The Coniston Case
by Rebecca Tope
on Tour September 2016
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and business at Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown’s flower shop is booming. But when Simmy fulfills a string of anonymous delivery orders, she is startled to realize that each contains a secretly menacing message for the recipients. When one of the people who receives a bouquet disappears, it seems that her worst fears have been confirmed.
As if that isn’t enough, Simmy’s friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who she fears has grown too close to one of her university tutors. When Kathy attempts to reason with her daughter she finds that Joanna’s older lover may be even more dangerous than she had imagined. With both Kathy and Joanna in peril, Simmy and her friends find themselves caught up in a web of deception, blackmail and murder…
My Thoughts and Opinion: 4 stars
This is the first I have read the work of this author and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though it is the 2nd in the series, it was easily read as a stand alone. However, there were teasings from the 1st in the series, which definitely put it on my TBR list. I enjoyed it so much that I am anxiously waiting for the next installment, THE TROUTBECK TESTIMONY.
Persimmon “Simmy” Brown, a florist in the English countryside, finds herself in yet another murder mystery.
She receives floral orders, from an an anonymous customer along with a cryptic message, that turns out to be malicious to the recipients. One having been found dead. At the same time, a good friend comes to visit and ends up going missing. Is there any connection? And what do floral arrangements and climate control have in common, or does it?
The author introduces the reader to many possible suspects, casting suspicion on each character.
There were many twists and turns, which made this a “one more chapter” read. An engrossing read with an ending that was surprising.
If you enjoy cozies, this is an author that must be read!
Genre: Cozy Mystery & Detective
Published by: Harper Collins/Witness Impulse
Publication Date: August 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 384
Series: Lake District Mysteries #2
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Rebecca Tope is the author of four murder mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker; Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and now Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. She is also a “ghost writer” of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.