Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Twinkle of Trouble by Daryl Wood Gerber


A Twinkle of Trouble


About A Twinkle of Trouble


A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery) 

5th in Series

Setting - California 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington Cozies 

(April 23, 2024) 

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages


Carmel-by-the-Sea garden shop owner Courtney Kelly sees things others can’t—like fairies, and hidden motives for murder . . .

Courtney is delighted when her tiny friend Fiona returns from the fairy realm, appearing at the base of a Cypress tree. When her Ragdoll cat, Pixie, emerges from her own portal—aka the cat door—the three set off for a busy day. Busier than usual, since Courtney has rented a small plot of land at the Flower Farm, where she hopes to grow her own supplies for her fairy-garden business. Plus, the annual Summer Blooms Festival is coming up, and Courtney has booked a booth . . .

But the murder of Courtney’s friend, Genevieve, casts a pall over the festival. Ever since Genevieve sold her floral business, she’d been building a career as an influencer. She was perennially opinionated—but in her new role she’d become surprisingly vicious, dissing local entrepreneurs with nasty posts and unwarranted bad reviews. That’s landed a couple of Courtney’s other friends on the suspect list—including Flower Farm owner Daphne Flores. And when a second victim is discovered, seeds of doubt about Daphne’s innocence sprout in Courtney’s mind. With only a germ of a clue, Courtney will have to overturn every rock to get the dirt on the real killer . . .

About Daryl Wood Gerber

Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling mysteries, including the Fairy Garden Mysteries and Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes suspense including the well received The Son’s Secret, Girl on the Run, and the popular Aspen Adams series. Recently Daryl, who loves a challenge, published a Christmas romance, Hope for the Holidays. Fun Tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, read, and walk her frisky Goldendoodle. Also she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. You can learn more on her website: https://darylwoodgerber.com

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My Thoughts

A Twinkle of Trouble by Daryl Wood Gerber is a sparkling story with a double dose of fairies and murder, beautiful blooms, and a morsel of amour.   I enjoyed catching up with Courtney, Joss, and Fiona.  I was especially curious to hear about Fiona’s trip through the portal.  The mystery was entertaining.  Courtney investigates (of course) with help from her friends and fairies.  I donned my sleuthing cap and gathered the clues along with Courtney.  It was a fun whodunit to solve.  Courtney helps her customers create lovely fairy gardens when she is not off sleuthing or enjoying time with friends (or stealing moments with Brady).  The author sets the stage with her lavish descriptions of the Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Summer Blooms Festival, the fairies, and the fairy gardens.  I like that we continue to learn new things about the fairies, and we get to meet new fairies too.  

A Twinkle of Trouble is the fifth A Fairy Garden Mystery and it can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. I like the fairy quote before each chapter.  It was amusing that Courney’s book club was reading “Mum’s the Word” by Kate Collins.  It was a cute tie in to the flower festival.  There are recipes at the end of the book for some of the mouthwatering morsel mentioned (gluten free options too).  A Twinkle of Trouble is an enchanting tale with gleeful fairies, a precious Pixie, tasty treats, murder and mayhem, an opening portal, a flower festival, and fun with friends.  

A Twinkle of Trouble is available from AmazonB&NKobo, and Bookshop.  You can find thhe other A Fairy Garden Mysteries hereYou can find the author's other creations hereDaryl Wood Gerber has Murder on the Page which is the first book in A Literary Dining Mystery publishing on October 22.  Time for the giveaway!  The giveaway prize is a $15 Bookshop.org gift card and a choice (from books 1 - 4) of A Fairy Garden Mysteries (paper or ebook)  plus swag.  Click here to enter or enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Four-Alarm Homicide by Diane Kelly.  It is the sixth book in A House Flipper Mysteries.  I hope that you have a sparkling day.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway and leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Take care and Happy Reading!


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*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book.  I am not required to leave a review.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story. Fairy best wishes. ~ Daryl Wood Gerber

    1. PS The pictures of the human fairies and fairy figurines are adorable! ~ Daryl

  2. Great series. Looking forward to reading the newest book in the series.