FLORAL DEPRAVITY: a bRIDAL BOUQUET sHOP mYSTERY
By Beverly Allen, Berkley Prime Crime, paperback, $7.99, 293 pages.
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…
“Captivated my attention from the very first page…Beverly Allen writes wonderfully engaging characters in a lovely small-town setting…A thoroughly entertaining and engaging mystery! I can’t wait for the next one!”—Jenn McKinlay. New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time
“It’s an engaging bouquet of mayhem and murder. What a delight for cozy readers!”—Erika Chase, national bestselling author of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
“Allen’s upbeat series debut reads smoothly and easily with excellent dialog and an immensely likable cast. . . . The flower business really stars in this cozy.”—Library Journal
“Provides readers with a fresh twist on the amateur-sleuth story.”—Booklist
“A well written and highly entertaining cozy with a clever plot and more than a few twists and turns.”—Criminal Element