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Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral. Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.


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Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral. Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

30 review for Mum's the Word

  1. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    I was excited to start this book and had it on my wishlist for awhile. I finally got the chance to get it and within the first twenty pages I was happy that I got it for free. Abby Knight is a meddler and an annoying one at that. She is to put it simply, TSTL. Going into dangerous situations with no back up, no training and paying no attention to her personal safety Abby is the type of character that should be dead but due to luck is not. That in and of itself is not the issue, lots of cozies are I was excited to start this book and had it on my wishlist for awhile. I finally got the chance to get it and within the first twenty pages I was happy that I got it for free. Abby Knight is a meddler and an annoying one at that. She is to put it simply, TSTL. Going into dangerous situations with no back up, no training and paying no attention to her personal safety Abby is the type of character that should be dead but due to luck is not. That in and of itself is not the issue, lots of cozies are based around the premise of a nosy or reluctantly intuitive person who has to solve a crime. What annoyed me is despite everyone telling her not to, she did it anyway and didn't take any backup. I'm sorry, if I know that I'm going to start solving crimes or if I'm being harassed, guess who's taking self-defense classes? Again, that's not what bugged me the most. It was her personality. She didn't really have one outside of trying to get herself killed. With very little development and only a few motivations that the reader was hammered with instead of subtly guided, Abby read like a spoiled child with very little intelligence. Also, if her business was suffering, I would've liked to have a little more time spent on the actual business. Marco was a swaggering male lead but reminded me too much of a watered down Ranger that I couldn't get into him. And that may have been the problem. This read like a diluted Plum novel sans the humor.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    "Move over, Stephanie Plum, Abby Knight has come to town." - quote by Denise Swanson. Although there are some minor similarities between the two main characters, Abby owns her own business and doesn't have to mooch off her parents for anything and she seems more mature. I like a mystery series where you get to know the characters and watch them grow. I hope Abby will grow in a way that Stephanie Plum never has. "Move over, Stephanie Plum, Abby Knight has come to town." - quote by Denise Swanson. Although there are some minor similarities between the two main characters, Abby owns her own business and doesn't have to mooch off her parents for anything and she seems more mature. I like a mystery series where you get to know the characters and watch them grow. I hope Abby will grow in a way that Stephanie Plum never has.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I wonder why no one killed Abby. Not the villains I mean, but the people who dealt with her on a day to day basis. She's a small redhead with big boobs, and I can see why the men might not want to kill her, but honestly, I can't think of a single reason why the women wouldn't. Or the cat. That's without even considering all the events of this particular book. Because she's a meddler of the worst sort. Unlike other cozies, where amateurs just happen to be there during trouble or discover a body or I wonder why no one killed Abby. Not the villains I mean, but the people who dealt with her on a day to day basis. She's a small redhead with big boobs, and I can see why the men might not want to kill her, but honestly, I can't think of a single reason why the women wouldn't. Or the cat. That's without even considering all the events of this particular book. Because she's a meddler of the worst sort. Unlike other cozies, where amateurs just happen to be there during trouble or discover a body or whatever, our dear Abby goes out looking for it. She doesn't really have it in her though. She's stupid, she shouldn't have been living by around 50 pages of the book and yet she does. Gratingly. And she goes around making the exact same mistakes everyone has warned her against. She shows herself to every single meanie in the place, every single time. She doesn't know the meaning of the words common sense, and yet complains that people don't take her seriously because she's short and has big boobs. Silly woman and a grating personality too. Thank heavens she has two assistants that she can't afford for her tiny flower shop that just opened, because with all her running around all the flowers should have been dead and that flower shop should have closed a long time ago. I would have expansively said poor Marco, but then again he might as well be a cardboard cutout. All male and drool-worthy, and actually interested in this female which means he's something out of fantastic fiction. Hmph. I would seriously have raised a star if it turned out in the end that she dreamt the whole thing, because there's not one situation in the whole damn book that sounds remotely plausible. Edit. Which idiot would go around in a banana yellow Corvette after several attempted hit and runs/sabotages/what have yous? Why in the name of all that is good couldn't she pick a non-descript black or white sedan rental until the whole thing blew over? Or take a cab?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aneca

    Ever since I joined CozyMystery I've been trying new authors. The genre really appeals to me and every month we're supposed to read and discuss a book. This month it was my choice and I decided on an author I had never tried. So maybe Abby’s life isn’t the bed of roses she was hoping it would be. She adores her little flower shop, BLOOMERS, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits—and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a bold hit-and-run. Determined to track down the driv Ever since I joined CozyMystery I've been trying new authors. The genre really appeals to me and every month we're supposed to read and discuss a book. This month it was my choice and I decided on an author I had never tried. So maybe Abby’s life isn’t the bed of roses she was hoping it would be. She adores her little flower shop, BLOOMERS, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits—and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a bold hit-and-run. Determined to track down the driver, she accepts the help of hunky ex-cop Marco Salvare. But their budding relationship is threatened when the trail turns deadly. Now Abby is caught in a tangle of menacing phone calls, police corruption, and murderous road rage. If she’s not careful, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral…. I had some trouble getting into the the story. Abby is a flower shop owner after having flunked law school and after having her car rear ended by an unknown man and discovering a young man in her neighbourhood was murdered decides to investigate. I thought Abby was a bit too daring for her own good, she was forever investigating where she could be caught, she was a bit too nosy and involved in other people's problems when she shouldn't and I never felt the small town atmosphere we get in other books of the genre. I never felt that she devoted some time to her work, the flower shop, we are told she planned this and this but we never spend time doing it. Also she seemed a bit out of place with her family especially her mother who only seems interested in appearances and some strange works she calls art. But even that was not that much developed and we don't have a true feeling of who people really are. My favourite character was Marco Salvare, a bar owner and PI who helps Abby solve the case and who is a possible romantic interest but my opinion was that he was too good for Abby. Grade: C

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have to admit, I found Abby slightly annoying. I also wish there had been more development of both Marco (other than the fact that he is hot, a former cop, and now a PI) and Nikki (boy crazy and great roommate). The mystery was alright, but the red herrings were annoying rather than good, and I am not sure I want to spend my money on the next book in the series. Especially if it takes place 3 days later, as it seems to according to the preview in the back. Oh well, its always good to try somet I have to admit, I found Abby slightly annoying. I also wish there had been more development of both Marco (other than the fact that he is hot, a former cop, and now a PI) and Nikki (boy crazy and great roommate). The mystery was alright, but the red herrings were annoying rather than good, and I am not sure I want to spend my money on the next book in the series. Especially if it takes place 3 days later, as it seems to according to the preview in the back. Oh well, its always good to try something new.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    I absolutely love Abby!!! I read a different story further in the story this year, and I figured it was about time to start over and enjoy it from the beginning.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    Abby Knight is a florist who moonlights as what in a saner universe would be termed as dead meat. The book took a while to get going and I wasn't immediately sold on the style of the story but gradually I warmed up to the main character. For such a good book, it's surprising that the other characters weren't fleshed out. But such is the predicament of the heroine that her troubles make for an empathy ridden read. As cozy mysteries go, this one was pretty dark. At least in my book it is. In many Abby Knight is a florist who moonlights as what in a saner universe would be termed as dead meat. The book took a while to get going and I wasn't immediately sold on the style of the story but gradually I warmed up to the main character. For such a good book, it's surprising that the other characters weren't fleshed out. But such is the predicament of the heroine that her troubles make for an empathy ridden read. As cozy mysteries go, this one was pretty dark. At least in my book it is. In many other books of the genre, the immediate threat to the main character is sufficient enough. By that I mean the author usually is satisfied in making an attempt on the main girl's life. This book earned its four stars by almost forcing me to care for a happy go lucky woman with a short stature, a big cleavage and a bigger heart. I liked the interaction between Abby and her college crush, but just as riveting was the dialog between Abby and the dark seducer Marco. I think it's great that never once in the telling of this tale that one of the guys (good or not) was irritating. Finally I'd like to point out that here, the villain with the most onscreen time is the very same who is the culprit. It wasn't some minor character who got to be the killer. I can't emphasize enough how aching I was for Abby. I didn't care that she was fictional. Never before have I been touched by the daily ordinary but then not so ordinary struggles of our diminutive heroine. Draft me up for the second book in the series ASAP. I'm curious to know how Abby will justify breaking her promise not to meddle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    Sigh. I’m having trouble relating to these silly women who are forever obsessed with their looks and have neither self confidence nor self respect. What woman would blush at having her nose tweaked at the third meeting or have her anger at a wrongful parking ticket simply melt away on being called cute by some fellow she hardly knows. “I’m small and busty—a terrible combination for any female who has ever had aspirations of being taken seriously.” So the author is making the point that women need Sigh. I’m having trouble relating to these silly women who are forever obsessed with their looks and have neither self confidence nor self respect. What woman would blush at having her nose tweaked at the third meeting or have her anger at a wrongful parking ticket simply melt away on being called cute by some fellow she hardly knows. “I’m small and busty—a terrible combination for any female who has ever had aspirations of being taken seriously.” So the author is making the point that women need to be of a certain shape and size to be taken seriously. Otherwise they can go through life being called ‘Sunshine’ by any random chap whose fancy she catches. Too spineless to protest, but then again she is probably too busy with her weakened knees and melted hearts. These authors must lead some really sad lives if these women are their heroines. Apart from the annoying main character, the rest of the plot is not too bad. The book is not something I'd call very well written, but if you are looking for pure fluff and don't mind misogyny oozing out from every page, this is not too bad, considering some of the stuff that is out there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really I had two problems with this book. One, Abby started off as an intelligent person, but towards the middle of the book she suddenly became really dumb. I mean, a few of the vital clues were directly in front of her face and she didn't even notice them until 30 pages later. It was really frustrating. Secondly, this could be just me, but the story started off with a bang but around page 100 (in my nook edition from Overdrive) it really slowed down and I lost interest for awhile. However, abo Really I had two problems with this book. One, Abby started off as an intelligent person, but towards the middle of the book she suddenly became really dumb. I mean, a few of the vital clues were directly in front of her face and she didn't even notice them until 30 pages later. It was really frustrating. Secondly, this could be just me, but the story started off with a bang but around page 100 (in my nook edition from Overdrive) it really slowed down and I lost interest for awhile. However, about 30 pages later the story picked back up to a fast-paced plot and I enjoyed the rest. Oh, I almost forgot, a third thing that annoyed me, Abby's mom. I feel like all cozy mystery authors feel the need to have an overbearing mother or father. Why can't both be supportive of their children? This has started to become a pet-peeve of mine in mysteries and I hope authors stop doing it soon. Overall not a bad book, I'll probably read the next one, but not a great book, either.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    This was a cute and fun cozy. Abbie has run into a lot of issues and all she wanted to do was run a flower shop but she just can’t help being helpful or is it she can’t help not minding her own business. She does make this a fun story to read. I wonder what’s she’s going to get into next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is the first book in A Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. I discovered this series through the Cozy Mystery Group here on Goodreads. Ms. Collins was the Featured Cozy Author for January 2012 and I thought I would read this book to see if I'd be interested in reading more of the books in this series. (Not that I need another series right now...) The story involves drugs, flowers, bad clay art, abusing husbands, corrupt cops, stuck up country club snobs, and more. It was a bit of a wh This is the first book in A Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. I discovered this series through the Cozy Mystery Group here on Goodreads. Ms. Collins was the Featured Cozy Author for January 2012 and I thought I would read this book to see if I'd be interested in reading more of the books in this series. (Not that I need another series right now...) The story involves drugs, flowers, bad clay art, abusing husbands, corrupt cops, stuck up country club snobs, and more. It was a bit of a whirlwind, with danger around virtually every corner. And yet, Abby, our fearless protagonist, thinks nothing of putting herself in harm's way at every chance. Never fear, Marco the hunky former cop/P.I. is here to save the day! All in all, it wasn't nearly as cheesy as I made it sound, but I would certainly file it in my "brain candy" category. (Now that I think of it, perhaps I will start a folder for that here on Goodreads. Or maybe not. I probably don't want to know how many books I read that would fit in that category!) Overall, I thought this was a fairly decent book. The characters were interesting and the plot was dramatic, although perhaps a bit too dramatic. I think that since it's the first book, there's a lot of information given, setting up the background of the story and establishing the relationships between the characters. As I read the reviews about the series on the Cozy Mysteries page, it appears that the series gets better as it progresses, so I think I'll have to check out the next book from our local library. I am getting very close to finishing the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton - perhaps it is time to get caught up in a new one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pooch

    Hoping to find another cozy mystery series to enjoy, I read MUM'S THE WORD by Kate Collins, her first effort in "A Flower Shop Mystery" series. It seemed like a series I would enjoy. It isn't. The story line is unbelievable,OK enough for a cozy. The characters are varied with the requisite personality types...check. The writing. That's the weak point. The story is padded with so much repetition that it becomes a distraction. Once we know that Abby's flaming red hair is instantly recognizable and Hoping to find another cozy mystery series to enjoy, I read MUM'S THE WORD by Kate Collins, her first effort in "A Flower Shop Mystery" series. It seemed like a series I would enjoy. It isn't. The story line is unbelievable,OK enough for a cozy. The characters are varied with the requisite personality types...check. The writing. That's the weak point. The story is padded with so much repetition that it becomes a distraction. Once we know that Abby's flaming red hair is instantly recognizable and that Marco is dark, handsome, and exuding masculinity, that the Corvette is banana yellow and gleaming--well, we truly do not need to be continually reminded of these characteristics. Published in 2004, the first book may be the weakest link in the series though I don't intend to read the others. If you like cozy mysteries and can skim over the wordiness, you might want to try this book. I just can't recommend it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book, Mum's the Word, is the first in the "Flower Shop" mystery series. Its cover has flattering blurbs written by the authors of the "Dead-End Job" mystery series, and the "Bad Hair Day" mystery series. It just makes you think...I should write a mystery series like these too! I'll be rich! I just need a good gimmick, something that I know a lot about. I know! I'll write about a Goodreads book reviewer, who solves mysteries by finding clues in other people's book reviews. Now I just need a This book, Mum's the Word, is the first in the "Flower Shop" mystery series. Its cover has flattering blurbs written by the authors of the "Dead-End Job" mystery series, and the "Bad Hair Day" mystery series. It just makes you think...I should write a mystery series like these too! I'll be rich! I just need a good gimmick, something that I know a lot about. I know! I'll write about a Goodreads book reviewer, who solves mysteries by finding clues in other people's book reviews. Now I just need a catchy, punny, title, and I'll be all set. "Review to a Kill," maybe? It can't be much worse than this book, anyway...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This was a fun start for a new to me series. I'm looking forward to reading more and I love the titles of all the books. If a title makes you smile, it's got to be a good book. This was a fun start for a new to me series. I'm looking forward to reading more and I love the titles of all the books. If a title makes you smile, it's got to be a good book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Nice beginning to the series. I'm not sure if I like Abby, but I guess it wouldn't be a amateur sleuth mystery without the heroine meddling. I would say I still enjoyed it and liked the storyline. Nice beginning to the series. I'm not sure if I like Abby, but I guess it wouldn't be a amateur sleuth mystery without the heroine meddling. I would say I still enjoyed it and liked the storyline.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane Morasco

    Abby Knight is an intelligent, engaging character that is wrapped in spark & humor. She is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth genre. The mystery genre is saturated w/ writers chomping @ the bit to find their place in a market that many enter but few remain. Where standouts are few & far between. Trust me. I am a cozy mystery aficionado. I am picky when it comes to my mysteries. Downright critical actually but Abby Knight shines! Mum's the Word kicks off the first of the Flower Shop Mysteries & Abby Knight is an intelligent, engaging character that is wrapped in spark & humor. She is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth genre. The mystery genre is saturated w/ writers chomping @ the bit to find their place in a market that many enter but few remain. Where standouts are few & far between. Trust me. I am a cozy mystery aficionado. I am picky when it comes to my mysteries. Downright critical actually but Abby Knight shines! Mum's the Word kicks off the first of the Flower Shop Mysteries & what an amusing story. Kate Collins does a terrific job linking a lot of interesting ribbons into her delightful plot. Mum's the Word is a smartly crafted, well written mystery. Kate does an excellent job keeping it entertaining as she steers a course of mayhem, family dynamics, fun & humor. Abby is a feisty protagonist who speaks her mind & sticks her nose in places she shouldn't. She is extremely likable & her scenes w/ her family are hilarious. Enter Marco Salvare... hotness. Marco is dark, enigmatic, esoteric being that adds to the series. Did I mention hot hot? The chemistry between Abby & Marco was like watching a fireworks display. Enough said! Marco! Quick let me grab an icy bottle of water. Abby's flower shop, Bloomers, is a rare gem. Her employees are enthralling. Collins writes w/ a warmth that enhances this adorable series. Kudos to her for the cozy feel that covers you from the first page. Collins characters are charismatic, witty & truly enchanting! Once I started reading Mum's the Word it was difficult to put down. While visiting New Chapel, Indiana, take a walk around the square & grab a bite @ Marco's bar & grill. Dee. Lish! Head on back to Abby's for a chat w/ Grace, Lottie & Abby while sipping on tea & munching on some scrumptious baked goods. Yum! Even say hi to Jillian on her way out... or yours. Although the mystery was somewhat obvious to figure out, there are more than enough bumps & zigzags in the road that I didn't see everything coming @ me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Min

    This is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery Series, and I was turned on to these books by the "Mystery Book Talk" group on Ravelry (a knitting/crocheting site). It's your basic cosy, starring Abby, a law school dropout-turned-florist. She owns Bloomers, a local flower shop, competing with a new, larger discount flower shop who has just moved into the neighbourhood. She isn't a trained detective or PI, although her friends accuse her of being a chronic meddler. This story starts out with her This is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery Series, and I was turned on to these books by the "Mystery Book Talk" group on Ravelry (a knitting/crocheting site). It's your basic cosy, starring Abby, a law school dropout-turned-florist. She owns Bloomers, a local flower shop, competing with a new, larger discount flower shop who has just moved into the neighbourhood. She isn't a trained detective or PI, although her friends accuse her of being a chronic meddler. This story starts out with her bright yellow Corvette being the victim of a hit-and-run. She eventually figures out that the person who hit her Vette may have also been involved in a murder that police are trying to solve. Abby tries to help the police, figuring that since the cases are related, she'll be killing two birds with one stone. At the same time, one of her employees seeks her help with a relative's divorce. Although Abby doesn't typically advocate for the dissolution of marriage, when she realises that the woman is being abused, she springs into action. Soon, Abby is receiving threatening phone calls. But is it related to the domestic case or the murder case? She also starts getting help from the owner of the bar down the street. Marco is a former detective, and he used to know Abby's father, also a former detective (who was injured in the line of the duty and is now paralysed). There are several troubling bits about the plot if you think about it too hard. But it's a cosy, and I'm willing to suspend my disbelief a certain amount for a fun, light, entertaining read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    https://justadreamer24.wordpress.com/... This was a great cozy mystery and am now on a mission to finish the entire series. There’s a lot in the series, but that’s ok. In the debut novel Abby Knight (the main character) is targeted by not only the killer but also the police force. Her dad is an ex cop who got shot in the line of duty. The story follows Abby tracking down who is targeting her, helping a friend out, meddling where she shouldn’t be, trying to figure out who the murderer is all while t https://justadreamer24.wordpress.com/... This was a great cozy mystery and am now on a mission to finish the entire series. There’s a lot in the series, but that’s ok. In the debut novel Abby Knight (the main character) is targeted by not only the killer but also the police force. Her dad is an ex cop who got shot in the line of duty. The story follows Abby tracking down who is targeting her, helping a friend out, meddling where she shouldn’t be, trying to figure out who the murderer is all while trying to sort out her feelings for two different guys. The thing I loved most about this book was the dialogue. It was really good. Abby is so funny and she really keeps the book interesting. I also feel like this book is different than other cozy mysteries because Abby is not questioning every single person in town to try to figure out who the murder is. I also feel at times Abby was being really silly (I don’t like the word stupid so I say silly instead). I think that’s what downgraded it from a four star to a three star book. I can’t wait to continue this series :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Abby Knight owns Bloomers, a flower shop in her hometown of Indiana. Due to her brief venture into law school before dropping out, people like to come to Abby for advice and Abby, who has a strong nose for injustice thanks to her ex-cop father, just can't say no when it comes to helping people. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did but it had everything necessary for a great cozy mystery: an engaging mystery that kept me interested and guessing right until the end, a set of quirky Abby Knight owns Bloomers, a flower shop in her hometown of Indiana. Due to her brief venture into law school before dropping out, people like to come to Abby for advice and Abby, who has a strong nose for injustice thanks to her ex-cop father, just can't say no when it comes to helping people. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did but it had everything necessary for a great cozy mystery: an engaging mystery that kept me interested and guessing right until the end, a set of quirky characters and the right amount of humor that had me giggling to myself throughout the story. From Simon the cat, to Abby's mom and her clay creations, to Tony and his finger pistols, there were definitely some laugh out loud moments. Although I do have to admit that towards the end of the book, Abby's meddling was starting to reach ridiculous levels. How many times does a person have to be almost killed before they'll stop purposely rushing into danger and stop and think for a moment? I am looking forward to reading the next in the series though!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Text Addict

    I kept trying to read this, but it's just not doing it for me. I'm totally not connecting with the protagonist - I think in part because one of the things I look for is a strong connection between the amateur sleuth and their vocation or avocation, which I'm not detecting here. That is, Abby owns a florist shop, but other than being happy about owning it and worrying about not getting enough business, she doesn't act like flower arranging is an art form that she enjoys and strives to perfect. Sh I kept trying to read this, but it's just not doing it for me. I'm totally not connecting with the protagonist - I think in part because one of the things I look for is a strong connection between the amateur sleuth and their vocation or avocation, which I'm not detecting here. That is, Abby owns a florist shop, but other than being happy about owning it and worrying about not getting enough business, she doesn't act like flower arranging is an art form that she enjoys and strives to perfect. She's a fairly strong character, I think; strong-willed, outspoken, willing to try to do good; but also impulsive and evincing a regrettable tendency to not think things through. She strikes me as more of an adolescent than as a woman who's already flunked out of law school and opened her own business. Also, the plot as far as I read seemed fairly pedestrian - but it wasn't able to carry me further than lunch with her family at the country club, so I don't really know. All in all, this turns out to not be a series for me. Fortunately, there's tons of others out there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The first in the Flower Shop mystery series. I thought this was a really good start-up book for a series. I often feel like you have to get past the first book to really enjoy a series - as the first book has to acquaint you with the main character - their friends - the townspeople - the victim of the crime...... Once that is out of the way the books can get more focused on plot rather than all the set up. So when I read a first book in a series and enjoy it - I know I will be hooked. I thought The first in the Flower Shop mystery series. I thought this was a really good start-up book for a series. I often feel like you have to get past the first book to really enjoy a series - as the first book has to acquaint you with the main character - their friends - the townspeople - the victim of the crime...... Once that is out of the way the books can get more focused on plot rather than all the set up. So when I read a first book in a series and enjoy it - I know I will be hooked. I thought Abby - the main character in this series - was a little bit Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) and a little bit Kinsey Milhone (Sue Grafton) with some sassy girlpower thrown in for good measure. I'm a fan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    This was adorable! I thought the ending happened way too fast, and didn't answer all of my questions, but it was certainly cute. I will probably be checking out the next one, since I need to know what kind of mess the gang gets themselves into next. Might just read it though. The audiobook was great, and I thought the narrator was awesome. But I got so into the story that I was desperate to keep listening... and therefore I would sit in my car in my driveway. Oy. This was adorable! I thought the ending happened way too fast, and didn't answer all of my questions, but it was certainly cute. I will probably be checking out the next one, since I need to know what kind of mess the gang gets themselves into next. Might just read it though. The audiobook was great, and I thought the narrator was awesome. But I got so into the story that I was desperate to keep listening... and therefore I would sit in my car in my driveway. Oy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phair

    Not as much about the flower shop as I'd have liked coming from that family background. I found this very Stephanie Plum-ish right down to the continually banged up car and the combo Ranger/Morelli-type guy down the street who runs a bar. Not outstanding, but OK. Not as much about the flower shop as I'd have liked coming from that family background. I found this very Stephanie Plum-ish right down to the continually banged up car and the combo Ranger/Morelli-type guy down the street who runs a bar. Not outstanding, but OK.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Bryant

    Couldn't hold my interest Couldn't hold my interest

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    I won't be looking up other books in the series. This one has a lead character who is really foolhardy and rather silly. Barely a two star read. I won't be looking up other books in the series. This one has a lead character who is really foolhardy and rather silly. Barely a two star read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittany S.

    Read Completed 7/7/20 | 2.75 - 3 stars I finally got around to reading this one after buying the first four books in the series at a Borders closing sale (yep, that's how long I've had these!) and I found the audiobooks on Hoopla. I used to be obsessed with cozy mysteries so it was fun to read a short, easy mystery book. I didn't really love the book, though. I didn't connect with any of the characters, really. Abby was okay but she was kind of judgmental at times and the constant rating system o Read Completed 7/7/20 | 2.75 - 3 stars I finally got around to reading this one after buying the first four books in the series at a Borders closing sale (yep, that's how long I've had these!) and I found the audiobooks on Hoopla. I used to be obsessed with cozy mysteries so it was fun to read a short, easy mystery book. I didn't really love the book, though. I didn't connect with any of the characters, really. Abby was okay but she was kind of judgmental at times and the constant rating system of the potential love interests was annoying and childish, in my opinion. She and her roommate were giving them actual number ratings which is stupid and it didn't come off funny or cute to me. I also thought it odd that the author specifically chose to mention some of the women's sizes in this book, intentionally calling out two of them as a 14 or 10 and only choosing to include the sizes when the women when describing women with "curves". It really kind of bothered me and really didn't seem necessary. I also thought that Abby's investigation of this whole thing was just a little too much. She "meddles" a lot and she got way too involved in things. For me, her involvement level was way too high and the connections made there were a little messy. Attractive former cop dude is her "in" to help her do some detective work but if he's not still a police officer and the other officers really don't like him, I don't see how he's much help at all and where he would get info from. Things like that just really didn't fit for me and I think Abby took things way too far. I bought the first four books in this series on a whim but I won't be continuing it. The characters, the plot... nothing really did it for me here. Time to unhaul!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    It took me almost two weeks to get through this book. It just didn't keep my attention, and I'm not sure if it is the book or the fact that I've read a lot in this genre lately. Abby flunked out of law school and decided to open a flower shop. Her fiancé dumped her. A cheaper store is threatening her profits. All of these things are mentioned, but never fully explained. It felt like I was starting a series late so that I missed a lot of the background info except this was the first in the series It took me almost two weeks to get through this book. It just didn't keep my attention, and I'm not sure if it is the book or the fact that I've read a lot in this genre lately. Abby flunked out of law school and decided to open a flower shop. Her fiancé dumped her. A cheaper store is threatening her profits. All of these things are mentioned, but never fully explained. It felt like I was starting a series late so that I missed a lot of the background info except this was the first in the series. The mystery starts when a SUV hits her Corvette and runs off, then she discovers that a murder took place down the alley from where the driver came. But the police can't seem to put those two things together? So she gets a rogue ex-policeman turned bar owner to help. This isn't a great review because I just can't seem to care enough about the book to write one. But apparently lots of people like the series because there are lots more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    At first I had a little trouble getting into the book, but the farther I read, the more intriguing it got, and I loved the idea of an ex-cop now PI as the main male interest for Abby, the flower shop owner. Nikki was actually Abby's bestie, but since she worked odd hours, I saw more of what a bestie usually does in Lottie and Grace, Abby's shop employees. Nikki was a good friend though and sent out a search for Abby around the time of the showdown, which was pretty exciting. I hadn't guessed the At first I had a little trouble getting into the book, but the farther I read, the more intriguing it got, and I loved the idea of an ex-cop now PI as the main male interest for Abby, the flower shop owner. Nikki was actually Abby's bestie, but since she worked odd hours, I saw more of what a bestie usually does in Lottie and Grace, Abby's shop employees. Nikki was a good friend though and sent out a search for Abby around the time of the showdown, which was pretty exciting. I hadn't guessed the killer either. I looked at all the book blurbs after this one, and I'm definitely going to make a point of reading this series now. I somehow missed out seeing it when some TV movies were based on this series, but maybe I can check their mystery movie channel and catch the ones that were made.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This book was an easy read. It was mysterious for a good long while. It was a detective story and there was more than one murder involved. Also it revealed police officers that were corrupt. The lightheartedness came because the back round was a flower shop. I enjoyed reading this book and would like to read more by this author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    It just didn't grab me and Abby was such a meddler. Most cozy MCs are but she was obnoxiously so. DNFed at page 71. It just didn't grab me and Abby was such a meddler. Most cozy MCs are but she was obnoxiously so. DNFed at page 71.

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