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Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery

(A Flower House Mystery #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The first in a sweet and colorful cozy mystery series from Jess Dylan, Death in Bloom introduces flower shop owner Sierra Ravenswood.

At the Flower House, every rose has its thorn . . .

Sierra Ravenswood is the new part-time employee of the Flower House, a flower shop in Aerieville, Tennessee. It's true she didn't expect to be back in her hometown at twenty-eight-years-old,
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Published May 25th 2021
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Natalia  R
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in Bloom is the first book in Jess Dylan's Flower House Mystery series. Set in the rural town of Aerieville, Tennessee, our protagonist Sierra Ravenswood has returned to her hometown, after failing to make it as a singer in Nashville. Not one to focus on the negative, Sierra has taken a part-time job at the local flower shop and is optimistic about the future. However, she is completely taken aback when her boss Felix up and disappears on a geocaching trip and leaves her in charge just bef ...more
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Author Jess Dylan designs a lovely storyline centered around The Flower House business. This cozy mystery is set in rural Tennessee and features struggling music artist, Sierra Ravenswood, who works for Felix, the owner of the florist shop. When Felix up and disappears on a geocaching search, Sierra is left with all the shop responsibilities on her shoulders. A flower arranging class turns into a crime scene, and Felix doesn’t answer texts or calls from Sierra!

While I felt that the plot needed a
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sierra Ravenswood gets a big surprise when Felix, her boss and owner of the Flower House floral shop in Aerieville, Tennessee, lets her know that he is leaving town for an extended time for a geocaching trip and she is in charge of the shop beginning with a flower arranging workshop that night. And she has his dog, Gus, to look after as well. It was a crazy workshop with one obnoxious attendee, Abe, taunting another attendee and he suddenly falls to the floor dead of what is determined to be poi ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Death In Bloom by Jess Dylan is a debut cozy mystery that almost hit all the right notes for me.

Ms. Dylan's plot is smoothly paced for most of the story but I felt that it slowed down some in the middle. The characters are all well drawn in this book as I could see Sierra growing more confident as the story continued. Calvin and Deena were great secondary characters that added dimension to the plot as they all took part in solving the mystery. Limited suspects and several twists kept the story m
Peggy R
I was a fan of this author's Wiccan Wheel Mystery series, so when I found out she was writing another cozy mystery series under a new pen name I was looking forward to reading it. This was not a bad start to a new series and does show promise. I very much enjoyed the characters. Sienna is just finding her footing again after returning to her hometown. She is back at her once former job at the flower shop, when a death occurs during one of her flower arranging classes. The author provides a diver ...more
Lisa Morin
Sierra Ravenswood is the star of this new series by Jess Dylan. Returning home is bittersweet for Sierra, and when she returns to her part time job at the local flower shop, bizarre things begin to happen, including the sudden disappearance of her boss.
As a first in a new series, Death in Bloom is a fairly decent read. Some parts did seem a bit stagnant, but overall I enjoyed it.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Dawn Michelle
When a genre is over-saturated with books, a new one needs to make a huge impression to get both bought and read and then further ones bought. This one grabs your attention by the cover, keeps it with the great characters [though Sierra is a bit much in the beginning - "How could I explain the vision I'd created for myself? I dreamed of an exciting, romantic life, with a partner worthy of movie star billing." Really? I thought she was an adult, not 15. Geesh. Made me want to gag. Thankfully, som ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is a great start to a new series. Sierra is working at Flower House back in her hometown of Aerieville, Tennessee. When her boss disappears and a murder occurs in the flower shop, Sierra is determined to figure out what is going on. I really liked the characters. Sierra is a good lead and I connected with her right way. The mystery was well done and it took me until the end of the book to figure out the killer. I am looking forward to more in this series. I received this book from Kensingto ...more
Jerri Cachero
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sierra Ravenswood finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery while trying to manage the Flower House floral shop when the owner takes off to go "geocaching". The only one she doesn't suspect of the murder of a town bully, is her new canine friend, Gus!

I enjoyed this first in a series cozy! Sierra is a relatable character who tries to be optimistic as things fall apart around her. The supporting characters - her friend Deena, the mysterious Calvin and Sierra's family add humor to the book.
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery by Jess Dylan is a wonderful cozy mystery that is the first in a new series: A Flower House Mystery. I really enjoyed this fresh start to an exciting series, and I really am looking forward to future books after reading this gem.

I really liked this book. The inclusion of the flower shop, learning more about types of flowers, arrangements, and the author's talent in describing the flowers/plants really gave me a vivid visual and I feel really enhanced the st
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley, Jess Dylan and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of Death in Bloom. This is my personal review.

Death in Bloom is the first in the new series A Flower House Mystery.

Sierra Ravenswood works at the Flower House in Aerieville, Tennessee.. She needed a place to start over after not making it doing her dream job in Nashville as a singer. Being back home was not what she saw in her future but this is where is came back to for a fresh look at her life. Working at the flower is a comfo
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in her hometown in Tennessee after an unsuccessful stint as a singer, Sierra Ravenswood finds herself thrust into the middle of a murder investigation. When Abe Ranker drops dead in the middle of her flower arranging class, everyone thinks it was caused by a heart attack. But when the police say Abe was poisoned and it was murder, Sierra worries about her missing boss and owner of the Flower House - Felix. She decides to investigate on her own.
This is the first in a new series and I think
The cover of Jess Dylan’s first Flower House mystery, Death in Bloom, is almost as busy as the poor amateur sleuth. However, I like the cover art and Sierra Ravenswood.

Sierra’s back home in Aerieville, a small town in southeastern Tennessee. She’s been back for four months, working part-time at Flower House, the local florist’s, while the rest of her quirky family works at Dumbbells, a small health club owned by her parents. She’s enthusiastic about her job, and even invites a high school acquai
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sierra Ravenswood loves her job and loves her town of Aerieville, Tennessee. Yes her life is not where she expected it to be but she is trying her best to thinking positively about her future. Her life take a drastic change when her boss Felix leaves unexpectedly and puts her in charge of his business the Flower House. To top it all off her flower arranging workshop goes not according to plan and ends with a murder. Sierra, with the help of a couple friends and some words of wisdom from her Gran ...more
Kathy Martin
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sierra Ravenswood is back at home in Aerieville, Tennessee after her music career in Nashville suffered some set-backs. She's working part-time at the Flower House and planning her future using lots of positive affirmations.

Things go terribly wrong when her boss Felix takes off on a geocaching trip leaving her in charge just before the first flower arranging class. She certainly didn't expect that one of the attendees, garden shop owner Abe Ranker, would drop dead during their snack break. He is
ColleenSC (ilikeoldbooks1213)
Thank you to @netgalley and @stmartinspress for providing me a copy of this book for review purposes.

Dylan establishes a very likable and positive main character in Sierra Ravenswood, a young woman who has put her Nashville dreams on hold and moved back home to the small town of Aerieville, Tennessee.

I enjoyed the characters in the series, especially Sierra. There were plenty of suspicious people and red herrings to make me wonder who the murderer was. The details about flowers and floral arra
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2021
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

A good series starter, with a charming, quaint setting. The town and some of its inhabitants are established well, an interesting plot line is established to carry the series through the books, and the mystery is interesting with plenty of suspects and amateur detecting done by Sierra and her friends. This one had all that I'm looking for in a cozy series beginning.
Bobbie Kirkland
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEATH IN BLOOM (Book 1 of the Flower House Mysteries) by Jess Dylan in exchange for an honest review. Sierra Ravenswood has returned to her hometown of Aerieville, Tennessee after suffering personal and professional failure. Sierra, determined to focus on the positive and on setting new goals for the future, settled back into working at the Flower House, where had she worked as a teenager. Sierra’s first attempt to arrange a workshop wilts when one of ...more
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @stmartinpress for the review copy of this book via @netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Death in Bloom is book one in the new cozy series, A Flower House Mystery. Now I’m a sucker for stories with a florist protagonist. I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few over the years. I love learning about the flowers, watching the arrangements come together and witnessing the drama unfold in the shop. This book was fantastic. It was entertaining, fresh and full of equal parts humor, intrigue and ple
Death in Bloom by Jess Dylan is the debut of A Flower Shop Mystery series. Sierra Ravenswood wishes to be a country music star, but things did not go well in Nashville. She is back in Aerieville, Tennessee where she works parttime at the Flower House. She has two protective parents and a younger brother named Rocky. There are some interesting characters in this story with my favorite being Sierra’s grandmother, Granny Mae. Granny Mae is a kindly woman known for her home remedies and other specia ...more
Death in Bloom by Jess Dylan is the debut of a new cozy craft series, the Flower House Mystery. Sierra didn’t expect to return home to small-town Aerieville but after her relationship explodes and her singing career didn’t happen, here she is at 28. Working part-time as a florist, trying to figure things out, trying to stay positive..

Sierra’s excited when Felix, the owner, is on board with her idea of holding a flower arranging class. She’s less excited when he phones her to say he’s going to be
The Joyous Living
Death in Bloom is a charming new cozy mystery by Jess Dylan featuring a cute dog and a sweet Asian American side kick.

Entertaining Fiction for Dog Lovers

Do you have dogs? Do you enjoy a cozy mystery that features a cute little Corgi? You will love seeing Sierra interact with her boss' adorable Corgi, Gus. And of course Gus is involved in the capture of the bad guy/gal.

Fictional Asian American Side Kick in Death in Bloom

Death in Bloom won me over thanks not only to the adorable Corgi mentioned ab
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about being dumped in at the deep end. Sierra has returned home after her hopes to make it big as a singer in Nashville fizzle and die when her boyfriend turns out to be a cheat and a major jerk. Her family welcomes her home and she goes to work part time in a charming flower shop owned by Felix. She enjoys the work but has no plans to make this her career. So much for plans. Those plans are turned upside down when Felix does a runner to parts unknown leaving her with the shop, a new tenant ...more
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death in Bloom is the first installment in A Flower House Mystery series by Jess Dylan. In it, Sierra Ravenswood, a new part-time employee at Flower House in Aerieville, Tennessee, is surprised to find her boss has skipped town and left her in charge of the floral shop. One of her first orders of business is to run a flower arranging class. By the end of class, one of the students is dead.

Nobody is sad to see the man dead, as he was the local grumpy curmudgeon who never had a nice word for anyon
Shawna Borman
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death in Bloom is the first in the new Flower House mystery series by Jess Dylan. It was released yesterday (May 25th) from St. Martin’s Press. As usual, I must thank them and NetGalley for giving me access to an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Let’s get to it.

Death in Bloom follows Sierra Ravenswood as she tries to settle into small town life after her dreams of being a singer in Nashville fall through. She returns to her hometown of Aerieville determined to build a better li
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed getting to know Sierra, Granny and friends. Deena and Sierra made for an unlikely friend/sleuth duo, but the worked out pretty well. I liked that just because they didn't hang out in high school, they were still able to be friends as adults. Granny was cool--for some reason I always like the granny or quirky aunt characters, lol.

The murder was almost a closed door type, since it happened during a flower arranging class. The author did a great job of making me suspect nearly eve
Lizz Axnick
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story and a nice start to a new series. I read it fairly quickly and although it lagged a bit in spots, overall it was a good mystery.

Sierra is a part-time flower shop employee, a dreamer and a hopeful music artist. When her boss at the flower shop suddenly "retires" and flies off to who knows where, he deeds his store to Sierra. Unfortunately, a man, whom no one really liked, is murder during a flower arranging class and everyone is a suspect, even Sierra. Multiple break-ins, s
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sierra Ravenswood has returned home to Aerieville,Tennessee after chasing her dream in Nashville. While she’s living on her own, she’s back at the same job she held in high school and still keeping the faith she’ll hit it big.

In the blink of an eye, Sierra goes from part-time employee to running the flower shop when her boss disappears and a man is murdered in the shop. First a guy shows up looking for her boss saying he rented the apartment over the shop from him. Then Sierra finds her boss wan
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the digital ARC.

I have been looking forward to reading another cozy mystery and this book was just what I needed! I really enjoyed this book because I loved the setting- a small town local flower shop. I also thought the characters were fun to read about too. I ended up finishing this one in a day and now I really want to go buy fresh flowers to brighten up my home!

Sierra works at a flower shop and one day, the owner- her boss, just leaves and te
Jun 06, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
After Sierra Ravenwood returns to her hometown from Nashville after losing both her job and boyfriend to the same woman. She goes to work at the flower house the place she used to work at in high school. When a man is murdered at a flower range in class Sierra is teaching, she's one of the suspects in the murder and starts to investigate. And it doesn't help that her boss is off on a treasure hunt and is out of reach. Sounds like a country song to me.

I wanted to read this book since I read the
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