Book Review: Fruit, Flower & Flames by Carolyn Dean

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Fruit, Flower & Flames, the 8th book in the Ravenwood Cozy Mystery series written by Carolyn L. Dean, was published just last year. I had purchased all the remaining books in her series around Christmas but just got around to finishing them this week. Now she’s published books 9 and 10… which I’ll be reading at some point. Kudos to her for growing a fine series of short, light and easy-to-digest mystery and small-town-happenings books where it’s more about the characters than the plots.


In this caper, Lisa announces she’s dating the son of a wealthy family who’s returned to Ravenwood Cove after abandoning the town years ago when their business went bust. It all seems to fast and shady for most of the friendly inhabitants, but Amanda wants to support her bestie. With more free time on her hands, as James, her new husband, is out of town, Amanda befriends the family only to watch a tragic fire impact them. But when someone turns up dead and it’s definitely arson, what’s the real scoop? Throw in some friendly flower competition, renovations from a new contractor, and some lingering doubts about who to trust, and you’ve got a fun little read.

I’m enjoying the development in the series. I wish they were about 20% longer just to give us a bit more meat to pull apart when trying to decide the culprit, but I always enjoy the banter and camaraderie of the various families and friends. While not the best in the series, it’s got a good story and brings new people to the town. Dean is successful in moving the plot along while continuing to build a town we’d all like to visit — minus the rather large amount of murders that happen in a single place, of course.



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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Fruit, Flower & Flames by Carolyn Dean

    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Sounds like this series has some really likeable characters. That definitely helps a series develop a happy following!

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    Priyasha said:
    May 14, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    Wanna read it ASAP😚😙😍 Great review 😌

    Liked by 1 person

    Azia said:
    May 14, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Oh this sounds like a series I might really enjoy. Very addictive. Sort of like a Death in Paradise sort of deal. Glad to see you’re enjoying it. Happy reading!

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    Noriko said:
    May 15, 2018 at 12:04 AM

    Ditto! (to Pri) Cute covers ❤

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    carhicks said:
    May 15, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    I have never read thus series but it sounds fun. I will have to check it out.

    Liked by 1 person

    Nice review Jay. These books sound perfect for the beach and vacations.😊

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