Sunday, December 2, 2018

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery) by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

About the Book

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496705157
ISBN-13: 978-1496705150
Digital ASIN: B07B73XJJG

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 aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Blomma’s Flower Tips:

Sensational Succulents—Succulents are a wonderful and hard-to-kill option for indoor displays and container gardens. Start with a shallow dish. Get creative. You can use everything from a traditional terra-cotta pot to a hollowed-out piece of wood, or a clear glass terrarium. Next fill three quarters of your container with potting soil. Then spread a thin layer of pea-sized gravel on the top. Blend the soil and gravel with your hands and add water. Mix thoroughly and begin arranging your plants. Position the largest plant on one side of the container. Cluster remaining plants based on size and shape. Finish by sprinkling more pea-gravel to cover any of the potting soil mix. Allow soil to dry out completely before watering again. Watering should be minimal. Elin and Britta use the guideline of watering succulents once a month in the fall and winter and once a week in the spring and summer.

Float Away—Britta got to try her hand at float decorating. Now you can take her techniques and use them to impress your guests at your next garden
party or add a fun temporary splash of color to your backyard or front porch. Here’s how. You don’t need any moving parts or something on the scale of
Blomma’s float. Simply upcycle an old piece of wood, pallet, door, or window frame. Sketch out a whimsical design with a pencil. It doesn’t have to be
perfect. In fact, free-form is best. Next, cut flowers from your garden or hit up your local farmers market for an assortment of stems. Use whatever you
have on hand—dried berries, twigs, leaves, and herbs. Challenge yourself to use only organic materials. With a paintbrush apply Elmer’s glue to sections
of your design. Then press flowers and organic material on by hand. Repeat the process until your design is filled in. Display on a deck, against a fence, or use as a backdrop for a party. Depending on outdoor temperatures and the type of flowers you use, your “float” should last a week or more.

Blomma’s Featured Wine and Flower Pairing—In honor of Rose Festival, Britta has hand-picked a lovely selection of Pacific Northwest rosés. Don’t be
fooled by their dreamy pink color. Nothing about these wines is cloyingly sweet. Oregon and Washington rosés are vibrant, dry wines with notes of nectarine, peach, strawberry, and herbs. These crisp, luscious wines make for a perfect alfresco glass. Britta recommends that you serve your rosé chilled and with a gorgeous vase of fresh-cut, single-stemmed, pale pink Aphrodite roses. The fragrant, delicate rose scent will enhance your wine-sipping experience.

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