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Sleuthing with a Fairy in Gerber's A Glimmer of a Clue

A Glimmer of a Clue is the second cozy mystery book in the A Fairy Garden Mystery series and it was not only adorable, but the mystery element was so good! Who knew adding a little bit of fairy magic could be incorporated so well into a mystery novel.

Although I haven’t read the series’ first book, Daryl Wood Gerber does a phenomenal job of getting the reader up to speed about the history and relationships of the story’s characters.

What really made me enjoy this story were the charming characters such as Courtney’s fairy, her father, her best friend and the potential love interest element that Courtney might have with her recently reunited friend, Brady. Gerber also writes the setting wonderfully and the plot didn’t slow down with unnecessary details.

Also, the murderer was someone who didn’t come out of nowhere, which I very much appreciated. This provided the reader a chance to guess who did it, but for this mystery I was not able to figure out the killer because the red herrings were great!

Overall, Gerber is a superb writer and is now one of my top favourite cozy mystery authors.

Thank you to Kensington Books for the advanced reader’s copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

A Glimmer of a Clue publishes tomorrow!


Book Description

When Courtney's friend Wanda gets into a ponytail-pulling wrestling match in public with a nasty local art critic, Courtney stops the fight with the help of a garden hose. But Lana Lamar has a talent for escalating things and creating tension, which she succeeds in doing by threatening a lawsuit, getting into yet another scuffle--in the midst of an elegant fundraiser, no less--and lobbing insults around like pickleballs.

Next thing Courtney knows, Lana is on the floor, stabbed with a decorative letter opener from one of Courtney's fairy gardens, and Wanda is standing by asking What have I done? But the answer may not be as obvious as it seems, since Wanda is prone to sleepwalking and appears to be in a daze. Could she have risen from her nap and committed murder while unconscious? Or is the guilty party someone else Lana's ticked off, like her long-suffering husband? To find out, Courtney will have to dig up some dirt...

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