Book description from GoodReads:
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….
From the Paperback edition.
My review – 5/5 Stars (originally posted on GoodReads on 6/9/17)
Many things in this book that appealed to me: aromatherapy, gardening talk and the descriptions of her garden (which included a fairy garden), Elliana living in a tiny house, hearing about Elliana extracting her own essences, the items she sells at her shop and her memories of her grandmother, her relationship with her BFF, hearing why her shop was named as such, etc.
The mystery was fun, too. In the end, I was glad it was the person it was who had “dunnit”, but there were moments where I certainly had hoped it would have been a particular someone else. Hopefully their karma will come around in the next book (which I just pre-ordered).
Having had read Bailey Cates’s Magical Baking series and loved the entire series, I was happy to discover she also is writing this series under the name Bailey Cattrell.