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A famous fiddler has been kilt. A magic garden's left to wilt. Does Fiona Knox's father hold the guilt? Will florist Fiona's blood be spilt? World-famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in blustery Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for a grand homecoming concert organized by jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop, is starting to reg A famous fiddler has been kilt. A magic garden's left to wilt. Does Fiona Knox's father hold the guilt? Will florist Fiona's blood be spilt? World-famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in blustery Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for a grand homecoming concert organized by jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop, is starting to regret volunteering to help with the concert. Bernice is an exacting taskmaster, and Fiona has enough tension dealing with her parents, who have traveled from Tennessee to visit Fi and her younger sister, Isla, and to reveal a secret about Fi's birth. But when Barley is found dead in his trailer during the concert's intermission, and his death is shockingly tied to Fiona's father, Fiona discovers there are more secrets surrounding her family than she realized. Much to the chagrin of handsome Neil Craig, Chief Inspector of the County Aberdeen Police, Fiona delves into the case to clear her father's name. To make matters worse, Fiona learns that Duncreigan, the magical garden that she inherited from her godfather, is dying. At some point during the concert, someone broke into the garden and cut the centuries-old climbing rose--the source of the garden's magic--from the standing stone. The stakes are higher than ever and Fiona could lose all that she's grown unless she's able to dispel this terrible curse and dig up the truth--fast.


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A famous fiddler has been kilt. A magic garden's left to wilt. Does Fiona Knox's father hold the guilt? Will florist Fiona's blood be spilt? World-famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in blustery Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for a grand homecoming concert organized by jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop, is starting to reg A famous fiddler has been kilt. A magic garden's left to wilt. Does Fiona Knox's father hold the guilt? Will florist Fiona's blood be spilt? World-famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in blustery Bellewick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for a grand homecoming concert organized by jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop, is starting to regret volunteering to help with the concert. Bernice is an exacting taskmaster, and Fiona has enough tension dealing with her parents, who have traveled from Tennessee to visit Fi and her younger sister, Isla, and to reveal a secret about Fi's birth. But when Barley is found dead in his trailer during the concert's intermission, and his death is shockingly tied to Fiona's father, Fiona discovers there are more secrets surrounding her family than she realized. Much to the chagrin of handsome Neil Craig, Chief Inspector of the County Aberdeen Police, Fiona delves into the case to clear her father's name. To make matters worse, Fiona learns that Duncreigan, the magical garden that she inherited from her godfather, is dying. At some point during the concert, someone broke into the garden and cut the centuries-old climbing rose--the source of the garden's magic--from the standing stone. The stakes are higher than ever and Fiona could lose all that she's grown unless she's able to dispel this terrible curse and dig up the truth--fast.

30 review for Mums and Mayhem

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Fiona Knox, owner of Climbing Rose Flower shop and recent resident of Bellewick, Aberdeenshire from America, after her god father willed her Duncreigan and its magical garden, was helping prepare for the fiddle playing concert by a famous Barley McFee, a long-ago resident of Bellewick who hadn’t returned for many years. The town’s occupants were looking forward to the concert and the tourists it would bring to their businesses. Fiona’s sister Isla lived not far from her and they were both looking Fiona Knox, owner of Climbing Rose Flower shop and recent resident of Bellewick, Aberdeenshire from America, after her god father willed her Duncreigan and its magical garden, was helping prepare for the fiddle playing concert by a famous Barley McFee, a long-ago resident of Bellewick who hadn’t returned for many years. The town’s occupants were looking forward to the concert and the tourists it would bring to their businesses. Fiona’s sister Isla lived not far from her and they were both looking forward to their parents arriving from Tennessee. Fiona had recently discovered something about her past, so she was a little nervous. And Fiona’s magical garden had had a visitor – the garden was dying. But it was during intermission, when Barley was meant to be back on stage, that the worst happened. When Fiona discovered the fiddle player was dead in the tour bus, she immediately called Chief Inspector Neil Craig – also her boyfriend – to find the killer. Could Fiona discover why the magical garden was dying? Could she fix it? And would she be able to discover who had murdered Barley. Mums and Mayhem is the 3rd in A Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower – with chrysanthemums being the Mums in the title (clever I thought) Fiona loves flowers and her florist shop was filled with the different scents and blooms of a large variety. Her garden back at Duncreigan was also filled with flowers; their calming nature always worked for her. The mystery was light, the characters a mixed bunch. Recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Mums & Mayhem is the third book in the Magic Garden Mystery series. I really love this series and look forward to each new book! I like the characters, the setting and the premise of a magical garden passed down in a family. I enjoyed this newest visit to Bellewick. Fiona Knox finds herself investigating the death of a famous fiddler player to clear her father's name. And, someone breaks into the magic garden, threatening to end its magic. I was glued to every word from start to finish -- there' Mums & Mayhem is the third book in the Magic Garden Mystery series. I really love this series and look forward to each new book! I like the characters, the setting and the premise of a magical garden passed down in a family. I enjoyed this newest visit to Bellewick. Fiona Knox finds herself investigating the death of a famous fiddler player to clear her father's name. And, someone breaks into the magic garden, threatening to end its magic. I was glued to every word from start to finish -- there's a lot going on in this story! The plot is engaging and the storyline is perfectly paced. There is a lot going on, but it doesn't muddle up the main plot line. There is also some good character development in this newest story. I can't wait for the next book!! This series never disappoints me! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    A Magic Garden series is one of my favorite cozy mystery. Mums and Mayhem is book #3, but can be read as a stand alone. Barley McFee, world famous fiddle player returned to Bellewick, Aberdeenshire Scotland for a homecoming concert. He was late to perform and was found dead in his tour bus by Fiona Knox, the new Keeper and owner of the magic garden from Nashville, Tennessee. Who would want the guy dead? If that wasn't bad enough the next morning Fiona discovered her Duncreigan magical garden was A Magic Garden series is one of my favorite cozy mystery. Mums and Mayhem is book #3, but can be read as a stand alone. Barley McFee, world famous fiddle player returned to Bellewick, Aberdeenshire Scotland for a homecoming concert. He was late to perform and was found dead in his tour bus by Fiona Knox, the new Keeper and owner of the magic garden from Nashville, Tennessee. Who would want the guy dead? If that wasn't bad enough the next morning Fiona discovered her Duncreigan magical garden was dying by an intruder who cut the centuries old climbing rose from the menhir which is the heart of the garden. This is a nice break from thrillers I often read - a fun and light mystery, scones and chai. Flower shop/magical garden/Scottish Fold/Scotland.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop is an American who moved to Scotland to care for her inheritance, a secret garden that is passed down to each generation of caretakers. Unsure why she has been chosen, Fiona has made Scotland her home to find answers, care for the garden and solve a mystery or two. In this edition, a world famous fiddle player has returned to his hometown for a homecoming concert only to be brutally murdered. Fiona's parents also arrive from America and, surpris Fiona Knox, owner of the Climbing Rose Flower Shop is an American who moved to Scotland to care for her inheritance, a secret garden that is passed down to each generation of caretakers. Unsure why she has been chosen, Fiona has made Scotland her home to find answers, care for the garden and solve a mystery or two. In this edition, a world famous fiddle player has returned to his hometown for a homecoming concert only to be brutally murdered. Fiona's parents also arrive from America and, surprisingly, Fiona discovers that her parents, her deceased godfather and the dead fiddler were once great friends. The more Fiona digs into the murder, the more questions she has about her own past and identity. What she discovers will leave her and the reader shocked. I absolutely adore this cozy mystery. The villagers are all so cranky and wonderful and Scottish and marvelous and Fiona is a great protagonist.The garden itself is magical but to the point where you will gag on cloying fantasy and paranormal. It's mystical properties are "just right." There's a hint of romance, a well written plot and good character development set in a dear little town. What more could you ask for in a cozy mystery? Mums and Mayhem is the third in A Magic Garden Mystery series but I read it as a stand alone without any problems. It did, however, make me want to read the first two books: Flowers and Foul Play and Death and Daisies which I readily found at my local library. I heartily recommend all three of these delightful books to you today.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Which is worse? A visit from your parents who desperately want you and/or your sister to move back home and who have kept the secret of your birthfather from you your whole life or being embroiled in another murder investigation? Actually, worse is having both happen at the same time and toss in that someone has vandalized your not so secret magic garden! I absolutely love this series and this book is by far the best yet! Yes, I say that after each book, but I really do mean it each time! I can' Which is worse? A visit from your parents who desperately want you and/or your sister to move back home and who have kept the secret of your birthfather from you your whole life or being embroiled in another murder investigation? Actually, worse is having both happen at the same time and toss in that someone has vandalized your not so secret magic garden! I absolutely love this series and this book is by far the best yet! Yes, I say that after each book, but I really do mean it each time! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Great characters that you connect with and wish they could be your actual friends as well as a charming setting make you hope the next book will come quickly. Although the multi-layered plotting may be the actual meat of the book and keeps you entertained and wanting more, the characters will charm you and keep you wanting more, more, more!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    When I saw this as a Read Now on Netgalley, I eagerly snatched it up! In Mums and Mayhem, Fi has her hands full. Not only is she helping out with a homecoming concert put on by a superstar musician to the small village of Bellewick, but her parents are also in town to visit (and to guilt the girls into returning to run the family farm) and to cap it all off, someone killed the magic garden she's been tasked with keeping! I really enjoyed the main mystery, who killed superstar fiddler Barley. Plen When I saw this as a Read Now on Netgalley, I eagerly snatched it up! In Mums and Mayhem, Fi has her hands full. Not only is she helping out with a homecoming concert put on by a superstar musician to the small village of Bellewick, but her parents are also in town to visit (and to guilt the girls into returning to run the family farm) and to cap it all off, someone killed the magic garden she's been tasked with keeping! I really enjoyed the main mystery, who killed superstar fiddler Barley. Plenty of people were angry with Barley but who was angry enough to kill him? Fingers were pointed all in all directions and even Fiona's father is a suspect! In the end, the true killer was a surprise and the exciting ending made for a real page turner. But it was the magic garden was what sucked me into this series from the beginning; I've been under the spell of magic gardens ever since I read The Secret Garden at the age of 9. It was with a sense of dread when Fiona discovered the garden dying. How could this happen? Who would do such a thing? It wasn't hard to figure out, but the why was was a head scratcher and I wondered why Fiona hadn't noticed the tell tale clue. The reasons for the vandalism were unnecessary. Although there was no legal recourse, I would've asked a few of the old salty dogs at the shipyard to handle the situation for me. It was good to see Fiona and her parents settle a few issues and come to an understanding. But I have to say, Isla is an annoying woman who acts like a bratty 8 year old and the more annoying she gets, the more Fiona (and her parents) seem to shrug it off. I don't get it. Go home, Isla. Marry a farmer. Go be a problem somewhere else. Overall, a solid mystery and a very enjoyable read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the 3rd A Magic Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you have not delved into Flowers and Foul Play or Death and Daisies. Fiona Knox is the Keeper of a magical garden at Duncreigan in Bellewick, Scotland. She also recently opened her flower shop, Climbing Rose. Fiona is a smart, friendly, and caring woman who has embraced her new life in Bellewick. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Chief Inspector Neil Craig when not at her shop or work Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the 3rd A Magic Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you have not delved into Flowers and Foul Play or Death and Daisies. Fiona Knox is the Keeper of a magical garden at Duncreigan in Bellewick, Scotland. She also recently opened her flower shop, Climbing Rose. Fiona is a smart, friendly, and caring woman who has embraced her new life in Bellewick. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Chief Inspector Neil Craig when not at her shop or working in her garden. Of course, Fiona’s sister, Isla is still in town. She is the flighty sort who acts before she thinks. Isla has fallen in love with Seth MacGregor who has dropped out of medical school and has a gambling problem (every mother’s dream). I believe he changes jobs more often than his socks. Isla’s talkativeness gets Fiona into more than one jam. Mums and Mayhem is a delightful book to read. Great characters, a charming town, and a murder. Barley McFee, a famous fiddler, is performing his Coming Home Concert. This is a big event for their small town. When Barley fails to return from a break, Fiona volunteers to track him down. She soon regrets it when she finds Barley choked to death in his tour bus. I am sure that Fiona would have been digging into the mystery anyway, but when her father becomes a suspect, it is a given. I like that Fiona passes information onto Neil (no holding back). The whodunit was not a challenge to solve, but I still enjoyed following the investigation. There were several viable suspects, good clues, and a red herring. There is good action plus some suspenseful moments. Mums and Mayhem is a busy book. The concert, the parent’s arriving in town, a murder, and then trouble with Fiona’s magical garden. Someone breaks into her garden and cuts the yellow rose blooming on the menhir. This breaks the magical bond and causes the flora to wither and die. Fiona needs to restore the magic to the garden, or it could be gone forever. Hopefully, the little blue-eyed fox can help her out. I liked the humor throughout the book. I laughed out loud on several occasions. The story is well-written, and it has swift pacing. Mums and Mayhem was over way too quickly. I am eager for the next A Magic Garden Mystery. Mums and Mayhem is an enchanting tale with a fine fiddler, elderly enthusiasts, apprehensive parents, a forceful reporter, a friendly fox, a spontaneous sister, and a macabre murder.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Mums and Mayhem is a nice addition to A Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox is from Nashville, Tennessee but moved to Scotland when she inherited her godfather's home and magic garden where she is the keeper of the garden. She also owns a florist in the nearby village of Bellewick, Aberdeenshire and is a member of the merchant's group. The village merchants are hosting a concert featuring Barley McFee, a local man who is now a world famous fiddler. But his murdered body is found during the i Mums and Mayhem is a nice addition to A Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona Knox is from Nashville, Tennessee but moved to Scotland when she inherited her godfather's home and magic garden where she is the keeper of the garden. She also owns a florist in the nearby village of Bellewick, Aberdeenshire and is a member of the merchant's group. The village merchants are hosting a concert featuring Barley McFee, a local man who is now a world famous fiddler. But his murdered body is found during the intermission by Fiona when he failed to return to the stage. Her boyfriend, Chief Inspector Neil Craig, is already on the scene and quickly starts an investigation but Fiona can't help but get involved as well, especially when she finds out that her father is connected to Barley in some way. The parents of Fiona and her sister Isla, also living in Bellewick, are there for a visit. Their dad is from Scotland and met their mom while at university where she was a visiting student. He becomes a suspect among other people who seem to have a problem with the ambitious fiddler. We do learn some information about Fiona's connection to her uncle and godfather Ian that her parents have been closemouthed about. Tensions are high between the sisters and parents for a couple of reasons. In addition to the mystery, the garden is dying and Fiona doesn't know what to do. This series has a fun theme with a great setting and interesting characters. It comes with a mystery with twists and turns, and while not a total surprise killer but one with a surprise reason to me. I recommend this story but reading the series in order would be recommended. I received a complimentary copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the third book in her Magic Garden series which is set in the small Aberdeenshire community of Bellewick. This was an engaging mystery with a few twists and turns and a smoothly paced plot that kept me turning the pages. Ms. Flower introduced us to Fiona and Isla's parents in this one and Fiona's mysterious past was finally explained. I confess that Isla's is a trial for me while reading. She's "over the top" about everything in life and decidedly self-centered Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the third book in her Magic Garden series which is set in the small Aberdeenshire community of Bellewick. This was an engaging mystery with a few twists and turns and a smoothly paced plot that kept me turning the pages. Ms. Flower introduced us to Fiona and Isla's parents in this one and Fiona's mysterious past was finally explained. I confess that Isla's is a trial for me while reading. She's "over the top" about everything in life and decidedly self-centered. Fiona is smart and dedicated but I was disappointed in her change of heart about the character that vandalized the garden. The reveal regarding the murder was sad but satisfying. I loved the epilogue regarding the garden party and the fox. Perfect! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I really like the storyline & the background, flower shops 🐈cats , Magical Garden’s but this book moved a bit slow for me, I have read previous ones and will read some more but I hope they go a bit quicker .... I really like the storyline & the background, flower shops 🐈cats , Magical Garden’s but this book moved a bit slow for me, I have read previous ones and will read some more but I hope they go a bit quicker ....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I am a fan of author Amanda Flower and haven't met a book or series that didn't capture my attention. Mums and Mayhem is the third book in the Magic Garden Mystery series. The Scottish setting is a nice change of pace and one that serves well as the backdrop for the series. Fiona is coming into her own as the keeper of the garden but this time we find her challenged on many fronts. First, there is an emergency with the garden and as the caretaker Fiona feels she is failing. I loved watching her I am a fan of author Amanda Flower and haven't met a book or series that didn't capture my attention. Mums and Mayhem is the third book in the Magic Garden Mystery series. The Scottish setting is a nice change of pace and one that serves well as the backdrop for the series. Fiona is coming into her own as the keeper of the garden but this time we find her challenged on many fronts. First, there is an emergency with the garden and as the caretaker Fiona feels she is failing. I loved watching her work through figuring out what needed to be done to save the garden. If that wasn't enough, her parents are in town and she has to deal with the questions surrounding her parentage. On top of all that, there is another murder in the village. While this might seem like a lot going on in a book, this author crafts a well plotted, engaging story that draws the reader in and windes up all of the story lines nicely. I enjoyed watching Fiona and her sister Isla come into their own. The sibling relationship is portrayed well, even though they both have very different personalities. The villagers that make up the secondary cast of characters complete the story and always add something to narrative that helps Fiona resolve her problems. The mystery was well done, and I liked that the victim ties into the past of Fiona's parents and her Uncle Ian. There were several viable suspects with varying motives - including, however briefly, Fiona's father. The mystery was resolved and the killer revealed in a climatic conclusion that left me a bit surprised by the identity of the killer. This is a wonderful series that has a great setting, terrific characters and just a hint of the paranormal. I am hoping for many more books to come as we watch Fiona blossom into her role as the caretaker of the garden. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating Fiona seems to find herself constantly among two things, flowers and murder. Once again, she is busy providing the mums for the town's concert for Barley McFee and then finds herself discovering him DEAD! She also can't resist poking about and helping to solve these same crimes, much to the dismay of her boyfriend, the Chief Inspector of the County, Neil Craig. Fiona will find this murder far to close to those she loves. Will she solve this one in time to save her loved o 5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating Fiona seems to find herself constantly among two things, flowers and murder. Once again, she is busy providing the mums for the town's concert for Barley McFee and then finds herself discovering him DEAD! She also can't resist poking about and helping to solve these same crimes, much to the dismay of her boyfriend, the Chief Inspector of the County, Neil Craig. Fiona will find this murder far to close to those she loves. Will she solve this one in time to save her loved one from a life of doom? or is she too late? I love reading about Fiona and especially about Scotland and the magic garden there. I feel like I am actually visiting in Scotland from Amanda Flower's vivid descriptions. It's as if I have taken my own personal little vacation, via this book. I received a digital ARC of this book from netgalley and Crooked Lane Books. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    A secret magical garden in Scotland. Those few words alone would intrigue me and when you add the capable hands of Amanda Flower as the author, you know this series is a winner. Fiona has accepted her destiny as guardian of the garden and moved to Scotland from Nashville and even opened a flower shop. Helping organize a concert for a famous fiddler has her busy and coupled with her parents planned visit has her a bit stressed. Seems everyone has secrets. Thoroughly enjoyable with a full palette A secret magical garden in Scotland. Those few words alone would intrigue me and when you add the capable hands of Amanda Flower as the author, you know this series is a winner. Fiona has accepted her destiny as guardian of the garden and moved to Scotland from Nashville and even opened a flower shop. Helping organize a concert for a famous fiddler has her busy and coupled with her parents planned visit has her a bit stressed. Seems everyone has secrets. Thoroughly enjoyable with a full palette of relatable and/or interesting characters. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the 3rd A Magic Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone But I recommend reading in order. This is my favourite series by Amanda Flower, and once again I was pulled in and taken on a wonderful journey to Scotland and the magic of Duncreigan. This series also has a nice hint of the paranormal that runs throughout each story. I don't think it is overpowering and I enjoy how the garden sends Fiona visions on what she needs to solve a mystery. The mystery was Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower is the 3rd A Magic Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone But I recommend reading in order. This is my favourite series by Amanda Flower, and once again I was pulled in and taken on a wonderful journey to Scotland and the magic of Duncreigan. This series also has a nice hint of the paranormal that runs throughout each story. I don't think it is overpowering and I enjoy how the garden sends Fiona visions on what she needs to solve a mystery. The mystery was well written and carries through the entire story. There were a couple of twists and turns that I didn't see coming which added to the mystery. I was surprised at who the murderer was and why they did it. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I finished in a couple nights. I hope there will be more books in this series because I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out for a few of the main characters. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A really fun magical mystery! My only mistake was in not reading the first two in the series first and I can hardly wait to do so! The plot was not like any book I've ever read! The characters drew me in quickly and totally! This book and series is one I will continue to read! Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    When a world-famous fiddler return to Bellewick, Scotland for his homecoming, he and his band have already shown cracks at the seams before he fails to return to the stage for the second set. When Fiona is asked to check on him, she finds him murdered in the touring motorhome. She is determined to find his killer to preserve the safety of her small town. Fiona also is crushed when someone has trespassed onto her property, into the magic garden-cutting from it and causing it to seemingly die. Who When a world-famous fiddler return to Bellewick, Scotland for his homecoming, he and his band have already shown cracks at the seams before he fails to return to the stage for the second set. When Fiona is asked to check on him, she finds him murdered in the touring motorhome. She is determined to find his killer to preserve the safety of her small town. Fiona also is crushed when someone has trespassed onto her property, into the magic garden-cutting from it and causing it to seemingly die. Who would do this to such a beautiful, colorful and protected place? Amanda Flower is an excellent author and this book was no exception! I read the first book in the series but not the second; it was easy for me to pick right up and get cozy with the characters again. Their parents are visiting and Fiona is wondering whether the visit is to discuss her parentage or if there is more than they are telling her; they are farmers and it is harvest season while they are visiting. The story flows very naturally and at a comfortable pace. While there are a number of suspects in Barley McFee's murders, I didn't feel overwhelmed like in some other books. I'm not a big fan of paranormal or supernatural elements in a cozy mystery but this series is perfect for my taste. Both sisters have romantic interests with local men and are not looking forward to discussing their futures with their parents. Perhaps this dialogue will continue in the next installment? I will be looking forward to it. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Barley McFee, the world famous fiddler, has come to town for a grand homecoming concert that has been put together by local jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona volunteered to aid in anyway she can but is now regretting jumping in to help. With her parents in town Fiona already has more than she can handle right now. They've flown all the way from Tennessee to spend time with her and her sister. Fiona soon learns of secrets that surround her birth that her parents have been keeping from her. When Barl Barley McFee, the world famous fiddler, has come to town for a grand homecoming concert that has been put together by local jeweler Bernice Brennan. Fiona volunteered to aid in anyway she can but is now regretting jumping in to help. With her parents in town Fiona already has more than she can handle right now. They've flown all the way from Tennessee to spend time with her and her sister. Fiona soon learns of secrets that surround her birth that her parents have been keeping from her. When Barley is found dead during the concerts intermission she soon learns there are more secrets being kept than she could imagine. Even though she knows she should leave the investigation to the police she can't help but try and figure things out herself. She knows some of her families secrets surround the man's death and she can't just let it all go. Follow Fiona as she tries to bring to light all the secrets that have been kept from her and find a murderer in the process.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Mums and Mayhem was a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed being back in Fiona's world, in Scotland. In this installment, Fiona has much on her mind. A famous, acclaimed musician from Bellewick returns for a homecoming concert and is murdered. Fiona's family is visiting, and it soon becomes apparent that her parents have ties to this murdered man. As the secrets begin to be revealed, Fiona realizes that it is up to her to clear suspicion that her father might be the murderer. To add to her worr Mums and Mayhem was a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed being back in Fiona's world, in Scotland. In this installment, Fiona has much on her mind. A famous, acclaimed musician from Bellewick returns for a homecoming concert and is murdered. Fiona's family is visiting, and it soon becomes apparent that her parents have ties to this murdered man. As the secrets begin to be revealed, Fiona realizes that it is up to her to clear suspicion that her father might be the murderer. To add to her worries, the magic garden is dying and Fiona doesn't know what to do to help it recover. I really enjoyed the back drop of the small Scottish village, the magic garden, and Fiona and her friends and family. This is a charming series, and I enjoyed the storyline and mystery in this one. I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and this is my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This was just so good! When I got done with it, I didn't want it to end. Fiona and Isla got the dreaded visit from their parents, but despite a murder and some family secrets coming out once and for all, it ended up being a good visit for all of them. It was nice to get to know Fiona's parents a little bit better and some of her dad's backstory. The side story about the garden helped wrap things up once the killer was caught. I hadn't really guessed who that was. I was mainly just enjoying the s This was just so good! When I got done with it, I didn't want it to end. Fiona and Isla got the dreaded visit from their parents, but despite a murder and some family secrets coming out once and for all, it ended up being a good visit for all of them. It was nice to get to know Fiona's parents a little bit better and some of her dad's backstory. The side story about the garden helped wrap things up once the killer was caught. I hadn't really guessed who that was. I was mainly just enjoying the story itself and watching it unfold. I absolutely loved the ending and how things turned out. If I say too much, it'll give things away that are more fun if you read them firsthand! I'm enjoying this series more and more as each new book comes out, and I think Uncle Ian was pleased with how Fi was being a responsible Keeper for the magical garden. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    From the renowned author Amanda Flower comes the third installment Mums and Mayhem in the “A Magic Garden Mystery” series published by Crooked Lane Books. Fiona is a likable character who has a passion for flowers and floral design. She also has a magic garden that allows her to receive visions of things to come or events that have already happened. She worries about taking care of the garden, her inheritance from what she thought was her godfather. Image the surprise when she finds out that he From the renowned author Amanda Flower comes the third installment Mums and Mayhem in the “A Magic Garden Mystery” series published by Crooked Lane Books. Fiona is a likable character who has a passion for flowers and floral design. She also has a magic garden that allows her to receive visions of things to come or events that have already happened. She worries about taking care of the garden, her inheritance from what she thought was her godfather. Image the surprise when she finds out that he was actually her biological father. There is a torrent of twists and turns throughout this book, Fiona’s parent issues being only one of many more. The characters are colorful, with eccentricities that will both delight and worry readers. However, even with their many flaws, these are characters that readers can identify with and enjoy. The location is a beautifully exotic area of Scotland; you can hear the brogue dripping from the dialogue. I like the idea of the garden being hidden away and the blue-eyed fox being Fiona’s godfather. It gives that unique magical touch readers need. The garden itself feels like an additional character, and it takes on a life and story of its own. The victim appears to have several enemies, mostly those close to him and old friends, even family. This dynamic makes the story compelling with just the right amount of mystery. The motives have a wide range and make for an enjoyable few hours of speculation and what if’s for the reader. Throwing in another mystery, who tried to destroy the garden, keeps readers engaged throughout the book. When the killer is revealed, it may be a surprise for many but will leave them satisfied with the results. Mums and Mayhem is a pleasure to read; it is absorbing and thought-provoking. The characters, location, and garden all work to make this a highly provocative book and one I am happy to recommend to readers who love exotic locations, flowers, and lively characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Fiona has only been in Scotland for seven months. She moved from Nashville after she inherited a magic garden and the ability to see the future from her godfather Ian. After opening her flower shop, Fiona is nominated to the local Merchant Society. The Society is sponsoring a homecoming concert with native son, Barley. Little do they know the concert will bring Mums and Mayhem to their little Scottish village. Fiona is busy. She is providing the flowers for the concert, mums of course. Her parent Fiona has only been in Scotland for seven months. She moved from Nashville after she inherited a magic garden and the ability to see the future from her godfather Ian. After opening her flower shop, Fiona is nominated to the local Merchant Society. The Society is sponsoring a homecoming concert with native son, Barley. Little do they know the concert will bring Mums and Mayhem to their little Scottish village. Fiona is busy. She is providing the flowers for the concert, mums of course. Her parents are coming to visit—all the way from America. Barley, his band, and their manager have some loud verbal disagreements before he is found murdered. But many of the locals, including Fiona’s father, also have motives to kill Barley. Fiona uses her visions and skills to solve the crime. I love a unique cozy mystery and this series definitely checks that box. A magical garden in a small Scottish village? Some family drama from the past? Two sweet romances for Fiona and her younger sister, Isla? Yes, please! There is the murder mystery to solve too. When everyone is a possible suspect, there are obviously a lot of red herrings for Fiona, and the reader, to wade through. Mums and Mayhem, the third in the Magic Garden Mystery series, doesn’t disappoint. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the latest installment of the Magical garden series. Fiona's parents are coming to visit her and her sister, Isla, in Scotland. There is also a concert from a famous fiddle player going on in the village. Not long after he arrives, the fiddle player is found dead in his tour bus. Fiona tries to juggle the murder, her parents visit, and the mystery of her garden. I enjoyed the mystery and how it tied in with Fiona's parents visit. I liked learning more about the garden. We finally get som This is the latest installment of the Magical garden series. Fiona's parents are coming to visit her and her sister, Isla, in Scotland. There is also a concert from a famous fiddle player going on in the village. Not long after he arrives, the fiddle player is found dead in his tour bus. Fiona tries to juggle the murder, her parents visit, and the mystery of her garden. I enjoyed the mystery and how it tied in with Fiona's parents visit. I liked learning more about the garden. We finally get some answers about Fiona's past with. There were a few typos that through me off a couple of times, but the story overall was good.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Another book has bloomed in the Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower. Mums and Mayhem is book # 3 in this fun series, set in Scotland. Upon receiving an inheritance from her Uncle Ian, Fiona Knox has had her share of troubles. It seems Fiona has a knack for finding dead bodies, and this time it's famous hometown fiddler Barley McFee. When Fiona's father is somehow linked to the victim, she has no choice but to insert herself into her boyfriend's investigation. Before long, secrets are revea Another book has bloomed in the Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower. Mums and Mayhem is book # 3 in this fun series, set in Scotland. Upon receiving an inheritance from her Uncle Ian, Fiona Knox has had her share of troubles. It seems Fiona has a knack for finding dead bodies, and this time it's famous hometown fiddler Barley McFee. When Fiona's father is somehow linked to the victim, she has no choice but to insert herself into her boyfriend's investigation. Before long, secrets are revealed and the truth leads to the murderer. I found myself immersed in the story and anxious to get to the end, so I could see if I was right. I wasn't, Amanda had me stumped. I look forward to seeing what is next for Fiona and her family. #MumsandMayhem #NetGalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed the characters in this book. I really liked the side characters the best, the old seamen, the pub owner and his sister and so on. The mystery was interesting although I thought it was a bit obvious that the killer had to be one of the band. I liked how Fiona grafted the flower back to the plant and the garden came back to life. #MumsandMayhem #NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Mums And Mayhem is the third book in The Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona’s flower shop is doing great, as is the magical garden at her quaint cottage in Bellewick, Scotland. Fiona is busy getting ready for her parents coming to visit with her and her sister, Isla. She’s facing the visit with mixed emotions, as she wants to know more about her Uncle Ian, who she recently learned, was in fact, her father. Before heading for the town to help to put the finishing touches on the site of the concer Mums And Mayhem is the third book in The Magic Garden Mystery series. Fiona’s flower shop is doing great, as is the magical garden at her quaint cottage in Bellewick, Scotland. Fiona is busy getting ready for her parents coming to visit with her and her sister, Isla. She’s facing the visit with mixed emotions, as she wants to know more about her Uncle Ian, who she recently learned, was in fact, her father. Before heading for the town to help to put the finishing touches on the site of the concert featuring the former resident Barley McFee, she stops by her magical garden. She is shocked to see that the garden seems to be slowly dying and finds evidence that the garden has also been broken into. She needs to finish setting out potted mums around the stage and will investigate the garden later. The festival has drawn a good crowd and McFee is greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. McFee ends the first set and returns to his tour bus for a break. When McFee fails to show to start the second set, Fiona sets off to find him, when she enters the tour bus she finds his lifeless body. She begins to investigate McFee’s death and soon learns that there seems to be no shortage of possible suspects. She will also learn that her father may have been the last person to see him alive. She knows her boyfriend, Chief Inspector Neil Craig won’t want her to be involved in the investigation, but she doesn’t want her father to be arrested for murder. I love this series. The books are all well-written and plotted. The writing is descriptive so that the reader can feel they are there. The characters are well-developed and believable. Fiona’s sister Isla is the only character that I’m not fond of, she seems to be a little self-centered. But then, I find that usually have a character that rubs me the wrong way I will be watching for the next book in this very interesting series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Readers cannot help but fall under a spell when reading the Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower. Once you open one of the books in this series, you will be swept away to the little village of Bellewick in Scotland and you won't want to leave !! There is so much to love in this little village.....you have main character Fiona Knox who moved there from America after inheriting her godfather's property. This property included a quaint little cottage and a beautiful garden and inside this ga Readers cannot help but fall under a spell when reading the Magic Garden Mystery series by Amanda Flower. Once you open one of the books in this series, you will be swept away to the little village of Bellewick in Scotland and you won't want to leave !! There is so much to love in this little village.....you have main character Fiona Knox who moved there from America after inheriting her godfather's property. This property included a quaint little cottage and a beautiful garden and inside this garden is magic. Fiona doesn't quite fully understand the magic behind the garden other than that after her godfather died, he left everything to her and she is now the new Keeper of the garden and she possesses the magic to keep it alive. In Mums and Mayhem, the third book in the series, Fiona and her garden are tested to the full extent when a fiddler player who has come back to Bellewick to perform his coming home concert is killed during intermission, the entire garden dies and Fiona's father ends up a suspect in the murder !! Fiona's parents came to Scotland to see Fiona and her sister Isla and hopefully to tell Fiona a secret regarding her godfather and why she was chosen to be the Keeper of the magical garden. Before Fiona even gets to see her parents she has to help with Barley McFee's homecoming concert. When he doesn't reappear after intermission is over, Fiona is sent to his tour bus to get him. Unfortunately she finds him dead in the tour bus and when she finds out that her parents have lied about knowing the fiddler and her father is a suspect in his death, she takes it upon herself to investigate. Even though her boyfriend is the Chief Inspector and will not be happy with her..... Mums and Mayhem is full of secrets that need to be told but the holders of the secrets are just as determined to keep them secret as Fiona is to bring them to light. Once Fiona sees that the magical garden is completely dead, she begins to question everything about why she was picked to tend to the garden in the first place. Unfortunately her parents are now the only people who can shed any light on that matter but it seems they don't want to share that secret. Even though her parents are being secretive and frustrating to Fiona, she still has to clear her fathers name because she knows that he wouldn't have killed Barley....even if he lied about knowing him. I just love this series and am so glad that I have been able to read all three books in the series. I can only hope that there will be more and more books to follow. I love traveling to Bellewick and hanging out with Fiona in the garden, Duncreigan, and her flower shop, The Climbing Rose Flower Shop, and when she visits her friends and the pub. Who couldn't use a little magic in their life ?? And when they don't have to leave the comforts of their home and can wear their comfy clothes, even pajamas, who wouldn't want to do it ??? I highly recommend the Magic Garden Mystery series...whether you believe in magic or not, you are sure to enjoy the story !!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    4.5 stars MUMS AND MAYHEM, the third entry in the Magic Garden Mystery series, is charming with its Scottish setting, endearing characters, and complex murder mystery. Protagonist Fiona Knox finds her plate overflowing when her parents come to visit from Nashville, a superstar fiddler is murdered, and the garden she inherited from her godfather is vandalized and dying. The village is abuzz with excitement because now-famous local boy Barley McFee is putting on a homecoming concert. However, when F 4.5 stars MUMS AND MAYHEM, the third entry in the Magic Garden Mystery series, is charming with its Scottish setting, endearing characters, and complex murder mystery. Protagonist Fiona Knox finds her plate overflowing when her parents come to visit from Nashville, a superstar fiddler is murdered, and the garden she inherited from her godfather is vandalized and dying. The village is abuzz with excitement because now-famous local boy Barley McFee is putting on a homecoming concert. However, when Fiona finds Barley murdered during the concert’s intermission, it quickly becomes apparent that Barley is not so beloved after all; it seems there are plenty of people who would not mind if he kicked the bucket. Of course, Fiona is interested in finding the killer since she discovered the body, but investigating jumps into high gear when her own father becomes one of the police’s suspects. I adore this series. The magic garden brings the smallest touch of the metaphysical, but I would not classify these books as paranormal cozies. The Scottish village setting is pretty unique in the cozy mystery world, and it is fresh and inviting. I love all of the village's supporting characters, including some that are cranky in the best way possible. I like Fiona a lot though she is a bit of a worry wart. She is curious without being outright nosy and thoughtful with her actions and words. I enjoy how she works out a way to restore her garden. It is nice to get to know Fiona’s parents a bit, and I appreciate that they and Fiona have cleared the air about the circumstances of her birth. Craig makes a nice romantic interest for Fiona, and I like that the romance takes a backseat to the mystery. I do not, however, like Fiona’s sister Isla at all. She is immaturely impulsive, often bratty, and just plain annoying. The mystery within these pages is well thought out and executed. There is much going on in the tale, but all of the threads come together in one way or another to make a cohesive, compelling read. There are plenty of clues sprinkled throughout the story, but I was still a bit surprised by the killer’s identity. The pace of the book is nice and steady with the suspense and danger ratcheting up to quite a climactic resolution. MUMS AND MAYHEM is delightful, and I cannot wait to read the next adventure featuring Fiona and her family, friends, and neighbors. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this title through NetGalley from Crooked Lane Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts and opinions here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Fiona Knox is enjoying her life in Scotland. She has a wonderful cottage and a magical garden, a florist shop, and a great boyfriend. But things go bad when famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in Bellewick for his homecoming concert. Fiona is on the committee to help put on the concert, but it's hard work, and she has other problems to deal with. Her parents have arrived in Scotland to visit Fiona and her sister, Isla, and to discuss family secrets. But Barley is found dead in his trailer d Fiona Knox is enjoying her life in Scotland. She has a wonderful cottage and a magical garden, a florist shop, and a great boyfriend. But things go bad when famous fiddle player Barley McFee arrives in Bellewick for his homecoming concert. Fiona is on the committee to help put on the concert, but it's hard work, and she has other problems to deal with. Her parents have arrived in Scotland to visit Fiona and her sister, Isla, and to discuss family secrets. But Barley is found dead in his trailer during the concert's intermission, and his death is soon tied to Fiona's father, Fiona discovers there are more secrets surrounding her family than she realized. Fiona's boyfriend, Neil Craig, Chief Inspector of the County Aberdeen Police, is not happy when Fiona starts working to clear her father's name. While she is busy with that, Fiona learns someone has broken into her magical garden and cut the centuries-old climbing rose--the source of the garden's magic--from the standing stone. The stakes are higher than ever and Fiona could lose all that she's grown unless she's able to dispel this terrible curse and dig up the truth--fast. Every time I read a book in this series I think, this is the best one yet, and I'm saying that about this one, too. The plot in this book is great, and t he characters are perfectly crafted. The way Ms. Flower interweaves the mystery and the garden and family business kept me turning the pages deep into the night. Then I would go back and reread some parts just because it caught my attention and made me want to read it again. There are plenty of suspects, and how Fiona gets to the end is magical to read. I love this series. It will be one I want to read over and over. I read a digital copy of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    I pretty much love any book written by Amanda Flower and this is no exception. It is so well written and engaging. The characters are developing nicely and I feel like I have a good overall understanding of them. World famous fiddle player, Barley McFee has returned to his hometown of Bellewick to put on a concert. The village is pulsing with exciting about his homecoming and the chance to listen to Barley and his amazing band. Fiona is trying to keep her head above water running her flower shop, I pretty much love any book written by Amanda Flower and this is no exception. It is so well written and engaging. The characters are developing nicely and I feel like I have a good overall understanding of them. World famous fiddle player, Barley McFee has returned to his hometown of Bellewick to put on a concert. The village is pulsing with exciting about his homecoming and the chance to listen to Barley and his amazing band. Fiona is trying to keep her head above water running her flower shop, managing her magical garden at Duncreigan and entertaining her parents who have flown to Scotland to visit (and convince Fiona's sister, Isla to move back to Tennessee). During the concert, Barley is found dead during the intermission and the last person seen exiting Barley's trailer prior to his death was Fiona's dad! Fiona is already dealing with some big feelings surrounding the news that her father is not her biological father, but instead her godfather, Ian is her bio dad, Although Fiona has a lot of faith her her Chief Inspector boyfriend, Neil Craig, she can't let her dad be accused of something he didn't do, so despite Neil's warnings to stay out of it, delves head first in to the case. Fiona is also dealing with learning that someone cut the yellow rose in her garden, the rose that is the source of all of the magic. Without Ian around, Fiona is mostly on her own to figure out how to save the garden and prove that her father is innocent! I love the development of Neil and Fiona's relationship as well as that of Isla and Seth. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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