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Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop - but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation. 

Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in Scotland, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. 

But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles - with a dead body in the garden. Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is already being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized. 

But it’s Craig’s fixation on Uncle Ian’s loyal caretaker, Hamish, as a prime suspect, that really makes her worried. As Fiona strolls the town, she quickly realizes there are a whole bouquet of suspects much more likely to have killed Alastair Croft, the dead lawyer who seems to have had more enemies than friends. Now it’s up to Fiona to clear Hamish’s name before it’s too late in Flowers and Foul Play, USA Today best-selling author Amanda Flower’s spellbinding first Magic Garden mystery.

©2018 Amanda Flower (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-07-18

Not for me

I usually enjoy Amanda Flower's books- this one not so much. The story seemed to go on and on without getting to a point. I didn't find any of the characters engaging and the magical aspect of the book fell flat. I simply didn't get the point.

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  • Deborah
  • Pagosa Springs, CO, United States
  • 05-10-18

Such a cute story

I love Amanda Flower’s books. The setting in Scotland was so refreshing. From the get go I fell in love with her characters and look forward to seeing them develop in future books. Marvelous job Amanda ❤️

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GOOD BOOK

I MAY LISTEN TO THE NEXT BOOK, BUT THE READER REALLY NEEDS TO BE TOLD HOW TO PRONOUNCE CERTAIN WORDS IF SHE IS GOING TI USE AN AMERICAN ACCENT. PROTEST, SCHEDULE, SQUIRREL, ETC. I KNOW I WOULD MISPRONOUNCE MANY WORDS IN THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH, BUT I AM NOT RECORDING BOOKS. OTHERWISE, THE SERIES HAS PROMISE.

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decent story but not a fan of the narrator

narrator caused me to change speed to try to deal with the narration. i’m a southern girl and pronunciation of son of the sentences were not authentic..

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Cute story

This is my first book from this author, enjoyed it. The voice performance was pretty good, occasionally got the accents confused, but overall was good.

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Great entertainment

Pleasure to listen to and kept my attention. Definitely held my attention. I looked forward to listening.

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A magical garden and a dead lawyer

In <strong>Flowers and Foul Play</strong> by Amanda Knox, Fiona Knox moves to Scotland from her home in Nashville, Tennessee after losing her flower shop business and being dumped by her fiance. She has just learned that her godfather, Ian MacCallister, has left her his entire estate of Duncreigan in Belwick, Scotland, and she intends to move there to make a new start on life. Upon arriving at Duncreigan, Fiona is happy to be greeted by an old friend, Hamish MacGregor, the longtime gardener of her "Uncle Ian's," who lets Fiona into Ian's cottage. But soon after Fiona enters the house, Duncan the tame squirrel, sort of a pet of Hamish's, darts in through the window and takes off with the large, ancient key that opens the house.

Fiona and Hamish chase after Duncan, who leads Fiona towards the walled garden that was Ian's pride and which is always kept locked. But this time it is not, and Fiona lets herself into the garden to be halted in shock at the sight: The garden is fully dead. Catching up to Fiona, Hamish tells the young heiress that the garden began to die the moment that Ian was killed in combat in Afghanistan. But as soon as Fiona landed in Scotland, the rose at the standing stone in the middle of the garden started blooming again and is now bright yellow. Now that Fiona is home, the garden will return to life, something Hamish learned from a letter sent to him upon Ian's death and that includes mention of a letter intended for Fiona, a letter she has never received. As the pair look in the garden, Fiona spots a boot, and the boot is attached to the leg of a dead man. Alastair Croft, the solicitor who had called Fiona to tell her of her inheritance from her Uncle Ian, lies dead in the garden.

As Detective Inspector Neil Craig starts his investigation, it soon becomes apparent that he is focusing on Hamish. Certain that her godfather's close friend cannot have murdered the lawyer, especially since Alastair was killed before being brought to the garden, Fiona does her own investigating, finding numerous other suspects for Neil.

I am not usually drawn to books with magic, but I really enjoyed <strong>Flowers and Foul Play</strong>. The magic here is gentle, friendly, and truly sweet. The mystery plot has some interesting details as it travels through the windy paths it takes to reach its final destination of a solution. The book kept me drawn to the plot, and I really appreciated the fun details.

The main characters have plenty of life to them, giving plenty of delight as we get to know them. We find ourselves wanting to fight with Fiona for Hamish MacGregor because we have come to appreciate the gardener. Duncan proves to be a really cute sidekick, and this is the first squirrel I can recall as a tame character in a book. Further, I appreciated the slow, gentle romance that starts to develop between Inspector Neil Craig and Fiona, taking things slowly. I appreciate the slow pace of the romance, given the fact that Fiona has just been dumped by her fiancee.

I was impressed by the performance of Eilidh Beaton in the audio edition of this book. She handles the numerous accents deftly, moving smoothly between Fiona's Nashville accent, Alastair's partner's London accent, Precia Kapoor's Indian accent, and the many other characters' Scottish accents. Besides her gift with the accents, Beaton does a fantastic job of creating voices that cleverly suit each one. Beaton transports us to the world that Flower has so beautifully created in Belwick, Scotland, making the pair of women an effective team.

<strong>Foul Play and Flowers</strong> turned out to be a fun, creative book that I enjoyed listening to. It kept me highly entertained throughout with both its mystery plot and flavorful haracters. I look forward to the next book's getting released in this new series. I give the book five stars.

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Interesting

This was a murder mystery with a magical garden. I'm not into stories that deal with magic but this is a mystery with a light touch of a magic garden and animals, which gave it an interesting twist. I don't know where the garden and animals will lead to but I hope future stories will concentrate on the mystery and not get carried away with the magic. I like the characters and the plot. It took a while for me to get used to the accent but once I did, I was able to understand the narrator and follow the story. The narrator did great with all the different accents (Southern, Scottish, and British) as well as both male and female voices. Curious to hear what the next book in this series will cover.

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loved it!!

Amanda Flower continues to be one of my favorite cozy authors. this book is a solid fun read.

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