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

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

by Kate Collins

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ISBN-13: 9780451213501
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2004
Series: Flower Shop Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 640,506
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.71(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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Mum's the Word (Flower Shop Mystery Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 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!
CozyLover on LibraryThing 1 days ago
a great first in a series. Loved the main characters and the setting.
drebbles on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Unsure of what to do with her life after dropping out of law school, Abby Knight opened up a flower shop. She loves her work, but business is slow and money is tight, so she's not thrilled when she sees someone hit her vintage Corvette and then takes off. When a murdered body is discovered not far away, Abby thinks the person that hit her car was the murderer. She's working with a hunky ex-cop to solve the murder, as well as helping a friend escape her abusive husband and soon someone is trying to kill Abby too. I have mixed feelings about "Mum's the Word". Abby, the heroine, was annoying, meddling to the point where readers could understand why someone would try to kill her. And she comes across as stupid at times, mistaking drugs for fertilizer, as a flower shop owner she should know what fertilizer looks like. No wonder she has very few customers! Marco, the leather wearing, hunk of an ex-cop is a cliché. The secondary characters, like Nikki, Abby's roommate, and Lotti and Grace, her co-workers, are far more interesting. Abby's father, an ex-cop crippled after being shot while on duty, was an interesting character and I'd like to read more about him. Finally, the flower shop set up is fun to read about. This was an okay book, with enough promise that I've already bought the next book in the series, hoping it will be a better read.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Didn't think I would get into this, but I did. The romance angle needs some work, but the mystery and the sheer dogginess of the main character was great! Already checked out the rest in this series...
scoutlee on LibraryThing 1 days 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.
minjung on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery Series, and I was turned on to these books by the "Mystery Book Talk" group on Ravelry (a knitting/crocheting site). It's your basic cosy, starring Abby, a law school dropout-turned-florist. She owns Bloomers, a local flower shop, competing with a new, larger discount flower shop who has just moved into the neighbourhood. She isn't a trained detective or PI, although her friends accuse her of being a chronic meddler.This story starts out with her bright yellow Corvette being the victim of a hit-and-run. She eventually figures out that the person who hit her Vette may have also been involved in a murder that police are trying to solve. Abby tries to help the police, figuring that since the cases are related, she'll be killing two birds with one stone. At the same time, one of her employees seeks her help with a relative's divorce. Although Abby doesn't typically advocate for the dissolution of marriage, when she realises that the woman is being abused, she springs into action.Soon, Abby is receiving threatening phone calls. But is it related to the domestic case or the murder case? She also starts getting help from the owner of the bar down the street. Marco is a former detective, and he used to know Abby's father, also a former detective (who was injured in the line of the duty and is now paralysed).There are several troubling bits about the plot if you think about it too hard. But it's a cosy, and I'm willing to suspend my disbelief a certain amount for a fun, light, entertaining read.
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This story was really very good! Had you guessing and really thinking how it would all come together...We clearly knew who the bad guys were, but not the how or whys till the very end.. :)
madamejeanie on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is the opening chapter in a new series (new to me, anyway). Collins is one of the few authors I've read who have managed to write a heroine kooky enough to stand alongside Stephanie Plum. Abby's family is unique, and just goofy enough. This isn't an Evanovich clone, but this opening volley promises a pretty entertaining series.
Darrol on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Cute first in a series. Is this Valparaiso?
CherylsPearls on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I originally got this book for the February theme read in the Cozy Mysteries Book Club. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. I say that because I had read other reviews not so flattering. Admittedly, Abby does go a little overboard w...moreI originally got this book for the February theme read in the Cozy Mysteries Book Club. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. I say that because I had read other reviews not so flattering. Admittedly, Abby does go a little overboard with her snooping but that wasn't my problem with the beginning of the book. I guess I'm too old to appreciate that a handsome man she really didn't know basically told her to butt out of a situation, but told her she had a "pert little nose" and she was actually flattered. There were several "set women's lib back 75 years" moments, but I kept reading anyway. I'm still not too impressed with her ability to command respect from men, but she does have a lot of good points, too. Would I recommend this book? Yes, to cozy readers. I'm sure I'll read more in the series.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Abby Knigiht may have flunked out of law school and her fiance may have dropped her shortly after, but now she is doing what she loves She has opened a flower shop, owns her dream car and gets to meddle in others business as much as she like. When a young boy is murdered, Abby relizes she may have witnessed something important. I don't know. Something about this book just did not do it for me.. Abby really does meddle and seems to be just too nosy. I know that is a characteristic of most cozy mystery detectives but Abby does not even know the boy who is killed. There were some fun moments but not enough to make me really like her. She just took too many chances. I might read another in the series in the future, but not really on my list right now.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When Abby Knight's car is damaged by a hit and run driver, she is outraged. Her outrage only grows when she thinks there is a connection with a nearby murder. The quirky characters are lots of fun, and I can't wait to visit them again. However, the plot needed a little more ironing out to truly work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey. Sorry I've been away. I'm kinda leaving Nook rp till my cancer is gone. I'll be back then. I'm not gonna be on as much but I will check and rp with you very now and then. Alrighty, hun? I love you, a lot. XD <p>Hazel chuckled sofly as she watched her son, her blue eyes sparkling. "Aww. Adorable." She was paying so much attention to Harry that she forgot that Judo was still standing there, his question unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Judo pulled over on the side of the road and parked the car, without asking questions or saying anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kiss becomes more urgent and I lightly push her to the ground.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.