Fairy Garden Mystery Series

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A Glimmer of a Clue

Book 2

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Courtney Kelly has a shop full of delights, a cat named Pixie, a green thumb—and a magical touch when it comes to garden design. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, things aren’t all sweetness and fairy lights…

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…

When the owner of a nearby shop is killed in Courtney Kelly’s fairy garden store, she must join forces with her fairy friend to solve the crime… Fairies flutter throughout.
Kirkus Reviews
Enchanting series launch from Agatha Award winner Gerber… Cozy fans will wish upon a star for more.
Publishers Weekly
This is a light and engaging whodunit with a tightly woven multi-plot story-line that immediately grabbed my attention.
—Dru’s Book Musings

Daryl Wood Gerber’s new fantasy cozy series debut is full of fun, whimsy, and a baffling whodunit.
Mystery Scene

… an enchanting cozy mystery with fairy garden fun, delectable delights, pickle ball play, aggressive arguments, and flitting fairies.
—The Avid Reader

Just like a fairy garden A Glimmer of a Clue is a joyful mixture of fun and whimsy with surprises that appear when you least expect them.
—Cozy up with Kathy
…a well written cozy…sprinkled with a touch of magic.
—Books a Plenty
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A Sprinkling of Murder

Book 1

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder…

Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she’s starting a book club tea.

But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend…