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Death and Daisies: 10/21/20

Death and Daisies

Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower and narrated by Eilidh Beaton is the second in the Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox has returned to her new home at Duncreigan. Her younger sister, Isla, has come along to spend some time in Scotland and help her run her new flower shop.

Fiona has continued to earn the ire of the local minister. When he's found dead after the grand opening of her shop, Fiona worries that she might be the prime suspect again. She's not, but she still feels compelled to help investigate.

I happened to be listening to this audiobook mystery in the same week I was reading The Missing Years by Lexie Elliot (2019). Both share a similar landscape and similar characters and plot points. The big difference here is that magic actually exists and Fiona is learning how it works.

As with Flowers and Foul Play (2018), Amanda Flower builds her mystery through a strong sense of place. Here it's the high street, the harbor, and the church. How characters interact with their environment gives good insight into motives.

Four stars

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