Friday, November 30, 2018

Violet Tendencies - A Review & Giveaway


The Second Rose City Mystery

Spring has sprung in Portland, Oregon as the city celebrates its Rose Festival. Britta Johnston and her Aunt Elin are in the midst of the festivities working on their float for the festival's Grand Floral Parade. But all is not flowers and good cheer as a group of anarchists seem bent on ruining the parade and everything it stands for. Threats of violence by the group escalate, but it's their leader who is found murdered...on Britta's float! Stunned by the death, Britta also feels a strange undercurrent. Something odd is going on with the parade leaders and she means to find out what it is.

Things are not all flowers and light in this second Rose City Mystery. There is omnipresent conflict and dread coming from the anarchists creating taut suspense. In this day and age the very real threat of terrorist activity, no matter the cause, makes the danger in the book so much more real. It's not just that a person got murdered, it's the thought that anybody out enjoying the day, or even sitting comfortably at home, could be in deadly danger.

Despite the darkness, goodness and beauty exist as well. There's the beauty of flowers and the floats. The reunion of Elin and Eric, the chemistry between Britta and Pete, and the various friendships, old and new, bring lightness and love.

Lots of good suspects and plenty of suspicious activity make VIOLET TENDENCIES a complex, suspenseful mystery.


Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery) by Kate Dyer-Seeley

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Kensington (November 27, 2018)  
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Who could object to a flower festival? Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions—capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat . . . until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system . . . including the upcoming extravaganza. Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive . . .

About the Author


Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.  

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  1. Thank you for your review on "VIOLET TENDENCIES" by Kate Dyer-Seeley and for being part of the book tour. Sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would love the opportunity to read.
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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to start this series!

  3. Sounds great, I hadn't seen this series yet.

  4. That photo is so cute of you putting those books in the Little Libraries. Thanks for the contest.

  5. I love that this mystery is set in Portland during Rose Festival, since I live here in Portland! Thanks for the giveaway!