“A Glimmer of a Clue” unfolds in the first person narrative of Courtney Kelly, the owner of “Open Your Imagination,” a shop specializing in fairy garden landscape design in Carmel, California. She is “assisted” in her business by Fiona, a fairy-in-training, who needs to help a human to gain her wings. Fortunately for Fiona, there are a lot of people around who need help. The story is entertaining and whimsical, but of course a murder is thrown in to complicate things. The story is told mostly in the light hearted and natural conversations of friends, even when the dialogues are probative, investigative, or questioning.
A confrontation at The Spectacular, an annual fundraiser for community outreach programs in the arts, leads to murder, and a suspect is soon arrested. Courtney feels the police have the wrong person, so she sets out to find the true culprit which should be easy since no one really liked the victim. The investigation moves along at a casual yet focused and deliberate pace. The murder is more complex than it originally seemed, and the search is going nowhere. Fiona chides Courtney for not being a trained professional while trying to obey the rules of her own probation.
“A Glimmer of a Clue” starts each chapter with an interesting quotation, and includes a convenient list of the likeable characters (Humans, Fairies, and Pets) for reference when needed. The plot is compelling with abundant mystery but without buckets of blood. Best of all, the characters share their favorite food and drink recipes at the end. I received a review copy of “A Glimmer of a Clue” from Daryl Wood Gerber and Kensington books. It is quick to read with a satisfying plot and pleasing characters. This is the second book in the “Fairy Garden Mystery” series, and I am sure there will be more to come.