My Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
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 . . .
I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
This is a fun cozy mystery series with fairies. I love the unique addition of fairies and the role they play in the story. This is the second book in the series and after enjoying book 1 I was excited for book 2. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped. I think it might’ve been my reading mood, but the mystery in this one just didn’t grip me and that made it hard to really enjoy the story. The fairy element is awesome and I enjoyed reading about the actual fairies and their personalities as well as how the main characters makes fairy gardens.
The mystery in this one didn’t fully grip me sadly. There’s the victim whose an unlikable women and many didn’t like her or had reason to want her out of the way. There were plenty of suspects, but for some reason I just wasn’t invested. The main character Courtney gets involved as the mother of her best friend is the main suspect. Courtney then tries to figure out what happened. While the mystery didn’t keep my attention I did like the twist at the end.
My favorite part of this series is the fun theme with the fairies and the fairy gardens. I like the scenes where Courtney creates a fairy garden or spends time in her store. There are actual fairies as well and I liked the little bit of magical they add to the story.
To summarize: This is a fun cozy mystery series with a fairy theme. the main character makes fairy gardens and there are actual fairies too which add a touch of the magical. Unfortunately the mystery in this one didn’t really grip me. There is a nice twist toward the end.