Friday, October 26, 2018

Violet Tendencies

The Rose Festival is nearly here and all of Portland is planning for the spectacular gala event. In Violet Tendencies by Kate Dyer-Seeley, flower shop owner Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are  abuzz getting their float ready for the annual parade. (Violet Tendencies will be released on November 27.)

Their shop Blomma is the only flower shop with a float so they want to create something extra special. But a group of anarchists are planning something else for the festival. Dark Fusion is disrupting the float building and terrifying the volunteers. Their leader Sham has escalated the threats against the festival each day as the volunteers continue their work on the floats.

The flamboyant grand marshal of the Rose Festival Ted Graham and float barn organizer Nicki are making it their mission to have all the members of Dark Fusion locked up before the parade. This animosity emboldens Dark Fusion to step up their offensive in an explosive way.

Britta and her crew of volunteers are trying to concentrate on the
mammoth task of decorating their massive float, but odd happenings in the float barn keep distracting her. When she finds a body wrapped in her lovely violet-covered grapevine arbor, Britta fears the parade will be canceled.

With the police looking into the murder, Britta cannot help herself from snooping, despite Detective Pete Fletcher's warning not to get involved. She and Pete are just developing a relationship and Britta wants to keep investigating without annoying him.While she investigates, she learns some surprising information about Sham, the Dark Fusion leader, and float barn organizer Nicki that leads her to endanger herself.

This is an action-packed mystery with Britta right in the thick of things. Britta and her all-things-Swedish aunt Elin are terrific characters and I would like to get to know them better. Plus I need to run out to my nearest florist to purchase my own bunch of flowers.

Pre-order purchase link

No comments: