Slay It with Flowers Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 2005
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"Move over, Stephanie Plum. Abby Knight has come to town."
ÝA¨ fresh and frolicsome new series. (Ellen Byerrum, author of "Designer Knockoff") Move over Stephanie Plum. Abby Knight has come to town. (Denise Swanson, author of "Murder of a Pink Elephant")
[A] fresh and frolicsome new series. (Ellen Byerrum, author of "Designer Knockoff") Move over Stephanie Plum. Abby Knight has come to town. (Denise Swanson, author of "Murder of a Pink Elephant") --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series, along with several historical romance novels. For her mystery plots, Kate draws upon her own love of flowers and intrigue, and an intimate knowledge of life in a small college town. Visit her at katecollinsbooks.com.
Elise Arsenault is a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has worked throughout the country with various regional theaters, including Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Ivoryton Playhouse, Imagination Stage, and the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institute. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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!
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.
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.