Nightshade on Elm Street (Flower Shop Mystery Series #13)

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Enjoy her wedding shower…or receive a cold dunking?

In addition to running her flower shop, planning her wedding, and juggling two mothers who both want to host an elaborate bridal shower, Abby Knight is facing another complication. Her ditzy cousin Jillian asks her and her longtime beau, Marco, a private detective, to find a woman who’s gone missing from the exclusive beach house belonging to Jillian’s in-laws, the Osbornes. The missing woman is also the fiancée of Pryce ...

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Overview

Enjoy her wedding shower…or receive a cold dunking?

In addition to running her flower shop, planning her wedding, and juggling two mothers who both want to host an elaborate bridal shower, Abby Knight is facing another complication. Her ditzy cousin Jillian asks her and her longtime beau, Marco, a private detective, to find a woman who’s gone missing from the exclusive beach house belonging to Jillian’s in-laws, the Osbornes. The missing woman is also the fiancée of Pryce Osborne, a wet noodle with a big bank account who dumped Abby just before their wedding several years ago. Merely being anywhere near Pryce makes Abby’s insecurities grow like kudzu….

Then a woman’s drowned body surfaces, and Pryce becomes a prime suspect in her death. Unless Abby and Marco can get a killer to come clean, their bridal shower will turn into a complete washout...and Pryce will be exchanging a sunny beach for a prison cell.

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Bride-to-be Abby Knight, a New Chapel, Ind., florist, has her hands full before a murder investigation is added to her calendar in Collins’s zippy 13th Flower Shop mystery (after 2011’s To Catch a Leaf). Abby is surprised when her first fiancé, wealthy Pryce Osborne II, asks her and her current beau, bar owner and PI Marco Salvare, to locate Pryce’s current fiancée, who’s gone missing. Despite her lingering hurt, Abby agrees to take the case. Abby juggles business at Bloomers Flower Shop and logistics for her bridal shower with trips to the Osbornes’ lakeside beach house and interviews with family and neighbors. Pryce becoming the prime suspect in a drowning murder raises the stakes. Meanwhile, pregnant cousin Jillian distracts Abby with ill-advised possible baby names. Abby’s warm and caring relationships, especially with Marco, will draw readers back as this cozy series continues to grow. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Nov.)
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Abby cannot sever old loyalties. So when her former fiancé is accused of drowning his new love, the flower shop owner doesn't hesitate for long before she starts investigating in her 13th outing (after To Catch a Leaf).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451238504
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Flower Shop Mystery Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 308,092
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Collins

Kate Collins, author of the Flower Shop Mystery series, 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.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    Abby Knight is one busy lady! Running her flower shop, planning

    Abby Knight is one busy lady! Running her flower shop, planning a wedding and her bridal shower. Her mom and Marco's mom would love to host the shower but Abby knows exactly what she wants and barring any disasters she is going to get it.

    Things are going well until Abby's cousin Jillian makes a request. Abby and her private detective beau, Marco, just have to help find a woman that has gone missing from her in-laws beach house. The woman just happens to be the fiancée of Pryce Osborne, the drip that broke Abby's heart when he dumped her right before their own wedding several years ago. Pryce becomes the number one suspect when a body surfaces. The last place Abby wants to be is anywhere near Pryce but with Marco by her side they can solve this case and she can get back to planning her shower. Icing on the cake would be seeing Pryce behind bars.


    I love the the way Kate Collins writes! I finish one story and can't wait for the next one to be released.

    These characters are wonderful. In my review of To Catch a Leaf I wrote that Marco's mom Francesca reminded me of my own mom. That feeling continues in this story. She has quickly become a character I want to follow. She has a huge heart and man that lady can cook!

    Kate and Marco are the perfect couple and all the supporting characters are strong and continue to grow where they have been planted. Some drive us a little crazy but they are all clever and add so much to each story.

    Kate writes a smart mystery with plenty of "red herrings" to keep us guessing. This story is packed with action as well with a truly surprising ending.

    This is the 13th book in the series and the author has kept each installment fresh and entertaining and always leaves me wanting more. Kate Collins just keeps getting better and better!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Nightshade On Elm Street is the 13th book in the A Flower Shop s

    Nightshade On Elm Street is the 13th book in the A Flower Shop series from Kate Collins. And a wonderful series it is too.

    Abby Knight is busy dealing with her Mother and future Mother in Law, who want to take over the planning of Abby and Marco's wedding. Soon Abby is getting a call from her crazy cousin Jillian asking for help in locating Abby's ex fiancé current fiancé. Needless to say this isn't on Abby high priority list, but Pryce is willing to pay extra for them to look into the missing girlfriend, and Marco says they do have a honeymoon that could benefit from extra dollars.

    Off they go to the beach home of the Osborne family. They soon learn that the couple had had a fight and had broken off the engagement. The guests at the home include Lily ,the girlfriend prior to Abby, who still has a strong attraction to Pryce, her husband who has an attraction to the fiancé. There's also a loony couple who live next door, whose area of expertise is gossiping and having martinis. Soon there is a body of a woman who washes ashore. The body is soon identified as Lily. Now Abby and Marco need to sort out if it is her husband who has tired of his wife love for Pryce, or Pryce who has tired of Lily's trying to become part of life again, or maybe the missing girlfriend killed her, or possibly one of the loony neighbors, who have accused her of stealing a very valuable watch.

    Wonderful series with a fun cast of characters and a well told story. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Abby Knight and her friends and associates are a mixture of fun

    Abby Knight and her friends and associates are a mixture of fun to read about characters. Abby is planning her bridal shower but gets interrupted by a missing person investigation request from her former fiance. Abby's nutty cousin Jillian in also involved in the investigation. This book is another fun read from the Flower Shop Mysteries. The characters are a little outrageous, after all this is fiction, but believable enough for the purposes of the story. We get to know some of the people close to Abby a little more in this book. We also get a peek into the lives of the wealthy Osbourne family that Abby almost married in to. Nicely done book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Good Read

    Abby still bitter about Pryce dumping her, and she's in denial about being over it. And I can tell Marco realises too. She was super annoying in this book

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    Great fun getting a peak at Abby's ex-fiancee. fun and interesti

    Great fun getting a peak at Abby's ex-fiancee. fun and interesting characters and a plot that moves well to a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    There¿s magic in the hands that writes this series, because Kate

    There’s magic in the hands that writes this series, because Kate has done it again. She’s delivered a knockout, entertaining and wonderfully crafted book that I could not put down. This book quickly became a page-turner as I had to know what happens next. This book was filled with humor and I especially enjoyed the witty repartee between Abby and Jillian. The naming game was a hoot and I laughed and laughed.

    Abby is at her best in this book surrounded by a great supporting cast that includes the handsome Marco, her friends Lottie and Grace, the two mothers Maureen and Francesca and of course her cousin Jillian. This is an awesome read in a series that continues to get better and better with each book written. I’m looking forward to my next visit to New Chapel, Indiana for more exciting times with Abby and her friends in this delightfully charming series.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    A mixed bouquet of characters, secrets and suspense. Take a ric

    A mixed bouquet of characters, secrets and suspense.

    Take a rich mama's boy, a discarded fiance who has successfully picked herself back up, one hot Italian private detective, two smothering mothers, a ditsy fashion-conscious cousin, a missing girl, a bunch of wacky guests, and the parties are on!

    What has happened to Melissa? She is allegedly engaged to Pryce Osborne who was previously engaged to Abby, now owner of the flower shop "Bloomers". Abby is now engaged to and assists Marco, the private detective called in to find the missing Melissa.

    Jillian, Abby's cousin and coincidentally married to Pryce's much more compassionate younger brother Claymore, pleads the case, and it's off to the upperclass lakeside "cabins" for Abby and Marco. Little do they know just how complicated this case will become.

    Kate Collins really has her hands full keeping up with all these fascinating characters, I must say! I always like learning something new, and here I learned flowers and their proponents.

    With Abby's bridal shower imminent, her plans are running amok. She wants to put it together herself, and pitted against the formidable group of mother, mother-in-law, cousin and shop staff on one side and a ridiculously complicated (and often drunk) group of misfits on the other side, she can feel the rock and the hard place closing in fast. Only Marco seems calm. There are so many secrets her head is spinning. The investigation even more complicated, with the neighboring elite forever coming and going at the Osborne's large cabin. Did Melissa go to an exclusive resort? Did she remain nearby, perhaps unwillingly? Whose body has washed up at the lake? Just one of many strange happenings.

    Everyone is intent on "helping" with her shower, while at the Osborne's, mysteries become more sinister, who will be the next victim? Although there is no “locked door” I am somehow reminded of Agatha Christie. How will everything get accomplished at the shop and a murderer caught in this luxurious vacation spot in such a short time? Suspicions galore, are there no real leads?

    Great writing to keep us all guessing, and give us a glimpse of the uber-rich, who surprisingly seem unaffected about the mysteries and victims around them.

    I really enjoyed this book, Lots of twists and turns, and a plethora of oddball characters fill out the latter plot while Abby's fiance, cousin, and mothers working in the background bring a surprising sanity in the end. This is #13 in the Flower Shop series, so I may have repeated some parts of Abby's life that appeared in earlier books. I can hardly wait to read another!

    Disclaimer: I was given an Advance Reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The words and rating are strictly my own, I was not influenced in any way.

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