I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Floral Depravity on October 6, 2015
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In the latest Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery, florist Audrey Bloom creates an arrangement for a one-of-a-kind wedding, but ends up pruning a one-of-a-kind criminal...
As the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom Flower Shop, Audrey knows how to put together unique wedding bouquets, but this one takes the cake. The daughter of a local historian is getting married in a medieval-themed, hand-fasting ceremony, and Audrey is responsible for providing period-accurate blooms.
But making sure she gets her roses right turns out to be the least of Audrey’s problems. Shortly after the vows are exchanged, the father of the groom suddenly drops dead. When Audrey discovers the man’s death stems from monkshood poisoning, it’s a clear-cut case of murder. Now, faced with a suspect list that rivals the guest list, Audrey needs to root out the toxic killer...
Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen is the third book in her Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries series. I was hoping I would have had time to read the two previous books prior to starting this one, but I didn’t. I do plan on going back and reading them soon. 🙂 Even though this was the third book in the series, I felt like I understood what was going on. The author did a nice job of introducing each character and bringing up past situations so that the reader had a good understanding of time, place and people.
Audrey Bloom seems like one of those people who just finds herself always at the “wrong place, wrong time”. She’s become an amateur sleuth because of that, and it is magnified in this story when the sheriff ‘deputizes’ her. He does this mainly to irritate the police chief, but it helps to give Audrey a bit more credibility. Chief Bixby reluctantly uses her on the case.
Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen was a really great cozy mystery. I felt like I had things figured out early on, but the author threw in some plot twists that kept me guessing and enjoying the mystery through to the last page. I look forward to reading more in this series. I recommend this to anyone who likes cozies with a bit of humor and a ‘crafty’ element.
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