Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on March 27th 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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 . . .
Britta Johnston is done with her dead-end job and fines the perfect out to go to Portland when she catches her husband cheating. She ends up in her Aunt’s florist shop Blooma where she can get back to pursuing her passion. There is a small kink or should we say small shears to the chest when Britta finds a body in her aunt’s shop. She works together with her new friends and possible suspects. (Hard to tell the difference who is who). To get to the bottom of who killed Frank.
In an Oyster Shell – Was a little disappointing that this book seems to echo elements of her other books it was a little predictable.
The Pearls – I loved the setting. Blooma the florist shop in a little village off the banks of the Willamette somewhere. Though it was set in the big city of Portland the small area of the village had a small town feel. It but the cozy in this cozy mystery.
There were a lot of characters but they were easy to distinguish from one another. Britta was a great character with Swedish background with her aunt. I liked that there was a little Swede was thrown in. It was down well so you know whats going on. That Britta made friends with a couple of the cops right of the back was fun. I can’t see where that goes in the end.
The mystery was fun to follow. I like that just about everybody was a suspect. Britta is the new kid in town she doesn’t know these people any one of them could be killers. I liked the small romance plots that were weaved into the mysteries. It gave the story nice depth.
The Sand – At the beginning of the book I was disappointed because it was taking a similar plot to another one of this author’s book. It followed a similar pattern for sure. I hope in the next books that it will break away into its own more distinctive storyline.