Daisies For Innocence
Book 1 in the Enchanted Garden Mystery series
Author Bailey Cattrell
Narrated by Vanessa Daniels
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jan 5, 2016
Running time 7 hrs
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Elliana Allbright’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 Ellie 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.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/daisies-for-innocence-ailey-cattrell.html
As cozies go, this is a light and pleasant offering with some romance and good pace. It’s full of mostly pleasant, helpful people in a smallish tourist town in Poppyvale, California. I love herbs, and gardening so this book was a natural choice for me. There’s a mild supernatural element in the series as well: Eliana, the main character, has an ability to understand what herbal aroma will assist or balance someone. I come from a family where this would not have been questioned: some people could make a stick grow, and others could cure ailments. There’s a little more magic though than would have been accepted in my family’s traditions.
I liked the way that Eliana finds strength in what she learned from her grandmother and the continuity. I thought there are some wholes as to income and hiring but I did appreciate that some attention was being paid to the legalities.
The narrator was great with the characters’ voices, but she occasionally gave sentences weird phrasing; like a comma in the wrong place.
If I had to find something to complain about there is a slight disconnect on one point in the story and the author does some information dumping as she explains the properties of many herbs and the preparation of different products. She offers some recipes at the end. I do love herbs, so this didn’t really bother me.
So I enjoyed the the audiobook as I worked on whatnot around the house and it was nice to read about California when it was snowing here.