• Peony Dreadful

  • Village Flower Shop Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Warren
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Peony Dreadful

By: Nancy Warren
Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
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Publisher's Summary

Witches, murder, and flowers make quite the bouquet.

Peony Bellefleur runs Betwitching Blooms, the charming flower shop in a picture-perfect Cotswold village in England. Her flowers seem to make the sick improve, wedding days happier, and birthdays more special because she infuses her bouquets with a little magic.

Peony’s a witch in a village that seems too perfect to be true. Probably because it is. She’s got her hands full between running her flower shop, managing her mother—who’s a medium with a habit of conversing with the dead wherever she happens to be—and helping her protégé to embrace her newfound powers.

When someone dies, Peony suspects foul play. But can she solve the mystery before she’s the one pushing up daisies?

Find out in this brand-new series of flower shop mysteries from a USA Today best-selling author.

©2022 Nancy Warren (P)2022 Nancy Warren

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Average story too similar to her other books

I think if I hadn’t already read most of Nancy’s other books and series I would really like this. But it seemed to be almost a carbon copy of her other stories. I think it was made worse by the fact the same narrator has been used for multiple series. Not saying the narrator is bad just adds to the feeling that you’ve heard the story before.

I really like the author just this one felt like she was just phoning it in. It’s got potential hopefully the series will get better. Felt like a chore to get to the end.

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Another excellent cozy mystery!

I love Nancy Warren's stories and this one is another corker! A tranquil Cotswold village rendered in beautiful prose and a colourful cast of varied characters to fall in love with. I hope to hear more about Peony, Char, and Alex in further books

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Fun listen!

I was hoping something might follow the Baking Show series. It’s a fun listen and I can hardly wait for the next in the series!

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Outstanding new series with a unique twist!

Outstanding first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors. This book is written as if the main character is taking you into her confidence and sharing info with you as if you are friend rather than a reader. It's a unique change from many books I read, and I absolutely love it. I listened to this via audiobook and the narrator is fabulous as she truly brings the characters and plot to life making it more entertaining than you would think possible. I love that the main character is a strong female making a good and profitable life for herself after her husband's passing by running her flower shop and renting out rooms in her house while also managing to become an amateur sleuth with a bit of help from her friends! I can't wait to see or rather listen to what happens in the next book!

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Nancy Warren bringing us a new Series 5/5

A great new fun series by Nancy Warren, with colorful characters found in the English countryside. There will be murders to solve and friendships made and most importantly a delightful book to listen to. Thanks to Hollis McCarthy's narration---applause!

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A New Nancy Warren Cozy

This was an outstanding first in series! Peony grabs you from the first page, and it just gets better from there. Imogen, Char, Peony's mom are all great personalities, and we learn just enough to keep them interesting but not so much as to let the story drag. Then there is Alex. Oh, my. I cannot wait for Book 2.

Hollis McCarthy does her usual outstanding job of voicing all the characters. She is a gem, and together Nancy and Hollis are quite a team.

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Peony Dreadful is boring and flat. I could not get into it so I returned.

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New Series Good Start

I like the way this one started. Strong women not the whiny ones you get in other series. Can’t wait to see where this one goes.

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  • sean
  • 06-25-22

Great first book

Loved this story, really enjoyable! However the narrator really can't do a Yorkshire accent!

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  • Lady Daxy
  • 08-24-22

Three thumbs up

Oh it seems like we have the start of another great series by Nancy Warren.

looking forward to listening to book two now.

Have loved every one of her other series and highly recommend them to every Cosy Witch 😉