First, I loved this book. Let's face it, every potentially-intriguing plot element advertised is something we have all seen made boring by a careless or unskilled author -- but not this time. This book is fresh and interesting, very competently written, and just thoroughly enjoyable.
So I came back and bought the other two. I don't actually regret doing so, but I have read Pistils and am halfway through Sub Rosa, and I have to tell you, the novella is by far the best book. Pistils is a lot more of a romance novel than I'd voluntarily read, and Sub Rosa just doesn't have the same oomph as Thistles. I don't regret reading either of the purchased books, but they were both a bit of a disappointment.
Thistles is the third installment of the Pistils series. It is a novella. It fills in the blanks between Pistils & Sub Rosa. Very well written & a quick, easy read. I really enjoyed filling in the gaps between both books. Highly recommend!
I picked up this book because I heard the author read from the first chapter and the premise intrigued me. We are tantalized with a mysterious backstory, best friend reuniting while both are at crossroads in their lives, and the philosophical question "What do we do next?". The characters are interesting, their personalities come through in the clean prose, and they all have lives outside the story: they aren't just plot devices; even Gran. "Thistles" also includes a three-chapter sneak peak at the next book in the Pistils series. I gave four stars because the book isn't perfect: I caught one to/too error and I thought the characters needed to face more danger/consequences from their investigative activities. The characters (legally) carry concealed pistols and have self defense skills, and I hope we get to see them used later in the series. Still, a good read and well done. I recommend this book and will be picking up the next one in the series.
This is the first book of this new series where we meet Vivian and Parker, best friends, private investigators, and florists (yes, florists). The only thing I didn't like was that there wasn't more of it, but Iwas happy to find the first few chapters of the second book at the end. Being a senior citizen, I really enjoyed the character of Gran! Though short (it's a "novella") it gives you a real sense of the main characters and the stories to come.