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Natural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley Book Review


Natural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley Book Review Really Into This Goodreads

Natural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley Book Review

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Publication Date March 27, 2018

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around–and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .


Natural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley Book Review

A florist with a second chance that’s based in Portland, Oregon? Heck, yes! I’m so excited about this new cozy mystery series. 

Family is Forever

My favorite part of this book is the relationship between Britta & her Aunt Elin. That’s one of the reasons I love cozies. Readers met these phenomenal characters & we slowly learn more about them throughout the series. Blooma & Elin are no different. 

They have a very special relationship. Elin gives Britta a second chance when she leaves her deadbeat husband. Rather than scolding her, or judging her, Elin welcomes her with open arms. Immediately, Elin all but hands over the creative reins to Britta. Both female characters are strong, smart & determined. I LOVE it! 

Murder Without the Gore

There are a few different mystery aspects in the book. Of course, I ate them up with a spoon. There are dead roses being left behind for someone. A shady real estate developer is dead and this book is filled with a cast of characters, all of whom could be the murderer. 

Ellie Alexander/ Kate E. Dyer-Seeley does a great job keeping the suspense up. I read a few chapters at a time & finished the book over a week. While reading, I found myself thinking of the characters, dreaming up possible motives. That, my friends, is a sign of a great mystery. 


I am Really Into This book! When I find a new series to love, its like I stumbled upon a pot of gold. Ellie Alexander/ Kate E. Dyer-Seeley has a knack for quick-witted, strong female characters & I’m excited to dive head first into this series.

Special thanks to Kate E. Dyer-Seeley / Ellie Alexander & Kensington Books for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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You can read an excerpt from Violet Tendencies, which is the second book in the Rose City Mystery series here

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Violet Tendencies (Rose City Mystery #2) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley Excerpt Author Bio Twitter

Ellie Alexander (also known as Kate Dyer-Seeley) is a Pacific Northwest native. Her love for the Pacific Northwest runs deep. Hence why all of her books (whether she’s writing as Ellie or Kate) are set here. From the Shakespearean hamlet of Ashland, Oregon to the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington to the hipster mecca of Portland, Oregon and a variety of other stunning outdoor locales, the Pacific Northwest is a backdrop for every book and almost becomes another character in each series.

When not writing, you can find her testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouse or brewpubs nearby. You’ll also find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of “research”.

Ellie loves hearing from readers and interacting on social media. Be sure to follow her to learn about her writing process, upcoming books, special events, giveaways, and more! Also, sign up for her e-mail newsletter to stay up to date on new releases, appearances, and exclusive content & recipes.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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