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Thursday, April 5, 2018

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

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 . . .

What I Thought:

This was a very well written cozy that grabbed my attention from the very beginning.  I enjoyed how Katie Dyer-Seeley described the setting of the story and also how she described the characters.  She does not bombard the reader with character all at one time but introduces them gradually, so it is easier to keep everyone straight.  Britta has left Minnesota for Portland, OR after she found out her husband was cheating on her.  She goes back to help her aunt run her floral/wine shop.  When a real estate developer is found dead on the shop floor, Britta has to find the killer before her aunt is charged with the crime. I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed very well.  I was left guessing until the very end of this one, which is what I like in a cozy mystery. I look forward to more in this series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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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