Floral Depravity

Floral Depravity

by Beverly Allen

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ISBN-13: 9780425264997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 244,213
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Beverly Allen holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run screaming from the pocket-protector set. She is the author of the Bridal Bouquet Shop mysteries, including For Whom the Bluebell Tolls and Bloom and Doom. She lives near Buffalo, New York, where 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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“Captivated my attention from the very first page...Beverly Allen writes wonderfully engaging characters in a lovely small-town setting...A thoroughly entertaining and engaging mystery! I can’t wait for the next one!”—Jenn McKinlay. New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time

“It’s an engaging bouquet of mayhem and murder. What a delight for cozy readers!”—Erika Chase, national bestselling author of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries

“Allen’s upbeat series debut reads smoothly and easily with excellent dialog and an immensely likable cast. . . . The flower business really stars in this cozy.”—Library Journal

“Provides readers with a fresh twist on the amateur-sleuth story.”—Booklist
 

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Floral Depravity 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Kathleen Randolph, the owner of the Ashbury Inn, is helping her daughter, Andrea, plan a very unique wedding. They are getting married during a medieval festival held somewhere way out in the woods. Not only does Audrey have to create the perfect bouquet but she needs to deliver it and all the other flowers to the site. She also has been ordered by Kathleen to stay for the wedding. This means an overnight camp-out in the woods with very little comfort. Those organizing and attending have very strict rules about what can be brought into the camp. No modern conveniences, things have to be as close as possible to the way they back in medieval times. That also includes the clothing worn, so Audrey has to find a costume. There were a few bumps along the way but Audrey arrives and the ceremony takes place but then tragedy strikes when the bride takes a tumble and the father of the groom tumbles as well. Andrea is helped up and she is fine but the groom’s father, Barry Brooks, is not so lucky. Audrey was hoping her bit of nursing knowledge could help him until the ambulance arrived but the man is soon pronounced dead. The sheriff puts Kane Bixby, police chief of Ramble, in charge of the case and shocks Bixby by deputizing Audrey. Then the real fun…I mean investigation, begins. So much happens in this story and there are a lot of characters to keep track of but Beverly Allen twines it all together like a beautiful bouquet. The pace is pretty quick as all the players seem to travel between the campsite and town. Audrey and Bixby go back and forth and forth and back several times as they try to dig up clues to catch the killer and eliminate suspects. There are also some interesting subplots too including one with Audrey, baker Nick and her ex-Brad who just happens to be at the festival too, one with Audrey and the Friar, and Liv’s baby due at any time. I have enjoyed all three books in this series but this one is my favorite so far. Allen really kicked things up a notch. I do suggest reading this books in order to fully get to know and appreciate these sensational characters and the town of Ramble, Virginia.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Business is blooming, I mean booming at the Rose In Bloom Flower Shop and it just got busier. Co-owner, Audrey, is tasked with putting together the wedding bouquet for Ramble, Virginia’s elite couple. They want a themed wedding. A Middle Age wedding. It’s going to be a huge event, with everyone required to dress in authentic attire. I’d like to say the wedding went off without a hitch, but sadly, I can’t. There’s this nasty scene when the doves are released and a hawk swoops in. Then, the groom’s father collapses and is pronounced dead at the hospital. Some say stroke, but it turns out to be death by poisoning. There are too many suspects to name so the sheriff impulsively deputizes Audrey, enlisting her aid. It’s a prickly time for Audrey. She just bought her late grandmother’s old cottage and the roof is literally falling in. She’s juggling two beaus, one long distance, who turns up at the wedding, and one local guy who’s working at the encampment. And now she’s donning her sleuthing hat, dodging road apples and blood thirsty mosquitos. I learned some new trivia in this cozy. Did you know, in the Middle Ages, they used men’s urine to get the yellow dye for their clothing? “Shudders!” Makes you glad you live in this century, doesn’t it? Ever wonder where the title sheriff came from. In the Middle ages each shire would have a reeve. Shire-reeve became sheriff. It was fun getting to know Audrey and all of the characters in the small town of Ramble, Virginia. When Audrey bought her grandmother’s neglected cottage, despite her friends many warnings, I just knew there would be some funny misadventures once she moved in. It was also fun to learn the meaning behind the different flowers. It’s not just the type of flower, but the color that has different meanings. I now know I bought innapropriate flowers for some occasions. Good thing no one knew. Learning about life in the Middle Ages was fascinating but I was convinced quickly that I wouldn’t want to live in those times. Too hard. There are lots of colorful characters, even the ones not involved in the wedding. A love triangle but not really a love triangle. And a surprise villain. I didn’t have a clue who was behind the murder or why. A sweet romance, lots of chuckles and surprises, and a tangled mystery. One I recommend to cozy fans.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Life in Medieval Times was Murder I must admit that I wouldn’t have expected to find a medieval theme in a book about a flower shop. Somehow, I just don’t see that two are going together. And yet that is exactly what we get in Floral Depravity, the third in the Bridal Bouquet Flower Shop mysteries, and it’s a great book. Every year, there is a medieval encampment just outside of the small Virginia town where Audrey Bloom lives. No, this isn’t one of those Renaissance Fairs that is more about entertaining the guests than historical realism. Instead, it’s about being historically accurate. That provides a bit of a challenge for Audrey when her shop, Rose in Bloom, is asked to provide the flowers for a wedding that is to take place during this year’s encampment. Still, she manages to find some historically accurate but meaningful flowers. Audrey is at the encampment for the wedding when tragedy strikes. The father of the groom collapses after the ceremony. Audrey quickly suspects he was poisoned, and a search of the nearby woods confirms her suspicion when she finds the plant used in the crime. The victim is rumored to have a secret life, but what is that life? Did it somehow lead to his murder? I have enjoyed the first two books in this series, and this third one was no exception. The characters are absolutely wonderful. Audrey is a smart and capable heroine, and I loved seeing this next chapter in her life. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with the support staff at the florist shop she co-owns with her cousin Liv, and I love them, so I missed them. However, the new crop of characters are interesting, and working the supporting characters into the story probably would have just slowed it down. The plot does move forward at a steady pace, providing us with great clues and red herrings along the way. Aspects of this case hit very close to home for Audrey, so we get some great character development as the plot unfolds. I did have some idea where things were going before we reached the end, but I completely missed the clues or motive until Audrey figured it out. Since Audrey’s interest is in the language of flowers, there is some talk along the way about what various flowers mean. However, I never felt like it slowed down the book. I got a kick out of the medieval camp set up for this story. The way the various characters either insisted on perfectly keeping the time period accurate or tried to sneak modern stuff in created some very fun moments. Beverly Allen is three for three when it comes to fun mysteries and wonderful characters. If you’ve missed this series, fix that today. And if you are already a fan, be sure to pick up Floral Depravity. You’ll love it. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
FLORAL DEPRAVITY is the most beautiful bloom in an already stunning garden. The Bridal Bouquet Mystery series became a favorite of mine when the first book, BLOOM AND DOOM was first released. I’m thrilled to see it is on its third installment and I eagerly look forward to even more! Author Beverly Allen has managed to once again pen a story of the highest caliber. She blends mystery, humor, and charmingly fun characters together to form the perfect bouquet for her readers to enjoy. The murder in FLORAL DEPRAVITY has more suspects than a rose has thorns. Ms. Allen kept the questions coming and the suspense building right up until the surprising reveal. Series lead, Audrey, also as a secondary storyline to deal with. It was great seeing how she dealt with both situations. Without giving anything away, one of my favorite exchanges in FLORAL DEPRAVITY went as follows. “…But how did you know I was in trouble?” “Are you kidding? I saw you ride off on a horse.” That honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously cracking up. Brava, Beverly Allen. This series just keeping getting better! 5 stars are just not sufficient. I give you a dozen long stemmed stars for this wonderful story!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Floral Depravity is the third book in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series. It's a busy time for Audrey Bloom, co-owner of the Rose In Bloom floral shop, meeting with Kathleen Randolph, who has the Ashbury Inn in Ramble and her daughter Andrea. Andrea has chosen to be wed at a gathering of medieval enthusiasts at a farm outside of town. Just as the Friar finishes with wedding the wedding vows, the groom's father, Barry Brooks, grasps his throat and collapses. Audrey, having had a couple years of nursing classes, goes to his side to see if there is anything she can do till medical personnel can arrive. Brooks dies and after doing some research on the sly, Audrey feels certain that it was Monkshood that killed Brooks. Bixby is assigned the case even though it is not his area and the other sheriff “deputizes” Audrey. Bixby would rather not have her involved, but past experience tells him she might be useful. It doesn't take long to have a long list of suspects. Brooks was a “womanizer” and just one of his past flings might have wanted him dead. Most all of the characters from the previous books are back once again. Nick, the baker, is back and their relationship is holding steady, even though Brad, Audrey former boyfriend is at the encampment filming for a documentary. Liv is nearing full-term and her baby is expected anytime and try as Audrey might, not to involve Liv, she does. And it looks like Audrey has reached a decision on who she wants to commit to. Another delightful story about the little community of Ramble. Will be watching for the next book in this great series.