Yes, I know it's Friday. Some Thorsdays go better than others. But, trust me, this book was worth waiting for.
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THE FINAL ARRANGEMENT
by Annie Adams
This was a fun read. It definitely falls in the category of "cozy" mystery: not too graphic, not too serious.
Quincy McKay is a florist in Utah, having bought the shop from her Aunt. She's also divorced from an abusive husband, which upset her mother to no end. Quincy's shop has been struggling since Derrick Gibbons managed to take over all of the funeral home floral business around. And it's no secret that Quincy and Derrick dislike each other. So, when Derrick turns up dead, embalmed and in a casket at the funeral home, Quincy is considered a suspect by a particularly nasty detective. Then her sales girl quits, and Quincy's sister steps in to help; her delivery van, Zombie Sue (so called because it can't be killed) is sideswiped by a red pickup truck, and her delivery guy quits. Enter a good-looking cop from California, who takes Quincy to lunch - her mother calls in fury thereafter, because her "Mormon Mafia" has told her that Quincy had lunch with a Man Who Ordered A Beer For Lunch.
The story is told with great humor; I was sorry when it ended. I got the feeling that the author was herself from Utah, and possibly Mormon, because it had the feel of someone who knew the area and its people. I'll be interested to see if Annie Adams writes more books. 5/5
Hope you all have a nice weekend, and I hope those of you in New England can dig out from this latest storm pretty quickly.