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Floral Depravity

Floral Depravity, October 2015
Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery #3
by Beverly Allen

Berkley
Featuring: Audrey
284 pages
ISBN: 0425264998
EAN: 9780425264997
Kindle: B00SI027LY
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"Had me hooked from the first page!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Floral Depravity
Beverly Allen

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted October 29, 2015

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Cozy

FLORAL DEPRAVITY is Book 3 in Beverly Allen's Bridal Bouquet Shop cozy mystery series. Even though characters from previous books appear in this installment, I believe readers new to the series can still enjoy FLORAL DEPRAVITY. The unique setting of a medieval encampment spices things up. There are lots of suspects to choose from in this murder mystery -- a bride and groom, a couple of ex-wives, a friar, fanatical history enthusiasts, and many more. FLORAL DEPRAVITY is my favorite in this cozy series so far.

Beverly Allen creates a believable reason for amateur sleuth and flower shop owner Audrey Bloom to investigate a murder. When she is at the wrong place at the wrong time, she finds herself deputized and a party to the official investigation. I like that Audrey knows her limitations while still trying to be helpful. Her knowledge of plants comes in handy with a poisoner on the loose. I love mysteries with poison as the weapon and FLORAL DEPRAVITY is full of interesting floral and poison trivia. The bucolic setting of the medieval camp makes the crime seem somehow more shocking. The pacing is steady and FLORAL DEPRAVITY held me captivated all the way until the end. The range of suspects is varied and will keep you guessing. There is a wonderful balance of suspense, humor, and romance.

I enjoyed the aspects of this mystery that were very personal for Audrey. In addition to trying to solve a murder, she contemplates her romantic life, and deals with the sudden appearance of her long lost father. Both things add depth to the story without cluttering up the plot and taking anything away from the mystery. The situation with Audrey's father is interesting and provides a greater understanding of the main character without rising to the level of melodrama. I like that Audrey comes to a resolution regarding the men in her life. I look forward to seeing how things progress in future books. The nuances in the relationship between Audrey and the lead detective in this installment fit the characters and the story.

FLORAL DEPRAVITY had me hooked. This Bridal Bouquet Shop series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I eagerly await the next fun and floral- themed cozy mystery by Beverly Allen.

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SUMMARY

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…


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