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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Mums and Mayhem (A Magic Garden Mystery #3) by Amanda Flower

Mums and Mayhem

Published August 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

Goodreads synopsis: 
A famous fiddler has been kilt. A magic garden's left to wilt. Does Fiona Knox's father hold the guilt? Will florist Fiona's blood be spilt?

World-famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in blustery Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for a grand homecoming concert organized by jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop, is starting to regret volunteering to help with the concert. Bernice is an exacting taskmaster, and Fiona has enough tension dealing with her parents, who have traveled from Tennessee to visit Fi and her younger sister, Isla, and to reveal a secret about Fi's birth. But when Barley is found dead in his trailer during the concert's intermission, and his death is shockingly tied to Fiona's father, Fiona discovers there are more secrets surrounding her family than she realized.

Much to the chagrin of handsome Neil Craig, Chief Inspector of the County Aberdeen Police, Fiona delves into the case to clear her father's name. To make matters worse, Fiona learns that Duncreigan, the magical garden that she inherited from her godfather, is dying. At some point during the concert, someone broke into the garden and cut the centuries-old climbing rose--the source of the garden's magic--from the standing stone.

The stakes are higher than ever and Fiona could lose all that she's grown unless she's able to dispel this terrible curse and dig up the truth--fast.

4.5 stars

This is the third book in the A Magic Garden mystery series by Amanda Flower.

This was a very fun read! I enjoyed the magic garden even though it seemed to be dying for an unknown reason and Fiona had to ferret out the reason the magic had left the building, so to speak. Then when her parents come to visit, her father some how becomes the main suspect in the murder of a popular fiddle player who is in town for a concert. The mystery was very complex and there were a lot of suspects that had ties to town that were unknown when the book started. Loved the unfolding of it all.

There was so much detail in this that it made the whole story so fresh for me. I think I have read one other book in this series since the concept seems so familiar to me. Looking forward to diving more into this popular flower titled series and seeing what it has to offer me.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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