Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she’s starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .
A Sprinkling of Murder starts a new series from one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. There is just a hint of actual magic in the story, but the mystery still takes center stage.
Courtney has a quaint fairy garden shop and tea shop and everything seems to be going great until a neighboring business owner is murdered. There are lots of suspects in this story which can sometimes get confusing, but it was easy enough to keep everyone straight. It actually made it even more fun to try to figure out who did it – I kept changing my mind as to the guilty party every few chapters.
I personally enjoy paranormal or magical elements to my mystery stories, but I think you will love A Sprinkling of Murder even if that’s not usually your thing. It’s a minor element and blends into the story so well you hardly notice it’s anything out of the ordinary!
About the Author
Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. In June 2020, her new series, the Fairy Garden Mysteries debuts. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, and read, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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