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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451233011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Flower Shop Mystery Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 243,418
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Collins
Kate Collins
Kate Collins is the author of the best-selling Flower Shop Mystery Series. Her books have made the Barnes & Noble mass market mystery best-sellers’ lists, the Independent Booksellers’ best-seller’s lists, as well as booksellers’ lists in the U.K. and Australia. All books are available in paperback and hardback, large print editions. Kate’s ninth book in the series, SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE, was a February, 2010 release, and her tenth, DIRTY ROTTEN TENDRILS, will be out October, 2010.
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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Dandelion=weed=bad

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    This was the first book that I read by this author...and I was v

    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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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    The Vampire craze has hit the flower shop!!!

    Having a lot of fun reading this mystery with a little twist.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Jillian

    Way 2 funny loled till stomach hurt

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Enjoyable - a fun read.

    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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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Not as bad as I had expected

    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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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    A VAMPIRE IN NEW CHAPEL???

    Abby Knight has badly sprained her ankle and must use either crutches or a wheelchair to get around and do her job. Marco Salvare has been recalled to active duty. As a newly engaged couple they want to spend as much time together as possible before he is deployed. But there is a huge obstacle in their way. He needs to train his army buddy, Vlad Serban, to take over the bar in his absence and Vlad is drawing way too much attention. He is a very pale man, always wears black, has prominent canine teeth, his former job was as a phlebotomist (One who draws blood for analysis or transfusion.) and he is from Transylvania, Romania. Everyone in town thinks he's a vampire.

    Then the body of Lori Willis, a local nursing director, is found in the dumpster behind Marco's bar and the cause of death seems to be exsanguination (drained of all her blood). Still women swoon in his presence, crowding the bar. There are a group calling themselves "The Garlic Party" protesting in from of the Down the Hatch Bar & Grill, plus a group of teenagers gathered wearing "I LOVE VLAD" T-shirts. Not to mention, Abby's cousin Jillian going off the deep end because Vlad had kissed her hand.

    Before this circus gets any more out of hand Marco and Abby need to help clear Vlad's name and find the real killer or as it says on the back cover of the book Vlad's life is going to start to "really suck".



    I really enjoyed this story, but it is not my favorite book in the series, I really loved the last one Dirty Rotten Tendrils. It just amazes me how many vampired themed books have turned up lately with the success of the Twilight books and movies. Vampires have never really been my thing but thankfully Kate has gone over to the horror genre from cozy mystery. This book is a fun cozy read and if you don't laugh out loud at some of Jillian's antics, I will eat my copy of this book. She is hilarious!!!! Plus the book ends perfectly, leaving us wanting more. We only have to wait until November for To Catch A Leaf. This reviewer can't wait to get her copy!!!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Obsidian/NAL, A Division of the Penguin Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    Fans of the series will feel mesmerized by the plot

    In New Chapel, Abby Knight, owner of the Bloomers flower shop, is startled when Romanian expatriate Vlad Serban enters. He dresses all in black like a vampire, has an extremely pale complexion and flashes elongated incisors. She is further stunned when he asks for Bloodwort, Dracula's orchard and other plants connected to the vampire mythos. Abby's fiancé Marco arrives and tells her Vlad is a friend of his. For the most part men detest Vlad becausemany women seem drawn to him though and the males want him kicked out of town.

    When nursing director Lori Willis is found dead drained of blood, most people who met the Romanian expatriate assumes he killed the woman as he must be a vampire. More evidence surfaces that make the Eastern European the prime suspect. Abby does not believe he is a vampire, but has suspicions he may be a killer. Her cousin Jillian insists Vlad is an Undead hunting females at night. Trusting her beloved who believes his buddy is innocent and distrusting the law will look beyond the foreigner, Abby and Marco investigate until the latter is sent overseas on a mission; leaving it up to the florist who stakes her life on uncovering the identity of the "vampire" killer.

    Vlad is a delightful refreshing character who plays up the vampire connection to his homeland, but seems a decent sort who has Abby's back (hopefully not her neck). The story line is a heartwarming cozy with a moral message not to judge a book by its cover as people quickly jump to conclusions. Fans of the series will feel mesmerized by the plot (not by the Romanian) as the residents of New Chapel have bodily proof that a vampire lives amongst them.

    Harriet Klausner

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