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Monday, March 31, 2014

Bloom and Doom--Beverly Allen

Bloom and Doom  Pictures, Synopsis, and author info from

As the co-owner of The Rose in Bloom, Audrey Bloom creates magnificent flower arrangements for brides to be. Though helping to plan a wedding can be stressful, it’s nothing compared to the groom turning up dead.

A designer of eye-catching bridal bouquets—many of them based on the Victorian meanings behind each flower—Audrey Bloom is used to celebrations that end with happily ever after. In fact, every couple she’s worked with is still together, living in wedded bliss. But her perfect record is about to be broken.

Her childhood friend Jenny Whitney has reeled in the most eligible bachelor in Ramble, Virginia, and she’s hired Audrey to design the bouquet. But before Jenny can walk down the aisle clutching her blend of anemone, scabious, and pussy willow (a floral disaster in Audrey’s mind), the groom is found dead—sprinkled with bits of a bouquet. This is bad for business—not to mention for Jenny, who has become the prime suspect. So Audrey decides to do a little digging herself, hoping she won’t be the next Ramble resident pushing up daisies…

My Review:

This was a very enjoyable read.  I really liked learning about flowers and their meanings, I never knew that flowers had meanings.  This was also a great mystery that kept me guessing till the very end.  The writing was superb and the story flowed really well. All the characters were likable and I look forward to reading more about these likable characters and this charming small town.  This story also had some laugh-out-loud moments also, Audrey got herself into some silly situations.  If you are looking for a great cozy that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat, then this is the story for you.

This book goes on sale April 1, so grab your copy!!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


Beverly Allen is the author of Bloom and Doom, the first entry of the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series—and her first novel-length fiction–debuting this year from Berkley Prime Crime. Beverly is the pseudonym of Barbara Early, chosen because when she says “Barb Early” too quickly or in a noisy room, people hear “Beverly” anyway. She resides in Western New York state with her ever-patient husband and three naughty but adorable cats.