Night of the Living Dandelion (Flower Shop Mystery Series #11)

Night of the Living Dandelion (Flower Shop Mystery Series #11)

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by Kate Collins
     
 

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Flower shop owner Abby Knight does not believe rumors that Vlad Serban, friend and employee of Abby's fiancé Marco, is a vampire. But how to explain that Vlad is from Romania, has prominent canines, likes bizarre plants such as bloodwort and Dracula orchid, and dresses entirely in black?

When a local woman is found dead, her body drained of blood, the

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Flower shop owner Abby Knight does not believe rumors that Vlad Serban, friend and employee of Abby's fiancé Marco, is a vampire. But how to explain that Vlad is from Romania, has prominent canines, likes bizarre plants such as bloodwort and Dracula orchid, and dresses entirely in black?

When a local woman is found dead, her body drained of blood, the stakes become life and death. With Vlad the #1 suspect, Abby and Marco race to find the real killer, before Vlad's life really starts to suck.

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Library Journal
Florist Abby Knight's (Dirty Rotten Tendrils) improbable adventures continue in her small town, but with fiancée Marco, the PI teaching her to be his partner, this series has expanded possibilities. Ex-Army Ranger Marco is being called back to duty, and he's training Vlad, a military friend of his, to help with the bar in his absence. When local nursing director Lori is killed—drained of her blood—Vlad comes under suspicion because he looks like a vampire. Marco and Abby need to figure out who hated Lori enough to kill her. VERDICT This spoof on the vampire craze, with a wacky subplot involving the always-entertaining cousin Jillian, will keep readers laughing. Horticulture adds a nice twist to the plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451233011
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Flower Shop Mystery Series, #11
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
120,473
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Night of the Living Dandelion 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Sweet_Tea More than 1 year ago
It hurts me to say this, as I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other books in this series, but this one is a stinker. As a reader who enjoys paranormal and science fiction I can generally suspend my disbelief to accept storylines that are implausible to the real world-but this was just ridiculous. An entire conservative small town populace believes that a man is a vampire within days? And while Jillian's antics usually are a hoot, her behavior in this book begs for medical/psychological intervention (yes, I know there is a reason given for her actions, but it is weak reasoning to say the least). I am looking forward to the next book, one bad book in the series won't make me turn away from a good character, but this is one I regret buying instead of borrowing from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I read by this author...and I was very disappointed. Within the first few chapters one of the characters name was changed from Claymore to Clayton. Tara is her 13 yr old niece by her younger brother, but the main character is only 27 yrs old. That would have made her younger brother have his kid at the oldest 13 yrs old. There really wasn't thought put into that aspect
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JAN65 More than 1 year ago
Having a lot of fun reading this mystery with a little twist.
TayRe More than 1 year ago
Way 2 funny loled till stomach hurt
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sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
Night of the Living Dandelion is one of those wonderful books that keep you reading late into the night. The spunky young heroine is a flower shop owner who moonlights as a sleuth, and as an occasional partner to her bar owner/PI fiance Marco. It is a fast read, with a rapidly moving plot full of likable characters who behave in charmingly odd and extreme ways. Although the circumstances and people's reaction to them are a bit wacky and unbelievable (some local townspeople form a vigilante group called the Garlic Party in response to the rumors that Vlad is a vampire, Abby's niece and other schoolgirls form a cordon around the bar to protect Vlad), the pace of the plot allows the reader to glide right over the improbabilities and just enjoy the ride. And the ride is funny. Abby is a klutz who is a menace, mainly to herself, while temporarily on crutches, her nutty cousin is convinced she is becoming a vampire, and her mother is an exuberant and spectacularly untalented artist. The murder mystery is a good one, well-constructed and a nice complement to the zaniness of the characters. I really did not see how this was going to end, which I love. There is nothing better than discovering a "new" author, and then realizing that she has a long list of books. I will definitely be looking for books 1-10 in this series. Although I started at #11, I had no problem keeping up with the characters and their relationships, and this was easily a stand-alone book.
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Versel More than 1 year ago
Having bought all of her previous Flower Shop Mysteries in paperbook (or now on Nook), I was just set to buy this when I read some negative reviews so checked it out of the library on ebook. Though not a horrible book, this Abby mystery is one of the weaker in the series. Like other authors I religiously read, this books seems like a transition book for Collins. The mystery was so-so (when you have a long running series, it gets easy to spot the "new guy who did it") and the subplot with the citizens of the town going crazy about a new supposed vampire ("the Garlic Party"? Really?) is just ridiculous. However, it does move along, the romantic story line with Marco helped with the story telling (and I tend to not like romantic story lines in my mysteries). All in all a "not too bad" summer read.
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