Kate McNeil


Kate McNeil is a writer, reader, photographer, knitter and movie critic. She is a Kentucky girl who currently lives in Metro Detroit with her husband.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
The next novel in the Pistils series, the working (and hopefully permanent title) is "Nightshade." Since I'm the sole author, the tone will be much more like "Sub Rosa" than "Pistils."
In what order should the books in the Pistils Series be read?
"Sub Rosa"
"Nightshade" (not yet released)

Technically you could read "Sub Rosa" just about anywhere since it's a flashback to Vivian's story and time in the CIA, but it's meant to be read after "Pistils." A lot of people like to go back and read "Pistils" after they read "Sub Rosa," to see how the little hints that were dropped now make sense, etc. I love writing little Easter eggs into the books!
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Where to find Kate McNeil online


Florists by day, private investigators by night. A former CIA officer and a self-defense expert. Who safer to buy your floral arrangements from? Just remember that even the prettiest of roses have thorns... Fans of "Homeland" and Tom Clancy alike will enjoy the Pistils series, where both life and death can bring you into Vivian Carmichael and Parker Chase's world...and depending on your motives, they may be the ones to take you right back out again...


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Sub Rosa

Price: $2.99 USD.


Series: Pistils. Price: Free! Words: 28,530. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The last thing you'd expect to see on a florist's resume is Ex-CIA Officer, Sometime Killer. But then again I'm not even allowed to put that on my resume, so... I wonder what they would do if I sent them each a bouquet, those men who ruined my life? Rosemary for remembrance, to show them just how long my memory is.
Series: Pistils. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,080. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
With flowers and infidelity sharing equal time around the clock, running one of Savannah’s most popular florist shops is hard work for best friends Parker Chase and Vivian Carmichael. When a prominent socialite seeks them out for help, they gear up for what should be a cut-and-dry case. Just another job, until old shadows and unexpected complications start tangling it up.
Sub Rosa
Series: Pistils. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,860. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
I was a case officer for the CIA before I started selling flowers and saccharine greeting cards in Savannah's most popular florist shop. Life, death, love, lies...that was my reality and I have no reason to lie to you about it now. Whether or not you believe me is up to you...but I hope you will.

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