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THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES — JUNE 21

Welcome to another Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages.

THEMES:

Our themes give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

The theme for this week is

FLOWER Bouquet

Today I’m reading Gone to Ground, by Brandilyn Collins, a mystery set in Amaryllis, Mississippi.

Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison.

In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago—a sixth murder.

Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is—someone they love. None is aware of the others’ suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

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(Chapter One opens with an excerpt from a newspaper article that describes the town of Amaryllis, Mississippi, and the characteristics of the town and its people)

Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze.  It’s denizens are friendly, its families tight.  On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant.

But the amaryllis flower is poisonous.  (p. 1)

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Did that grab you?  I know I felt a chill….

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