Mum's the Word (Flower Shop Mystery Series #1)

Mum's the Word (Flower Shop Mystery Series #1)

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by Kate Collins
     
 

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Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.  See more details below

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Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

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Law school dropout Abby Knight is not your typical small-business owner. Still, she's enjoying the first bloom of success as an entrepreneur and trying not to worry too much about the thorny problem of what Bloomers (her little flower shop in New Chapel, Indiana) should do about the new local business that's undercutting her prices.

When a big black SUV crunches her beloved Corvette, parked right outside her shop early one morning, cop's daughter Abby is determined to make sure that the hit-and-run driver sees the error of his ways. But soon she has to wonder if her quarry's motives for avoiding her and the police go deeper than the desire to protect his insurance rates. Could the elusive miscreant be the killer who fled a nearby crime scene only moments before her classy car met its doom? Abby's soon on the scent, gathering leads and evidence to arrange into an elaborate bouquet of wrongdoing that she plans to present to the proper authorities. Meanwhile, the villain that Abby and her allies are pursuing lays some deadly groundwork to transform her intricate arrangement into an inquisitive florist's funeral wreath.

Mum's the Word is a delightful debut for Kate Collins's Flower Shop mystery series. Sue Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451213501
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Series:
Flower Shop Mystery Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Mum's the Word (Flower Shop Mystery Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 55 reviews.
Cherylpm More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, light read.
nmjaw More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a delightful light read. Held my attention, kept me guessing and has made up my mind to buy the follow-up books. Great characters!!!
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Abby Knight is an intelligent, engaging character that is wrapped in spark & humor. She is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth genre. The mystery genre is saturated w/ writers chomping @ the bit to find their place in a market that many enter but few remain. Where standouts are few & far between. Trust me. I am a cozy mystery aficionado. I am picky when it comes to my mysteries. Downright critical actually but Abby Knight shines! Mum's the Word kicks off the first of the Flower Shop Mysteries & what an amusing story. Kate Collins does a terrific job linking a lot of interesting ribbons into her delightful plot. Mum's the Word is a smartly crafted, well written mystery. Kate does an excellent job keeping it entertaining as she steers a course of mayhem, family dynamics, fun & humor. Abby is a feisty protagonist who speaks her mind & sticks her nose in places she shouldn't. She is extremely likable & her scenes w/ her family are hilarious. Enter Marco Salvare... hotness. Marco is dark, enigmatic, esoteric being that adds to the series. Did I mention hot hot? The chemistry between Abby & Marco was like watching a fireworks display. Enough said! Marco! Quick let me grab an icy bottle of water. Abby's flower shop, Bloomers, is a rare gem. Her employees are enthralling. Collins writes w/ a warmth that enhances this adorable series. Kudos to her for the cozy feel that covers you from the first page. Collins characters are charismatic, witty & truly enchanting! Once I started reading Mum's the Word it was difficult to put down. While visiting New Chapel, Indiana, take a walk around the square & grab a bite @ Marco's bar & grill. Dee. Lish! Head on back to Abby's for a chat w/ Grace, Lottie & Abby while sipping on tea & munching on some scrumptious baked goods. Yum! Even say hi to Jillian on her way out... or yours. Although the mystery was somewhat obvious to figure out, there are more than enough bumps & zigzags in the road that I didn't see everything coming @ me. Mum's the Word is an exhilarating new series that should be added to everyone's reading list. Grab a copy of Kate Collins fabulous Mum's the Word. You won't be disappointed. Well, you may if you don't have the next in the series. So, scoop up a copy of Slay It With Flowers while you're @ it ~ to follow Abby on her next sleuthing adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After completing one year of law school, Abby Knight realizes becoming a lawyer is just not for her. Instead she decides to focus on what she is passionate about: arranging flowers. She opens up her own flower shop, Bloomers, much to her mother's chagrin. Abby's brothers are successful doctors, with country club memberships. Abby was formerly engaged to Pryce Osborne until she realized he wasn't the man she thought he was. Her mother is constantly nagging her about the choices she has made in her life and hopes she will settle down and marry soon. Next to her shop, her yellow corvette is her prized possession. As she arrives to work one morning, her vette is hit by a black SUV and the driver doesn't stop to see if she's ok. Abby quickly decides to take matters in her own hands when the police trivializes her report. Soon, she realizes that minutes prior to her car being hit, a murder took place blocks away from the accident. Abby puts two and two together and thinks the killer smashed her car while trying to get away from the scene of the crime. Despite her employee's, Grace, warnings about meddling in the police investigation, Abby finds herself in the middle and receives threats to back off the investigation. Abby enlists the help of her roommate and employees and not to mention, gorgeous Marco to solve the crime before anyone else is killed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The debut novel 'Mum's the Word' is an exciting first novel in the 'Flower Shop Mystery's'. The story is filled with colorful characters, adventure, along with a touch of lighthearted romance between the two main characters. It is a wonderful story that uses actual places in northern Indiana as its backdrop which adds to the fun of the story. It was a fun, fast, read!
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Great beginning to this series. I can't believe it took me this long to find "Abby" and her cast of characters. Easy read, great character development. I'm up to #6 in the series and it keeps getting better.
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The author gives the reader a nice read with a lot of twists and turns. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got one for free, enjoyed it so much that I bought another. Tonight got the next one in series. Fun light reading. Mystery and romance, but not sappy and corny.
DillCT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and intend to read more of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good mystery. It was a little predictable, but the romance and humor thrown in made up for it. I would read other books in this series.
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Nice first book. will read more in the series.
w13whitewolf More than 1 year ago
recommended
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