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The Vulture is dead. The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid. Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s The Vulture is dead. The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid. Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s murder. Armed with only her Zombie delivery van, good intentions, and the business card of a handsome cop named Alex, she must find the killer, save the flower shop, and keep from ending up in the next casket. If she can dodge burning bushes, the plague of a polygamist ex, and her mother's Mormon Mafia Spy Network, her life with Alex and her shop could become the perfect arrangement.


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The Vulture is dead. The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid. Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s The Vulture is dead. The body of Quincy McKay’s nemesis and biggest competitor in the floral business has just been discovered in a casket at the mortuary, complete with flowers on the lid. Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, stole all of Quincy’s funeral business, and now she’s on a mission to get it back. But there’s a problem—Quincy is now the main suspect in The Vulture’s murder. Armed with only her Zombie delivery van, good intentions, and the business card of a handsome cop named Alex, she must find the killer, save the flower shop, and keep from ending up in the next casket. If she can dodge burning bushes, the plague of a polygamist ex, and her mother's Mormon Mafia Spy Network, her life with Alex and her shop could become the perfect arrangement.

30 review for The Final Arrangement

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    So, it wasn't a bad book. It was fine. I think if someone was considering becoming a florist, they would really like it. But, I really don't care that much about flowers or the florist business. Flowers are pretty. Florists exchange flowers for money. That's all I know... well, until now. But, that was all I really needed to know. Or wanted to know. I was comfortable in my floral ignorance. This book seriously got bogged down with details of everything flower. I can maybe handle a paragraph of fl So, it wasn't a bad book. It was fine. I think if someone was considering becoming a florist, they would really like it. But, I really don't care that much about flowers or the florist business. Flowers are pretty. Florists exchange flowers for money. That's all I know... well, until now. But, that was all I really needed to know. Or wanted to know. I was comfortable in my floral ignorance. This book seriously got bogged down with details of everything flower. I can maybe handle a paragraph of flower descriptions or stuff about the floral industry, but pages and pages of it? The bell pepper is right! A bullet to the brain was called for a few times in this story. Wow! A little dark for Disney, huh? I approve! Okay, so the story is a mystery with a little bit of romance. The female is a florist, obviously, and the male is a cop. She is a murder suspect, living in Mormon-town, with an abusive ex-husband and meddling mother. He's a pretty cop. That's really all we get about him. Do we need to know more? Or, are we fine with some pod-person with no real background sprouting up and falling in insta-love with our girl? If he's hot enough, I'll allow it... I'll allow a LOT of things with this guy... Aside from the over abundance of floral descriptions, I also didn't like the girl. She was way too-stupid-to-live. You need some sort of bookish proof, don't you? Damn. That means more typing for me. Okay, so she has an ex-husband who beat her and now her sister has a boyfriend who beats her. Her sister calls her while her bf is out, after he beat her up, and asks her to come and pick her up. Our girl runs over there and gets her out of the house, but with much fighting with the bf who shows up. Now, our girl says to herself that this guy WILL definitely beat her up if she goes into his house, and then the guy tells her to get into the house. He doesn't want a scene in his front yard so nobody knows what he is really like. He doesn't have a weapon on her. So, what would you do? A)go quietly into his house knowing full well that he will beat you up. B)Tell him to go fuck himself and leave. C) Kick him in the nuts, tell him to go fuck himself and leave. D)Scream bloody murder that he is a girl-beating asshole, kick him in the nuts, tell him to go fuck himself and leave. E) Any answer but A. The answer should be E. But, no, our girl chooses option A and gets beat-up. Why? I don't know. There isn't a sane reason on Earth as to why she did this. Except - TSTL. She also doesn't let the cops know that she is being stalked, harassed, threatened, and run off the road. She steals evidence in the murder investigation and doesn't let the cops know. She finds out tons of information from her "investigation" and doesn't call the cops. Her excuse is that she is a suspect and the homocide detective "has it in for her". Well, there are other cops in the police department, right? TSTL Then, after she gets almost a confession from one guy, she also doesn't report it and continues to go to his place of business. TSTL Also, after her whole beat-up incident when she "saved" her sister, she gets another call from a different woman who says she needs to be saved from her abusive husband too. Did she learn her lesson and actually call the cops to handle it this time? Did she bring someone else with her to give her back-up? Did she even tell anyone on the face of the earth that she was doing this? No. Of course not. She goes racing into another stupidly dangerous situation. TSTL And, it goes on and on... I really think Darwin was trying to weed this chick out of the gene pool. Unfortunately, Mr. Hottie Cop who has insta-love kept saving her, so I have a bad feeling that procreation is imminent. Damn! That can't be good for society. For a wedding gift, I'm getting her a toaster and a kiddie pool. Fingers crossed! There were a couple of good points to the book. I chuckled a couple of times over the weird Mormon society moments. There was a pretty funny scene when Hot Cop orders a beer in a restaurant and all of the customers act as if he just killed a puppy. Being that they live in a small town, her mother calls her the next day, of course, to express her concern. He is now known as The Beer Drinker to mom. She approves of the sister's bf who beats her, though. He did missionary work for the church. Priorities, Mormon-style. The mystery part was okayish. Which is overall my feeling on the whole book. The house is right.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The Final Arrangement ( Flower Shop Mystery #1) by Annie Adam is a 2013 publication. This is a fast paced cozy mystery featuring Quincy McKay, the owner of a flower shop, divorced from an abusive husband, living in Utah, just trying to get a little bit ahead like the rest of us. But, for Quincy, who has has a habit of speaking first and thinking later, it seems life's circumstances are stacked against her. For starters, her rival in the flower shop business, Derrick Gibbons, is murdered after ha The Final Arrangement ( Flower Shop Mystery #1) by Annie Adam is a 2013 publication. This is a fast paced cozy mystery featuring Quincy McKay, the owner of a flower shop, divorced from an abusive husband, living in Utah, just trying to get a little bit ahead like the rest of us. But, for Quincy, who has has a habit of speaking first and thinking later, it seems life's circumstances are stacked against her. For starters, her rival in the flower shop business, Derrick Gibbons, is murdered after having stole a large chunk of Quincy's business away from her, making her a person of interest. To add to her aggravations, she must deal with trying to run a business, her quirky employees, her sister's personal issues and a nosy mother, but there is one bright spot in her life... a young police officer named Alex, or so she hopes anyway. As Quincy tries to discover what happened to her rival, she becomes a victim of several attempts on her life, keeping her in direct contact with hunky Alex, but it's becoming difficult to determine who she can or can not trust... I do enjoy cozy mysteries, more so now than I ever used to, but they can be just a little bit too silly, too outrageous or the plots can be way too thin. How did this one measure up? This one has some pretty funny lines in it, and I loved Quincy's attitude and smart mouth, and the secondary characters were as well defined as one can hope, especially with the first book in a new series. However, the murder mystery, which started off strong, got lost in quagmire of suggested shady dealings at the funeral home, and then went way off track, when we were on the mystery track, that is. Like many cozies, the mystery is sort of secondary to the characters and their personal struggles, and they often run in the background, but, there were times when we had to read through several chapters before we get a line on the mystery again. But, as I have said countless times, often the first book out in a series is on shaky ground as it fights for solid ground . Introducing all the main characters, and giving them definition, plus setting up a story line, is a lot to deal with. So, usually, if I liked a book well enough, will give it a second chance to see how things go from there. I think that is the approach I will take with this one. It's not the most solid beginning in the world, but it held it's own and was an enjoyable enough read, so I think it deserves a second look. Overall 3 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    3.5 solid stars! Posted on the blog - http://lilypondreads.blogspot.com/201... The Final Arrangement is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery series and was a really fun ride. Quincy McKay owns a flower shop. When her arch nemesis who stole all her funeral business ends up dead and discovered in a casket at the mortuary - it opens up an opportunity for Quincy to get it all back. Unfortunately for Quincy, she is the last one who saw Derrick Gibbons alive and is now the prime suspect in his mur 3.5 solid stars! Posted on the blog - http://lilypondreads.blogspot.com/201... The Final Arrangement is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery series and was a really fun ride. Quincy McKay owns a flower shop. When her arch nemesis who stole all her funeral business ends up dead and discovered in a casket at the mortuary - it opens up an opportunity for Quincy to get it all back. Unfortunately for Quincy, she is the last one who saw Derrick Gibbons alive and is now the prime suspect in his murder investigation. After his death, things couldn't be more out of control for Quincy in both her personal life and business life. The Final Arrangement was fast paced and had me hooked from the first two pages. Quincy was a fun character, who felt a little chaotic and scattered at times, but that's what made her character and I loved it. She has issues with her workers, one being the delivery driver Nick who can't seem to ever be on time or places she needs him to be, and Cindy - a girl who shows up to work wearing provocative clothing. Quincy's reactions and interaction with people had left me giggling, it was smart and witty. The mystery was interesting and with so many things going on in between for the character, the book kept me on my toes. It set in a Mormon community and I learned things about them that I have to say I wouldn't have otherwise. Like the fact that drinking beer in a restaurant earns a lot of gasps from people heh. Quincy has a lot to deal with on top of trying to find who the killer is so she doesn't end up in the casket like her arch nemesis and I enjoyed following her around. Thought the book felt like it wrapped up quickly, the killer did come as a surprise. I am looking forward for more Quincy and what will happen to her in the future, especially with her and officer Alex. ** I got a copy of this book for free in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated for it. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I did not like this book. At all. It was available (and I think it still is) for free on Amazon and I finally decided to read it for the Indie Readathon. Sometimes I find hidden gems on the free section on Amazon, unfortunately this was not the case. I knew it was a gamble, I just didn't know it was this bad. This book was boring, the main character was annoying and the overall plot just didn't interest me. In this one Quincy, our main character, owns a flower shop that used to be her grandmother I did not like this book. At all. It was available (and I think it still is) for free on Amazon and I finally decided to read it for the Indie Readathon. Sometimes I find hidden gems on the free section on Amazon, unfortunately this was not the case. I knew it was a gamble, I just didn't know it was this bad. This book was boring, the main character was annoying and the overall plot just didn't interest me. In this one Quincy, our main character, owns a flower shop that used to be her grandmother's. She has this archenemy that also has a flower shop and that is apparently stealing business from her. This archenemy dies and she, for apparently no reason other than the fact that she also has a flower shop, becomes the main suspect in this murder investigation. Things start to get weird, a hot cops keeps coming by the store and her assistant is also a bit odd. This book just wasn't good. Period. There's not much to say about it. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and, honestly, even though it's available for free, I would not recommend buying it and trying it out for yourself. There are a lot of great books available for free, this one just didn't work for me in any level. For more book reviews and other bookish things: www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Grange

    I wish I could give half stars I'd love to make this 3.5. This is cute story. I found myself connecting with the characters and the plot. Funny and serious, I found myself rushing home to see what Quincy got herself into today. Congrats Annie! There was quite a bit of flower shop jargon, which I might have enjoyed a little more if I knew what the flowers looked like, or what the arrangements looked like.... I wish I could give half stars I'd love to make this 3.5. This is cute story. I found myself connecting with the characters and the plot. Funny and serious, I found myself rushing home to see what Quincy got herself into today. Congrats Annie! There was quite a bit of flower shop jargon, which I might have enjoyed a little more if I knew what the flowers looked like, or what the arrangements looked like....

  6. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't stop reading, even when I was laughing so hard I could not see the words. I finished it in a day. Her humor sneaks up on you, I read some passages more than once and was still chuckling and giggling when I thought about it later. I loved the feisty KC and hope/aspire to be just like her when I reach that age. She covered some serious topics as well, and dealt with them well. Ms Adams is a keen observer of her community, and I am thankful! I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't stop reading, even when I was laughing so hard I could not see the words. I finished it in a day. Her humor sneaks up on you, I read some passages more than once and was still chuckling and giggling when I thought about it later. I loved the feisty KC and hope/aspire to be just like her when I reach that age. She covered some serious topics as well, and dealt with them well. Ms Adams is a keen observer of her community, and I am thankful!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    Let me start off that I don't think this was a bad book. It just was not for me, whether it was the timing or because I am not a huge fan of floral mysteries. The mystery was good. I could not figure out the killer until it was revealed and that I really enjoyed it. The romance was ok but felt a bit over the top. I would have much rather preferred more get to know you interaction between them. There were a few characters throughout the book that I am still trying to figure out if they were truly Let me start off that I don't think this was a bad book. It just was not for me, whether it was the timing or because I am not a huge fan of floral mysteries. The mystery was good. I could not figure out the killer until it was revealed and that I really enjoyed it. The romance was ok but felt a bit over the top. I would have much rather preferred more get to know you interaction between them. There were a few characters throughout the book that I am still trying to figure out if they were truly necessary. I apologize for the short review but I am having a hard time reviewing a book that I was not into. Please don't judge this book by my review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    Enjoyed this book, Quincy is a funny, brave & her thinking is sometimes so confusing (love that about her). She could be one of your girlfriends. Love hunky Alex. I Will be reading more of this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Quincy is a great heroine, and the story gives the perfect blend of mystery and romance!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Mazariegos

    I had so much fun reading this book! I loved the characters and can't wait for the next book to come out! I had so much fun reading this book! I loved the characters and can't wait for the next book to come out!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    The main character Quincy is always getting into trouble. This book isa funny laugh out loud book and I can't wait to read the next one. The main character Quincy is always getting into trouble. This book isa funny laugh out loud book and I can't wait to read the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    A fun, easy read . . . perfect for a day at the beach or on a plane. No sex No violence (murders are mentioned after the fact)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    ready for the next book and more Alex

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    First off, I have to say that I absolutely hate it when the blurb is misleading. Her "blunt-speaking elderly friend" doesn't show up until almost two-thirds of the book is gone, and her ex never makes an appearance. So there's that... Anyway, I picked up this book in a weak moment, hoping to really enjoy it, but it almost lost me on the first page when I read that she runs her aunt's floral shop but the air conditioning broke. It's a floral shop. No air conditioning. I can only conclude that ther First off, I have to say that I absolutely hate it when the blurb is misleading. Her "blunt-speaking elderly friend" doesn't show up until almost two-thirds of the book is gone, and her ex never makes an appearance. So there's that... Anyway, I picked up this book in a weak moment, hoping to really enjoy it, but it almost lost me on the first page when I read that she runs her aunt's floral shop but the air conditioning broke. It's a floral shop. No air conditioning. I can only conclude that there were no floral displays anywhere about, including in the windows, since they would be complete trash, but she only mentions a few wilted leaves. Where are the window displays? Where are the flowers inside the shop when you walk in? Every floral shop I've been to has flowers and plants everywhere, so you can browse. But apparently all this one had is a few dead leaves. There's no mention of having to throw out everything and calling someone to get the air conditioning working again. Little details add up to big improvements. It's difficult to really like Quincy at all. I get that she has an abusive ex (so do I) but I never went around believing every man was like my ex-boyfriend. I never treated all men like they were devil's spawn and should be avoided at every cost. Quincy has a chip on her shoulder so large she must walk lopsided. She never lets anyone into her personal space, not even her family. She's walled herself away. It's not a good look for anyone. It's an especially bad look for the protagonist of a book. You want to like that person, not wish you'd never started the book. Quincy treats Alex - an inherently nice guy - like he's some monster, and even when he shows time and again that he really likes her, she pushes him away or imagines reasons why he hasn't called. She's not even willing to give him a chance to explain. Instead, when she discovers the truth, she'd rather feel like a royal ass and beat herself up mentally. Yeah, that's healthy. She also had an employee named Cindy that she should have gotten rid of in the first chapter of the book. What an annoying, idiotic, narcissistic little twit; and her sister Allie is dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to her boyfriend, even though she must have known Quincy's past. You'd think she'd have seen the similarities, but this woman either just ignored it or was brain-dead from being knocked around. Then there's her mother: Oh, dear. Her mother is single-minded in the fact that she doesn't want her daughters to be single. At all. Even if it means they should be married to abusers, men who beat them up on a regular basis. WTF? Was she even concerned with Allie's well-being (until the end)? Then, when Quincy does (reluctantly) find someone, her mother criticizes her choice and wants her to find someone she chooses, even if that someone lives in his mother's basement and plays video games all day. Who is this woman??? Then, her mother, for some odd reason, has 'friends' who feel it's their "duty" to notify her of everything Quincy is doing. Who wants a gaggle of busybodies as their friends? Haven't they got their own lives to lead? Also, why would Quincy tolerate this? Personally, I would let it be known in no uncertain terms that what I did with my life was my own business. Her mother's friends should worry about their own families instead of gossiping about someone else's. What business is it of theirs, anyway, if she's out dining with someone who orders a beer? (Mormons should be offended by this behavior, since it really puts them in a bad light.) It also bothered me that a pointed question was made as to Mormons and premarital sex. I hate to tell the author this, but I don't know of any religion (at least mainstream) that pushes premarital sex. So the question shouldn't even have been made in the first place. It was superfluous to the story. I'm not saying there weren't some humorous situations, which was the saving grace of the book. I found a few passages funny, but it wasn't enough to save the rest of it. Quincy wanted to do everything on her own, and resisted help at every turn. She'd been in an abusive relationship, but didn't think that she might find herself in a tight bind somewhere, so never told anyone where she was going - which was stupid. I didn't get why she was a murder suspect when they had no proof she committed a murder. Who would put their own flower spray on the top of a casket of a person they murdered? There was no connection whatsoever between herself and Derrick, and the worst is, there were plenty of people with a connection to the man that had reason to hate him enough to want him dead, but not a single one was suspected in his murder. Not. One. How much sense does that make? There isn't really a lot of character development. I never felt anything for Allie one way or another (and I should have, considering the situation); K.C. seemed abrasive and should have been given a softer edge; Quincy's mother was the worst example of a mother I've read in a long time; Alex was truly decent, but wasn't really given anything much to do except save Quincy; and Quincy had an attitude a mile long that didn't endear her to me at all. The town was full of corrupt people who didn't seem to care that they were corrupt, and I must presume for the most part got away with it since we were never told if anything was done about it. I also expected the two story lines to be connected somehow, but they never were. (That of her sister's domestic abuse and the murder). Usually in cozies, when there are two story lines, they come together in such a way that one actually would expect Allie's boyfriend Brad to be the murderer and trying to pin it on Quincy...but he wasn't. So, yeah. I also didn't understand why Quincy went into Brad's house when he told her to. He didn't have a weapon, and she could have just either 1) screamed bloody murder until someone noticed; 2) kicked him in the family jewels and left; 3) used the pepper spray that K.C. gave her; or 4) K.C. could have come back and hit him with the Enforcer - but didn't (which makes me wonder why. Three women against one unarmed man?) In other words, Quincy talks big about being able to take care of herself but can't. Why would she just allow herself to be led back knowing she was going to be knocked around? I understand that there is a niche out there for self-published books. However, I don't read them often, and this book is a prime example of why. Many of them might have good writing, but I'm a big believer in details, and they just aren't there (as I've mentioned many times above). Things that should be explained aren't, and things that aren't relative to the story are added. Was this a mystery that added domestic abuse to keep from losing the reader? Because it had nothing to do with the murder, as one would think. Have a subplot, by all means; but also, have that subplot tie into the original mystery. And for heaven's sake, tie up the loose ends. At the end, there were no clues leading to the identity of the murderer, which was discovered when the murderer just blurted it out. I always think the reader is cheated when there are no clues leading to the murderer. I don't expect an author to just tell us at the beginning who 'did the deed.' but I do expect the author to at least allow us to try and solve the murder along with the protagonist. In this case, everyone - including Alex, a police officer - was completely clueless. Not a single person even thought it, not a single clue lead to it. It's a cheat, and disappointing. It could have been better, but wasn't.

  15. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Quinella/Quincy McKay has taken over her aunt’s florist shop, Rosie’s Posies. Business was good until Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, took over all funeral business in the area. It is only fitting he should meet his demise and be found laid out in a casket complete with flowers ready for his own funeral. Because of an altercation with the deceased right before he was killed Quincy lands firmly at the top of the suspect list. She meets another police officer who tells her she Dollycas’s Thoughts Quinella/Quincy McKay has taken over her aunt’s florist shop, Rosie’s Posies. Business was good until Derrick Gibbons, aka The Vulture, took over all funeral business in the area. It is only fitting he should meet his demise and be found laid out in a casket complete with flowers ready for his own funeral. Because of an altercation with the deceased right before he was killed Quincy lands firmly at the top of the suspect list. She meets another police officer who tells her she has nothing to worry about. Andy is easy on the eyes and there are immediate vibes between them, but Quincy isn’t sure if she can trust him. She knows she needs to clear her name while avoiding her mother’s Mormon Mafia Spy Network all while dealing with the fallout of her polygamist ex, her sister’s abusive boyfriend, an employee that is getting on her last nerve, and another who she knows she needs to fire. She also needs to stay out of the killer’s way or she could be pushing up daisies next to the Vulture. Set in Utah, Quincy’s mother wants her daughters to settle down with nice Mormon men, both tried but the men were not who they appeared to be. Qunicy gets out of her relationship and she is determined to help her sister get out of hers even with their mother putting up roadblocks. We also meet a quirky group of supporting characters. Quincy’s employees, other florists, funeral home staff, and of course members of the local police department. The characters all have their own amount of baggage and the author does a good job fleshing them out. Quincy doesn’t always make the best moves but in her mind, they make sense. She is evolving and that is always a good thing. Ms. Adams wraps these characters not only in a murder mystery but several subplots. She takes on some hot button issues but keeps them from getting too heavy with well-timed humor. The main mystery was a twisted up puzzle with a variety of suspects in addition to our protagonist. It was fun to follow all the clues to a suspenseful satisfying conclusion. I love flowers so I loved the descriptions of the floral creations. It was easy to picture every one. With the perfect amount of humor and romance, The Final Arrangement was an enjoyable mystery, with one caution, this story includes explicit language that for me takes it out of the cozy mystery genre. That being said I am excited to read the next book in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams I'd never read anything by Annie Adams before, so I did what I usually do with a new author -- hit the internet to see if there was a website. There was, so I spent a few minutes reading her blogs, and visiting each of the sites. What I found out is, that at least under this name (she could have a pen name I don't know about), she seems to have authored only this book, with the second in what will be The Flower Shop Mystery Series soon forthcoming. She works i The Final Arrangement by Annie Adams I'd never read anything by Annie Adams before, so I did what I usually do with a new author -- hit the internet to see if there was a website. There was, so I spent a few minutes reading her blogs, and visiting each of the sites. What I found out is, that at least under this name (she could have a pen name I don't know about), she seems to have authored only this book, with the second in what will be The Flower Shop Mystery Series soon forthcoming. She works in real life in a floral shop, drives a delivery van, and lives in Utah. So, obviously she has the first rule of good writing down: write what you know. She also had a page for her pets and her readers' pets. Anyone who likes animals is okay in my book. So, I like mysteries, I like quirky characters, I like well executed plots and, most of all, I love a book that is well proof-read and edited. This book filled all of those "likes." So, why did I give it only a 3 star rating? Okay, let's move on and I'll tell you. First, let's address the plot and storyline. I liked these. The heroine, Quincey McKay, has taken over her Aunt Rosie's flower shop, Rosie's Posies. The flower shop is having some financial difficulties, and a main reason seems to be that the local funeral parlor has stopped giving recommendations to Rosie's Posies -- or any flower shop other than the one run by Derrick Gibbons, a very nefarious character who, despite being dead at the start of the book, figures greatly in the ensuing story line. Who killed Derrick? Why does Detective Arroyo suspect Quincy? Why was Derrick killed? What shady dealing form the base of the reasons Derrick met his untimely death? Is Officer Alex Cooper the walking dream he appears to be, or just your garden variety nightmare? Add in some former relationship drama, some family drama, some wonderfully colorful characters (Danny Barnes and K.C. Clackerton for sure), and you have the makings of what was a fun read. While it was fun, I didn't feel that enough information was provided along the way for me to start forming theories about what was happening or why it was happening. Instead, it felt like there were large sections of information provided here and there, randomly. Not really anything wrong with that style of release of information, just not my favorite style. I also felt that the further one got into the mystery, the more complex it got, which, for me anyway, didn't give enough time to fully flesh out the reasons for the original murder or the connections to the underlying shady dealings prior to the final climactic scenes. To be truthful, the family drama at the after-the-climax of the mystery scene, was more of a climax to the story than was the mystery climax. It made me wonder which of the storylines I should have been following more closely. On the other hand, her characterizations were relatively well fleshed out, at least for the main players in the story. Other characters I wasn't sure about. Were they what/who they seemed? Could they be trusted? Why the heck were they even in the story? So, while I liked the characters, I was often confused (even after finishing the book) as to what role they actually played in the novel. The editing and proof-reading are stellar. I think I saw maybe one or two errors, but like Frank's regrets, too few to mention! I struggled with giving the book an extra star just on that alone! Kudos to you Ms. Adams. I really do appreciate that attention to detail. I liked Quincy McKay. Wanted to like her more. As seems to be the fashion these days, she was a bit of a ditz, jumping to conclusions, being uber-defensive, allowing herself to alternately be taken in by someone then second guessing that person's motivations, going off half-cocked, ignoring good advice, putting herself and others in unnecessary danger, and seemingly having little control over her hormones. Likeable? Yes. Did I want to be her friend. No. Who needs all that baggage? I'm a big Stephanie Plum fan, so ditzy females are okay with me. But like fashion, knock-offs don't always deliver the punch of the original. So many of the novels I've read over the past couple of years feature the ditzy, daring darling who gets herself into foreseeable and preventable trouble and then needs to look to some guy to get her out. I'm feeling a bit 'been there, read that' about this scenario. In the end, I just didn't love the novel. I did enjoy it. It was a quick, fun summer read, but it didn't leave me excited to read the next in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Apriel

    Let me start my review by saying this was one of the better self-published books I've read. I've read some were it seemed simply running spellcheck was too much of an effort so, with that in mind, I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate that the author took the time to make sure that her book was not riddled with grammatical errors. I only found a handful and they were small errors that didn't distract from the story too much. As far as the structure of this story goes, it was pretty formul Let me start my review by saying this was one of the better self-published books I've read. I've read some were it seemed simply running spellcheck was too much of an effort so, with that in mind, I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate that the author took the time to make sure that her book was not riddled with grammatical errors. I only found a handful and they were small errors that didn't distract from the story too much. As far as the structure of this story goes, it was pretty formulaic for the "cozy" mystery genre. They generally have a mystery/murder being investigated by an amateur sleuth because he/she or a close friend is being blamed for the mystery/murder. Que the hot law enforcement person who rescues our sleuth in the nick of time and you have your book. This book is no different but there is nothing wrong with that as this type of story has its niche. Sometimes you just want a light read that's not overly complicated. The premise of the story seemed interesting enough and I thought it had a lot of potential but it fell flat in places. I liked that the heroine was a florist instead of the journalist or baker that one generally finds in this type of story. That added a bit of originality to the story which it needed in order to set it apart from all of the other "cozy" mysteries out there. The parts of the story dealing with the flower shop were the most fleshed out and you can tell that the author knows her stuff. The rest of the story wasn't written with as much confidence and needed a little help. I didn't feel that the story was overly long so spending 50 or more pages fleshing out the rest of the book would have made it a better in my opinion. For example, everything involving the police seemed very secondary and not well thought out or researched for a key element of the plot. I also thought that a little more background on Mormonism would have been quite helpful in understanding many of the characters and their actions. The author had a perfect vehicle in which to do this with newcomer Alex Cooper but didn't utilize him very well. What little bit of explaining was attempted came off very awkward and weird and, in the end, didn't explain much. Speaking of awkward dialogue... Many of the interactions between the characters felt unnatural and stiff. This is definitely an area the author needs to improve upon. Another area of improvement is keeping characters "in character." Several times characters would act differently from how they had previously, especially the main character. In my opinion the story suffered because the author tried to incorporate too many elements into one book. Since this is the beginning of a series she should have focused more on introducing us to the main characters and the world they live in while presenting and solving the mystery. Adding on the abuse and the sister drama didn't bring much to the story and could have been hinted at and then fully fleshed out in later books. Also the plot got pretty confusing at the end as the author tried to throw in too many curveballs in an effort to make the story less predictable. All I think she accomplished was confusing the reader. All in all this wasn't a bad book but it really could have benefited from another round of editing. As things stand I'm a book in and still do not know very much about any of the characters or the town in which they live. This lack of feeling as if I "know" the characters keeps me from really caring about them which, in turn, keeps me from really being excited about continuing the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    Quincy has taken over her Aunt Rosie's flower shop while she travels the globe. Business hasn't been great since Derrick opened his shop and taken over alot of the funeral business from her. When Derrick is found dead in one of the caskets at the funeral home, Quincy finds herself as a suspect. Between being a suspect, things being set on fire at her home and strange men following her van around trying to run her off the road; Quincy is not sure which end is up. Then you add the growing interest Quincy has taken over her Aunt Rosie's flower shop while she travels the globe. Business hasn't been great since Derrick opened his shop and taken over alot of the funeral business from her. When Derrick is found dead in one of the caskets at the funeral home, Quincy finds herself as a suspect. Between being a suspect, things being set on fire at her home and strange men following her van around trying to run her off the road; Quincy is not sure which end is up. Then you add the growing interest in Alex, the police officer who came to her rescue, things get even more interesting. The story is set in an Mormon community in Utah. I was worried about that point, but it doesn't really detract from the story like I thought it would. The characters are likeable and the issues they are dealing with seem real. The issue of abuse was handled pretty good. I didn't think it was necessary for the story. One thing I would recommend would be to not read to similar cozy mysteries at the same time. That confused me just a tad. I am curious to see where the author will go with the characters is the next installment. Will the love interest continue or will a new character be developed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosalee

    Quincy McKay is single, Mormon, and has taken over her Aunt Rose's florist shop. Problem is, Derek Gibbons seems to have somehow secured a corner on the floral business and then he ends up dead. The down side is that Quincy is the main suspect - she did have a motive and threatened him; the up side is that the police oficer who shows up, Alex, is gorgeous. Unfortunately, he's not Mormon and that's a problem because Quincy likes him. As Quincy tries to figure out who killed Derek and get herself Quincy McKay is single, Mormon, and has taken over her Aunt Rose's florist shop. Problem is, Derek Gibbons seems to have somehow secured a corner on the floral business and then he ends up dead. The down side is that Quincy is the main suspect - she did have a motive and threatened him; the up side is that the police oficer who shows up, Alex, is gorgeous. Unfortunately, he's not Mormon and that's a problem because Quincy likes him. As Quincy tries to figure out who killed Derek and get herself off the hook, she jumps to conclusions and of course sticks her nose where she shouldn't. More down sides, but the up side/down side is that Alex is always there to help. This is the first in the series and has a steady, quick pace. Quincy and Alex are likeable characters and the plot is includes an occasional twist. Of the many other characters, I particularly liked the older couple with the computer equipment they have no clue how to use and Quincy's meddling mother. A mystery with hints of romance that may or may not come to be, The Final Arrangement is an easy, quick read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    April Schilling

    Very cute story! Fun little mystery with some good characters. Can't wait to read the next one! Very cute story! Fun little mystery with some good characters. Can't wait to read the next one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Blogs

    The Final Arrangement is the first book in the new Flower Shop Mystery Series. I absolutely loved it! Quincy McKay is an intelligent, stubborn character and I felt I could relate to her right from the beginning. She is just trying to ‘glide’ through life unnoticed for the most part, when her life becomes tangled up with the death of a fellow florist and things start to get out of control. For Quincy, being in control of her situation as well as her emotions is something that’s very important. Un The Final Arrangement is the first book in the new Flower Shop Mystery Series. I absolutely loved it! Quincy McKay is an intelligent, stubborn character and I felt I could relate to her right from the beginning. She is just trying to ‘glide’ through life unnoticed for the most part, when her life becomes tangled up with the death of a fellow florist and things start to get out of control. For Quincy, being in control of her situation as well as her emotions is something that’s very important. Unfortunately for her, she ends up in situation after situation where she is not in control of much of anything. This was a really good mystery, and I enjoyed the flower shop elements of the story. I also liked the budding romance between Quincy and Officer Alex Cooper. This is a great start to a new cozy series, and one that I highly recommend.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    ALMOST a winner. This new series says it is for fans of Janet Evanovich, and that is a good match. The setting is promising---a young woman owns a florist shop in a Utah town. The author can and does do some fun (but, I think respectful) things with the Mormon influence. The large Mormon typical family gives lots of room for interesting interactions. There are some quirky characters, such as the middle-aged former schoolbus driver whom the heroine hires to drive her delivery van. Overall the plot ALMOST a winner. This new series says it is for fans of Janet Evanovich, and that is a good match. The setting is promising---a young woman owns a florist shop in a Utah town. The author can and does do some fun (but, I think respectful) things with the Mormon influence. The large Mormon typical family gives lots of room for interesting interactions. There are some quirky characters, such as the middle-aged former schoolbus driver whom the heroine hires to drive her delivery van. Overall the plot is not bad, but there were a few too many times when my response to an incident was "Oh, that is stupid." This was a first book, and if Adams can tweak her plotting, she could have a very successful series. I guess I liked it enough that I might try number 2 to see if it is better.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Quincy McKay has her own floral shop which is doing pretty well, but then The Vulture starts making deals and taking business away from the other florists in the area. Is she PO'd? Oh yeah...and while she'd love for The Vulture to just go away, being pegged as a suspect in his murder wasn't what she had in mind. Quincy is sassy, to her Mormon mother's dismay, but that attitude is what she needs to do her own sleuthing. Meeting up with a hunky cop is the icing on the cake. I enjoyed this book and l Quincy McKay has her own floral shop which is doing pretty well, but then The Vulture starts making deals and taking business away from the other florists in the area. Is she PO'd? Oh yeah...and while she'd love for The Vulture to just go away, being pegged as a suspect in his murder wasn't what she had in mind. Quincy is sassy, to her Mormon mother's dismay, but that attitude is what she needs to do her own sleuthing. Meeting up with a hunky cop is the icing on the cake. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment...just wondering what mischief Quincy will be involved in!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    I won this book from a first reads giveaway. I thought this book was great. It's sort of chick lit meets mystery. The story line was great and just when I thought I knew who did it, I'd turn the page and my mind would change. A very well written book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I won this book from a first reads giveaway. I thought this book was great. It's sort of chick lit meets mystery. The story line was great and just when I thought I knew who did it, I'd turn the page and my mind would change. A very well written book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Nye

    The Final Arrangement was engaging and well-written. It could have been trimmed down a bit, as some of the minor characters and sub-plots got a bit confusing from time to time, but it was basically a very entertaining cozy mystery. It's quite a good first novel. I look forward to seeing Annie Adams develop her series. The Final Arrangement was engaging and well-written. It could have been trimmed down a bit, as some of the minor characters and sub-plots got a bit confusing from time to time, but it was basically a very entertaining cozy mystery. It's quite a good first novel. I look forward to seeing Annie Adams develop her series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This was a solid cozy mystery. The flower shop setting was interesting. The mystery was complicated, but all made sense in the end. Quincy was a likable character. My only complaint about her was how insecure she was in her budding relationship with Alex. I hope that in the next book, she becomes more confident with Alex.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Loved this cozy mystery built around a flower shop in Utah. The characters were well defined and fun. There were a few grammar and spelling issues and a weird typo that involved quite a few words having "Derrick" stuck in the middle of them. I would read more by this author. Loved this cozy mystery built around a flower shop in Utah. The characters were well defined and fun. There were a few grammar and spelling issues and a weird typo that involved quite a few words having "Derrick" stuck in the middle of them. I would read more by this author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    A laugh-out-loud (at times) funny, romantic, murder mystery. An attractive, divorced struggling florist who is a suspect in the murder of a rival florist, meets sexy new-in-town cop. Let the fun begin.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    This is a good, fast-paced, cozy mystery. You will be introduced to adventure, risks, struggles, and a spot or two of romance. The over-excessive flower descriptions can bog you down some. Otherwise, it is well written and includes twists and turns that are not obvious.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terresa Mountain

    A delightfully twisting and turning "who did it" mystery unravelled with sides of romance! There was just enough detail to keep you informed and not too much to overwhelm you! I would highly recommend it! A delightfully twisting and turning "who did it" mystery unravelled with sides of romance! There was just enough detail to keep you informed and not too much to overwhelm you! I would highly recommend it!

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