Book Review → Corpse Flower

17170906 (1) Title: Corpse Flower
Author: Gloria Ferris
Series: Cornwall and Redfern Mystery [?]
Publication Date: December 14th, 2013

Synopsis: The quick slide from country club to trailer park leaves Bliss Moonbeam Cornwall with only one reason to get up in the morning – revenge. But revenge requires money, and Bliss abandons common sense to get it. She ignores the connection between her drug-dealing neighbours and the pot-growing habits of her employers, hoping to accomplish her goal before the scheme blows up in her face and she becomes part of the rising body count. And she needs Chief Redfern, a former drug cop from Toronto, to stay out of her way and quit eyeing her with suspicion. He thinks he understands Lockport’s undercurrents and relationships, but Bliss knows he’s off by a country mile.

Blackmail, drugs, and murder. These crimes cross all boundaries, and it will take big-city experience and small town cunning to save Bliss and Redfern.

Review: This was a pretty good book. I was intrigued by the story, for the most part and enjoyed reading it. I will admit the part with Dougal and his plant felt like it was too big in the story for it to really not have anything to do with the overall conflict or plot. The ending of the book felt a little rushed, every thing concluded all at once, it would have been nice to see some of the resolutions spread out and not dumped all at once. I felt that the characterizations were lacking and a little two dimensional, there wasn’t a single one that I felt invested in or cared about what happened to them. I was a little surprised when Redfern mentioned a ‘thing’ between him and Bliss, I wasn’t getting any time of vibe from them. It really felt like it was thrown in just to have a romance aspect to it. It was a little unclear if this is part of a series or not, I went ahead and listed it as one but I’m not sure if it is.

Stars: ★★★

Recommendation: Yes, despite some of the problems I had with it, it was still a good book and an enjoyable read.
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.


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