Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Flowers and Foul Play (A Magic Garden Mystery #1)” as Want to Read:
Flowers and Foul Play (A Magic Garden Mystery #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Flowers and Foul Play

(A Magic Garden Mystery #1)

by
4.08  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  243 reviews
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 flori
...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books (first published May 2018)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Flowers and Foul Play, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Terri Stuhltrager The book has been released. I got the copy I just read from my local library.
Since it's a new title there may be a holds list of other people…more
The book has been released. I got the copy I just read from my local library.
Since it's a new title there may be a holds list of other people wanting to read it
Well worth the wait(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.08  · 
Rating details
 ·  883 ratings  ·  243 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Flowers and Foul Play (A Magic Garden Mystery #1)
Carrie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower is the first book in the new cozy A Magic Garden Mystery series. As the series title suggests there is a touch of magic involved in the story this time giving this cozy mystery series a touch of fantasy.

Fiona Knox got a call from a lawyer in Scotland informing her that her godfather had passed and she would be inheriting his estate. At the time Fiona wasn’t at a place in her life to take off to another country but within days of receiving the ca
...more
Juli
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Knox has had a lot of sadness in her life recently. Her fiance dumped her. She was forced to close her florist business. And her much loved Uncle Ian has died. As she tries to pick up the broken pieces of her life, she learns that Uncle Ian left her his home, Duncreigan, in Scotland. Remembering wonderful visits with him there over the years, she travels to Scotland with a heavy heart, wondering if she will ever be happy again. She's greeted by the caretaker, Hamish, who tells her a story ...more
LORI CASWELL
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A cozy cottage with a magical garden and a couple of very interesting furry creatures is what Fiona Fox finds when she arrives in Scotland. Oh, she also finds a dead body in the garden. Her godfather, Ian MacCallister, the man that shared her love of flowers has died and he has bequeathed the place to her. The garden has not flourished since Ian’s was killed in Afghanistan, but his caretaker Hamish MacGregor assures her that now that she has arrived the garden will
...more
Linda 📚
I’d been wishing for a cozy that would take me away to a whimsical, magical place for a few hours relaxation. “Flowers and Foul Play” is that creation. The story is a combination murder mystery and the mystery of how the mystical garden comes to life in protagonist Fiona Knox’s presence. Fiona’s godfather, Ian, has passed along his Scottish ancestors magic found in the garden behind the hobbit-like door. I found myself completely charmed by the animal characters who often appear in scenes. I lov ...more
Betty
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, e-books, animals
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE RECENTLY READ! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. The first book of a new series. It combines a cozy paranormal mystery with an American heiress, a missing letter, a romance, a cold case, a Magic Garden, interaction among the animals, a minister, fire, political corruption that are set in Scotland. These factors are woven together to make a spellbinding tale.
Fiona Knox life has collapsed around her. She hears from a lawyer that she has inherited her God father's s
...more
Karen
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Amanda Flower's May release Flowers and Foul Play last week and I loved this new first in series! Set in Scotland and with a magical twist this is story that I found very easy to get into and a main character that was easy to like.
In the book Fiona's life has come to a cross roads and though she is reluctant to slam the door and move on, all signs point to her ever happiness being found in Scotland. Her Godfather has left her a rather muddled mystery and magical garden, ancient grou
...more
Tari
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! It has the elements that I enjoyed so much in the Magical Bookshop series but it was set in beautiful Scotland near the sea.

Fiona Knox's uncle and godfather Ian MacCallister had left her his cottage and grounds. After a disastrous folding of her flower shop in Nashville, TN and losing her fiance to their cake decorator, Fiona had nothing left to lose. She packed herself up and went to Scotland only to find her uncle's dead lawyer in the garden and the handsome chie
...more
Meg
A light, fast read. Loved the setting of a small village in Scotland.
Kathleen
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Flowers and Foul Play” earns 5/5 Magical Gardens!

I am a fan of the Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower, so I was very eager to join in with “Flowers and Foul Play,” the first book in her new Magic Garden Mystery series. Scotland? Magic Garden? And a dead body? Amanda Flower did not disappoint. She introduces Fiona Knox who has found herself without a fiancé, without a flower shop, and without a favorite relative; the fiancé ran off with the cake decorator, the flower shop was outm
...more
Kathy Martin
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona's godfather in Scotland has passed away and left his estate, including a magical garden, to her. The inheritance comes at a good time. Fiona's flower shop in Nashville has gone under and her fiance has decided that he likes the cake decorator more. So Fiona takes her broken heart off to Scotland to settle her godfather's estate.

Upon arrival, she is greeted by Hamish who has been her Uncle Ian's caretaker and gardener during the many times Ian's military service has taken him away from Sco
...more
Cheryl
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower

Fiona is summoned to Scotland after the death of her godfather to claim the cottage he bequeathed her. She has no reason to remain stateside after her fiancé opted for a cake maker and a chain florist next to hers took her customers away and caused her to close.

Arriving, she is greeted by the long tasked caretaker, Hamish and his side kick, Duncan.. a frisky squirrel with secrets to divulge. First is the dead body deposited in the wal
...more
Mystereity Reviews
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fiona's going through a rough patch; her flower shop's gone out of business, her fiancé cheated on her and then she gets word that her beloved godfather has died and left her his cottage in Scotland. Arriving to reclaim her inheritance, she discovers the body of Alastair Croft, the lawyer handling her inheritance, dead in her once beautiful garden. Worried that the police suspect her godfather's most trusted friend and employee may be implicated, Fiona asks a few questions around town and discov ...more
Kav
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've developed a real fascination for cozy mysteries and Amanda Flower is one of my absolute favourites. I see her name and I squeal! So, it's odd that this Magical Garden series totally fell off my radar this year. Thankfully, the library has my back which is where I stumbled upon Flowers and Foul Play which resulted in a few alarmed looks because I actually did squeal.

Seriously, can it get any better than a magical Scottish garden with a centuries old cottage that comes complete wi
...more
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
Flowers and Foul Play in an enchanting first book in the Magic Garden Mystery written by award winning Amanda Flower. Fiona is blown over when she finds out that she has inherited her godfather’s house in a quaint village in Scotland. This inheritance comes with an intriguing stipulation. I enjoyed getting to know the montley crew of villagers. Will she stay in Scotland to fulfill her destiny?
*I love Flower’s description of the cozy village. It is very reminiscent of the charming village i
...more
April Freeman
Flowers and Foul play was a pretty good book. I do like mystery books, particularly ones that are set in small towns. This book reminds me somewhat of an Agatha Christie mystery in the setting.

Fiona Knox arrives in Duncreigan, Scotland, having been abandoned by her fiancee and lost her flower shop in Tennessee. She's inherited her Godfather's estate including a mystical walled garden in which she discovers the dead body of a village attorney. Out of loyalty to her Godfather's gardener, Hamish w
...more
Nicole
Flowers and Foul Play, the first Magic Garden Mystery by author Amanda Flower, introduces American Fiona Knox who has inherited a small Scottish cottage and garden from her late godfather, Ian MacCallister. The inheritance was a shock, and couldn't have come at a better time since her fiance jilted her and she lost her business all within the same week. Even more remarkable, however, is the revelation that the garden is magical, and with Ian's passing Fiona is now its keeper. She's also inherite ...more
Mayda
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy, magical
This charming tale takes readers to Scotland where magic and murder mix. Fiona inherits a cottage and grounds from her Scottish godfather. It all seems too wonderful, but trouble invades the little village when a developer wants to buy coastal land for condominiums and the owner wants to sell to him. However, there’s a snag in the deal when a dead body is found in Fiona’s garden. This mystery is peopled with delightful characters, as well as a couple of despicable ones, but the best part of the ...more
Lisa Morin
Flowers and Foul Play is the first in a new series by Amanda Flower.
The premise of the story is simple, Fiona has lost her Godfather and learns she is the keeper of a magical garden.
Normally when I pick up a book by this author, I'm deep in the mystery and enjoying every but of it.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen this time.
I kept waiting for that moment that the story grabbed my attention, but it just didn't work out.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book pro
...more
Deb
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a magical wonderful cozy mystery that sweeps you up into murder with a mystical element that keeps you enthralled throughout the book.
Fiona's life is in a jumble and she hopes moving to Scotland to the place her GodFather left her will give her purpose and a new beginning, but little did she know that his garden was special and mystical. She finds herself in the middle of a murder, that for her, could be dangerous or down right deadly and of course in a small village people will assum
...more
Kimmie
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, 2018
As an avid reader of the cozy mystery genre, I knew I would enjoy "Flowers and Foul Play" by Amanda Flower. What I didn't anticipate was HOW MUCH I would enjoy it. For starters, the story is set in Scotland, and the book is filled with wonderful descriptions of what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The main characters (and some of the minor ones) are realistically drawn and likable. The animals are also wonderful: There is Ivanhoe the cat, Duncan the delightful tame squirrel, a ...more
Joann
I was hoping to get my teeth into a new cozy and thought this one by Amanda Flowers would do it, but alas no. I loved her "Magical Bookshop" series and wish she would have continued that one instead of veering off on a new one. It seems like she only does a couple of books in a series and then goes on to another one. This one was too magical for me and I didn't like any of the main characters. I liked Duncan, the squirrel the best.
Gloria
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flowers and Foul Play is the first in a new series, A Magic Garden Mystery, by Amanda Flower and takes place in Scotland. Fiona Knox leaves Nashville and goes to Scotland when she receives news that she has inherited her godfather's cottage, Duncraigan, near the village of Bellewick on the coast of Scotland near the North Sea. Fiona's dad is Scottish and her mom is American. They met when her mom was at St. Andrews for a summer study abroad. Her Uncle Ian MacCalister was her father's best friend ...more
Kim
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiona’s life in Tennessee seems to be falling apart so when she is notified of her Godfather’s passing and that he left her his cottage in Scotland she headed to there to decide what to do with her life. Fiona thought she would most likely start her life over in Scotland, but after she discovers a dead body in the garden of her newly inherited cottage she begins to have second thoughts. Fiona can’t help but get involved in the investigation when it seems the elderly caretaker and her Godfather’s ...more
Kristina
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful new cozy mystery. I love the setting in this book. We are in a small Scotland town where there is a magical garden. Fiona arrives to find the garden dead, but it come to life the more she is around it. Unfortunately, she also finds a dead body in this special garden. Hamish, the caretaker, is the primary suspect, and Fiona knows he would not harm a soul. To keep him out of jail, Fiona must track down the real culprit. I love the setting in Flowers and Foul Play. We get beautiful descr ...more
Linda
For childhood fans of The Secret Garden, this is a delightful new mystery series that also features a magic garden. Fiona Knox has recently learned that her godfather has passed away and left her his property in Scotland (which includes a garden that springs to life with the proper loving hand). With her life in disarray, she decides to take a chance and fly there to revisit the cottage. But the dead body in the garden definitely puts a damper on her visit, especially when her godfather's longti ...more
Patty
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower is the 1st book in A Magic Garden Mystery series, and I loved iaance ran off with the cake decorator and the florist closed because a big chair ran them out of business. When her Godfather Ian MacCallister dies and leaves her his cottage in Edinburgh, Scotland what does she have to lose. Unfortunately when Fiona gets to the cottage, there is a dead body in the garden, and she must find the real killer and save Ian long time caretaker Hamish. What a great ma ...more
Andree
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
2.5 stars really, but I rounded down because it felt too... simplistic? I don't know, it's very paint-by-the-numbers cozy mystery. I like the idea of the premise, but it felt poorly fleshed out. The main character is the keeper of the garden, but there's no explanation of how that works. It seems automatic, to the degree that it feels like anyone could do it. It's far too easy. I do like the village though. And I suppose the author should be commended for setting the story in Scotland, and manag ...more
Kimberly
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I just finished and all I can think about with this book is the fact that there is something going on with Fiona and Neill. He kiss her body parts TWICE! She was only there for 3 DAYS and he was already kissing her body parts!!!!
The characters and setting were a great start for this series. I could feel the cold wind and rain while reading. It does feel a bit slow, but don't let that distract you from continuing with the book.
And Duncan! How could I forget about Duncan the squirrel! I can
...more
Debbie Riley
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona, who has lost her fiance to the cake decorator and had to close her flower shops, decides to go to Scotland since her godfather has died. When she goes into the garden she notices a dead body, who happens to be her godfather's lawyer. Fiona is determined to solve the murder.

This is the first book in the magic garden series. This book is a quick and easy read. I finished it in two days. The author keeps your attention and keeps you guessing who the murderer is. I was in the last
...more
Cheryl
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona lost her fiancé and her flower shop but when her godfather in Scotland dies she inherits his house and his garden. She flies to Scotland and finds the garden dead and a dead man in it. She has to figure out why he was killed and why the garden starts growing as soon as she walks in. A good show of place and all the hardships on the house she inherits.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shelved Under Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #2)
  • Cake and Punishment (A Southern Cake Baker Mystery, #1)
  • Read and Gone (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #2)
  • A Soufflé of Suspicion (A French Bistro Mystery #2)
  • Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)
  • Batter Off Dead (A Southern Cake Baker Mystery, #2)
  • Marigolds for Malice (Enchanted Garden Mystery, #3)
  • Better Off Read (Bookmobile Mystery #1)
  • The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)
  • Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries, #1)
  • Trouble on the Books (Castle Bookshop Mystery #1)
  • The Coloring Crook (Pen & Ink Mysteries, #2)
  • Murder by the Book (Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery, #1)
  • 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, #2)
  • Goodbye Cruller World (Deputy Donut Mystery #2)
  • Hitting the Books (Library Lover's Mystery, #9)
  • Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop, #2)
  • Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2)
See similar books…
1,266 followers
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, ...more

Other books in the series

A Magic Garden Mystery (3 books)
  • Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)
  • Mums and Mayhem (A Magic Garden Mystery #3)