Death in Bloom review

This is the first book in a new series just released called Flower House, and it’s written by Jess Dylan, a pen name for author Jennifer David Hesse. I definitely would like to read her other series now! I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, especially Granny Mae! I love the setting of Tennessee too, since it’s one of my favorite states to visit. I can’t wait for the next book Petals and Poison, but the good thing is, we don’t have to wait a year, because it comes out on November 30 of this year.

My Goodreads review:

Death in Bloom: A Flower House MysteryDeath in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery by Jess Dylan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed getting to know Sierra, Granny and friends. Deena and Sierra made for an unlikely friend/sleuth duo, but the worked out pretty well. I liked that just because they didn’t hang out in high school, they were still able to be friends as adults. Granny was cool–for some reason I always like the granny or quirky aunt characters, lol.

The murder was almost a closed door type, since it happened during a flower arranging class. The author did a great job of making me suspect nearly everyone. Just about everyone at the class had a motive, but Sierra and Deena were determined to find out who offed the most despised man in town. As a side story, Sierra’s boss left, and she was trying to solve that little mystery as well as wonder if the cute new tenant Calvin who rented the apartment upstairs from the flower shop was to be trusted.

The showdown was a really good one, and several people and a super cute dog got to have a hand in catching the killer. I’m really eager to read the next book now!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the author via NetGalley, an my opinions are my own.

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Death and Daisies–review

This is the second book in the Magic Garden series written by Amanda Flower. The series debuted last year and is quickly becoming one of my new favorites, especially after reading this book. Unlike most of her other books, which are set in her native Ohio, this one is set in Scotland. I thought that was a cool idea, since I don’t see myself ever actually visiting there. It’s fun to armchair-visit while reading instead!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could hardly put this book down! There were so many things happening in this story, more secrets revealed, more love interests–and I didn’t guess the killer!

Fiona’s sister Isla was staying with her in Scotland at least for the summer, since she was just out of college and said she wanted to live a little before having to actually be a grown-up. When the village minister who made no secret of how he hated Fiona and her family, was murdered, Fi was worried she’d be blamed for this, since the whole village had seen him turn her away from the church service where her uncle Ian used to go. As before, Fi felt compelled to investigate, but Chief Inspector Craig had to admit she was helpful at times. I really liked the other thing he ended up admitting!

I really ended up liking Isla a lot. Even though at first she seemed a little flaky, she had a good head on her shoulders and really loved her big sister a lot. Isla also found a love interest–it was interesting to see who it was (you’ll have to have read the first book to know more about this person, but if you didn’t, you won’t be lost). I think I may have enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It’s definitely an awesome series!

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