I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kate Dyer-Seeley and her new release Natural Thorn Killer. This is the first book in her A Rose City Mystery series. She is also the author of the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. I have read all of that series and the books are wonderful.
Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B073NPHX8Z
Cut down among the flowers . . .
Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.
For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around–and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .(Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Britta and her aunt Elin. You can tell that they love each other very much and are happy to be reunited again. Elin is a real wiz with flowers and Britta is happy to be working with flowers again. Her life has taken a downward turn but she really wants to be happy again. It will be hard because she lost her confidence while she was married to her jerk of a husband, but she is determined to get it back. When, shortly after she arrives in Portland, a dead body is found, she realizes that she has to find the culprit before her aunt is sent away permanently.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy way. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there in Portland being part of the community. Her descriptions of the flowers and creations that they made made me feel like I could smell them and see them in my mind’s eye. You can tell that the author knows a lot about flowers or she did a lot of research (I think she probably knows a lot about them). I also liked the flower tips included at the end of the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like vivid descriptions and enjoy flowers, you will want to read this story.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.
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