Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin have made the shop’s reputation on their fabulous floral designs. They are in the thick of preparing for Portland’s Rose Festival, a major event for the Rose City. Abandoning the tradition of roses, they plan to use garlands of violets on their float in the Grand Floral Parade, twined on a ten foot bridge constructed of grape vines. Dark Fusion, a group of anarchists led by Sham, have been protesting the Rose Festival, threatening to disrupt events forcefully. Tensions are high. Interactions between the Rose Festival officials and the protesters escalate culminating with a murder linked to Blooma’s float and discovered by Britta. Her friend Officer Tomo Iwamoto and handsome Detective Pete Fletcher try to keep Britta away from their investigation but she will not be deterred.— Deon Stonehouse
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 is the author of Scene of the Climb, Slayed on the Slopes, Silenced in the Surf, First Degree Mudder, and In Cave Danger in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series, as well as the memoir Underneath the Ash. Her writing has appeared in Climbing Magazine, The Oregonian, The Columbian, Portland Family Magazine, and The Vancouver Voice. She is an active member of the Willamette Writers Association and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Visit her website at katedyerseeley.com.