Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Book Feature, Review, & #Giveaway ~ A Glimmer of a Clue (A Fairy Garden Mystery, Book 2) by Daryl Wood Gerber @darylwoodgerber #CozyMystery @KensingtonBooks


A Glimmer of a Clue (A Fairy Garden Mystery) by Daryl Wood Gerber

About A Glimmer of a Clue:


A Glimmer of a Clue 

A Fairy Garden Mystery, Book 2

Cozy Mystery 

Publisher: Kensington 

Publish Date: June 29, 2021

Paperback: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496726367

ISBN-13: 978-1496726360

Digital ASIN: B08KKXNQW8

Courtney Kelly has a shop full of delights, a cat named Pixie, a green thumb—and a magical touch when it comes to garden design. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, things aren’t all sweetness and fairy lights . . .

When Courtney’s friend Wanda gets into a ponytail-pulling wrestling match in public with a nasty local art critic, Courtney stops the fight with the help of a garden hose. But Lana Lamar has a talent for escalating things and creating tension, which she succeeds in doing by threatening a lawsuit, getting into yet another scuffle—in the midst of an elegant fundraiser, no less—and lobbing insults around like pickleballs.

Next thing Courtney knows, Lana is on the floor, stabbed with a decorative letter opener from one of Courtney's fairy gardens, and Wanda is standing by asking “What have I done?” But the answer may not be as obvious as it seems, since Wanda is prone to sleepwalking and appears to be in a daze. Could she have risen from her nap and committed murder while unconscious? Or is the guilty party someone else Lana’s ticked off, like her long-suffering husband? To find out, Courtney will have to dig up some dirt . .

My Review:

Welcome back to Carmel, California, complete with a quaint, small-town feel and fairies fluttering around. Business is booming at Courtney Kelly's fairy garden shop, Open Your Imagination. The popularity of her fairy gardens and classes continue to gain traction.

All is not fairy magic and pixie dust when two residents, Wanda and Lana, cause a huge scene in public. Lana, it seems, causes controversy everywhere she goes, including the next day during a fundraiser. When Lana is found dead later that evening with Wanda standing next to the body, Courtney knows Wanda didn't commit the crime. Unfortunately, all evidence points solely to her. 

Courtney puts on her amateur sleuthing cap to uncover who wanted Lana dead and who might be framing Wanda and why.

This is a very unique story with unique elements. I enjoyed the fairy garden shop setting, complete with a live fairy. The characters are fun and exciting. I enjoyed Courtney's character. She's trying to remain independent from her father. Her business is successful and thriving. 

Her sleuthing skills have improved dramatically in book two. I enjoyed reading her thought processes, deductions, and reasonings as she works through the clues she knows first hand and those she's researched.  The author delivers several suspects with means and motive, making figuring out who-dun-it difficult. There are twists and turns and red herrings, and while I may have suspected, I never was really sure. I'm looking forward to book 3.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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About Daryl Wood Gerber:

Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the Fairy Garden Mysteries, and the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Daryl loves to cook, fairy garden, and read, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle who keeps her in line!

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  1. Sapphyria, I'm so excited that you enjoyed this story. I always like to make my readers work for the solution. :) Thanks for the lovely review. ~ Daryl