Title: A Sprinkling of Murder
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
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 Courtney 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. 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 her patio 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 source . . .
A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book in the new cozy A Fairy Garden Mystery series. While this new series falls solidly into the cozy mystery genre it does have a bit of a paranormal twist with the main character interacting with faeries. Also, as with most cozies the book does have a fully solved mystery within so it can be read as a standalone without worry of a huge cliffhanger.
As a child Courtney Kelly loved faeries and could see and interact with them until the age of ten when Courtney lost her mother. Now as an adult though Courtney has rediscovered the ability when she took over her father’s landscaping business in the small town of Carmel, California.
Courtney has been making a success running the business as a fairy garden business and teashop. Courtney teaches garden design with all things faerie and has plans of a book club for the teashop. However, all the success is at risk when Courtney finds the body of a neighboring business owner right on her property.
Having the touch of paranormal involved in this new series I couldn’t help but be curious if it would be another of those overly quirky reads I would love. Unfortunately as much as this one had a solid mystery which I enjoyed I also didn’t find myself really connecting with these new characters just yet as it seemed there was quite a bit going on to get to know for a first book. For me this one ended at three stars but it does have potential to grow on me in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Agatha Award–winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense, which include the titles Day of Secrets and Girl on the Run. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in Murder, She Wrote. She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!