Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Review: For Whom the Bluebell Tolls by Beverly Allen (Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries #2)



Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Outstanding characters in a mystery filled with fun
Cons: None worth dwelling on
The Bottom Line:
A fun mystery
Filled with complex characters
Cannot wait for more




Five Bells Tolling for This Great Book

It’s really no surprise that mystery series like to devote a book to fictional TV or reality TV shows.  They are popular in our culture today, and they automatically provide a completely new cast of suspects to any size setting, big city or small town.  Plus they can just be great fun.  That’s certainly the case with For Whom the Bluebell Tolls.  In fact, I think this book is stronger than the debut in the series.

Audrey Bloom has secretly become obsessed with the TV show Fix My Wedding.  Oh, she justifies it by saying it is research since she is in the bridal bouquet business, but really, she loves it.  So when her ex-boyfriend Brad, who works in production on the show, calls up and offers to get her and her bouquets a spot on an episode to be filmed in Audrey’s small town of Ramble, she jumps at the chance.

However, having Brad back in town is making things complicated with her new boyfriend Nick.  The bride turns out to be crazier than Audrey expected even though she knew about the bride’s obsession with bells.  And the hosts of the show aren’t quite as charming as she expected them to be.  Still, Audrey doesn’t expect one of the hosts to be found dangling from the bell in the old Baptist church.  With the police looking at Brad, Audrey has to find time to figure out what secrets might have led to the murder.

Within pages of starting this book, I was reminded just how much I loved the characters we met in book one.  I was truly delighted to see them all again.  Some of them didn’t have as big a part to play this time around, but even the moments they did have still made me smile.  There are quite a few new characters thanks to the TV show, and they make wonderful suspects.  I didn’t know for sure what was happening with all of them until the end.  They are just as strong as the returning characters, and I felt like they were just as real.

The plot is incredibly fun as well.  There are some twists and surprises along the way to a satisfying and fun climax.  Once or twice I felt it slowed down just a tad, but it was never long before it picked back up and had me turning pages as quickly as I could.  How quickly?  I read most of the second half in one day, making time to finish because I had to know how it ended.

All this is held together with a fun dash of humor.  I got some laughs and most definitely plenty of grins along the way as Audrey tried to sort everything out.  These moments added to the fun of a wonderful book.

After two books, I think it’s safe to say that the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries have become one of my favorite series.  If you haven’t read them yet, make that a priority today.  And if you are already a fan, For Whom the Bluebell Tolls will leave you wanting more.  I’m already looking forward to the third in this incredibly fun series.

NOTE: I was sent an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm going to give away a copy of this book to one commentor on this review.  Either an ebook (international) or paperback (US entries only).  Just leave me your e-mail address so I can get in touch with the winner.

The contest will run until midnight Tuesday night the 13th, so I will post the winner on the 14th.

Good luck!

31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the intro to a new to me author/series.

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  2. Thanks for the chance! I love new authors and this book sounds great!

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  3. Would love to read this new book!

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  4. Thanks for this chance.
    I love print copies because I enjoy looking at the covers and remembering the fun inside.

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  5. thanks for the chance alilbitoffaith@gmail.com

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  6. I would love to read this one. Thank you for the chance. debprice60@gmail.com

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  7. this is a new series that I'm gpomg tp tru/
    thanks for the chance to win a copy
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  8. Loved the first book in the series and look forward to reading this one.
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  9. Loved the first book in this series, so I can't wait for this one! The author is local, and will be appearing at our Barnes and Noble.

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  10. Thanks for the review. Sounds great! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  11. I haven't read any books in this series so the opportunity to win a copy would be great. Thanks for your review. It has really perked my interest. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  12. Looks great!!! Gamblinggal1948@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the introduction to this new series. I think it will really keep my attention.
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  14. Thank you for sharing. Another great author. Looking forward to reading it.
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  15. I love your reviews, I find your taste runs similar to mine, so if you recommend it, I'm in. Thanks!
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  16. Great review! Look forward to reading the latest release. Fingers crossed! :)
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  17. Looking forward to reading this one now! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  18. Looks like a cute cozy mystery.

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  19. For Whom the Bluebell Tolls sounds like a delightful read. Please enter me in the contest. :)
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    Thank you

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  20. Sounds like a fantastic read. I'll have to look into getting the first one in the series. Thanks for running the contest. smmolloy1105@yahoo.com

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  21. Loved the first one in this series and been looking forward to this new one.

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  22. I've been wanting to read this one.
    Marilyn Watson ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  23. I must look for the first book. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  24. This sounds like a great book! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy!

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  25. Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Mark. I'm so glad you enjoyed FOR WHOM THE BLUEBELL TOLLS.

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  26. I love cozies and would like to win this. After all it's my birthday.

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  27. I love cozies and this is on my wishlist! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And just in case (katherine.e.pitts@gmail.com)

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  28. This sounds both funny and just mysterious enough to be a really good read! I have read several stories that are about reality TV shows, and they turned out really good, too.
    Great review, I'm adding this to my wish-list.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    (lexxie (at) unconventionalbookviews (dot) com - international)

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    1. I hope you enjoy when you do get to read it.

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