Dead Cereus by Kira Seamon
I recently finished reading Dead Cereus by Kira Seamon. This is a fun read, and in my opinion great for the young adult audience it’s geared to. Keep reading to find out more about this book.
Dead Cereus by Kira Seamon
What do exotic plants, chocolate, a disaster-prone protagonist, and the dead body of a college professor have in common? In the multi-award-winning debut from Kira Seamon, Dead Cereus, audiences will find all the unpredictable shenanigans of a typical college campus woven with lush botanical descriptions, exotic foods, and a scintillating murder mystery that threatens to derail a coed’s dreams — and possibly her life. Dead Cereus is an inspirational story of personal growth that has earned First Place from Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and a Silver Award from Literary Titan.
Dead Cereus a Surprisingly Funny Romp Filled with Flora, College Shenanigans — and Murder
Exotic plants, enough food to make your stomach growl, and the cozy mystery genre’s most unique murder combine to deliver a breathtakingly original, humorous, fascinating college campus-based mystery in Kira Seamon’s Dead Cereus.
Both heartwarming and hilarious, Dead Cereus follows pandemonium-prone “Hurricane Holly” on the night of Shellesby College’s Night Lights Gala, where the rare night-blooming cereus plant is scheduled to open its petals. Holly is there, hoping to impress the professors and secure her college scholarship, which is hanging by a thread. But in an unexpected turn of events, Holly finds herself smackdab in the middle of a murder investigation that not only threatens her scholarship, but also her life … and that of her rival.
Holly’s boyfriend, William Smith, the swoon-worthy and ingenious master gardener taking care of all the rare plants in the hothouse, remains steadfastly by Holly’s side as she races against the clock to save herself and her arch-nemesis while catching a murderer.
With Holly’s scholarship hanging in the balance, her gorgeous rival batting eyes at William, a competition for a coveted internship, and the body of a professor, Holly is juggling much more than a typical college course load. Can she handle the heat in the hothouse, or is she headed for a spectacular meltdown?
With vivid, botanical references, unforgettable characters, and a blooming romance adding lush layers atop the cozy mystery genre’s most unique murder mystery, Dead Cereus draws readers into a surprisingly funny narrative set against the backdrop of academia.
“This is the ultimate escape book with an epic romance and a fantastic, unique mystery rolled into one hilarious story,” Seamon says. “In fact, it just might be the funniest book you’ve read all year!”
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About the Author
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kira Seamon is a multi-award-winning scholar, dancer, choreographer, photographer, visual artist, pianist, and author. She’s had over 50 newspaper cover stories about her art. Her Patriot Ledger arts cover story (voted New England’s best regional paper), was picked up and published online/print in 123 towns, or the entire eastern half of Massachusetts.
She has choreographed over 100 dance pieces, including solos, duets, and large ensemble, evening-length works. She was an Editors’ Choice for Video of the Month in Dance Teacher magazine and an Editors’ and Viewers’ Choice for a Future Star of the Month in Dance Spirit magazine. In a 10-year dance competition career, she won a national dance title, and two regional dance titles, along with 18 awards, including Platinum awards and special awards from the judges. All of this culminated in her receiving the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, for which she appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2020. Dead Cereus is her first novel.