Sunday, April 21, 2024

A Twinkle of Trouble - A Review & Giveaway


A TWINKLE OF TROUBLE by Daryl Wood Gerber
The Fifth Fairy Garden Mystery

Although they have a collective interest in gardening Courtney Kelly's new friends are a contentious bunch. Genevieve, a self styled influencer, has recently been panning businesses and people alike. She's even taken to bad mouthing Carmel-by-the-Sea's upcoming Summer Blooms Festival. Is it just sour grapes for not being invited to participate? Before Courtney can try to smooth things over with Genevieve, the influencer is found dead, murdered. When another in her circle becomes the prime suspect Courtney can't help but get involved.With her fairy friend Fiona by her side Courtney will dig deep to get the dirt on her new friends and find out just who's capable of murder!  

A TWINKLE OF TROUBLE is a mystery about relationships, good and bad. Romantic relationships, relationships between relatives, friends, and pets too, all come into play. I like that Courtney has found new friends, but boy, what doozies these are! Courtney thinks they're just funny, but I found Genevieve, Daphne, and Scarlet to be just plain awful! I also call into question influencers. Who are they to tell me what to like, or not like? And unless they are experts in certain things I feel the same way about product reviewers. So automatically I didn't like Genevieve and Scarlet! And that says nothing about their personalities. I don't know why Courtney would ever want to hang out with them! Stick to good people like Joss, Meaghan, Renee, and, of course, Fiona. I love how Fiona is growing and that she was mentoring her sister in the fifth Fairy Garden Mystery. I laughed at their antics and sisterly affection, and annoyance. I also love Pixie and enjoy seeing the pets of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The mystery itself was compelling. It was obvious to see that lots of people could have wanted to kill Genevieve. But when the second murder occurs the waters become even more muddied. Surely the killings were related, but how? With lots of suspects and nasty behavior Courtney has a lot to figure out, because even though she works with the police, she doesn't just leave it to them. Which almost gets her in BIG trouble this time!

With fairy fun, good gardening, and scrumptious food A TWINKLE OF TROUBLE makes even dastardly deaths delightful.


A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery) by Daryl Wood Gerber

About A Twinkle of Trouble

A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Setting - California
Publisher: ‎ Kensington Cozies (April 23, 2024)
Paperback: ‎ 304 pages

Carmel-by-the-Sea garden shop owner Courtney Kelly sees things others can’t—like fairies, and hidden motives for murder . . .

Courtney is delighted when her tiny friend Fiona returns from the fairy realm, appearing at the base of a Cypress tree. When her Ragdoll cat, Pixie, emerges from her own portal—aka the cat door—the three set off for a busy day. Busier than usual, since Courtney has rented a small plot of land at the Flower Farm, where she hopes to grow her own supplies for her fairy-garden business. Plus, the annual Summer Blooms Festival is coming up, and Courtney has booked a booth . . .

But the murder of Courtney’s friend, Genevieve, casts a pall over the festival. Ever since Genevieve sold her floral business, she’d been building a career as an influencer. She was perennially opinionated—but in her new role she’d become surprisingly vicious, dissing local entrepreneurs with nasty posts and unwarranted bad reviews. That’s landed a couple of Courtney’s other friends on the suspect list—including Flower Farm owner Daphne Flores. And when a second victim is discovered, seeds of doubt about Daphne’s innocence sprout in Courtney’s mind. With only a germ of a clue, Courtney will have to overturn every rock to get the dirt on the real killer . . .

About Daryl Wood Gerber


Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling mysteries, including the Fairy Garden Mysteries and Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes suspense including the well received The Son’s Secret, Girl on the Run, and the popular Aspen Adams series. Recently Daryl, who loves a challenge, published a Christmas romance, Hope for the Holidays. Fun Tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, read, and walk her frisky Goldendoodle. Also she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. You can learn more on her website:

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  1. This sounds so good. She is such a good author.

    1. Carol, thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoy my books! ~ Daryl

  2. Kathy, thanks for the fun review. So sorry you hated the influencers. Heh-heh. You're supposed to. But we all have friends that other friends don't like, don't we? I know I do! LOLOL ~ Daryl

  3. Great review! I’m even more excited to return to Carmel and the fairies!

    1. Oops— I didn’t notice this was anonymous. I’m Suzanne!

    2. Hey Suzanne. I'm glad you liked my review. It was fun being back in Carmel!