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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, itFrom 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.......

Title : Daisies for Innocence
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ISBN : 9780451476883
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Daisies for Innocence Reviews

  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    2019-01-29 13:03

    Author Bailey Cattrell (also known as Bailey Cates of the Magical Bakery series) has sowed the seeds of a wonderful new mystery series. DAISIES FOR INNOCENCE, book one in the Enchanted Garden Mystery series, is wonderfully plotted with lots of twists to keep you on your toes. And the exciting reveal will have you on the edge of your seat. I kept thinking of this story for some time after reading it. Protagonist Elliana “Ellie” Allbright, is simply a magical character I really enjoyed getting to know, as I did the supporting characters. I could picture myself sitting in Ellie’s lovely garden surrounded by all the enchanting flowers, and surprises that fill it. Taking in the enticing scents, enjoying tea and conversation. It really came to life for me. The Enchanted Garden Mystery series is sure to be a scent-sational hit with mystery fans! Be sure to check out the back of the book for recipes, aromatherapy, and an excerpt from BROWNIES AND BROOMSTICKS by Bailey Cates.

  • Melodie
    2019-01-26 13:09

    Really enjoyed this one, much more so than the "witchy" bakery series she writes as Bailey Cates. Good characters and setting and a very good mystery. Looking forward to reading the 2nd! RECOMMEND!

    2019-02-04 14:43

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsElliana Allbright has a fantastic place in Poppyville, California. At the front of her lot is Scents & Nonsense, her store, where she sells items scented from the flowers in her very own garden. The Enchanted Garden fills the side and back yards right up to the front of her tiny house. I can picture it so clearly in my mind with her bird bath and other whimsical touches surrounded by flowers that bloom all year. Even a few extra special varieties.Ellie has a gift of matching the right scent to each person for any occasion and her Gamma’s journal is the guidebook to everything growing in the garden. Everything is coming up roses until her friend and employee, Josie Overland, is pushing up daisies, dead in the garden. Not so enchanting.The was a fun read. Because of the location of the body, Elliana is the prime suspect. One of the officers on the case is best friends with her ex so she knows she isn’t going to get much help there but his partner, Detective Lupe Garcia, has a more open mind and actually investigates. I liked that Ellie didn’t just jump into the investigation. She stayed in touch with Garcia and they shared infomation. We meet several unique characters throughout the book. Friends from her high school days, friends that Ellie made before her divorce and new friends since opening her store. Ellie shop also has a resident feline and she has a Welsh Corgi named Dash too.The book started a little slow for me but soon I was fully engaged and stayed up until early in the morning to finish. The mystery has its share of plot twists to keep readers guessing and I was surprised to learn I had picked the right culprit from the bunch.I loved the aromatherapy theme and was thrilled to see the blends at the end of the story.Bailey Cattrell has planted all the seeds to get this series off to a blooming start.

  • Laura
    2019-02-03 10:44

    After her divorce, Ellie Allbright stayed in Poppyville and opened up Sense and Nonsense, a perfume store that has a great garden in the back. But when she finds out her part-time worker is dating her ex-husband, Ellie is not sure what to think. But when she finds Josie dead at the gate to the shop, Ellie becomes the prime suspect, especially when one of the cops is her ex-husband's best friend.That means Ellie has to figure out whodunit before she finds herself behind bars, instead of playing in her garden.I loved this book. Ellie is a fun character and I liked that she picked herself up after her divorce and started to do something she'd always wanted. Her shop sounds amazing and I wish I could find it and visit, with unlimited funds at hand.The mystery in this kept me guessing. I have put this series at the top of my favorites list. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

  • Fred
    2019-02-10 12:10

    Daisies For Innocence is the first book in the An Enchanted Garden Mystery series.I found this to be a quite interesting new series. It centers around a shop where the owner blends perfume and provides aromatherapy blends for her customers.Ellie Allbright is life has been a lot more since opening Scents and Nonsense. She has a quaint little store where she mixes perfumes and also provides aroma essences. Behind her store she has a beautiful little garden where she raises many of the plants she uses in her store. But she has the proverbial bump in the road when she finds her part time employee murdered near the gate to her garden. Josie also worked for Ellie ex-husband Harris, at his restaurant and was also dating him. Based on information from his good friend Harris, Detective Max Lang feels sure that Ellie, out of jealousy, murdered Josie. Fortunately, his partner, Lupe Garcia isn't so sure and is willing to keep an open mind.Ellie begins to gather more information about Josie past, hoping that some bit of information will point her in the direction of the real murderer.The author provides the reader with an interesting cast of characters, that most would like to call their friends. Ellie knows that she needs someone to help and select the handsome, Ritter Nelson, brother of the owner of Terra Green Nursery, Thea Nelson. Maybe Ellie's high school crush on Ritter can be rekindled. The author also nicely includes interesting facts about the plants that are grown in Ellie's garden.Recipes and aromatherapy tips and blends are also includedWill be watching for the next story from Poppyville, CA.

  • Dawn Frazier
    2019-02-16 16:01

    Fun book, I really liked it. Great characters, and a store I would love to shop in! I look forward to the next in the series.

  • Tari
    2019-01-31 14:02

    I don't know anything about aromatherapy and what Ellie specializes in but it was kind of fascinating reading about what essential oils can do for a person. I thought this was a really interesting murder, loved the fact that Ellie is reconnecting with a guy from her past. I never guessed the killer at all until it was obvious. Dash the Corgi is so adorable, I really think he adds to the story but then I love animals in the story that have more of a place than just a cute decoration. I'm reading the next one right now for a book club and hoping I get done because the discussion is tomorrow 5/30.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-01-23 14:58

    Ellie Allbright is the owner of Scents & Nonsense, an aromatherapy shop in the charming town of Poppyville, California. The botanical essences used in her fragrance blends come straight from her own enchanted garden next to her shop. Having recently divorced, Ellie is happy moving on with her life and running her business, until her part-time employee is found murdered outside her store.It took a while for the mystery to start moving along, but it was hard to figure out once it did. Ellie is dealing with a good cop/bad cop situation with the police investigation -- bad cop sees her as the prime suspect. To save herself, Ellie does her own investigation into the background of the victim, and she's surprised to find several possible culprits.I enjoyed the aromatherapy theme in this book, especially since Ellie has a supernatural gift in knowing just the right scent to give her customers. Her special blends come in handy with the murder investigation too. This was a light and fun cozy, and a great start to a new series.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    2019-02-10 12:59

    4-1/2 Star Review! Elliana 'Ellie' Allbright owns Scents & Nonsense where she makes custom perfumes and aromatherapy remedies for her customers. Her Grandmother taught her much of what she knows, plus Ellie's sixth sense helps her match people with the perfect blend of oils for their problems. In this whimsical debut, a body is found near the gate of Ellie's Enchanted Garden; the yard behind her shop where she grows the amazing flowers she uses to distill the essential oils for her shop. There's always something magical happening in the garden! The story is set in Poppyville, California, with a cast of solid characters you'll enjoy getting to know, along with Ellie's adorable Welsh Corgi, Dash, and Russian Blue cat, Nabby. The killer reveal was a surprise to me, and I loved the ending.

  • Amy
    2019-02-13 11:09

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was enough mystery, humor, and romance to make me happy. I love the corgi, Dash. I am definitely going to read the next book in the series when it comes out. I like the idea of plants and aromatherapy as a background for a mystery. I also want to make the cookies from the recipe at the end of the book... Astrid's Chewy Double Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookies. They sound delicious :-)

  • Abby Fabian
    2019-02-19 10:49

    This was a great start to this new cozy series! There was a great flow thrughout the whole thing. I got really caught up in the plot. The mystery was very good. It wasn't obvious at all. and I loved the theme!

    2019-02-17 13:48 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…. (Goodreads) Review:Daisies for Innocence, the first installment in the Enchanting Garden Mysteries, lays a delightful foundation for what I hope will be a long running series.Elliana “Ellie” Allbright has gone through a lot of changes over the past year. After finding her husband in a compromising situation, the two divorced and she now has her own shop. At Scents and Nonsense, Ellie makes custom blended perfumes and aromatherapy products. She has the uncanny ability to know just what a customer needs to make them feel better. But, perhaps even more popular than her products is the adjoining garden. An enchanting place, it is full of beautiful plants and flowers, walkways, statuary, and whimsical fairy houses. It is the perfect place to soak up the California sunshine with a cup of tea and a homemade cookie. But this paradise is disrupted one morning when Ellie finds her part-time employee Josie dead just inside the garden’s gate. Ellie quickly becomes the prime suspect based on the location of the body, a somewhat suspect eye witness, and the fact that Ellie had recently learned that Josie was dating her ex-husband Harris. Harris fuels the flames by accusing Ellie of being jealous and committing the crime. To make things even worse, the lead investigator is Harris’s good buddy Lang, and he has already found her guilty. Out of necessity, Ellie must look into Josie’s past and present to find the real perpetrator and clear her name.Daisies for Innocence has been on my to-read list ever since I saw the cover release announcement months ago. The art work is indeed charming, and there is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi prominently featured. They had me at corgi (yup, I am one of those crazy dog people), and the inclusion of Dash did not disappoint. I would love to visit Scents and Nonsense and the garden. Through Cattrell’s vivid descriptions, I could smell all of the alluring essential oils and feel the gentle breeze on my face. All of the information about aromatherapy and perfume making was interesting, and “recipes” for various oil blends are included at the end of the book. The book’s themes hit on several trendy topics, such as tiny footprint living and essential oils, but I think they will stand the test of time.The book is full of quirky, yet relatable characters, and I look forward to getting to know the residents of Poppyville, California, better in forthcoming books. Ellie is intelligent and steady, a reluctant sleuth in the beginning. She is quite appealing and methodical in her investigations, neither nosy nor does she jump to conclusions or accuse suspects unnecessarily. I like that she shared information with and was respectful of Lang’s partner Detective Garcia. I think they could be great friends in the future. Of course, Dash the corgi and the shop’s resident cat Nabby are welcome additions to the cast. Ellie’s best friend Astrid makes a good sidekick, and Ellie’s potential love interest Ritter is endearing. As intended, Harris is foul, and I wanted to smack Detective Lang.The mystery itself got off to a somewhat slow start, but it soon found its stride and the pace was good. For every suspect Ellie was able to eliminate, another was unearthed. All of the suspects had good motives to commit the crime, and the final reveal of the killer was a bit of a surprise. There were plenty of plot twists to keep the reader interested.There is a touch of the supernatural in Ellie’s ability to match scents with people, and a flower in the garden seems to have magical properties. That said, this is by no means a paranormal mystery so do not let that keep you from reading if paranormal is not your thing.I liked Daisies for Innocence and recommend it to fans of the cozy mystery genre. for InnocenceAn Enchanted Garden Mystery #1By Bailey CattrellISBN 9780451476883www.cricketmcrae.comBrought to you by OBS reviewer Jeanie4 StarsSynopsis: 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 Goodreads)Review:This first offering in ‘An Enchanted Garden Mystery’ series is delightful and intriguing; I completely enjoyed it! The whimsical cover design is an invitation to read, perhaps even sitting in a similarly beautiful garden or park. Ellie is a breath of fresh air as she shares with those in her shop about the scents she prepares and sells. Whether the reader is familiar or not with the plant sources of the scents, one does not feel as if the author’s descriptions are too formal or too small. Ellie’s ‘gift’ is not exploited; it is something that she doesn’t brag about or misuse.Scents and Nonsense is the kind of shop I would visit if it were in my neighborhood, if nothing else but to sniff the candles, soaps, and perfumes. Behind the shop is an incredible garden full of flowers, herbs, and other plants where Ellie, her customers and friends enjoy relaxing and perhaps watching birds at the feeders, with or without an herbal tea. Ellie has a gift, inherited from her grandmother, of listening to a client or friend and ‘knowing’ what scents the person might need for any aspect of their health, stress relief, or enjoyment. She has ‘knowings’ about certain plants as she works with them, also. Some might see it as magic, but I guess I see it simply as a gift that is wonderfully helpful to others in her life.Josie, Ellie’s part-time assistant who is also a bartender at the Roux Grill, greets her one day with the news that she has been dating Ellie’s ex-hubby for a few weeks. Harris had really changed, she said, he was not the man with the wandering eye that Ellie had been married to. Harris still owned the Grill, which they had started up together. It was a horrible, frightening morning, however, the day after Josie’s announcement when Dash, Ellie’s sweet Corgi, found the dead body of Josie just inside the gate to her shop when she was barely awake. Almost as bad was that one of the two responding homicide detectives was Harris’ friend, Max Lang. The other detective, Lupe Garcia, seemed much more professional than Lang, who grilled her as to her whereabouts and treated her as the one and only possible suspect. Before she is framed for something she didn’t do, she felt that she had to find who the real bad guy/ gal was. Sadly, her gift was of no help when it came to life and death matters. Incidentally, she also had to hire another part time assistant so she could take time away from the shop to ask questions.Ellie is a no-nonsense kind of lady, in spite of the name of her shop! I appreciated how she valued wisdom from prior years by using her grandmother’s gardening journal rather than simply jumping on the internet for more modern ideas. By the time the story was complete, I felt as if I knew her in many ways. The author showed the primary characters very well, in part through their conversations and actions, in part through her descriptions. We have the advantage of the novel being written in first person so we can connect with Ellie better than the others. We do get to know her best friend, Astrid, Ritter, once a high school crush and older brother of her friend Thea, and to a lesser degree various others such as Lupe Garcia and even Harris. Ellie and her friends are very likeable and compliment each other well. Even her pets, Dash and the Russian blue cat, Nabakov, complimented each other and Ellie.The story itself is unique in the respect of the garden and the shop, and that Ellie is a terrific protagonist in a very balanced way. She is who she presents herself to be, and is a successful businesswoman while following her passion. It was interesting to meet people who were in Josie’s life in the past, as Ellie learned a whole new side of her, opening wide the field for many suspects. The bad guy/ gal remained elusive, however, and trying to be an armchair sleuth was challenging. The plot twists and red herrings made it difficult to solve the mystery and this reader was woefully slow to the finish line. I highly recommend this fascinating first-in-series mystery! Those who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries with a protagonist who is intelligent and funny may enjoy this, and those who appreciate learning about botanicals will find that to be icing on the cake.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Gaele
    2019-01-22 12:59

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5 Poppyville California is where Elliana has her little shop – a custom perfumery where the scents come from the little enchanted garden that surrounds her shop, separating it from the small cottage where she lives. Born with a green thumb and more, Elliana has the ability to know just what essential oil will provide each customer with what they need, and the aromatherapy elements and information are free-flowing and present throughout the story. The descriptions of the shop combined with the presence and characterization of Elliana are evocative and instantly allow imagination to take hold, presenting a clear visual of the shop, the place and even the scents presented there. But, all is not soothing and quietly presented with a cup of tea: her assistant Josie is found dead in the garden, before Elliana was able to warn her about the new boyfriend. Who just happens to be Elllie’s ex-husband. Oh, and the investigator in charge of the case is her ex’s best friend and believes her guilty. As a start to a new series, the mystery was clever and the twists plenty. The setting and Ellie’s ability to both diagnose and use essential oils and florals to effect mood and change are wonderful, and there is plenty of information about aromatherapy and essential oils shared, some of which can distract from the mystery and tension, but interesting nonetheless. With some adorable moments, solid interactions and the clever twists to the end – this story is a great start for a new series and I’m curious to see more of Ellie and how she changes, adapts and grows through each book. Narration for this audiobook was provided by Vanessa Daniels, and I have to say that I was disappointed in her presentation. From odd pauses contrasting with rushed passages, mispronunciations, and a general “let’s get through this” attitude that sprang forward with a rushed delivery, I wasn’t needing to track back to catch missed words, but moments were very certainly slighted of their due in her performance. As this was my first encounter with this narrator, and I have other audiobooks she has narrated to review, I will hope that her performance skills improve with her understanding that nuance is needed to present moments with appropriate pauses and emotive injections that allow the story to unfold gradually, not just get to the end. In short, I’ve purchased the written copy of this book and the next in the series to read in my own time, hoping that the promise I found in the writing is present. With lots of great aromatherapy information and recipes, I’m certain that fans of cozies with a twist will love the read. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  • Regan
    2019-02-18 12:47

    What a fun new cozy series! It rekindled my own interest in aromatherapy.

  • Elaine Penn
    2019-01-24 09:48

    What an easy reading, good mystery... First time I'm reading this author and will definitely read more of her books.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-01 16:00

    DAISIES FOR INNOCENCE: Fairy Gardens, Herbs, & Murder Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.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.

  • Lori
    2019-02-17 17:03

    I was a goodreads first reads giveaway winner of this book. I would give this a 3.5. I do not read a lot of mysteries but Daisies For Innocence., is a good one. The main character Ellie, has started up a new life in Poppyville Ca. she is newly divorced and has started up a business called "Scents and Nonsense" a store that makes custom made perfume. animal lover Ellie has a dog and a cat. She hires a woman named Josie as a part time help. she is aware that Josie is dating her ex- husband. Ellie's life is about to take a big change of events when she finds Josie laying on the ground on her property. Josie is dead and now Ellie is one of the suspects since Josie was found on her property. For the rest of this book Ellie is devoted to finding the real killer. She does her own sleuthing by tracking down all the people who knew Josie and seeing if she can find the killer. A good mystery. I like that at the end of the book there are even some "recipes" to make your own fragrance. Can't give too much of the plot since i do not want to give away spoilers.

  • Randee
    2019-01-30 14:07

    As I mentioned to someone recently, this cozy has three things I enjoy very much in life: cats, dogs and gardens. The central character owns a shop in a small California tourist town that specializes in her own handmade perfumes, bath accessories, candles, etc. She has an 'enchanted' garden in the back of her place where she grows countless flowers and herbs. She has a Welsh Corgi, Dash, and a Russian Blue cat, Nabokov. This is well written and has a murder to solve, but I must admit I enjoyed reading about her garden and how she mixed scents and oils for her products the most. This is the first book in what I hope turns out to be a long-lived series. I want to read more about her garden, animals and life in this town.

  • Jeanie
    2019-01-22 16:49

    I really enjoyed this first-in-a-new series mystery! The characters, especially Ellie and friend Astrid and Ritter, even Detective Garcia. When your part-time assistant is dating your ex, and she mysteriously ends up murdered outside your shop...and one of the investigating detectives is one of your ex's closest friend....not only do you need a 'good cop', but the help of close friends, including the shop guardcat and the pup. I really like the shop Ellie has! And would love a little garden like she has. A great blend of suspense, active friendships, and fun, even maybe - romance? I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes, as I do love this one!

  • Anastasia
    2019-02-04 12:43

    Daisies for innocence by Bailey Cattrell is the first book in An Enchanted Garden Mystery series. Aromatherapist Elliana Allbright and owner of perfume store Scents and Nonsense has a beautiful garden which her customers can enjoy and relax in. One morning she finds her assistant stabbed to death at the gate and when she becomes prime suspect, she is drawn into the investigation. An interesting cozy mystery with a lot of information about scents and flowers which plays a part in solving the mystery. A bit slow and the mystery a little weak, otherwise a pleasant typical cozy.

  • Vicky Marie
    2019-02-01 08:59

    Really liked this one. The worldbuilding and the mystery were balanced out quite nicely. Most first novels in a mystery are an introduction to the characters and setting, with the mystery being secondary. Bailey Cattrell, aka Bailey Cates, was able to make both aspects equal so that you didn't think one or the other was not enough. The supernatural aspect was very light, and didn't overpower the plot.Great characters, a lovely town, and a fresh idea in the cozy mystery genre. Not to mention the cover. Possibly one of my favorite book covers, ever.

  • Becky
    2019-02-02 13:44

    I love Bailey's series written as Bailey cates, so I expected this new book to be wonderful and it was! The idea of an enchanted garden made me think about one of my favorite fairy books that disappeared decades ago. My nose seems to be very fussy about scents, so the premise of a scents shop made this book even more appealing. If those themes seem frivolous to a reader, this book probably is not for that person. Great characters add to a perfect blend for a serious mystery! I am looking forward to Book 2!

  • Laura Resau
    2019-02-07 11:43

    I'm a big fan of the Magical Bakery series, so I was excited to dive into the author's new series. I loved this first book and can't wait to read the next. I adored the main character Elliana, and the luscious setting and intriguing plot.... Best of all, it's incredibly well-written-- I felt completely sucked in and immersed in the scents and mystery and emotions. Such a delicious treat of a book!

  • Ellen
    2019-02-03 09:50

    Cozy Mystery set in California

  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    2019-02-04 12:09

    Elliana Allbright owns a shop that makes perfumes, soaps, body lotions, etc., in the town of Poppyville, California. She opened it after a messy divorce from her husband Harris; one in which he kept the restaurant they owned together and bought her out. She has a part-time employee named Josie, and one day she tells Ellie that she's been dating Harris and asks if it's a problem. Ellie assures her it isn't, Ellie leaves to run some errands and leaves Josie handling the shop.She doesn't see Josie again that day, and the next morning her little Corgi Dash goes outside and won't stop barking. Ellie follows, and finds Josie's body just outside the gate to her Enchanted Garden which is in the back of her shop. She calls the police and is questioned. Detective Lang, a friend of her ex-husband Harris, is convinced she murdered Josie out of jealousy; convinced because Harris told him Ellie was extremely jealous and probably did it.Since he's not looking elsewhere, she figures it's up to her to find out who the killer is. At least his partner, Detective Lupe Garcia, is rational and helpful, which gives her hope. When Garcia tells her that it appears Josie was stabbed in the park, but died in the garden, you'd think Lang would realize that it wasn't her fault, but he doesn't. So Ellie starts doing what she can to find out who would want Josie dead, and hopes to find out before Lang puts her behind bars for life...I really liked the title of the book and the fact of the garden in the back, filled with plants that Ellie uses to make her concoctions. A lot of the book was good, but then there was the taint of Detective Lang...(view spoiler)[I get that in a lot of cozies there's the nasty cop who insists the protagonist just must be guilty, but this was because he was friends with her ex-husband. Really? In the first place, he shouldn't have been on the case for that fact alone. He obviously had a conflict of interest - Harris' (the ex) girlfriend was murdered and he suspected the ex-wife? Well, that's a negative right there. Also, he can't just ask someone for their license and registration because he dislikes their passenger. No cause to do so. In fact, that could be deemed harassment on his part, especially since the driver wasn't doing anything illegal - he was merely driving, and last I heard, that's not a violation of the law. (Even if he asked him for his license for proof of identity, what reason did he have to ask for registration? None.) Even getting his comeuppance (as we know he will) doesn't make his actions right.(hide spoiler)]While the plot was decent, there wasn't really a lot of alternative suspects. No one stood out, and nearly everyone was nice. Those that weren't all seemed to have alibis the night Josie was killed. I didn't feel that we were given enough clues to get close to finding the killer ourselves (and isn't that why we read mysteries?) It was as if people were there, and then discarded along the way - no one was really questioned by Ellie, she just observed them, or pretty much said hi - in other words, they wouldn't have been viable suspects anyway.This is a light-hearted read and a decent start to a new series. I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on character development and perhaps a little less on the power of aromatherapy. I didn't get the feeling of knowing any of the characters, but perhaps that will be remedied in the next book in the series. A cute cozy mystery for a lazy evening.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-02-02 14:55

    I just recently learned of this new series by Bailey Cates under the name of Bailey Cattrell. I'm delighted to say that I am enjoying this magical cozy murder series just as much or even, perhaps, more than the familiar ones.We are introduced to Elliana Allbright, divorcee living in Poppyville, California. Elliana owns a lovely business titled 'Scents and Nonsense.' The first part of the business name refers to her customized perfume and aromatherapy scents. The second part of the name was a take on a statement made by her ex-husband who still runs a popular restaurant in town. I really do not like his character and am very glad Elli divorced him.Also on Ellie's property is her wee 'tiny house.' Just right for her and her Corgi and cat. In-between both structures is the loveliest sounding 'Enchanted Garden' with tiny fairy buildings, retaining walls, and Gnome doors. It is a delight for adults and their children to wander and explore.Elliana is so happy with her life, until, she finds her part-time help and new girlfriend to her Ex, laying dead in front of the garden. Adding to that pain is the fact that the lead detective is a friend of her lying ex-husband who is delighting in leading the detective straight towards Ellie as number one suspect in the murder!This was a promising debut for this cozy murder series. There is also the bonus of recipes, tips for scents and more! Give this series a try, if you haven't, you will enjoy it. I'm just in time for the next volume's release. What reading fun!

  • Kristen
    2019-02-05 16:44

    I loved everything about this book! I'm hoping it will become a new favourite series.This is a cozy, and it has all the requisite things one expects from the genre. There's the small town filled with characters and nosiness and gossip. There's the spunky, clever heroine who ends up neck-deep in a murder and has to investigate. There are plenty of false clues and evidence about who the killer might be, but ends up not being.This book's "focus" [as all cozies have] is a combination of plants and aromatherapy. Both of those are interests of mine, so this book was a perfect fit for me! I loved hearing about the meaning of certain plants, and the way aromatherapy can help people with physical and psychological difficulties. But it fit nicely into the plot and never felt heavy-handed or forced.I also liked that the murder was unusually "possible" given the rest of the story line. Often cozies stretch your credulity in how things happened, and are things that would be very unlikely in real life. In this case, I could totally see this happening, and the rest of the story and the investigation of the murder was interesting and engaging.As cozies go, this one is right at the top of the best I've read in the genre. I see there is a second book out and I plan to go get it and read it. I hope the author has more planned for this series, because it was wonderful!

  • Judy
    2019-01-25 09:44

    Ellie owns a custom-made perfume shop called Scents & Nonsense. She lives in the back in an old shed which has been refurbished into a tiny home. With the store she has an enchanted garden which contains small fairie displays throughout.One morning Ellie finds her part-time employee Josie dead outside her gate. Josie had been dating Ellie's ex-husband, Harris. Also, Josie was working for Harris part-time in his restaurant/bar.Naturally the police suspect Ellie with killing Josie so with her friend Astrid she tries to clear her name.The characters are a little all over the place, but as this is the first of this series maybe the author will calm them down and give us more of relationship with them in future books. I still don't understand how in mostly all of these cozy books the owners of shops, etc. can spend so much time outside of the place to find killers, etc. Can't be good for business :)I won't go out of my way to search out this series, but if in the library and I see the next installment I will pick it up.

  • Phillip Albright
    2019-01-20 11:57

    I thought it would be dangerous to my senses to pick up a cozy about aromatherapy. Joking aside. I loved every minute of it. I could not put the book down. Honestly two days. I put it down to sleep and eat. It was that good. I will never look at cocoa butter the same with out trying to remember Mexican hot chocolate. Elliana Allbright (Also my last name.) Is a great sleuth. I wish Josie wasn't killed because she had such an interesting story to tell. The ex down the lane Harris is a jerk. I really wanted to slap him a few times. I enjoyed this book so much I have to now see if I can get book two. Then we need to speak to the publisher about keeping this series going. This is a winning series. I only have about eight really close series of cozies I read. This will round off the list for sure. It's not really a foodie cozy and I loved that. I love food don't get me wrong. But I knew there had to be something else out there. This is it. Oh, and what beautiful covers. I still feel the enchantment from the Enchanted Garden.

  • Julie
    2019-02-17 12:57

    In the sweet little town of Poppyville, CA, recently divorced Elli has made a new life for herself. She has a tiny house, a lovely garden, and a popular aromatherapy shop. Then an employee is found dead near the entrance to the garden and Elli is the prime suspect. It doesn't help that the local police officer is best friends with her ex-husband and appears to be delighted at the opportunity to arrest her. I love gardens, aromatherapy, cookies and corgis so this mystery was fun for me. There were adequate suspects and clues. I found the police officer with a grudge and the awful ex a bit predictable, but overall enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.