Review: Flowers and Foul Play
Title: Flowers and Foul Play
Series: A Magic Garden Mystery #1
Author: Amanda Flower
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: The idea for this story is a great one. Who doesn’t love a magical garden? Unfortunately for me the story just fell flat. I never really connected with Fiona and I had a really hard time believing that she would jump into try to solve a murder the way she did. She doesn’t know anyone in town and yet she sets off to question them? Other than that the story was a cute one and the magical garden adds a really interesting aspect. I will likely still give book two a chance. Quite a few people really enjoyed the book though so if you like cozy mysteries give it a chance!
*I received this book from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review*