Mini-Review: A Sprinkling of Murder (Book #1: A Fairy Garden Mystery Series) by Daryl Wood Gerber

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Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she 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 and trickling fountains. 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 a 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 new friend . . .

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Source: NetGalley and Kensington          Rating: 2½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Once again, I find myself in the minority when it comes to star ratings on a book.  I struggled through this book from page one to the very end and that made me angry because I really wanted to love this read.  It has everything I normally love in a cozy mystery and even has a dash of the paranormal, but somehow none of this came together for me.  I found most of the characters to be rather flat, the plot to be rather cliché, and the addition of the fairies to somehow be beyond the realm of possibility, even in a fiction book.  To be completely honest, I am not sure why this read didn’t work for me, but as I finally made it to the end, I realized, I won’t be giving the series a second chance.  I think this may simply be an instance of “not for me” but I can absolutely see how this book is appealing to other readers.

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