Monday, May 23, 2022

Fatal Flowers - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Fatal Flowers (A Flower House Mystery #3) by Jess Dylan

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  As Aerieville, Tennessee’s Flower House finally gains in popularity, Sierra Ravenswood finds herself feeling ready for new challenges. Luckily, the shop has grabbed the attention of the mayor’s daughter, and bride-to-be, Marissa Lakely. Sierra is thrilled, and nervous, to land her most important job yet: providing flowers for the biggest wedding Aerieville has ever seen.

Fortunately, Marissa bucks all stereotypes and is far from a bridezilla—but her wedding planner, Taz Banyan, has apparently taken on the role for himself. He’s uptight, intense, and a little intimidating. But Taz aside, everything seems to be under control...until Sierra makes a startling discovery in the great room: the wedding planner, lying in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, in very bad shape. In fact, he survives only long enough to mutter: "It was the snake." As Granny Mae would say, seeing a snake is rarely a good sign, and this was clearly no exception.

With the town on edge and the wedding up in the air, Sierra refuses to stop asking questions in her determination to put an end to this latest danger—so both Aerieville and the Flower House can flourish once more.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them so of course I had to pick up this latest one.

My Impression:  I've enjoyed the previous two books in this series but I think this was the best one yet.  In the past two books I had a hard time really connecting to Sierra but in this book it feels like she's found her footing.  She's a bit flakey, a touch impulsive, but also quick witted with a big heart.  She's a character I could picture being friends with even though she would be making me shake my head quite a bit.

The mystery is an interesting one.  Sierra finds herself roped into the wedding of the year for Aerieville with no warning and no idea what's going on.  There are all kinds of politics and hidden agendas which wraps up at a vendor meeting with the demanding over the top wedding planner dead.  

Sierra gets pulled into the investigation partly due to her own curiosity and partly due to requests from Aerieville's first family matriarch.  The mystery has lots of twists and turns that takes Sierra on several road trips and deep dives into the world of high end wedding vendors.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and was hooked into the mystery from beginning to end.  I'm looking forward to book number 4!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing how the series develops.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozies this is a fun series.  It's probably best to be read in order so you understand the relationships between the characters but it isn't necessary.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I've been wanting to read this series. It sounds really good.

  2. Sounds like another really good cosy series. It amazes me how many there are. Seems like Sierra is growing as a character.

  3. This sounds like a great series. I love it when you feel like you could be friends with the characters.

  4. That's a gorgeous cover and I love a series.

  5. This series caught my interest when the first book came out, but now I'm not sure when I will read them if ever. Just too many books calling my name.