Daisies For Innocence by Bailey Cattrell is the first book in the NEW “Enchanted Garden” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, January 2016
From Bailey Cattrell—who writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Bakery Mysteries as Bailey Cates—comes the first Enchanted Garden Mystery featuring custom perfume maker Elliana Allbright.
The Enchanted Garden behind Elliana Allbright’s perfume shop draws people of all ages with its fragrant flowers and lush greenery. But when the magical serenity is interrupted, it’s up to Ellie to sniff out a killer.
Ellie’s life has blossomed in Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense, a custom-made-perfume store. Her skills with aromas and botanical essences—some from her very own garden—seem almost. . .supernatural. Her perfumes can evoke emotions, bring about change, or simply make people happy. Customers are flocking to the store to buy her wares or just to sit in her beautiful garden, sip tea and enjoy homemade cookies.
But she smells trouble when she learns that her part-time assistant Josie is dating her ex. And before she can tell the young woman to beware of his charms, she finds Josie dead in the Enchanted Garden. Now the prime suspect in Josie’s murder, Ellie must search for the real culprit in Josie’s past—because it’ll take a miracle to nip this problem in the bud.
This was a very enjoyable book that entertained me with a mystery that was full of twists and turns that led to some surprises in a captivating light drama that kept my interest and was hard to put down. I liked the way the author set-up this mystery by strategically planting clues that kept my nose to the ground as I had to know how this will all play out. The author did a great job fusing the murder mystery with aromatherapy which enriched the narrative of this story. Ellie is a likable amateur sleuth and she plays off the characters very well. With a comfortable tone, a small town atmosphere, engaging dialogue, a little romance and a well-rounded cast of characters, I look forward to the next book in this charmingly delightful series.