the mystery. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series. Fiona is now settled into her home at Duncreigan and has decided to open a florist shop in town, The Climbing Rose. The magic garden seems to be thriving under Hamish and Fiona's tender care. The red fox who visits Fiona in the garden is a mystery and yet maybe not as he has Ian's, her godfather, blue eyes. I do believe that he is there to watch over Fiona as she learns her new role as ths garden's guardian. Readers are introduced to Isla, Fiona's younger sister, in this book. She has recently graduated from college and come to live with her for the summer. Ms. Flower has penned a quickly paced plot with many likable characters that are developing well in this second book. There were several threads in this story regarding romance, drugs, an abusive marriage as well as the murder mystery that are all weaved into the story of the murder of the local minister. Yet I never felt lost or confused as they all tied into the main plot. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put it down until I finished it. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the second installment of the Magic Garden series. Fiona Knox's flower shop is ready for its grand opening and her sister has come to spend the summer after her college graduation. Fiona has inherited the Dunheigan estate and accompanying magical garden from her late godfather Ian. The local minister made no secret of his intense dislike for her family so when he is found dead, Fiona finds herself a possible murder suspect. I hadn't read the first book in the series but felt I had enough This is the second installment of the Magic Garden series. Fiona Knox's flower shop is ready for its grand opening and her sister has come to spend the summer after her college graduation. Fiona has inherited the Dunheigan estate and accompanying magical garden from her late godfather Ian. The local minister made no secret of his intense dislike for her family so when he is found dead, Fiona finds herself a possible murder suspect. I hadn't read the first book in the series but felt I had enough of the backstory to catch up. Amanda Flowers is a talented writer and painted a very detailed picture of a charming Scottish village, flower shop and estate grounds. However, the book fell short for me. It started out slowly and I really never connected with Fiona, most of the other characters or her budding romance. I would have liked to have read less about the shopkeepers and more about the magical garden. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Coming to Duncreigan, Scotland, to accept her inheritance to accept her inheritance gave Fiona Knox a chance to repair the wounds of her failed engagement and closing of her flower shop. Little did she know the inheritance included a magical garden. In the second book of the series, her sister, Isla, has come to join her and help her open a new flower shop. But before the grand opening, the minister who is unhappy with her arrival is found dead and Fiona a suspect, once again. Fast-pa Coming to Duncreigan, Scotland, to accept her inheritance to accept her inheritance gave Fiona Knox a chance to repair the wounds of her failed engagement and closing of her flower shop. Little did she know the inheritance included a magical garden. In the second book of the series, her sister, Isla, has come to join her and help her open a new flower shop. But before the grand opening, the minister who is unhappy with her arrival is found dead and Fiona a suspect, once again. Fast-paced and charming, the story has it all for me. Intriguing characters, red herrings, touch of the supernatural, and a heroine worth rooting for. You know the book is good when your first thought after finishing it is how long until the next one. HIGHLY recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Fiona Knox is settling into life in Scotland, even opening The Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire. Things seem to be looking up, as she lives in her inherited cottage with it's magical garden, in Duncregian. But when the local minister, Quaid MacCullen, lets her knows she's not welcome at his church, or his town, things turn a little dark. And then MacCullen is found dead. Chief Inspector Neil Craig doesn't think Fiona did the deed, but he doesn't want her helping in the inves Fiona Knox is settling into life in Scotland, even opening The Climbing Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire. Things seem to be looking up, as she lives in her inherited cottage with it's magical garden, in Duncregian. But when the local minister, Quaid MacCullen, lets her knows she's not welcome at his church, or his town, things turn a little dark. And then MacCullen is found dead. Chief Inspector Neil Craig doesn't think Fiona did the deed, but he doesn't want her helping in the investigation, either. Thus begins an investigation that Fiona can't help getting involved in, one that puts her in grave danger. Amanda Flower is one of my favorite authors, and I love this series. Maybe it's because I want to be her, inheriting a cottage in Scotland and opening a flower shop while being romanced by a handsome policeman. I enjoy the way Ms. Flower sets the stage for a mystery, and the way she describes village life and the inhabitants of Aberdeensire. I followed the clues and figured the mystery. But I did enjoy the tale, and the addition of Fiona's sister, Isla. She added tension to the book, and a great deal of flavor. Oh, and there was the ending, that left me thirsting for more in the series. I hope the next one is coming soon. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Fiona has opened her flower shop in Scotland, her sister is visiting from the states, and the village minister is dead set on her not being a part of his village. Of course when the monster ends up the victim of murder, Fiona is worried she will be at the top of the suspect list since the village knew all about her run-ins with the minister. She is out to solve the case and it isn't as easy as She thought as not and more suspects come to light. Who knew a small village minister could make so man Fiona has opened her flower shop in Scotland, her sister is visiting from the states, and the village minister is dead set on her not being a part of his village. Of course when the monster ends up the victim of murder, Fiona is worried she will be at the top of the suspect list since the village knew all about her run-ins with the minister. She is out to solve the case and it isn't as easy as She thought as not and more suspects come to light. Who knew a small village minister could make so many enemies? I really enjoyed this book. The second in a cozy series is always interesting to me because you get to see where the characters are headed, whereas in the first book we are just introduced to them. There are a lot of secrets in this book involving Uncle Ian, Fiona's parents, her sister, Isla, and a lot of people in Bellewick. I'm also super excited to see where Fiona and Inspector Craig's relationship will go as the series continues. I can't wait for book #3! 4.8 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley. #netgalley #deathanddaisies #amandaflower

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Death and Daisies is the perfect blend of mystery, romance and paranormal with believable characters you wish you could befriend in real life. Fiona has lived in Scotland for two months after inheriting her godfather’s house and magic garden. Why didn’t her godfather explain how to help people using the century old menhir and climbing rose in her garden that is the source of the magic? The rules are vague: 1. Visit the garden as much as possible to cement your connection to it. 2 Death and Daisies is the perfect blend of mystery, romance and paranormal with believable characters you wish you could befriend in real life. Fiona has lived in Scotland for two months after inheriting her godfather’s house and magic garden. Why didn’t her godfather explain how to help people using the century old menhir and climbing rose in her garden that is the source of the magic? The rules are vague: 1. Visit the garden as much as possible to cement your connection to it. 2. Care for the garden like any other garden. 3. Touch the stone menhir to learn what the garden wants you to know. However, you may see things you don’t want to know. Fiona’s sister, Isla, visits to help open Fiona’s flower shop. The day before the grand opening, the local minister threatens Fiona in person. The next morning Fiona finds a hostile note from the minister stuck in her door. During the grand opening, the handsome Chief Inspector Neil finds the note. When the minister is found murdered, suspicion falls on Fiona so she decides to find the killer to clear her name. Good thing her best friend in town, Cally, is also a lawyer. It is hard to explain why I like the characters so much in this book. Perhaps it is the fact that one has a red squirrel as a pet who sits on his shoulder. Or the old seaman who Fiona calls Popeye in her mind because she has forgotten his name. Everyone in the village has strange quirks that make them memorable. Realistically, it may be the difficult but enviable choice that Fiona has between two burly Scotsmen as potential beaus. As Isla tells Fiona, “You will have your own Scottish love story a la Outlander without the hassle of time travel.” Though Death and Daisies is the second entry in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. It is highly recommended for cozy readers looking for authentic characters, an unusual setting and a good mystery. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Fiona Knox owns a flower shop in Scotland, she also owns a “charming moorland cottage” that fronts a walled garden in the back. A magic walled garden, that is. Inherited from her godfather, along with the title of “keeper” and the duty to maintain both its magic and its secrets. Her younger sister, Isla, from their homeland in Nashville, Tennessee, is over for a last fun summer “before adulthood” and is helping run The Climbing Rose. There is a long lineage around the garden, based on a m Fiona Knox owns a flower shop in Scotland, she also owns a “charming moorland cottage” that fronts a walled garden in the back. A magic walled garden, that is. Inherited from her godfather, along with the title of “keeper” and the duty to maintain both its magic and its secrets. Her younger sister, Isla, from their homeland in Nashville, Tennessee, is over for a last fun summer “before adulthood” and is helping run The Climbing Rose. There is a long lineage around the garden, based on a menhir with an ancient rose climbing up and around it. A promise made and handed down through the centuries, and now tended to by Fiona. A storm on the very near horizon makes them decide to close up shop and head home to safety. Come the following afternoon, there is a body found. The local minister (and protagonist to Fiona), has washed ashore, but it is soon evident he didn’t drown at sea. Just 2 months into her residency with as many murders closely associated. The roots spread out, popping up several suspects and threats. Going against the requests of her blooming romance partner, Chief Craig, to stay out of his investigation, Fiona finds herself digging where she shouldn’t and nearly ends in her own grave. A most unlikely hero saves her and life goes on. Visions, foxes, time capsules, and revelations all blend in for a cozy stroll. A bit overwritten at first, but once introductions were made and scenes set, things got more relaxed and fun. There were a couple of snafu’s: The two “steaming plates of chicken Marsala” being brought from the kitchen twice (page 92 and again on 100) and did I miss something? Who was the accomplice? *See if you can find the Harry Potter Great Hall scene.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Death and Daisies is the second book in this series by Amanda Flower. I really enjoyed this book much more than the first. Fiona is settling into her new life and is preparing for the opening of her flower shop. Her sister Isla is visiting and she definitely adds a bit of excitement to the story. When snubbed by the local minister, Fiona is outraged, not understanding why he is so against her. When murder hits the small town, Fiona ad's questions, putting her in harm's w Death and Daisies is the second book in this series by Amanda Flower. I really enjoyed this book much more than the first. Fiona is settling into her new life and is preparing for the opening of her flower shop. Her sister Isla is visiting and she definitely adds a bit of excitement to the story. When snubbed by the local minister, Fiona is outraged, not understanding why he is so against her. When murder hits the small town, Fiona ad's questions, putting her in harm's way. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this intriguing cozy mystery. Each one brings their own unique style to the story, making it an engaging story from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is the second book in this series, and we are still in Scotland and with Fiona, and now her sister is also here. Wow, a lot of bombshells that I never saw coming, and they made this book a compelling page-turner. Hamish is still here and you want to hug the man, and who wouldn’t want to see his pet Duncan, picturing his little cup! Loved it! Of course, there is another murder, and sadly I wasn’t unhappy as to who the victim was, but is Fiona going to be a suspect again? This is the second book in this series, and we are still in Scotland and with Fiona, and now her sister is also here. Wow, a lot of bombshells that I never saw coming, and they made this book a compelling page-turner. Hamish is still here and you want to hug the man, and who wouldn’t want to see his pet Duncan, picturing his little cup! Loved it! Of course, there is another murder, and sadly I wasn’t unhappy as to who the victim was, but is Fiona going to be a suspect again? Loved how this book moved along, and we walk in Fiona’s shoes, so be careful, not everyone is how they appear. I for one want more, a very enjoyable cozy read! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Crooked Lane Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Second in the Magic Garden Mysteries, this captivating novel can be read as a standalone or after the first. This series will delight fans of Amanda Flowers’ other series and Bailey Cates’ Enchanted Garden Mysteries. The characters are very likable and well-defined, the mystery is a complex challenge to solve, and the location in Scotland sets the stage for long-ago past and present to meet. Fiona Knox, from Tennessee, recently inherited Duncreigan from her godfather, Ian MacCallister Second in the Magic Garden Mysteries, this captivating novel can be read as a standalone or after the first. This series will delight fans of Amanda Flowers’ other series and Bailey Cates’ Enchanted Garden Mysteries. The characters are very likable and well-defined, the mystery is a complex challenge to solve, and the location in Scotland sets the stage for long-ago past and present to meet. Fiona Knox, from Tennessee, recently inherited Duncreigan from her godfather, Ian MacCallister, in Scotland. She is the twelfth Keeper of the Garden in which there is a hidden ancient standing stone and surrounding climbing yellow rose. It is a magical healing garden that has been in Ian’s family for about 300 years. To Minister Quaid MacCullen, the magical garden, and Fiona’s presence, and her new business, The Climbing Rose Flower Shop, are an affront. He is pastor at St. Thomas, which was also Ian’s church. He preaches against Fiona and Duncreigan from the pulpit. When she tried to attend a Sunday service, he refused to admit her. Only days later, after a brutal storm, MacCullen was found dead on the beach, apparently a drowning victim. It was no ordinary drowning; the ME notes that the water in his lungs is fresh rather than ocean. Fiona realizes that, for the second time in the two months she has been in Scotland, she is a murder suspect. She doesn’t recognize the attraction Chief Inspector Neil Craig clearly has for her. Despite her new shop opening and the challenges in her relationship with her sister Isla, Fiona feels she has to solve another murder to clear herself of the charges. I enjoyed meeting Fiona and Isla and seeing Fi learning to accept Isla as an adult with her own needs and talents. They deeply love and want the best for each other. Close friends Raj and his twin sister Presha have been in Scotland for forty years and extended a warm welcome to Fiona. By the time the novel had ended, I felt that I had more than a passing acquaintance with Ian MacCallister even though deceased. Overall, I really liked Fiona, Isla, and all the people of Bellewick. Most were shown in a positive way. Hamish sounds like a man after my own heart! A home filled with thousands of books sounds like the perfect place! I have empathy for his lack of desire for going into town. The setting in Scotland is breathtaking! The magic garden, which will only grow and flourish when there is a Keeper of the Garden, sounds incredible. The colors, butterflies, birds, and the mysterious fox who enjoy the garden would make it a restful place. The mystery has unexpected twists and turns, with a surprise for Fiona about … no, I won’t give it away! While the Minister had few real friends, most people respected his position and knew he wanted the best for them. It wasn’t as easy to discover who had a motive other than dislike that fueled the murder. There were at least a couple folks who seemed to be good suspects but were good red herrings. I was surprised to find out the real motive behind the murder yet not surprised at the killer, someone I considered more than once. I highly recommend Death and Daisies to all who appreciate a well-written cozy mystery set in Scotland, with a secret garden, special flower shop, a Scottish fold cat, and characters that grab hold of one’s heart and doesn’t let go. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, and this is my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fischer

    I seriously love this series. In our return to Aberdeenshire, Fiona Knox is busy preparing to open her new flower shop. When the parish minister is found dead, she's at the top of the suspect list. Thankfully she has Chief Inspector Neil Craig on her side, so it's only a matter of following the clues to the real killer to clear her name. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the relationships. In this book, Fiona's sister Isla is staying with her. This comes with tons of sister I seriously love this series. In our return to Aberdeenshire, Fiona Knox is busy preparing to open her new flower shop. When the parish minister is found dead, she's at the top of the suspect list. Thankfully she has Chief Inspector Neil Craig on her side, so it's only a matter of following the clues to the real killer to clear her name. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the relationships. In this book, Fiona's sister Isla is staying with her. This comes with tons of sisterly love and drama (because what are sisters without both?) Isla is obviously keeping secrets, which worries Fiona, but when the truth comes out it's nothing like she was expecting. The interactions between the sisters are very realistic and help flesh out Fiona's character very well. There's also the budding relationship with the Chief Inspector. I've enjoyed this set-up since the first book and was greatly looking forward to seeing how it played out here. I wasn't disappointed. What I like is that it isn't being rushed so much that it feels insincere or fake. There's even been some doubt and uncertainty thrown in that eventually leads to Neil finally coming out and admitting his feelings to Fiona once and for all. It seems I always comment on the town and relationships first in my reviews, probably because that's my favorite part of reading cozies. Despite being cozy "mysteries", for me personally the mystery part is secondary. Not that I don't enjoy that aspect (this is my favorite style of book to read after all), I just really enjoy the overall atmosphere of the books first and foremost. That being said, for this book the mystery was very well done. I was kept guessing until nearly the end, and the clues and sleuthing were woven in seamlessly. Fiona also gets a bit of a shock on the family side of things in this book, which for me was definitely unexpected. I hope this leads to further in depth info on the magical garden (which we didn't see much of this time around) in future books. Overall I greatly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher. All opinions stated are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I could hardly put this book down! There were so many things happening in this story, more secrets revealed, more love interests--and I didn't guess the killer! Fiona's sister Isla was staying with her in Scotland at least for the summer, since she was just out of college and said she wanted to live a little before having to actually be a grown-up. When the village minister who made no secret of how he hated Fiona and her family, was murdered, Fi was worried she'd be blamed for this, I could hardly put this book down! There were so many things happening in this story, more secrets revealed, more love interests--and I didn't guess the killer! Fiona's sister Isla was staying with her in Scotland at least for the summer, since she was just out of college and said she wanted to live a little before having to actually be a grown-up. When the village minister who made no secret of how he hated Fiona and her family, was murdered, Fi was worried she'd be blamed for this, since the whole village had seen him turn her away from the church service where her uncle Ian used to go. As before, Fi felt compelled to investigate, but Chief Inspector Craig had to admit she was helpful at times. I really liked the other thing he ended up admitting! I definitely liked Isla. Even though at first she seemed a little flaky, she had a good head on her shoulders and really loved her big sister a lot. Isla also found a love interest--it was interesting to see who it was (you'll have to have read the first book to know more about this person, but if you didn't, you won't be lost). I think I may have enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It's definitely an awesome series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andree

    This continues to be less good than the magical bookshop series. I do like the central couple of the series (although that romantic declaration was fairly awkward, but kinda worked). I also continue to like the idea of the magical garden. This is starting to suffer from a really high proportion of murderers in a really small town. Also, the protagonist's sister is irritating as all get-out, and apparently sticking around indefinitely. Which is a downer. She's clearly supposed free-spirited and i This continues to be less good than the magical bookshop series. I do like the central couple of the series (although that romantic declaration was fairly awkward, but kinda worked). I also continue to like the idea of the magical garden. This is starting to suffer from a really high proportion of murderers in a really small town. Also, the protagonist's sister is irritating as all get-out, and apparently sticking around indefinitely. Which is a downer. She's clearly supposed free-spirited and impulsive in an endearing way, but I really just find her irritating, and wish she did not exist, or if she did that she was a minor character that cropped up in passing. She certainly doesn't feel necessary.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    I enjoy the mystery sounding the minister’s death and Fi’s sister being added in the story brought a good hominess to Fi and I enjoyed her continued love interest with the chief inspector, they seem so great together, but I missed the whimsical elements that were in the first book surrounding the garden. You do get a few clues about the mystery of garden in this instilment but the garden was not center of the mystery as it is in the first book. All, in all, the story is very entertaining I I enjoy the mystery sounding the minister’s death and Fi’s sister being added in the story brought a good hominess to Fi and I enjoyed her continued love interest with the chief inspector, they seem so great together, but I missed the whimsical elements that were in the first book surrounding the garden. You do get a few clues about the mystery of garden in this instilment but the garden was not center of the mystery as it is in the first book. All, in all, the story is very entertaining I just missed reading and learning more about the garden and the magic it holds in the town and I look forward to the next installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Wonderfully written cozy mystery! This is the 2nd book in this series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Fiona decides to stay in Scotland and embrace her role as the Keeper of the Magical Garden. A horrific storm comes in the night before her grand opening of her new flower shop. During the opening party, a body is found washed up on the shore, and turns out to be the local minister that has set himself up as her nemesis. Will she become a suspect--again?? Fiona just wants to run Wonderfully written cozy mystery! This is the 2nd book in this series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Fiona decides to stay in Scotland and embrace her role as the Keeper of the Magical Garden. A horrific storm comes in the night before her grand opening of her new flower shop. During the opening party, a body is found washed up on the shore, and turns out to be the local minister that has set himself up as her nemesis. Will she become a suspect--again?? Fiona just wants to run her shop, and learn more about the garden, and her god-father that left her the cottage and the legacy of being the Keeper, but to do that she needs to find the murderer before they kill again. Great story, characters, and setting!! I was lucky enough to win an copy to read and review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Before I frustrate blog readers by once again reviewing the second in a mystery series, I wanted to congratulate author Amanda Flower. Like other writer/librarians before her, such as Jenn McKinlay, Amanda is leaving her library job in Ohio to devote herself entirely to her writing career. Congratulations, Amanda. Flower is the author of a number of series. Death and Daisies is the second in her Magical Garden series set in Duncreigan, Scotland. When Fiona Knox inherited her godfather Before I frustrate blog readers by once again reviewing the second in a mystery series, I wanted to congratulate author Amanda Flower. Like other writer/librarians before her, such as Jenn McKinlay, Amanda is leaving her library job in Ohio to devote herself entirely to her writing career. Congratulations, Amanda. Flower is the author of a number of series. Death and Daisies is the second in her Magical Garden series set in Duncreigan, Scotland. When Fiona Knox inherited her godfather's cottage and magic garden in Scotland in Flowers and Foul Play, she thought she'd be welcome in the village where his family, the MacAllisters, had lived for centuries. Instead, the village rector, Quaid MacCullen, refuses her admittance at the church door. He disapproves of the family and the magical garden. Then, on the eve of the opening of her new Climbing Rose Flower Shop, he threatens her. Despite the rector, the opening of the flower shop is a success. At least it's successful until the volunteer village police chief announces he found the minister's murdered body. Although Chief Inspector Neil Craig never treats her as a suspect, Fiona feels accused. She knows some villagers suspect her because she had been a suspect in another murder investigation soon after she arrived in Scotland. After losing her flower shop in the U.S., Fiona is determined not to lose another shop to rumors and suspicion. She'll turn sleuth for a second time, if she must. Flower's Death and Daisies has charming characters and an atmospheric setting. It has that setting in Scotland if you like the Scottish cozies by Paige Shelton or Molly MacRae. The characters remind me of Laura Bradford's in her Amish mysteries, characters who welcome readers back. And, of course there's the magical garden. In other words, fans of cozy mysteries might want to try Flowers and Foul Play or Death and Daisies.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Halverson

    Death and Daisies is the second book in Amanda Flower’s “A Magic Garden Mystery” series which is such a delight to read with its fascinating mystical bent, enchanting setting, and relatable cast of characters. In this series, Fiona Knox, a florist from Tennessee, has relocated across the pond after inheriting her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland, along with his magical garden for which Fiona finds herself its new guardian and caretaker. In the new story, Death and Daisies, Fiona is bu Death and Daisies is the second book in Amanda Flower’s “A Magic Garden Mystery” series which is such a delight to read with its fascinating mystical bent, enchanting setting, and relatable cast of characters. In this series, Fiona Knox, a florist from Tennessee, has relocated across the pond after inheriting her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland, along with his magical garden for which Fiona finds herself its new guardian and caretaker. In the new story, Death and Daisies, Fiona is busy getting ready for the grand opening of her new shop in the village, the Climbing Rose Flower Shop. With her younger sister, Isla, in Scotland to spend the summer after her college graduation, Fiona should be excited about her sister’s visit, her new store, and what her future holds. Instead, Fiona is confronted by the village minister who is not at all shy about his feelings for her, her godfather, and her new business. After an ominous warning from him, and a formidable storm rolling in, Fiona is feeling deeply unsettled. After the minister’s dead body washes up from the sea and Fiona finds herself a suspect in his murder, she becomes more than unsettled at the thought of losing all that she is trying to build in Duncreigan and becomes determined to find the read murderer before her new life ends before it can really begin. Death and Daisies is a wonderfully written mystery with an engaging storyline, hidden secrets, a clever plot with several suspects (who knew a minister could have so many enemies?), a few red herrings that kept me guessing, and a believable unveiling of the real culprit and their motive. Along with the main mystery’s plot, there are other intriguing subplots (remember the hidden secrets I mentioned?) occurring throughout the book which make it all the more exciting to read. Even though Death and Daisies is part of a series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone because of creativity Ms. Flowers shows through her writing by giving a new reader just enough back story to catch them up while keeping repeat readers engaged throughout. I can picture in my mind’s eye the small, old world village Fiona is living in and wouldn’t mind taking a trip to Scotland myself! With sound writing, engaging mysteries, likeable and quirky characters (Popeye, a pet squirrel named Duncan, and a cat named Ivanhoe...just to name a few), a little romance, and a totally relatable heroine, Amanda Flower’s A Magic Garden Mystery is a cozy series sure to be around for a long time! Please hurry along, book #3! Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and I have done this. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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