Sep 292016
 

The Coniston Case

by Rebecca Tope

on Tour September 2016

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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…

Review

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!

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery & Detective
Published by: Harper Collins/Witness Impulse
Publication Date: August 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062567420
Series: Lake District Mysteries #2

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Read an excerpt:

‘It’s not the same,’ Melanie argued. ‘She can do some shopping when she comes here. Nobody wants to shop in Coniston, do they? Making a delivery over there really is a waste of time and petrol. And you’re not supposed to do too much driving, remember.’ Melanie’s protectiveness had become a habit since Simmy had suffered an injury, shortly before Christmas, and been forbidden to drive until early in February. She had used crutches throughout most of January. Damage to her head had necessitated a shaven area, which prompted her to have a very short all-over haircut that still felt strange.

‘Well it’s too late now. I just hope it doesn’t go mad tomorrow or I’ll be turning orders away. You know you’ll be doing all the local ones, don’t you?’ ‘Yeah, yeah. My feet’ll be worn away to nothing by the time I’ve done them all.’ There had been a degree of discord about how Melanie might best make the deliveries of flowers in the streets of Windermere and Bowness. Her battered car was deemed by Simmy to be bad for the image of the business, but she had compromised slightly, and agreed that it could be left full of flowers in the Bowness car park, and again at the northern end of Windermere, for increased efficiency. She had also, as a major concession, permitted Melanie to use the van while she herself had been unable to drive. As a resident of an area renowned for walking, the girl was almost a freak in her reluctance to use her own legs as a means of transport.

Rebecca Tope

Author Bio:

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.

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  2 Responses to “THE CONISTON CASE by Rebecca Tope (Review, Showcase & Giveaway)”

  1. I have had many books by this author, cross my path in my time spent as a volunteer book co-ordinator for a retail branch of my local hospice charity, in Somerset.

    It has simply been a case of ‘too many books. too little time’, although having lived in the Cotswolds for several years, those stories would have been a little like ‘coming home’ for me, as we enjoyed our time there.

    Now seems just like the push I needed to add Rebecca’s name to my author list, especially if the books can be read equally well as stand alone stories.

    Thanks for a great review and for the giveaway opportunity 🙂

    Yvonne

  2. Nice review 🙂

    I really enjoyed this book myself!
    This was my first but I would read another one by this author.

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