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Nightshade on Elm Street (Flower Shop Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780451238504
ISBN10: 0451238508
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When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn’t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl’s got to face down her dragons....

PLANT OF ATTACK

Someone orders a black rose for Abby’s old law school nemesis, Professor “Snapdragon” Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there’s anything she can’t stand, it’s injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower—only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect....

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"Bride-to-be Abby Knight, a New Chapel, Ind., florist, has her hands full before a murder investigation is added to her calendar in Collins's zippy 13th Flower Shop mystery (after 2011's To Catch a Leaf). Abby is surprised when her first fiancé, wealthy Pryce Osborne II, asks her and her current beau, bar owner and PI Marco Salvare, to locate Pryce's current fiancée, who's gone missing. Despite her lingering hurt, Abby agrees to take the case. Abby juggles business at Bloomers Flower Shop and logistics for her bridal shower with trips to the Osbornes' lakeside beach house and interviews with family and neighbors. Pryce becoming the prime suspect in a drowning murder raises the stakes. Meanwhile, pregnant cousin Jillian distracts Abby with ill-advised possible baby names. Abby's warm and caring relationships, especially with Marco, will draw readers back as this cozy series continues to grow. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Law school drop-out-turned-flower shop owner Abby Knight has been asked to be a bridesmaid by her cousin. But before the couple says "I do," a groomsman disappears-and another member of the wedding party is found dead. Abby has to hurry down an aisle of suspects to unveil the truth-and make sure the bride still gets to the church on time.

Synopsis:

When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn’t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl’s got to face down her dragons....

PLANT OF ATTACK

Someone orders a black rose for Abby’s old law school nemesis, Professor “Snapdragon” Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there’s anything she can’t stand, it’s injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower—only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect....

About the Author

Kate Collins, author of the Flower Shop Mystery series, grew up in a suburb of Hammond, Indiana, one block from the family home of author Jean Shepherd, whose humorous stories inspired Kate at an early age. After a stint as an elementary school teacher, Kate wrote children’s short stories and historical romance novels before turning to her true passion, mystery.

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Betty Gelean, October 18, 2012 (view all comments by Betty Gelean)
A mixed bouquet of characters, secrets and suspense.

Take a rich mama's boy, a discarded fiance who has successfully picked herself back up, one hot Italian private detective, two smothering mothers, a ditsy fashion-conscious cousin, a missing girl, a bunch of wacky guests, and the parties are on!

What has happened to Melissa? She is allegedly engaged to Pryce Osborne who was previously engaged to Abby, now owner of the flower shop "Bloomers". Abby is now engaged to and assists Marco, the private detective called in to find the missing Melissa.

Jillian, Abby's cousin and coincidentally married to Pryce's much more compassionate younger brother Claymore, pleads the case, and it's off to the upperclass lakeside "cabins" for Abby and Marco. Little do they know just how complicated this case will become.

Kate Collins really has her hands full keeping up with all these fascinating characters, I must say! I always like learning something new, and here I learned flowers and their proponents.

With Abby's bridal shower imminent, her plans are running amok. She wants to put it together herself, and pitted against the formidable group of mother, mother-in-law, cousin and shop staff on one side and a ridiculously complicated (and often drunk) group of misfits on the other side, she can feel the rock and the hard place closing in fast. Only Marco seems calm. There are so many secrets her head is spinning. The investigation even more complicated, with the neighboring elite forever coming and going at the Osborne's large cabin. Did Melissa go to an exclusive resort? Did she remain nearby, perhaps unwillingly? Whose body has washed up at the lake? Just one of many strange happenings.

Everyone is intent on "helping" with her shower, while at the Osborne's, mysteries become more sinister, who will be the next victim? Although there is no “locked door” I am somehow reminded of Agatha Christie. How will everything get accomplished at the shop and a murderer caught in this luxurious vacation spot in such a short time? Suspicions galore, are there no real leads?

Great writing to keep us all guessing, and give us a glimpse of the uber-rich, who surprisingly seem unaffected about the mysteries and victims around them.

I really enjoyed this book, Lots of twists and turns, and a plethora of oddball characters fill out the latter plot while Abby's fiance, cousin, and mothers working in the background bring a surprising sanity in the end. This is #13 in the Flower Shop series, so I may have repeated some parts of Abby's life that appeared in earlier books. I can hardly wait to read another! 4 1/2 stars
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451238504
Author:
Collins, Kate
Publisher:
Obsidian Mysteries
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Flower Shop Mystery
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.78 x 4.2 x 0.85 in 0.32 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bride-to-be Abby Knight, a New Chapel, Ind., florist, has her hands full before a murder investigation is added to her calendar in Collins's zippy 13th Flower Shop mystery (after 2011's To Catch a Leaf). Abby is surprised when her first fiancé, wealthy Pryce Osborne II, asks her and her current beau, bar owner and PI Marco Salvare, to locate Pryce's current fiancée, who's gone missing. Despite her lingering hurt, Abby agrees to take the case. Abby juggles business at Bloomers Flower Shop and logistics for her bridal shower with trips to the Osbornes' lakeside beach house and interviews with family and neighbors. Pryce becoming the prime suspect in a drowning murder raises the stakes. Meanwhile, pregnant cousin Jillian distracts Abby with ill-advised possible baby names. Abby's warm and caring relationships, especially with Marco, will draw readers back as this cozy series continues to grow. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Law school drop-out-turned-flower shop owner Abby Knight has been asked to be a bridesmaid by her cousin. But before the couple says "I do," a groomsman disappears-and another member of the wedding party is found dead. Abby has to hurry down an aisle of suspects to unveil the truth-and make sure the bride still gets to the church on time.

"Synopsis" by ,

When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn’t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl’s got to face down her dragons....

PLANT OF ATTACK

Someone orders a black rose for Abby’s old law school nemesis, Professor “Snapdragon” Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there’s anything she can’t stand, it’s injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower—only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect....

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