Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Root Awakening

Author:  Kate Collins
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Series:  Flower Shop Mystery
Publisher:  Obsidian/Penguin Group

Description:  Now that they've tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn't ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble.

Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.

My Review

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. This is the 16th installment in the Flower Shop Mystery and I found it to be just as enjoyable as all the others in the series. This is a tight well written story with a good pace. By this point in the series the characters are well developed and thoroughly enjoyable. Abby is witty, stubborn and independent and her husband Marcus is a patient man when it comes to his "fireball." The rest of the characters are likable, funny and enhance the story to keep the reader engaged. It is always fun to see what type of art work Abby's mom is going to create. Abby's cousin Jillian also provides humor and that is no different this time around.  Jillian is very pregnant and there are plenty of times where I laughed out loud at her false labor, including the reaction of the hospital staff.  As for the mystery, I thought the author did a good job of weaving two seemingly unrelated mysteries together with enough twists and turns to provide a very satisfying ending.

Overall, this is a great series that is well written and keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. Kate Collins is one of those authors, for me, that automatically goes on the to be read list when a new book comes out. This installment in the series did not disappoint and I will be definitely looking forward to the next book.

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