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A Sprinkling of Murder By Daryl Wood Gerber: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either an ebook or print copy of the book, and links to purchase it.

Courtney Kelly is the owner of Open Your Imagination, a fairy garden and tea shop in Carmel, California. She encourages customers to build their own fairy gardens in her class, take a kit home, or choose their own décor. Children believe; adults indulge them.

Fiona is the resident fairy. She made a few missteps in the process of getting her wings and now must help Courtney in order to make amends. She’s tiny, sparkly, and mischievous. She loves to ask Courtney questions while other people are around, knowing a reply looks like Courtney is talking to herself. She’s also not above sprinkling contrary non-believers with fairy dust.

Mick owns the dog grooming shop across the way. He’s been after Courtney to move her business so he can take over her lease and expand his shop. On his last visit he says the landlord wants to cancel leases and sell to a developer. Business problems aren’t the only ones Mick has. His wife is plenty upset with him.

Courtney stays up late to sketch out plans for how-to videos, consulting her online friends for suggestions. After she finally gets to bed, she’s awakened by Fiona with an urgent message to go to the shop.

Fiona is justified. On the enclosed patio, is Mick’s body, strangled. There are a number of suspects, but Courtney is at the top of the list since he was found at her store. There was no sign of a break in, so how did he get there?

A murder on the premises is not a way to bring in customers. That’s a reason to ask some questions about the murder. Courtney’s alibi of being online seems weak to the police. Will she be able to find out how Mick got into her patio, who he met there, and why? And in time to save her business?

This is the first book in a new series. I thought Fiona would distract from the story, but she is a vital part, adding humor and magic. She’s part of the story, not a distraction. She did not sprinkle me with fairy dust to make me say that. I’m pretty sure. Not that I know of anyway.

Gerber also writes the Cookbook Nook books (9), the Aspen Adams thrillers (2), the French Bistro series (3), the Cheese Shop mysteries (7), all reviewed here, and the stand-alone, Girl on the Run.

Because she writes so many food-oriented books, there are recipes included from the fairy garden’s tea shop. They include: brie and strawberry tea sandwiches, caramel blondies with salted caramel sauce, chocolate caramel brownies and a gluten-free version, coriander cookies with vanilla icing, custard, lemon cupcakes with lavender frosting plus the gluten-free version, minestrone soup, peanut butter brownies, savory herb scones, white fish with beurre blanc sauce.

There’s also an excerpt from the next fairy garden book, not yet available for pre-order.

To enter to win either an ebook or print copy of A Sprinkling of Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “sprinkling,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 25, 2020. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. BE SURE TO STATE WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR EBOOK.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also listen to our new mystery podcast where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. A new episode went last week!

You can use this link to purchase this book from indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, and KRL gets a portion of the sale:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. A Murder of Crows, edited by Sandra Murphy (a popular title so you need her name to search), has twenty-one cozy stories. Each features the collective name of an animal and a crime. The animals range from tarantulas, koalas, wolves, bears, jellyfish, toads, cats, dogs, alpaca, goats, penguins and more. No animals were harmed. The people weren’t so lucky. Available at the usual outlets, print or ebook.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Glen Davis July 18, 2020 at 9:20am

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


2 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
July 18, 2020 at 10:46pm

I would love a print copy. Thank you for the chance.


3 Lynn Brown July 19, 2020 at 10:23am

Thanks for a chance. The covers are cute. I would like a print copy.


4 Dawn Psik July 19, 2020 at 10:24am

Would love to win a print copy of this book! Thank you so much for the chance!


5 Brittani Stickler
Twitter: @bookish_britt
July 19, 2020 at 10:36am

I’d love to win a copy! This book sounds like such a fun read!


6 Sheryl Sens
Twitter: @naninani
July 19, 2020 at 10:38am

Oh I’d love a print copy of A Sprinkling of Murder!!! Thanks for this chance


7 ellie July 19, 2020 at 10:40am

Print copy please. This author writes wonderful cozies. Thanks.


8 Shannon S July 19, 2020 at 11:19am

I would love to win this!! Thanks for the chance!


9 Linda May July 19, 2020 at 11:51am

I’ve been wanting to read this book and I would love to win a print copy. Thanks for your great generosity.


10 Lisa Sabatini July 19, 2020 at 12:04pm

Oh, sprinkle me with fairy dust! I would love to read this book!


11 Milena BEYGEL July 19, 2020 at 12:38pm

I would love to receive the print copy of this book


12 Nancy Timmerman July 19, 2020 at 12:41pm

Well, yes I would love to read this in print copy. Thanks for the chance!


13 Jennifer Koller July 19, 2020 at 12:57pm

I would love a printed copy! There is nothing better than holding a book in your hands!


14 Carl July 19, 2020 at 12:59pm

This sounds like a fun book that lots of folks could enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


15 Carl July 19, 2020 at 12:59pm

I forgot to say that I’d prefer a print copy, please. Thanks again.


16 Teresa Warner July 19, 2020 at 1:05pm

Print copy would be my choice, sounds great! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com


17 Jessie Dimovski July 19, 2020 at 1:06pm

I can’t wait to read this book! Thank you for the chance


18 Linda Tucker July 19, 2020 at 1:28pm

Would love to win a print copy


19 Dianne Casey July 19, 2020 at 1:32pm

This sounds like such a magical book. Can’t wait to read. I prefer a print copy.


20 Michell Gross July 19, 2020 at 1:58pm

I would LOVE to win a print copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!


21 Mel K. July 19, 2020 at 2:17pm

I’d love a print copy, please. I’d love to read this book!!


22 Shirley Weedling July 19, 2020 at 2:33pm

I would love a print copy! ?


23 Melissa Basnight
Twitter: @Sylvester45
July 20, 2020 at 7:19am

I would love a print copy of this book. Thank you for the chance to win this book!


24 Sue Brauner July 22, 2020 at 10:12am

looks like a great book. New author for me.


25 Tami A Norman July 22, 2020 at 1:51pm

Love the cover. Looks like a great book, thanks for the chance.


26 Taylor R Williams July 22, 2020 at 5:00pm

I love her writing and really want to read this – thanks for the chance to own it


27 Mary Holshouser July 22, 2020 at 8:48pm

This sounds like a fun read.
I love Daryl’s other series and
I know this one will be good too.
thanks txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com


28 Pat Lieberman July 25, 2020 at 11:39am

Would love to win a print copy. TY.


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 27, 2020 at 10:21am

We have a winner!


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