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A Rose from the Dead [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Kate Collins

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March 2008 Center Point Premier Mystery (Large Print)
The Midwestern Funeral Directors Association's regional convention was supposed to be a chance for Abby Knight and her flower shop, Bloomers, to flourish. To her surprise, the morticians are a lively bunch, organizing soap-box derbies and a vampire VIP party complete with Midnight Bloody Marys. But when the association's intensely disliked chairperson is found dead in a locked casket, her signature rose missing from her hair, Abby's determined to find out who loved the victim--and who loved her not...
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; Lrg edition (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602851484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602851481
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.6 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,603,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Entry in a Good Series Jan. 16 2008
By drebbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Florist Abby Knight agrees to attend a convention of funeral directors hoping it will drum up business for her. She thought the convention would be rather boring and is surprised that it has events like casket racing. There are even more surprises in store for Abby when organizer Sybil Blount is murdered. The police suspect Abby's friend Delilah Dove committed the murder but Abby doesn't believe it and thinks she knows who the real murderer is. The convention will soon be over and Abby and her boyfriend Marco only have a few hours to solve the mystery or a killer will go free.

"A Rose from the Dead" is another good entry in Kate Collins delightful flower shop cozy mystery series. Abby is a good heroine, a bit more confident now as a business owner and with a penchant for getting a little too involved in solving the mysteries and putting herself in danger. All the favorite characters are here in this book - the sometimes-enigmatic Marco; Abby's helpers in the shop, Lottie and Grace; and police sergeant Sean Reilly. Abby's roommate Nikki isn't in the book that much which is a shame and Abby's mother is also missing for much of the book, but her latest artistic endeavor, a baby gift, is laugh out loud funny. In fact, there is a nice sense of humor throughout the book that makes it even more enjoyable to read. The mystery aspects of the book are well done. Giving Abby a short period of time to solve the mystery is a nice touch as it gives a bit of tension to the book. The mystery is well plotted with plenty of suspects although I was able to figure out who the killer was because of what I thought was an obvious clue. Still, it was a fun book to read.

"A Rose from the Dead" is a nicely done cozy mystery.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and fun! Dec 26 2007
By Nina Lake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This newest installment of the Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins is a great read for those who enjoy mystery, romance, and quirky humor! Abby continues to show her spunk, Marco continues to be the guy all us ladies *wish* we knew...and hanging out with them while solving the mystery is as much fun as ever.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give this book a pretty rose Dec 14 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Kathy Perschmann

The sixth in the Abby Knight Flower Shop Mysteries, this adventure with diminutive redhead Abby is as fun as the previous books.

Abby is at the Midwestern Funeral Directors Convention trying to drum up business for her small flower shop, Bloomers, sharing a booth with her friends Delilah and Max Dove. Convention organizer Sybil Blount has a run-in with Delilah early on in the convention over the size of the booth, and later is found dead in one of the decorated coffins she was supposed to be judging. In addition to coffin races, there was a decorated coffin contest!

Delilah had just been working on some repairs to her entry and was late to the banquet, and unfortunately she becomes the main suspect. Abby ropes in her ex-policeman boyfriend Marco to help clear Delilah.

Sybil was brash, pushy, obnoxious, and a predator. Was she blackmailing someone? Was she killed by an irate lover? What hold did she have over handsome Chet Sunday, the cable TV star whom she coerced to appearing at the convention? Were the wealthy prank-playing twin Urban boys, Ross and Jess, responsible? Was Eli Cotton, an activist for green burials, who was denied a space at the convention (he sells bio-degradable body bags) angry enough with Sybil to kill her? What is going on with spacey Angelique, the harp-playing Goth girl who admired Sybil?

Abby and her colleagues Grace and Lottie find plenty of clues in the few days of the convention, trying to find the killer before everyone leaves the hotel. They are able to accomplish some amazing feats. My favorite scam was how Abby got into and out of Sybil's locked hotel room-she is a very creative actress.

Check out Abby's My Space page-there is a link on the author's web site. FUN!

Armchair Interviews says: Lots of most interesting characters in an unique setting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's With Abby? May 22 2008
By v. m. hollingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't know what is was about this particular flower shop mystery but Abby Knight really got on my nerves. What I have always liked about Abby was her sort of bumbling, stumbling way of solving the mystery. Yet, in this book she seems to think of herself as an expert and being rather cocky about it, even with Marco. I'm not sure I want to be on the lookout for the next installment though my interest is peaked as to the status of her and boyfriend Marco, maybe she got on his nerves too. I gave the book 3 stars because in spite of Abby, I liked the plot and I also enjoy the other characters.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing graveyard amateur sleuth tale Dec 8 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In New Chapel, Indiana, flower shop owner Abby Knight worries about her business failing. She needs new customers and knows that flowers and funerals go together like bacon and eggs. Thus she decides to open up a "tasteful" floral booth at the Funeral Director Society's annual convention.

On the down side Abby will deal with some creepy souls who appreciate the DEARLY DEPOTTED as no one else can dig them. For instance the Colonel who is president of the FDS is the self anointed Master Mortician who insists he knows everything there is in converting a corpse into a living tribute and is willing to tell anyone who is not afraid to ask him for a consultation. Then there is the environmental ground hugger Eli "Green Guy" Cotton who believes Kermit is right that grieving relatives should send their loved ones off in green. The lively gala turns morbid when cosmetician to the dead Sybil "the Diva of Death Masks" Blount is killed. Unable to resist, Abby investigates who was drumming up business.

The latest Flower Shop mystery (see MUM'S THE WORD and ACTS OF VIOLET) is an amusing graveyard amateur sleuth that will have the audience laughing at the antics of the conventioneers and Abby's matchmaking mom. The story line is humorous as Abby knows she should have snipped her curiosity in the bud, but instead digs up clues.

Harriet Klausner
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