Friday, March 24, 2023

Book Review and Giveaway - A Flicker of a Doubt (A Fairy Garden Mystery) by Daryl Wood Gerber

My Review

Courtney Kelly owns a fairy gardening business, creating delightful fairy gardens while she communicates with some real live fairies. When her best friend, Meaghan's, ex-boyfriend is killed, Courtney works to solve the mystery. She is helped by her little fairy friend Fiona.

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries.  I have seen fairy gardens and find them charming, and the idea of fairies being actual characters in this book was intriguing to me.  I have not read the previous books in this series but had no problem enjoying A Flicker of a Doubt as a standalone mystery.  (That said, I now do want to read the rest of the series!)

This is such a unique cozy mystery.  I really liked Courtney and especially her fairy friends, who brought an element of whimsey to this mystery.  

A Flicker of a Doubt is an intriguing mystery with a number of viable suspects, and I enjoyed following along as Courtney worked to solve the mystery.  I enjoyed the art world setting.

A small note, but I really loved the little fairy quotes and lines of poetry that started each chapter.  They added a lot to the book for me!

This was a fun read and a real change of pace for me.  I recommend A Flicker of a Doubt for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who is intrigued by fairy gardens or who likes whimsical elements in storytelling.

Book Synopsis

Fairies are trending hard, especially when it comes to fairy garden décor in Walmart and Target and on Amazon. The latest installment in the nationally bestselling Daryl Wood Gerber’s Fairy Garden mysteries is a perfect read for Laura Childs readers and all fans of whimsy and charm.  

With a theater foundation tea and an art show planned at Violet Vickers’s estate, Courtney is hired to create charming fairy gardens for the event. It’s not so charming, however, when her best friend Meaghan’s ex-boyfriend turns out to be Violet’s latest artistic protégé.  Even worse, not long after Meaghan locks horns with him, his body is found in her yard, bludgeoned with an objet d’murder.  

There’s a gallery of suspects, from an unstable former flame to an arts and crafts teacher with a sketchy past. But when the cops focus on Meaghan’s business partner, who’s like a protective older brother to her, and discover he also has a secret financial motive, Courtney decides to draw her own conclusions. Fearing they’re missing the forest for the trees, and with some help from Fiona the sleuthing fairy, she hopes to make them see the light . . .

Author Bio

Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Fairy Garden Mysteries, Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned 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. She has a frisky Goldendoodle who keeps her in line. And she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and hitch-hike around Ireland alone. You can learn more on her website: httsp://

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1 comment:

Daryl a.k.a. Avery said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm happy that you enjoyed the whimsy as well as the art world. Enjoy the rest of the series! ~ Fairy best wishes, Daryl