by Cynthia Chow
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Moss Hysteria, along with a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to support KRL, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.
One day. Bloomers Flower Shop Abigail Knight Salvare and her husband Marco are able to spend one day in the Brandywine subdivision before discovering a body. While her record of stumbling across corpses and becoming involved in their investigations led to the formation of a private investigation business with Marco, she had hoped that their move into their new home would have bucked the trend. Instead, the discovery of the subdivision’s deceased superintendent Dirk Singletary has Abby campaigning to investigate on behalf of their neighbor Theda Coros, who had last argued with him over moss removal.
It turns out that Dirk was not beloved among the Brandywine residents, as he had built a reputation for shoddy work, womanizing, and thievery. Abby begins her inquires by participating in two book clubs whose meetings are as different as the members. The Brandywine Babes Book Club favor gossip over reading, and their cougar leader Mitzi Kole immediately garners Abby’s animosity due to Mitzi’s predatory attentions towards Marco. In contrast, the down-to-earth Books and Bottles book club members actually discuss their literary reads, but their disinterest in sharing the local scuttlebutt proves to be just as frustrating for Abby.
After an interrogation goes miserably awry due to her lack of sleep, Abby attempts to focus on her flower shop business and the arrangements that give her such joy. Even that distraction is proving elusive as a result of her new employee Rosa Marisol Katarina Marin’s perfectly helpful contributions that only manage to make Abby feel replaced. Home isn’t proving to be much of a refuge either, as Abby’s indecisiveness in decorating is as challenging as Marco’s affinity towards anything in black with a built-in cup holder. For the first time, Abby is feeling let down by her instincts and reluctant to trust the skills that have always supported her before.
Now that the Flower Shop mysteries are being made into movies for the Hallmark Channel, interest will only increase for these charming and very deftly written novels. While readers new to the series will be able to jump right in, longtime fans will appreciate how this eighteenth! in the series allows characters to grow and evolve. We’ve seen Abby slowly transform, beginning as a recent law school dropout and progressing into a new business owner who dates, marries, and builds a home. Side characters similarly have been allowed to change, as Jillian is no longer the spoiled, often irritating shallow cousin. She is now, in fact, a talented interior designer who has perhaps found her area of professional expertise.
Abby continues to face challenges in her personal and professional lives, but she always has the support of her loving family and friends. This stellar mystery investigation has a surplus of twists and motives that will charm readers who can’t help but sympathize with such a clever, vulnerable, and admirable heroine.
To enter to win a copy of Moss Hysteria, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “moss,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 30, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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