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Poison, pits, and murder… the village vegetable competition is heating up! Merryfield’s reigning vegetable-growing champion is found dead on his allotment. The police think it was an accident caused by the champion’s advancing age. Diana Flowers, his allotment next door neighbour, isn’t convinced. She knows someone has poisoned the dead man’s prized pumpkin plant. An Poison, pits, and murder… the village vegetable competition is heating up! Merryfield’s reigning vegetable-growing champion is found dead on his allotment. The police think it was an accident caused by the champion’s advancing age. Diana Flowers, his allotment next door neighbour, isn’t convinced. She knows someone has poisoned the dead man’s prized pumpkin plant. And if the dead man dug the pit in which he met his doom, where did he leave the spade? A scientist like Diana knows you should never underestimate evidence… and in this case, she thinks the evidence points to murder. Buy your copy right now and discover your next favourite British amateur sleuth! *This is the prequel short story to the Diana Flowers Floriculture Mysteries. Look inside the book to discover how to claim your free copy!*


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Poison, pits, and murder… the village vegetable competition is heating up! Merryfield’s reigning vegetable-growing champion is found dead on his allotment. The police think it was an accident caused by the champion’s advancing age. Diana Flowers, his allotment next door neighbour, isn’t convinced. She knows someone has poisoned the dead man’s prized pumpkin plant. An Poison, pits, and murder… the village vegetable competition is heating up! Merryfield’s reigning vegetable-growing champion is found dead on his allotment. The police think it was an accident caused by the champion’s advancing age. Diana Flowers, his allotment next door neighbour, isn’t convinced. She knows someone has poisoned the dead man’s prized pumpkin plant. And if the dead man dug the pit in which he met his doom, where did he leave the spade? A scientist like Diana knows you should never underestimate evidence… and in this case, she thinks the evidence points to murder. Buy your copy right now and discover your next favourite British amateur sleuth! *This is the prequel short story to the Diana Flowers Floriculture Mysteries. Look inside the book to discover how to claim your free copy!*

30 review for The Florist and the Funeral

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first of the new Diana Flowers Floriculture mystery series, this was an easy, sweet, short read that was enjoyable and not taxing on the brain. You've got to love a scruffy, shaggy puppy as the culprit! My only quibble is the author's wanton use of alliteration which at times got quite out of hand. The first of the new Diana Flowers Floriculture mystery series, this was an easy, sweet, short read that was enjoyable and not taxing on the brain. You've got to love a scruffy, shaggy puppy as the culprit! My only quibble is the author's wanton use of alliteration which at times got quite out of hand.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    An enjoyable short cozy, great start to new-to-me series. 4.5*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    I enjoyed this prequel. I think the series will be interesting and am looking forward to reading them. Diana Flowers is just too cute of a name but I enjoyed that scientific side of this story and hope that Ruby includes more of it in this series. Diana is a scientist with a hobby of growing flowers and as we discover in this short story, she is able to transfer those logic skills to solving mysteries. The ending was a surprise I would never guess.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The village of Merryfield hosts the beginning of the Diana Flowers, a British amateur sleuth Floriculture Mysteries series. This is a short, interesting plotted novella to introduce the main well written, colorful character who is a chemist scientist determined to switch careers to grow and sell flowers. The Harvest Festival is coming up. One of Diana’s follow gardeners who is one of the Harvest Festivals Prize winners every year for his crops is found dead. He is found in a hole dug near his prize pum The village of Merryfield hosts the beginning of the Diana Flowers, a British amateur sleuth Floriculture Mysteries series. This is a short, interesting plotted novella to introduce the main well written, colorful character who is a chemist scientist determined to switch careers to grow and sell flowers. The Harvest Festival is coming up. One of Diana’s follow gardeners who is one of the Harvest Festivals Prize winners every year for his crops is found dead. He is found in a hole dug near his prize pumpkin which had been tapered with plus his marrows are damaged and other flowers trampled. No spade is found nearby. The man annoyed many of the village residents. He rumored to have money. Diana sets a trap for the killer. Will the trap be a success? Get your copy to determine the results and how it effects Diana. Meet the British village people and learn about communal gardening.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    The Florist and the Funeral is a super short novella prequel to the Diana Flowers Floriculture Mystery Series. It introduces the main character of the series, Diana Flowers, and gives us some of her background and a short mystery that sets her up for the rest of the books. It was very quick to read and enjoyable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “The Florist and the Funeral” earns 4.5/5 Twisted Carrots…Fun! Being a fan of Ruby Loren’s Madigan Amos Zoo Mystery, it was a no-brainer to join in with her new series, Diana Flowers Cozy Mystery. The introductory book, “The Florist and the Funeral,” is a prequel to this series, and although short, easily read in one sitting, it is not short on enjoyment. Her signature well-written mystery opens by grabbing the reader with a description of Merryfield’s idyllic communal garden and the dead body po “The Florist and the Funeral” earns 4.5/5 Twisted Carrots…Fun! Being a fan of Ruby Loren’s Madigan Amos Zoo Mystery, it was a no-brainer to join in with her new series, Diana Flowers Cozy Mystery. The introductory book, “The Florist and the Funeral,” is a prequel to this series, and although short, easily read in one sitting, it is not short on enjoyment. Her signature well-written mystery opens by grabbing the reader with a description of Merryfield’s idyllic communal garden and the dead body posed in a hole midst bulbous pumpkins and twisted carrots ready to be found by none other than our heroine. Our heroine is Diana Flowers uniquely cast as a chemist having transferred from a London-based lab to a more rural research lab near her hometown. In renting her flat, she is also given an opportunity to rent a “needing lots of care” allotment in the communal garden and begins to entertain a change in occupation by creating a business plan and delving into the realm of floriculture. The detective called to the scene sees accidental death and poses unwilling to listen to Diana’s theories and test result of her self-proclaimed crime scene. But she is not dissuaded seeing a possible vegetable sabotage and estranged, maybe deranged, family. Blooming delightful! Ruby Loren’s first-person narrative, references to gardening were an added bonus, and highlighting small village life, ins and “on the outs” of the residents and family, and a hint of a contentious mother/daughter relationship to come kept me engaged. This is a great hors d’oeuvre, light with a surprise "killer." I loved it! "Disclosure: I received an ARC. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments."

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Presler

    Diana Flowers is looking to enter her prized flowers in the Harvest Festival Flower Competition and sell flowers at the Farmer's Market. While walking through the allotments one afternoon, Diana finds Jim Hawthorne in a hole, dead. When she calls the police, Detective Walter Miller shows up and automatically declare it an accident, regardless of any unusual circumstances surrounding the death. Diana is concerned not only by the mysterious hole, but also by the damage to Jim's prized vegetables. Diana Flowers is looking to enter her prized flowers in the Harvest Festival Flower Competition and sell flowers at the Farmer's Market. While walking through the allotments one afternoon, Diana finds Jim Hawthorne in a hole, dead. When she calls the police, Detective Walter Miller shows up and automatically declare it an accident, regardless of any unusual circumstances surrounding the death. Diana is concerned not only by the mysterious hole, but also by the damage to Jim's prized vegetables. When Det. Miller refuses to look any further, Diana decides to do some investigation herself. Being an experienced chemist, Diana finds weed killer in Jim's destroyed vegetables. When Jim's granddaughter, Nina, shows up, she accuses Diana of stealing everything of hers. Diana has no idea what she is talking about until Det. Miller accuses her of murdering Jim and informs her that Jim left her his house and money. Who is really responsible for Jim's death? Can Diana prove her innocence and find the actual killer? Who destroyed Jim's vegetables? This is a short prequel, but grabs your attention on the very first page. The story is extremely well written with plenty of twists and turns and a surprise ending. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have received an advance readers copy of this book and I freely give my review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and never could have predicted the ending. Diana is a chemist working at a lab, but is getting bored with the job. She dreams of starting her own flower growing business. She has an allotment in her village and her allotment neighbor, Jim, often gave her growing advice. She finds him one morning, dead at the allotments. The police seem convinced that it was an accident, but she think I have received an advance readers copy of this book and I freely give my review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and never could have predicted the ending. Diana is a chemist working at a lab, but is getting bored with the job. She dreams of starting her own flower growing business. She has an allotment in her village and her allotment neighbor, Jim, often gave her growing advice. She finds him one morning, dead at the allotments. The police seem convinced that it was an accident, but she thinks there is foul play. She decides to investigate on her own. She does solve the mystery and things all turn out most unexpectedly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    I love the Madigon Amos Zoo Series, so I thought it would be hard to equel that. But not for Ruby Loren! There might be less animals, but there is at least one scruffie dog. And a friendly and smart young woman making a career change. I think this promises to be another great mystery series! I can't wait to read the next flowery book! I received a copy, which I couldn't wait to read, and I chose to write this review. And I'm really happy it is worth a positve review... I love the Madigon Amos Zoo Series, so I thought it would be hard to equel that. But not for Ruby Loren! There might be less animals, but there is at least one scruffie dog. And a friendly and smart young woman making a career change. I think this promises to be another great mystery series! I can't wait to read the next flowery book! I received a copy, which I couldn't wait to read, and I chose to write this review. And I'm really happy it is worth a positve review...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Flowers, a dog and a murder - piqued my interest and although it ended rather quickly, it is interesting, clean and a pleasant, quick read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    This is an enjoyable morning read. It is a short but complete prequel story of a budding florist who tries to solve the mystery of the death of her fellow gardener. I liked it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    🌼Interesting start to a new cozy mystery series. Diana Flowers, Queen of Flowers!🌻 August 25, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition To me, this prequel, though it does include a death in mysterious circumstances and a trope I love (amateur sleuth investigates due to local law enforcement incompetence), is all about amateur detective Diana Flowers and the crossroads she's reached in her personal life and career. As a 🔬 scientist, Diana has a naturally inquisitive mind and access to lab tools that prove useful 🌼Interesting start to a new cozy mystery series. Diana Flowers, Queen of Flowers!🌻 August 25, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition To me, this prequel, though it does include a death in mysterious circumstances and a trope I love (amateur sleuth investigates due to local law enforcement incompetence), is all about amateur detective Diana Flowers and the crossroads she's reached in her personal life and career. As a 🔬 scientist, Diana has a naturally inquisitive mind and access to lab tools that prove useful in her investigation of the murder site. I think she's a character I will like, eventually, but the prequel is too brief for me to really get to know her, her mother and her rural community. I love cozy mysteries set in a small 🏡English village like this one. The quirky locals are usually the best part of the plot. Several fellow gardeners and a few local police were introduced in this one and they seem to be a fair start. I wish the story had been a bit longer to allow for more world building, but the base has been laid for a cute series with a heroine set on pursuing her own path and, if need be, take some risks and rock some boats as she goes. I read a complimentary copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Denn

    The Florist And The Funeral launches Ruby Lorens' Diana Flowers Cozy Mystery Series. As prequels go The Florist And The Funeral was quite enjoyable. I'm a big fan of prequels as when written correctly they not only introduce a back story for the main character and some if not all of the secondary characters but also give the reader a glimpse into the author's creativity with respect to his or her criminal brains. Presenting a "believable" crime story is as important - if not more so - as the cha The Florist And The Funeral launches Ruby Lorens' Diana Flowers Cozy Mystery Series. As prequels go The Florist And The Funeral was quite enjoyable. I'm a big fan of prequels as when written correctly they not only introduce a back story for the main character and some if not all of the secondary characters but also give the reader a glimpse into the author's creativity with respect to his or her criminal brains. Presenting a "believable" crime story is as important - if not more so - as the characters created to tell the story. If one or the other fails to garnish the readers attention chances are the book will miss its mark. The Florist And The Funeral ticked both boxes in my opinion. The characters resembled people a reader could imagine bumping into on any given day in any given town. Lorens' whodunnit was creative, unique and at the end of the book when all was revealed made perfect sense thus was believeable. My experience has been that not all authors can pull off writing enjoyable and informative prequels due to the limited amount of time a prequel allows for story telling. Loren can. I highly recommend others pick up a copy of The Florist And The Funeral!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Chemist Diana Flowers has rented an allotment allowing her to grow vegetables or in her case flowers. Her hobby is turning into a business as the interest for local flowers is met with high demand. One early morning as she sets out to check her flowers and do some weeding, she stumbles across her allotment neighbor dead. The police believe the older gentleman was a victim of an accidental death and have no plans to investigate further. However, Diana isn’t convinced and decides to use her chemis Chemist Diana Flowers has rented an allotment allowing her to grow vegetables or in her case flowers. Her hobby is turning into a business as the interest for local flowers is met with high demand. One early morning as she sets out to check her flowers and do some weeding, she stumbles across her allotment neighbor dead. The police believe the older gentleman was a victim of an accidental death and have no plans to investigate further. However, Diana isn’t convinced and decides to use her chemist background to help her investigation the situation. Like other books written by Ruby Loren, this has a very well thought out plot with loveable characters, lots of twists and turns, surprise situations, and small-town charm. This is a prequel to a highly anticipated new series for cozy mystery fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Diana Flowers spent a lot of money to become a chemist. When she moves back home to her little village of Merryfield. She gets an allotment to go with her apartment. She decides to grow flowers. She soon finds she enjoys it more than being a chemist and wonders if her hobby could become a full time job. When her allotment neighbor is found in a hole in the path dead she thinks murder! So she investigates. With his prize winning pumpkins killed to she sets out to find out who killed him and his p Diana Flowers spent a lot of money to become a chemist. When she moves back home to her little village of Merryfield. She gets an allotment to go with her apartment. She decides to grow flowers. She soon finds she enjoys it more than being a chemist and wonders if her hobby could become a full time job. When her allotment neighbor is found in a hole in the path dead she thinks murder! So she investigates. With his prize winning pumpkins killed to she sets out to find out who killed him and his pumpkins. This was a good short little mystery. I really like the characters. It really showed what living in a small English village is really like. I recommend this book if you like quick, light mystery.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Georganne

    Plot of flowers may lead to a new life of enjoyment! Diana , recently returned to Merryfield, has an allotment that came as part of her leased flat. She discovers the body of Jim Holmes, an allotment neighbor. Did he die accidentally or was he murdered? Diana is determined to find how Jim died. Detective Walter Miller is positive that there is no foul play regardless of the clues that Diana brings to light. Follow the trail to discover how Jim Holmes died. Fun, cute, cozy mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    My twenty-seventh cozy mystery read from author Ruby Loren (obviously I enjoy her writing). I can't help but be amazed by the sheer volume of good writing she can produce with multiple settings & characters. I'll read more by her in the future and look forward to her next work. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). My twenty-seventh cozy mystery read from author Ruby Loren (obviously I enjoy her writing). I can't help but be amazed by the sheer volume of good writing she can produce with multiple settings & characters. I'll read more by her in the future and look forward to her next work. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I must say Ruby Loren is one of my favourite authors. I just finished a prequel to a new series. The book I'd called. " the Florist and the Funeral" it has the same light reading as her Madi Amos books. This one is about a science type person who wants to go int the flower business and yes there is a murder. I bet you will never guess who the murderer is. Great job. Cheers Lynn I must say Ruby Loren is one of my favourite authors. I just finished a prequel to a new series. The book I'd called. " the Florist and the Funeral" it has the same light reading as her Madi Amos books. This one is about a science type person who wants to go int the flower business and yes there is a murder. I bet you will never guess who the murderer is. Great job. Cheers Lynn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Huie

    Quick, easy read! A good beginning of a series! Diana Flowers is the main character who will be interesting to follow. She finds a neighbor who had fallen in a hole and died. Did now she is determined to find the killer since the police don't seem to think it was a murder! Enjoyable! Quick, easy read! A good beginning of a series! Diana Flowers is the main character who will be interesting to follow. She finds a neighbor who had fallen in a hole and died. Did now she is determined to find the killer since the police don't seem to think it was a murder! Enjoyable!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A small village, garden allotments, the annual horticulture competition with all the gardeners vying for first place, and a murder, combined with fun characters and a good plot (every pun intended) make for an entertaining story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather Hackett

    Diana had just started to grow flowers at an allotment as a side business when one of the men at the allotments was either killed or had a bad accident. This is a short mystery that could turn into a good series it was funny in parts and serious in others, look forwards to reading more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    The introductory book, “The Florist and the Funeral,” is a prequel to a new series, Diana Flowers Cozy Mystery. Although short and easily read in one sitting, it is not short on enjoyment. Looking forward to this new series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evonne Hutton

    A very short cozy but most intriguing A friend dies and she investigates the death Well written

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard Goodrum

    A cute, little cozy mystery. Diana Flowers is an intelligent character. The story is quite unpredictable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    T Olsen

    A fairly standard cozy mystery/prequel/short story; more description than action, but I'm intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the series. I love the cover; that's art! A fairly standard cozy mystery/prequel/short story; more description than action, but I'm intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the series. I love the cover; that's art!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ciayrra The Scorpion Flower

    This mystery is a little more fast-paced, straight to the point. Not much drama or back stories of characters. I liked it a lot.

  27. 4 out of 5

    BarbaraH

    A cute short cozy mystery from a little town in England

  28. 4 out of 5

    Texas

    The Florist and the Funeral - The prequel to the Diana Flowers series. A quickly read, fun story about a chemist, with a high IQ, interested in growing and selling flowers to meet the growing demand. Along the way there's a death, which she solves since she is smarter than the old Lt. There's quite a bit going on in this novella and the "killer" is a big surprise and not what you expect. Another series that may be the match for Madi's zoo series. I contacted the author to review her books and re The Florist and the Funeral - The prequel to the Diana Flowers series. A quickly read, fun story about a chemist, with a high IQ, interested in growing and selling flowers to meet the growing demand. Along the way there's a death, which she solves since she is smarter than the old Lt. There's quite a bit going on in this novella and the "killer" is a big surprise and not what you expect. Another series that may be the match for Madi's zoo series. I contacted the author to review her books and received this one. 5* Madi's Zoo Series: Parrots and Payback (a prequel) - A cute, little prequel about another day at the zoo with some of our favorite characters. A quick read where readers familiar with Mad's zoo will know what's going on. I personally would read this after The Peacock's Poison, but that's how I did it. LOL. 5* Penguins and Mortal Peril #1 - A good thriller. A well written, intriguing suspense with a well thought out, twisting plot and believable characters. There's interesting information about the zoo and its animals. Madi is an intelligent, caring person, especially with the animals, and takes loving care of the zoo. There's also humor; beware of furry pyschos. The animals are a good part of the story and some even have their own personalities. I finished the book in one sitting, immersed in the mystery. If you liked Blooming, you'll like this book, too. 5* The Silence of the Snakes #2 - Spellbinding! Ruby just gets better with each book she writes. A well written, intriguing suspense with believable characters and a plot that doesn't let the reader put down the book until the last page. This is a substantial story, not a weak cozy, that would make Christie proud to write. Don't let this series pass you by, they're must reads. 5*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The most innocent killer A wonderful start to how Diana got into the cut flowers business and how she came to own her dog. A neat plot with an unlikely culprit for the murder. Down to earth characters that come alive as you read and quickly become friends. She had come to the allotment the see how her flowers were doing. Certainly not expecting to see a hole in the path and a dead body. Okay Jim had been a bit of an acquired taste but he had aways been willing to talk to her about anything she wan The most innocent killer A wonderful start to how Diana got into the cut flowers business and how she came to own her dog. A neat plot with an unlikely culprit for the murder. Down to earth characters that come alive as you read and quickly become friends. She had come to the allotment the see how her flowers were doing. Certainly not expecting to see a hole in the path and a dead body. Okay Jim had been a bit of an acquired taste but he had aways been willing to talk to her about anything she wanted to know. As a rooky gardner she knew she had a lot to learn. Terrific death is being written off as an accident but is that really the case? His prize pumpkin has been damaged and her work let's her find the cause. Weedkiller!. Was the coming Harvest Festival to blame or was there a more sinister reason? He has annoyed a few people in the village and his family seemed to believe that he had a lot of money to leave. Damaged marrows, trampled flowers, an arrest and a trap set for the killer? Will she find the culprit? What will she do when she does and what other surprises are in store for her? I received a free copy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    A fantastic Prequel! Can't wait for the first book in this new series-A winner for sure! Diana Flowers, is an analytical Chemist for the government in the small village of Merryfield, where her family lives, after leaving London and starting over. With her apartment comes a garden allotment right next to Jim Holmes who Diana finds dead in a ditch by his allotment. Jim took Diana under his wing when she decided maybe a change of career would be just what she needed and she could become a flower gr A fantastic Prequel! Can't wait for the first book in this new series-A winner for sure! Diana Flowers, is an analytical Chemist for the government in the small village of Merryfield, where her family lives, after leaving London and starting over. With her apartment comes a garden allotment right next to Jim Holmes who Diana finds dead in a ditch by his allotment. Jim took Diana under his wing when she decided maybe a change of career would be just what she needed and she could become a flower grower and sell at markets and florist shops. The analytical Diana tried to figure out who murdered Jim and goes about trying to analytically solve his death since the two detectives who she knows well seem totally inept and not at all interested in Diana's conclusions. With lots of red herrings, funny subordinating characters this is a very quick read. The surprise ending is not what you expect at all! Can't wait to dive into this new series. I received and ARC from the author but the opinions here are strictly my own.

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