Sunday, April 1, 2018

Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

The mystery was fun to follow. I like that just about everybody was a suspect.
~Writing Pearls
Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley (Ellie Alexander) has that perfect blend of setting, characterization, and plot that simply makes for an enjoyable read.
~The Power of Words 
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.
~MJB Reviewers 
This book is a pleasant combination of personality, flower details, murder clues, and more all placed in an eclectic small town to give it a nice flair.
~Books a Plenty Book Review

About the Book

Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496705136
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 . . .

About the Author

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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This was a very enjoyable cozy mystery. I enjoyed meeting Britta. I don't know how she had the patience with a husband who didn't work and basically mooched off his wife. What a shock poor Britta had when she found out her husband was cheating.  Oh he made me so mad with his excuses and begging Britta to come back. I say fat chance of that happening. The best decision she made was packing up and going to stay with her aunt Elin.  It's a perfect arrangement for both of them. Britta has come to the picturesque place nestled in Portland, Oregon.

The description that the author gives about the area had me wanting to pack up and move there myself. She helps readers visualize the quaint shops and beautiful landscape. I was mesmerized by the details of the flowers in Elin's flower shop. I didn't realize there were so many different kinds of roses, but I sure could smell the intoxicating scent as you open the door to the shop. The intricate knowledge of flowers really highlighted the story for me. 

Elin is excited about expanding her business and Britta has come at the perfect time to help her. I could sense the excitement Britta had when she knew she would be running the shop as Elin focus is  on teaching classes about floral techniques, designs and other related topics that include the beauty of flowers.  There is just one problem with this great plan and his name is Frank Jaffe. I didn't like his rudeness and superior attitude at all. He has this big plan that include buying Elin's shop and developing it into something profitable.  Many shop owners are not in favor of being bought out and Frank seems to have made some enemies in the town.

I wonder who Britta finds dead in the shop the day after Frank tries to convince everyone to let him buy them out? My question is why and how did he get into the shop? I enjoyed the investigation and the determination Britta had to help solve the murder.  The author does a great job of letting readers get to know the characters with wonderful dialogue and fascinating facts about them. It is a race to the finish as Britta starts to get too close to the true killer. Can she clear her and her aunts name before someone else gets hurt? I have become a huge fan of the author and can't wait for the next book in the series. At the end of the book the author has included floral tips as well as some delicious recipes to cook up.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review and the information on "Natural Thorn Killer" by Kate Dyer-Seeley as well as being part of the book tour.