Daisies For Innocence (Enchanted Garden Mystery #1) by Bailey Cattrell is probably my favorite start to a series in a long while. I adored everything from the cover and characters to the mystery and themes. It had perfect pacing and just a hint of the magic that can be found everywhere.
From the back of the book:
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....
I do love the start of a new series and getting to know new characters. It seems to be me that so much more attention to characters is given at the start and that is my favorite part. Ellie is so much like someone I could see myself having tea with. I also found that this author was able to neatly have the mystery seem equally as detailed, which is rare and awesome. It was a well written and nicely paced mystery as well.
Speaking of detail, the setting was fabulous. I love the shop and the garden. It was as precious as you might gather from the cover. As an avid reader I don't often get taken in by covers but this one was totally precious and so fitting of this new series. I can't wait to see where these characters are taken next.
In the back of the book you will find a recipe and some aromatherapy tips and recipes. You will want to start this sweet series now so that you don't miss a part. It is something special.
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