Moss Hysteria (Flower Shop Mystery Series #18)

Moss Hysteria (Flower Shop Mystery Series #18)

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by Kate Collins

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Abby and Marco’s new neighborhood isn’t as rosy as it seems in the latest Flower Shop Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Florist Grump and A Root Awakening.
Flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, are ecstatic to finally be moving into their new home, despite the prospect


Abby and Marco’s new neighborhood isn’t as rosy as it seems in the latest Flower Shop Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Florist Grump and A Root Awakening.
Flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, are ecstatic to finally be moving into their new home, despite the prospect of unpacking a seemingly infinite number of boxes. After all, Brandywine—their new subdivision—seems like an oasis with its welcoming neighbors and beautifully manicured lawns.
But their idyllic community is suddenly uprooted when a body is found floating in a nearby pond. The police think Abby and Marco’s helpful next door neighbor is the culprit, but the newlyweds aren’t convinced.
Meanwhile, Marco distrusts his mother’s slick new boyfriend, and Abby’s cousin Jillian has agreed to decorate their new home, resulting in comic chaos. Even worse, as Abby and Marco dig through Brandywine’s secrets in search of a killer, they discover that some flowers come from very bad seeds...and danger stalks even the sunniest small-town streets.

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Praise for the Flower Shop Mysteries
“One of my favorite mystery series.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile and Fixer-Upper Mysteries
“Engaging characters and witty dialogue.”—Fresh Fiction
“Kate Collins’s Flower Shop Mysteries are always an auto-buy for me!”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries
“Kate Collins delivers an entertaining, amusing, and deliciously suspenseful mystery.”—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Flower Shop Mystery Series , #18
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kate Collins grew up in a suburb of Hammond, Indiana, one block from the family home of author Jean Shepherd, whose humorous stories inspired Kate at an early age. After a stint as an elementary school teacher, Kate wrote children’s short stories and historical romance novels before turning to her true passion, mystery. She is the author of the popular Flower Shop Mysteries.

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Moss Hysteria (Flower Shop Mystery Series #18) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KMJohnson More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book in this series. I wait with anticipation for each new development in this series and I was not disappointed. I could not put the book down from the moment I received it. I love that we can follow these characters as their lives develop and we learn about the characters as they continue to grow through each book. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end and I only wish New Chapel were real and I could go meet the characters I have come to know and love in person. I wait with anticipation for the next installment in the series.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Abby and Marco are back and better than ever! I love this series and this was the best book by far. I couldn't put this book down. Kate Collins is a phenomenal author and she never disappoints. The characters have many dimensions and I would love to hang out with them. I was glued to the edge of my seat reading this book, not wanting it to end. I highly recommend this series and I can't wait for the next book. I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Moss Hysteria is the eighteenth book in the A Flower Shop Mystery series. I love this series, it's still as fun and as enjoyable as in book 1. Finally, Abby and Marco's dream house is complete and they are busy unpacking when their neighbor Theda asks if they want to walk around the neighborhood. As they are approaching the pond behind their houses, Theda is telling Abby of the problem with moss and how the developer doesn't seem to do anything about it. As she kicks at some of the moss she sees a body floating close by. The body is identified as Dirk Singletary, and it is soon learned that Theda might have been the last one to have seen him alive. Abby and Marco can't help but to investigate what happened, literally in their backyard. They soon find that Dirk and his foreman, Rye Bishop, have their disagreements in the past. Dirk has also been accused of stealing valuables from the homeowner while he was in their homes doing warranty work. Plus it is rumored that he has been romantically involved with more than one of the women in the development. Also, Theda had been a suspect in the death of her husband years before. For Abby at Bloomers, she is still a little unsure if the hiring of Rosa was a good thing, or is it jealousy that she has fit in so well. Rosa and Lottie are working on a floral display to enter in the contest that Abby had won the previous year. But Grace is around with her quotes to keep everything running smoothly. For things on the lighter side. Marco's mother seems to have a new boyfriend that Marco is happy about. He doesn't seem to want to provide much about his past and they think that she is dating a gigolo. And with everything that is going on, Abby doesn't have time to really furnish their home, so she asks her cousin, Jillian to select furniture and furnishings. Jillian is in her element and provided me with a lot chuckles. Will be watching for the next book in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Another bloom in an already amazing garden of stories! I wasn’t surprised when Hallmark optioned the Flower Shop Mysteries for TV movies. After reading MOSS HYSTERIA, I’m truly hoping this book makes it to the screen! I was hooked from the beginning of MOSS HYSTERIA. Humor, and a touch of something a bit militant Stepford Wifey (LOL, that could be just me) greeted me on the first couple of pages. Some lovely and not so lovely new characters are introduced. And, author Kate Collins brought the discovery of the body in very early. Seriously, this book was started off at high speeds! Fast paced, action packed, and an all around brilliant mystery, I was on the edge of my seat more often than not, and had more than a few scenes where I found myself holding my breath. I was so absorbed in this story, I read it in one setting! Honestly, I stayed planted in my recliner, and you’re going to be rooted to the spot as well when you read MOSS HYSTERIA! There’s a teaser in the back of the book for the April 2017 release, YEWS WITH CAUTION, book 19 in the Flower Shop Mysteries!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Abby and Marco are finally moving in to their new home, located in the beautiful subdivision known as Brandywine. Even though the house is sparsely furnished and their are boxes to be unpacked, Abby is quite content to settle into her role as Mrs. Salvare. The other residents of Brandywine are quite unique and a simple walk around the new subdivision leads Abby, Marcos and their new neighbor Theda into the direct path of a dead body. As usual, Abby is all set to investigate, but Marcos has other things on his mind, including his mother's new beau. Join Abby and the gang for another new adventure is this fun series. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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