Friday, January 2, 2015

Review - For Whom the Bluebell Tolls


For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen
The Second Bridal Shop Bouquet Mystery

Where reality TV shows go trouble follows and Ramble is no exception. Brad, the Cad, has returned to Ramble, Virginia bringing along a reality TV show crew to film the latest episode of Fix My Wedding. He has also arranged for Audrey to be the florist for the show. The offer proves to be more of a curse than a blessing, as Audrey has to deal with Brad's desire to get her back, a bridezilla, the mercurial machinations of one of the show's hosts, and a murder! Add her blossoming relationship with Nick and we have a hotbed of drama!

In this second entry of the Bridal Shop Bouquet Mystery series Beverly Allen digs deeper into the character of Audrey Bloom exploring her fears as well as her desires. Is she good enough? Can she capture the safety once provided by her grandmother by purchasing the cottage that was the haven of her youth? What are her feelings towards Brad...and Nick?

This exploration is entwined in a prickly mystery. Fix My Wedding host Gary Davoll could be both charming and vitriolic-leaving him as a perfect candidate to be murdered. But was he killed because of his personality? Or was he collateral damage by someone who wanted to stop the show? Or was it Gary's past as an investigative journalist that came back to haunt him?

In depth characterization and a well plotted mystery combined with the language of flowers make For Whom the Bluebell Tolls a captivating read.

I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book. For Whom the Bluebell Tolls will be released January 6, 2015-but you can pre-order it now!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you liked it, Kathy! Thanks for taking the time to read and review!