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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786274654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786274659
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Gifford on Sept. 7 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the funniest murder mysteries I have ever read...thoroughly anything written in the first person, and she's so funny that I thought I wrote it...But I absolutely cracked up and couldn't read for several minutes after the Chapter 11 episode with the pseudo-Psycho scene between Abby and Nikki...what a hoot...or maybe I just have too good an imagination. I recommend this to anyone and everyone..can't wait to read more of her stories.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good Cozy Mystery Jan. 17 2006
By drebbles - Published on
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In this second installment of the increasingly delightful Flower Shop Mysteries, Abby Knight, owner of a struggling flower shop, is not only a bridesmaid in her cousin Jill's upcoming wedding, she is in charge of the flower arrangements, which will bring much needed money into her shop. As if Abby didn't have enough to do, when one of the men in the wedding party disappears and another is murdered, Jill insists that Abby solve the murder. Abby has no choice but to agree (she really needs the money from the wedding) and as she investigates she finds herself surrounded by suspects. Abby also is convinced that there's a prostitution ring in town, so she starts to investigate that as well, thinking the two might be connected. Not everyone is happy with her meddling and Abby needs to solve the case soon before she becomes the next victim.

I liked this book much better than the first one in the series "Mum's The Word". Abby is much more likable and, unlike the first book, her involvement in the murder investigation is understandable. Unfortunately, her "meddling" in the prostitution ring, although a necessary plot point, is not as well explained. And Abby still does some stupid things that strain a reader's patience, like photographing in broad daylight license plates of men that she thinks are visiting the alleged prostitutes. The other characters are well drawn: Marco, the hunky ex-cop is not as much a cliché as in the first book; Grace and Lottie, Abby's coworkers, are delightful; Jill, Abby's cousin, is shallow and stupid, as are much of the wedding party outside of Bertie, whom I'd like to have seen more of. I'd also like to see more of Abby`s roommate, Nikki, perhaps she'll get more involved in solving cases in future books.

There are some minor flaws in this mystery, but there are some nicely humorous scenes (it's worth reading just to see what Abby's mother's latest sculpture is) and I can't wait to read the next one!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It took a bit to get going, but Abby seems to have the hang of it now... June 11 2006
By Lizz A. Belle - Published on
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I have all four of these books. I picked up "Mum's the Word" because I was looking for a new mystery series, but I have since stopped looking because I found it. Kate Collins' flower shop mysteries are delightful. Many previous reviewers of "Mum's the Word" found it annoying, but the only thing I've found annoying is Abby's cousin Jillian. I think Collins' characters are delightful. I love that Abby's assitant Grace has a quote for everything, and her mother creates horrid anatomically correct sculptures. I love the descriptions of the flowers and the witty banter of the characters. Overall the best thing about this series is that while we have an abundance of amateur sleuth mysteries, Collins' doesn't use the same old tired, recycled plot lines I have found in many books. I agree that the first one was a little slow going, but the books get better and better as you go. I highly recommend this series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very charming April 18 2006
By Henlvr - Published on
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Light and fun with appealing characters and some genuine wit. Abby is the owner of a flower shop and is doing the floral decorations for her rich and senseless cousin, Jillian's, wedding. When one of the groomsmen turns up dead and another is missing, Jillian begs Abby to find the culprit so that her wedding can go on as planned. Because Abby will be out of a large sum of money if the wedding does not proceed (a truckload of flowers and a hideous bridesmaid dress) she aggrees. As she snoops for clues, she discovers some other unseemly activity in her small town and becomes a target for some unknown bad guys.

This is a quick, feel-good read, with good pacing and character development. Fans of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum will notice some resemblances, but all for the good.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
amusing feel good amateur sleuth tale Feb. 26 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Abby Knight, the owner of Bloomers Florists in New Chapel Idaho, needs all the business she can get if she doesn't want to lose the store. After flunking out of law school her fiancée broke off with her and she doesn't want to fail a second time which is why she is reluctantly doing the floral arrangements for the wedding of her rich and spoiled cousin Jillian.

Abby is also the bridesmaid in the wedding so her time is stretched pretty thin with no free moments for other activities like solving a homicide involving a member of the wedding party. However, if she wants the wedding to proceed as scheduled so she can collect the money for the floral arrangements, Abby needs to find the killer so she starts questioning the various members of the wedding party from the woman he jilted to the gay groomsman he outed. While she is following up leads, she finds herself trying to prove a prostitution ring is operating in her town and wants to get the evidence that will nab the culprits. These two investigations are linked but by the time Abby figures that out, she is in mortal danger.

In spite of the precarious, hair raising and frightening situations Abby finds herself in, SLAY IT WITH FLOWERS is an upbeat jocular amateur sleuth novel. The protagonist despite what she says likes getting involved in an investigation mainly because she has sexy PI Marco Salvare to rescue her when she finds herself in dangerous situations. Kate Collins has written an uplifting, amusing and feel good amateur sleuth tale.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Lighthearted Cozy Aug. 7 2006
By L Smith - Published on
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In the 2nd book in the Flower Shop mystery series, Abby Knight is hard at work planning a wedding...for her cousin. Jillian, Abby's flighty cousin, gets engaged once a year and calls off the nuptials before walking down the aisle. This time, Jillian is engaged to Claymore Osborne, the wimpy younger brother of Abby's ex-fiancé. Abby has been hired to create all of the flower arrangements for the wedding, and is also a bridesmaid. Determined to make sure this wedding takes place (and her flowers are paid for), Abby decides to stop at nothing to ensure her cousin walks down the aisle.

Everything comes to a screeching halt when one of the groomsman goes missing, and while frantically searching for him, Abby stumbles over the dead body of another member of the bridal party. When the missing groomsman shows up and the murder weapon is discovered as his camera, he is arrested for murder. While finding time to run her flower business, and investigating a mysterious massage parlor that recently opened in town, Abby works overtime to propel Jillian down the aisle.

This series is a fine example of why it is so wonderful to have different styles of mysteries available. I love cozy mysteries, and this was a great addition to the genre. Abby is a fun, good-hearted main character that is struggling to keep her new business afloat, and keep her family and friends happy as well. She does do some annoyingly stupid things like taking pictures of men going into the massage parlor (in broad daylight where they can see her), but she seems to believe the best out of people...mainly that no one is out to harm her. She also believes that she must help other people, even if it puts herself in danger. She is funny, charming, and loyal, and looking for love with neighboring business owner, Marco. I love the characters in this series as much as I love the mysteries, and cannot wait to visit New Chapel again with Abby very soon.

The first book in the series is called "Mum's the Word". Enjoy!