Bloom and Doom [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Bloom and Doom

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Overview

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…

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/01/2014
Cousins Audrey and Liv love their small-town Virginia flower shop. Known for their fabulous wedding work, the two are puzzled by the upcoming nuptials of insecure Jenny and smooth-talking Derek. Jenny confides in them that she wants to call off the wedding. Her timing is bad because Derek is found dead the next day, and the murder weapon is a knife from the flower shop. All evidence points toward Jenny, and Audrey is determined to clear her friend's name. Predictably, Audrey's amateur sleuthing gets her into hot water, but she uncovers a number of motives along the way, including a casino Derek frequented. VERDICT Allen's upbeat series debut reads smoothly and easily with excellent dialog and an immensely likable cast. While an abundance of red herrings dilutes the murder plot, the flower business really stars in this cozy. The author's use of "language of flowers" lore ties in with last year's breakout novel, Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers, and has strong pairing potential with Pinterest, too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609477
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 72,039
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Beverly Allen holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run screaming from the pocket-protector set. She enjoys cooking, crafts, gardening, home-improvement projects, board games, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and three naughty but adorable cats.

 
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  • Posted April 1, 2014

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    Beverly Allen brings readers the first book in a new series. Blo

    Beverly Allen brings readers the first book in a new series. Bloom and Doom is a cozy mystery with a Bridal theme. Readers have seen just about every profession they can imagine for their cozy protagonist's and now we have a great new series featuring a wedding florist. Allen uses a lot of interesting research facts including the meanings attributed to flowers to make this book ring true for cozy readers. She couples the happiness of wedded bliss with murder and comes up with a great book that readers will have a hard time putting down. A great new series!

    What I liked:

    I have always been one of those people who loves weddings. I've done just about everything for family and friends from baking and decorating the cake to setting up all the flowers. My one time dream job was to be a wedding coordinator, complete with a wedding venue and all, so this book really hit the spot for me. This is my first book from this author, but it definitely won't be my last. I enjoyed all of the wedding hulabaloo and thought it added a very interesting theme to the book. When the groom ends up dead at a wedding where Audrey Bloom has created the bouquet, that gives her a reason to be on the case. I thought the overall wedding atmosphere was a big plus for this series.

    I was also genuinely interested in what each flower meant. I thought Allen did an amazing job of using the language of flowers in this novel. I enjoyed finding out what each one meant and found myself wondering about other flowers that were not mentioned. I am a huge crafter and use flowers a lot and I found this very interesting. I'm sure that a lot of readers will enjoy this aspect of the book as well.

    The main protagonist for this series, Audrey Bloom was just a delight to read about. She lit up the pages. And even though cozies are essentially about murder, she made this one just as much about her life and her work as she did about the victim and the suspects. I enjoyed learning more about her and think that she will be a great lead character for this series. Allen portrays her as loving, capable and obsessed with flowers and there is certainly nothing wrong with that.

    I thought the mystery aspects of the story flowed very well and kept the reader engaged. Allen was able to make each suspect appear to be the killer at one time or the other, without overwhelming the reader. There were a few red herrings and enough suspense to keep readers on edge, like any good cozy will do. I thought the killer ended up being unpredictable and that made it even better. Sometimes it's just too easy to figure it all out... not so with this one.

    What I didn't like:

    I can't say there was too much I didn't like about this one. It was well crafted. It had a great theme. The lead character was believable and easy to relate to. There just isn't much to criticize.

    Bottom Line:

    This is a great new cozy series with a lot of potential for future books. Allen uses flowers in a unique way in this book that I found very interesting. The language of flowers is now something I want to know more about, and that's a hallmark of a good writer. And the mystery was not an easy one to crack.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    BLOOM AND DOOM is the first book in A Bridal Bouquet Shop Myster

    BLOOM AND DOOM is the first book in A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series by author Beverly Allen. I was privileged enough to read this story before the April 1, 2014 publication date. This book had me at the first page! 

    In meeting Audrey Bloom and Olivia “Liv” Rose, her cousin and co-owner of the Rose In Bloom florist shop in Ramble, Virginia, I immediately felt I was in the presence of dear friends. In getting to meet the other characters, several of which worked or helped out at the shop, I found myself wanting to work there as well and get to spend my days among the flowers and good company. 

    The entire story was fast paced and never lacking action. Some situations had me honestly laughing out loud due to the author’s witty humor and fun writing flare. I also found it informative as Ms. Allen had Audrey telling the meaning of the flowers she would use in her different arrangements. 
    As for the mystery aspect of this cozy, it was handled superbly. I was guessing until the very end as to who the murderer was. There was a bit of a “sub mystery” in the storyline as well. Something I feel the author intentionally made us forget about after it was mentioned, just so she could catch us off guard when it finally came to light. Well played Ms. Allen!

    If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for new series that will become one of your go to favorites. Beverly Allen’s Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series is that series for me and I have no doubt it will be for you too. This one is sure to be a long running series indeed! 

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  • Posted January 18, 2015

    ¿Anemones, Enemies and Other Assorted Blossoms¿ The first boo



    “Anemones, Enemies and Other Assorted Blossoms”

    The first book in “A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series” takes us to Ramble, Virginia and the “Rose in Bloom” Flower Shop, owned by Cousins, Audrey Bloom and Olivia Rose. The shop specializes in unique bridal bouquets—basing the collaboration of blossoms not only on the Bride’s favorites, but ones which have special meanings according to the Victorian Language of Flowers. The shop’s exquisite wedding designs are to be the focus of a feature article in Ramble’s newspaper, “Ramble On” as well as the unbelievable success rate of marriages where the Bridal couple had engaged the services of the well-known company. One of the Brides happens to be a former Jr. High friend of Audrey’s, named Jenny Whitney, who is marrying Ramble’s most eligible bachelor, Derek Rawling. Jenny’s Mother seems to be extremely pushy from the engagement to the wedding plans. Does Jenny really want to marry Derek? When she shows up at the shop to cancel the wedding flower order and intends to look for another part-time job, Audrey puts old, hurt feelings aside, says she’ll give her a chance, and gives her all of the materials so she can practice recreating a bouquet—including one of the shop’s new knives bearing their logo. Imagine their horror when Liv relays the shocking news that her Husband, Eric discovered Derek’s blood-soaked, lifeless body in his sports car—along with the bouquet and knife Audrey had given to Jenny! The evidence is pretty damning, considering Jenny had just broken up with Derek. Was there a heated argument between Jenny and Derek that led to his demise? Jenny is on the top of the suspect list, but Audrey can’t believe she would commit such an atrocity. Was Jenny’s demeanor all a “Southern Lady Act”? Audrey decides to do some sleuthing herself—with the help of Liv and the Police Chief’s Receptionist, Mrs. June. To complicate things, Police Chief Kane Bixby is extremely (and often times comically) allergic to flowers and is not a tad bit happy about Audrey’s investigation. Could blackmail have triggered the murder? Who is “Bunny”? What is laid back grower/delivery man Larry hiding in his new greenhouse? Cozy lovers will enjoy this first of a new series. I mistakenly read the second book in the series first and can say that it is easy to become acquainted with the various colorful characters, while each mystery stands alone. You’ll want to read about more of the antics of Audrey and Liv and their talented floral crew (Retired Schoolteacher Amber Lee, Shelby and fellow students, Opie and Melanie, and Darnell and his floral line-up of football players), plus handsome baker, Nick Maxwell, and Liv’s doting Husband, Eric. The Author has graciously included a snippet of Book Two, “ For Whom the Bluebell Tolls” which you won’t want to miss. Be sure to place these titles on the top of your “Cozy List”—a true breath of peach rose-scented air awaits you!
    Nancy Narma

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Enjoyable New Series Blooms   Audrey Bloom and her cousin Liz ha

    Enjoyable New Series Blooms
     
    Audrey Bloom and her cousin Liz have settled in the town of Ramble, Virginia, and set up a florist shop.  Audrey has learned the language of flowers and uses them to help craft beautiful and meaningful bridal bouquets.  Her latest client is Jenny, a former friend who is now marrying Derek, the most eligible bachelor in the county.
     
    However, two weeks before the wedding, Jenny has decided to call the entire thing off because she’s realized she doesn’t love her fiancée.  The morning after she does, Derek is found murdered in his car outside Jenny’s apartment.  With the evidence pointing to Jenny, Audrey feels the need to step in and save her former friend.  Derek wasn’t well liked, so the list of suspects is actually long.  Can Audrey find the truth about what happened to Derek?
     
    I’d been hearing great things about this debut, and they were all well deserved.  The characters were all immensely likable, and I enjoyed spending time with them.  The pacing was a bit slow at times in the middle, but even then I found the pages flying by because the characters are just that fun.  The language of flowers is mixed into the story in just the right amount to inform us without overwhelming us.  And the dash of humor mixed into the book certainly helped as well.
     
    Being a guy, I’m not really into flowers, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book in the slightest.  I’m looking forward to seeing what danger the language of flowers takes Audrey to next.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    Beverly Allen weaves the language of flowers throughout her debu

    Beverly Allen weaves the language of flowers throughout her debut mystery...

    Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen
    The First Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery

    Bloom and Doom is the first book in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series by Beverly Allen. Set in Virginia, we meet Audrey Bloom who co-owns The Rose in Bloom, a floral shop, with her cousin Liv. While Liv handles more of the business aspect of the shop, Audrey is known for her beautiful bridal bouquets, which she makes using the language of flowers. Audrey does a consultation with a one time friend, whose mother seems more interested in the wedding than the bride, and the blooms chosen are not auspicious. Then the bride to be cancels the wedding and the future groom winds up dead!

    With Bloom and Doom Beverly Allen introduces us to an engaging new protagonist and a shop full of friends, from the former teacher mother figure to the football team that doesn't mind delivering flowers. There are several red herrings interspersed throughout. Just when I thought I figured out where she was going I discovered I had been led down a blind alley.

    I really enjoyed my trip to Virginia to meet this new cast of cozy characters. Beverly Allen weaves the language of flowers throughout her debut mystery and I want to soak up more of her knowledge.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

    Bloom and Doom is the first in Beverly Allen's new series of Bri

    Bloom and Doom is the first in Beverly Allen's new series of Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries. Audrey Bloom specializes in designing bouquets for Ramble, Virginia's weddings, and she has a perfect record so far: 156 brides have carried her flowers down the aisle and all of them are still married. But it seems this guarantee does not apply to couples who don't quite make it to the altar.

    Jenny Whitney, until recently a friend of Audrey's, is engaged to Ramble's most eligible bachelor, wealthy Derek Rawling, but now she is having second thoughts. Her alcoholic mother insists that she go through with the wedding despite rumors that Derek is seeing someone else. But when Jenny comes to consult Audrey about the flower arrangements, Audrey can tell how unhappy she is and urges her to think about what she's doing before it's too late.

    The next thing Audrey knows, Derek is dead and Jenny has been arrested for his murder. Of course, Audrey can't abandon her friend, even if her friend once abandoned her, and tries to find the real killer.

    I really enjoyed this contemporary cozy. Audrey Bloom is a fun character, and I loved her interior monologue, mostly about her grandmother's rules on being a proper Southern lady. She also knows a lot about the meanings Victorians gave particular flowers . . . anything from passionate love to approaching danger. Perfect for a mystery!

    And Audrey is surrounded by some great continuing characters, notably her cousin and business partner, Liv. And, needless to say, our small Southern town of Ramble is full of memorable folks, including the undertaker who has at least a bit of a crush on Audrey. But Audrey, recovering from her disastrous relationship with "Brad the Cad," isn't interested in him. Only Nick Maxwell, the delectable owner of the bakery across the street, Stud Muffin's, er um, I mean Baby Cakes Bakery, makes her consider she might be ready to risk her heart again.

    Throughout the not-at-all-formulaic story, Allen mixes in some laugh-out-loud moments and some genuinely creepy scenes and lots of red herrings that will keep you guessing until the end. All in all, it's a great start to what I hope will be a long series. I hope, too, that Audrey will eventually be more appreciative of her longsuffering cat, Chester. He wouldn't act up if she gave him some attention, too!

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    Posted May 12, 2014

     

     

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    Bloom and Doom is the first book in the A Bridal Bouquet Shop My

    Bloom and Doom is the first book in the A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series.

    Audrey Bloom and her cousin Liv, run the Rose In Bloom Flower Shop. Audrey has an amazing record that all the couples that she has prepared bouquets for, they are all still married.

    Audrey has been working with Jenny and her mother Ellen on floral arrangements for Jenny's wedding to the town's most eligible bachelor, Derek Rawling. The floral arrangements have been decided on and flower ordered and then Jenny comes in and cancels, as she is canceling the wedding. Audrey feels sorry for her and offers her a part time job and provided her with some flower, a knife with Rose In Bloom printed on it, so that Jenny can practice making arrangements. The next day, Derek is found in his car, dead, and the flowers and knife beside him. Audrey wants to nip in the bud about the shops very distant involvement in the murder and to help clear Jenny's name. Derek had a notorious past and there are rumors that his financial ground might be a little shaky.

    The book has some very enjoyable and believable character. Audrey is still recovering from a past relationship with "Brad The Cad" and is devoting herself 100% to making the shop a great success. Then Nick Maxwell, who owns the bakery down the street, starts dropping in, but he always buying flowers, so he must have a girlfriend. But then maybe he's getting them for his mother and he does seem to be willing to help with the investigation. Liv, who is Audrey's cousin, is an easy to like character with a very protective husband. Amber Lee, an assistant, is a retired schoolteacher and a lifelong resident of Ramble, VA and a good source of gossip of the little community. I particularly enjoyed the character, Chief Bixby. It seems that Chief Bixby is, yes, allergic to flowers. This may limit the time he spends in the shop, but certainly does keep him away.

    A very enjoyable new series with characters I am looking forward to hearing more about. The author adds a little history of the meaning of various flowers in the shop. It is always an extra plus for me to be able to learn something new in my readings.

    Looking forward to the next book, for sure.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    This is the perfect book to start your spring reading! This firs

    This is the perfect book to start your spring reading! This first in the new Bridal Bouquet mystery is a delightful read. Beverly introduces you to Audrey Bloom and her cousin Olivia Rose. They own Rose in Bloom floral shop. Audrey is a wedding bouquet designer and has study what each flower means, which she uses in her business to make the perfect floral bouquet for brides and brides maids. 




    It's spring time in Ramble Virginia and Jenny and her mom are at the shop looking into flowers for Jenny's wedding to Derek. Everything has to be just right for this wedding. So when Derek is found dead in his car and Jenny is arrested for his death , Audrey works hard to find out what really happened and clear Jenny's name. 




    Beverly has created a strong cast of characters and a story plot that keeps you reading from the beginning to the end.  The atmosphere of the town and characters are well developed and this book is a fantastic read. I enjoyed learning about the different flowers and what they mean.   I look forward to more in this series.

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