Violet Tendencies (Rose City Mystery #2) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley #bookreview #mystery

Title: Violet Tendencies

Author: Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Page Count: 304

My rating:  2.5 stars

About the book:

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 . . .


Violet Tendencies by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley is the second book in the cozy Rose City Mystery series. Each title in the series has it’s own case to be solved so they could be understood as a standalone however readers would miss some character building not beginning at the start of the series.

In the first book of the series readers met Britta Johnston who had returned home to the aunt that raised her and taken a job in her floral boutique, Blooma, along the banks of the Willamette in Portland, Oregon. Despite the bigger city setting the area in which the story takes place still had a small town feel to it.

Now Britta and her aunt Elin have been invited to create a float for the city’s Rose Festival. The festival however is in danger of being canceled when a group known as Dark Fusion continuously protest the parade but when one of their leaders is found murdered Britta knows they need to find out who is behind it before the whole event is shut down.

As much as I enjoyed the setting and characters in this series unfortunately this second book just did not work for me for several reasons. First, the mystery/murder side of the story did not take place until about a third of the way through which obviously made it incredibly slow moving. A part of that slow pace to me is the constantly going back to step by step flower talk/arranging, at book 2 of a series I expect a little less detail to that side of a story.

But also on that note, the protest angle in here seemed too be a bit too big of a story for a cozy when we go from exploding neighborhoods to arranging flowers on a float, it just didn’t balance well in my mind. I did however appreciate the author’s nod to first responders and all they do though. Overall though I’m going against the majority with this one and only rating at 2.5 stars, it just wasn’t for me but other’s seem to love it so you may still want to give it a try.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Kate Dyer-Seeley is  the author of Scene of the ClimbSlayed 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


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4 replies

  1. Great review, Carrie. Sorry to hear that this one didn’t quite meet your expectations. I haven’t read any cozies yet but yeah, the protests don’t sound like they fit in with what I know about this genre.

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