A Day in the Life of Richard Wilson. . .AKA Jeffrey Bloom by Beverly Allen

Floral DepravityI never dreamed I’d be an absentee dad. I mean, my own father was a bit emotionally distant. So when I had kids, I knew I would be different. I’d be the father you could talk to. The one who would be there, through thick and thin. Yeah, I was going to give Ward Cleaver a run for his money.

So why, then, did I up and leave my family without notice? It’s a long and sordid story, one that I’m not ready to tell yet. It might be dangerous for Audrey if I did.

Audrey Bloom. . .She was only nine when I left. Daddy’s little girl. How I must have hurt her. I saw it in her eyes when she looked at me.

I’ve had no contact with her until now, and that was an accident. But I’ve followed her through whatever means I could. I think I was the only one who subscribed to the small town paper while she was growing up. I still have the yellowed newsprint picture of Audrey holding up a trophy she won at the town-wide spelling bee. She was a gangly thing, all arms and legs, long hair and braces. But she was the best thing I’d seen in years.

I have a bulging folder of clippings. Honor rolls. Dean’s lists. Then those stopped. I found out she was no longer enrolled in nursing school. I must have spent hours on Google, worried something had happened to her. Then I discovered she’d moved to Ramble, Virginia, the small town where my mother-in-law had lived. (Mae was quite a character. But she loved Audrey fiercely. Finding her obit saddened me even more. For Audrey’s sake.)

When I learned Audrey had opened up a flower show with her cousin Liv, I was happy to know that she found her passion. Her own passion, not her mother’s, who, I must admit honestly, can be a tad controlling. Her mother and I had not been on the best of terms when I disappeared, although I never intended to make so clean a break from her life. But she’s remarried, now, I see, to some mover-and-shaker with political aspirations. I hope she’s happy.

Audrey appears to be. I framed the article from the Ramble On about her technique of making up bridal bouquets based on the language of flowers. I can’t claim I understand it, but by the number of other papers who picked up the story, it seems my little girl is quite the trendsetter. And I watched and re-watched all the You Tube video I could find from the canceled episode of Fix My Wedding that she was supposed to be in. Imagine, her involved in catching a killer! I’m glad that’s over.

But, now. I recognized Audrey the moment I saw her. Still tall, but filled out more. A lovely young woman, but perhaps I might be a little bit partial. I was costumed as a medieval friar (which makes more sense if you know that I was officiating at a medieval themed wedding for which Audrey apparently arranged the flowers). At first I hoped she didn’t recognize me, but those eyes, boring into me. Questioning. Blaming. Then hurt. I could almost feel the hurt.

And then the danger should she reveal my identity. Scary things are happening here, and I don’t want her involved in them. I should have never come so close to Ramble. Should never have risked coming back to Virginia. All I could think to do, as soon as the ceremony was over, was to run away.

Always running away.

You can read more about Richard in Floral Depravity, the third book in the “Bridal Bouquet Shop” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Bloom and Doom and For Whom the Bluebell Tolls.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, October 21 for your chance to win a print copy of Floral Depravity. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Beverly Allen lives near Buffalo, NY, and hibernates the long winters reading, writing, watching classic movies, and playing board games—all while herding four naughty but adorable cats. During the summer, she cranks the A/C and does the same. Despite severe allergies, she studied flower arranging while researching the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries: Bloom and Doom, For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, and Floral Depravity (Berkley Prime Crime), and singlehandedly cornered the Benadryl market.

Visit Beverly at www.beverlyallenmysteries.com

46 responses to “A Day in the Life of Richard Wilson. . .AKA Jeffrey Bloom by Beverly Allen

  1. Well….I just have to start reading this awesome series since the awesome author has the same name as me….Beverly….how cool is that!!!! I have never read any of this series and am so looking forward to it! I love the cover with the adorable kitty on it and it sounds so so exciting! Thank you so much dearest Dru and Beverly Allen for the chance to win this new book!!!!! God bless you both!!!!!

  2. I am curious about the depravity of florals!! LOL!! Being a gardener….I have read her other 2 books in this series and learned a few tips….

  3. So intriguing! I want to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Doward Wilson

    A wonderful series. Thanks for the chance to win. Really enjoyed this post from her Dad’s viewpoint.

  5. I have not read this series yet, but it sounds really good. That teaser kept me wanting more. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Floral Depravity sounds like a wonderful mystery book, and I am looking forward to reading this series. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Nancy Roessner

    This sounds like a really good book and I enjoyed reading this post from the dad’s viewpoint.

  8. I enjoy this series and learning all the meanings of the flowers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. I really like the Bridal Bouquet Shop series; thanks for the chance.

  10. Sounds like a good book, love the cover

  11. Peggy Hyndman

    This sounds like a great series. Thank you for introducing me to another new author, Dru Ann 🙂

  12. I’m already wondering why he left. Thank you!

  13. Life is never easy. I’ve started this series and would like to read the next installment.

  14. What a great series premise!

  15. Wondering about why his story is dangerous for Audrey–looking forward to reading this.

  16. This sounds most interesting and I would love a copy.

  17. Barbara Hackel

    Somehow I have missed this series, but will correct that asap! It sounds intriguing and different from anything I have read. Thanks Dru and Beverly for the chance to win a copy! 🙂

  18. Fascinating series and delightful giveaway. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  19. Thanks Dru , a whole new series to dive into!

  20. New series for me but I hope not for long. It sounds terrific!

  21. Wow, sounds good and another new author, and I have a little catch-up to do, when I win the 3rd book. Ty for the chance

  22. Can’t wait to read this one!

  23. Sounds like a great read.

  24. I don’t know how you could capture the benedryl market, because I’ve got that in my pocket here in Arizona! I’ve got to read this series. Thanks Dru and Beverly

  25. I have the first in the series on my t-b-r list…someday I will get to it!

  26. Written from an interesting perspective makes this book sound intriguing. I’m adding this to my TBR list! 📖📚📚📚

  27. elainehroberson

    Another new-to-me author to try. Count me in. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  28. May I have this one, please?

  29. Thanks, Dru Ann for hosting, and thanks for all the kind comments about Floral Depravity and the Bridal Bouquet Shop series! I seemed to have picked up a bug in my travels so I’m making a cup of tea and headed to bed.

  30. New series and author to me. Sounds interesting! Thank you for the contest!

  31. Barbara Landrum

    Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you!

  32. This sounds so interesting!

  33. This is a very good series.

  34. One of my favorite series. I love the language of flowers. Happy to see a new one. Congrats

  35. Sounds like a fun book and one I should read…flowers I love them. Thanks for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  36. What a teaser! Looking forward this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. MaryAnn Forbes

    Floral Depravity sounds like a good read; thanks for the opportunity to win it.📖📚

  38. Why is he running away? Thanks for the chance to win the book so I can find out.

  39. Have not read this author yet but it sound as like a great seriesn

  40. It sounds interesting and a great plot.

  41. I love this series, thanks for the chance to win.

  42. I would love to start this series.

  43. Contest is closed.

  44. Michelle Fidler

    The contest wasn’t supposed to close until tomorrow at noon. I have the first in the series.

  45. A must-read for me….thank you for the giveaway….