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Flowers and Foul Play–a magical read!

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Flowers and Foul Play

by Amanda Flower

Flowers and Foul PlayFlowers and Foul Play is an appropriately magical read. Fiona Knox receives a surprise inheritance when her Scottish godfather dies in the war in Afghanistan and wills everything to her including his land, cottage, and a walled garden with a reputation for being magical. It seems Fiona, a florist by trade, is somehow connected to the garden. Unfortunately, after her long flight from Tennessee to Scotland, she tours her garden and discovers a dead body.

Everything about the story is enjoyable. The plot has a lot of twists and turns. The characters are interesting, including the welcoming Lee who owns the Bellewick pub, Hamish, the elderly garden caretaker, and Chief Inspector Neil Craig  who is not only very competent, but also very handsome. Of course, everything is very Scottish and the setting makes this cozy mystery even more interesting. Author Amanda Flower throws in a huge mehir in the garden, tales of an ancestor’s shipwreck, and a local controversy over a real estate deal with environmental implications. The result is a book I didn’t want to put down until the mystery was solved.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5 

Category: Mystery

Notes: #1 in the Magic Garden Mystery Series

Publication:   May 8, 2018—Crooked Lane Books

Memorable Lines:

“If you think this is a rough night in Scotland, you are in for a rude awakening my lass, a very rude awakening indeed. We have storms that come off the sea that will curl your toes and make seasoned Highlanders hide under their beds.”

It reminded me again how old everything in Scotland was. In Nashville, the city practically builds a force field around a house that was built in the 1800s, to protect it from wear and tear. But the 1800s weren’t even a blip on the timeline in a place like Bellewick, where most of the buildings dated back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

“I think that is what his death has taught me the most: don’t count on someday because someday will never come. Too many people put off fighting for what they want until what they think will be a better time—after they’re married, after the kids are grown, after retirement—but the truth is, there is never a better time for anything.”


  1. Wendy says:

    That sounds like a fun read. I’m picking it up for the plane ride next week.

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  2. Cozynookbks says:

    I think I skipped this one because of the magical element. I love the cover though.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I was afraid I would not like enjoy it for the same reason, but the magical elements are not of the ghosts, seances, ouije board types of paranormal features. They are more of ancient Celtic beliefs of connections between land and people. Whereas I don’t read paranormals, I found this interesting but not offensive, and it certainly did not change my religious beliefs. Everyone has a different tolerance level in fiction, however, and it might not be the right book for you.

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