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.
Every time I read a book by author Daryl Wood Gerber, I’m reminded why she is a favorite writer of mine. This second book in her Fairy Garden Mysteries is a wonderful example of why.
Reading, A GLIMMER OF A CLUE in one setting wasn’t my plan for the day. However, a couple of chapters in, I knew I wouldn’t put it down until the last page. It was a well plotted mystery, within a magical tale.
There were suspects and motives galore. A true puzzler, there were so many ways this story could have gone! My thoughts and guesses were running the spectrum of possibilities to the point of being dizzying. Indeed, A GLIMMER OF A CLUE was so meticulously plotted, Sherlock Holmes himself would have been scratching his head.
If you’re looking for a book to spend a summer day with, you can’t go wrong with A GLIMMER OF A CLUE.
About Daryl Wood Gerber
Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the Fairy Garden Mysteries, and the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Daryl loves to cook, fairy garden, and read, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle who keeps her in line!