Dearly Depotted (Flower Shop Mystery Series #3)

Dearly Depotted (Flower Shop Mystery Series #3)

by Kate Collins

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Abby has her hands full at her cousin Jillian's wedding as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all while wearing a hideous dress. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother goes missing from the reception. On her search, Abby finds the corpse of guest Jack Snyder. Now she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451215857
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Flower Shop Mystery Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 320,532
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. She 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 lives in northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida.

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Dearly Depotted (Flower Shop Mystery Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby's neurotic cousin, Jillian, is finally getting married and Abby has agreed to do the flowers and be a bridesmaid. She wasn't counting on dead bodies. But when the groom's grandmother discovers one under a table, Abby jumps in to investigate. The police already have a suspect - her friend's new boyfriend. But Abby thinks they are too quick to draw conclusions. Oh, and what's going on with her hottie escort?This is the third in a fun series. I enjoyed this one and the others, but I just don't enjoy books like this as much as I used to. The idea of a amateur detective gets a little hard to believe after a while. And why can't she figure out what's going on with Marco? This is the third book and there's been an attraction between them the whole time. Then she FALLS ASLEEP when she finally gets to spend an evening alone with him? What's up with that? I'm all for taking things slow, but she hasn't even decided if they are dating or not. How long is that going to take?If you like cozy mysteries, this is a fun series. There is a little bit of language, but it's otherwise clean. I like the characters, although Jillian is a bit much, and there's not this shove-it-down-your-throat thing that a lot of the 'theme cozies' seem to have. Yes, she's a florist, but it's not a DIY book for aspiring green thumbs. For myself, I would probably read another in the series if I got the chance, but I'm not going to go out and look for one.
minjung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the third book in the Flower Shop Mystery series, Abby's cousin Jill FINALLY makes it to the alter (thank GOD!). However, drama ensues (shocking): a fight breaks out during the vows, the vows get delayed, the city's Fourth of July fireworks go on as planned meaning the vows get drowned out by the noise (rude!), and during the reception a dead body is found behind the pulpit.Normally, Grace (one of Abby's employees) implores Abby not to meddle, but this time Grace all but begs Abby to get involved in the investigation of who killed Jack Snyder. Why? Because the person Grace recently started dating, Richard Davis, is the police's main suspect. Although there are several people with motive (Snyder wasn't the most popular guy in town), Davis doesn't have a great alibi, and he is one of the people with a great motive.One of the funnier subplots is that Lottie's (Abby's other employee) son (well, one of her sons - Lottie has quadruplets) keeps hanging out at Abby's client's house. Abby suspects that he has a serious crush on the client, and soon enough, so does the client's husband. Abby finds herself playing marriage counsellor, as well as trying to run interference between the client and a hormone-fueled teenage boy.As always, Abby gets an able assist from Marco (he reminds me a lot of Stephanie Plum's Ranger), and the two of them work together to figure out if Richard Davis killed Jack Snyder.The best part was the surprising end. It had nothing to do with whodunit, but it really left me dying to read the next instalment (sorry about that pun; it truly wasn't intended).
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby Knight is thrilled that her cousin Jillian is getting married. Sure, she's not thrilled that her bridesmaid's dress makes her look like a clown, but Jillian has hired her to do the flowers for the wedding and Abby, owners of the Bloomers Flower Shop, can use the money. Abby's even willing to look after Jillian's grandmother-in-law during the wedding. Life is never dull with Abby around as a fistfight breaks out during the wedding. But the real trouble starts when Grandma wanders off and Abby finds her near a dead body. Abby's not one to shy away from investigating a murder and is especially anxious to solve this case, as one of the suspects is the boyfriend of Grace, her shop assistant. "Dearly Depotted" is a delightful entry in this charming cozy mystery series. Abby is a plucky heroine, not afraid to get involved in a mystery; outspoken, often without thinking ahead of the consequences; bright, yet confused about her relationship with hunky ex-cop Marco. The book is also filled with Abby's delightful sidekicks: shop assistant's Little and Grace (I chuckled when Kate Collins described Grace meeting Elvis when he was in the army); Abby's roommate Nikki and her playful cat Simon; her client Trudee DeWitt; and her incredibly selfish cousin Jillian. Besides the mystery, there are several subplots going on that help make the characters seem real. The mystery itself was well written and plotted and I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. Well done.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very much an enjoyable mystery, and a light read! I loved how all of the other bridesmaids were gorgeous, but Abby still struggled with hers due to her height, which is the same as mine. :) Overall, great storyline!
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Takes up where Slay it With Flowers leaves off, Abby juggling her flower shop, murder, Marco (yum), her quirky employees, & her wacky family. Fun cozy mystery.
SandyLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading a serial killer book, I needed something light and airy and Dearly Depotted hit the spot. Abby Knight owns a flower shop and her latest gig has her supplying the flowers for her cousin's wedding. Abby has a habit of playing sleuth so as a member of the bridal party it's just her luck that she is witness to the discovery of a body, a man many people loathed. With so many suspects plus an ex-fiancee and a former Army Ranger now bar owner, Abby manages to juggle them all. This was an entertaining read - and cute book titles (Mum's the Word, Snipped in the Bud, Slay it With Flowers)
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not too bad. I like the Grandma (albeit a little too much like Plum's grandmother).
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Abby is not only doing the flowers for her cousin's wedding, but she's in the wedding as a bridesmaid. But when someone crashes the wedding and then turns up dead, Abby has to set aside the flowers to help clear a friend of the crime. It's been a couple years since I read this series, and I don't know why I let this book sit for so long. It was fun, and I really like the characters. The plot could use a few more twists and the characters could use a bit more development, but overall it was well worth reading.
Shel-T More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable read from Kate Collins.
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Kyra, move to result 2.
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flowergirlAR More than 1 year ago
This series is fun. Being a retired florist, makes it very interesting to me. I like the plots, that keep your interest. All in all I have enjoyed the series. I have read them all, and always look forward to the next one. This is a series that is for the reader who wants entertainment. No big life lessons, just fun, relaxing reading.
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TayRe More than 1 year ago
Definatly as good as tha rest
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