Seed No Evil (Flower Shop Mystery Series #14)

Seed No Evil (Flower Shop Mystery Series #14)

by Kate Collins

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It’s finally time to say, “I do!” As long as I can keep my mom out of jail long enough to get her to the ceremony....

Someone’s Biting Mad.

Abby Knight’s wedding is in less than two weeks, and everything is going wrong. The cooler in her flower shop is leaking, her neck has swollen to unnatural proportions, her groom is acting distant, and she still doesn’t know where she’s actually getting married!

But things go from bad to worse when the director of her favorite charity, Protecting Animal Rights, is murdered, and Abby’s mother becomes the main suspect. Abby’s wedding worries will have to wait until she—along with her fiancé, Marco, and an adorable mutt named Seedy—can nose out who wanted the animal activist put to sleep. But they’ll have to sort through the long list of suspects quickly, or her mom may be tossed in the slammer before Abby tosses the bouquet....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451415493
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Flower Shop Mystery Series , #14
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 371,987
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Collins 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. The author of the popular Flower Shop Mystery series, she lives in northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida.

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Praise for the Flower Shop Mysteries

“Move over, Stephanie Plum. Abby Knight has come to town.”—Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Scumble River Mysteries

“One of my favorite mystery series.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“A sharp and funny heroine.”—Maggie Sefton, Author of the Knitting Mysteries

“As fresh as a daisy, with a bouquet of irresistible characters.”—Elaine Viets, Author of the Dead End Job Mysteries

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Seed No Evil (Flower Shop Mystery Series #14) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
It’s finally time to say, “I do!” As long as I can keep my mom out of jail long enough to get her to the ceremony…. With her wedding just 2 weeks away the last thing Abby Knight needs is for anything else to go wrong. The cooler in her shop is leaking all over the floor and she knows it will be an expensive part that needs to be fixed, her glands are swollen and it looks like she is getting a rash, her preggers cousin is “rehearsing her pregnancy”, Marco is acting distant and the actual place to hold the ceremony is still up in the air. Enough already!!! But then Abby’s mother finds a dead body. Abby was so excited when her mother started working at the animal shelter. It gave her something to do besides create the “masterpieces” Abby had to try to sell in her store. Why did she have to be the one to find the director of the Protecting Animal Rights charity killed suspiciously in one of the cages? The woman trying to save animals from being euthanized has someone put her lights out permanently and Abby’s mother is the main suspect. Abby just doesn’t have time for this, but she and Marco are going to find the real killer so her mother can be at their wedding, wherever it takes place, and not behind bars!! Dollycas’s Thoughts This is one of the best cozy mystery series being published today!! I love everything about this series. It has a strong cast of characters and it is set in a place that could be my hometown or many hometowns throughout the country. I can see myself having my morning tea with Grace at Blossoms while Abby is in the back filling orders, lunch at Down The Hatch and bumping into Francesca, Lottie and even Jillian while out running my own errands. I can even see myself at the animal shelter rescuing a puppy or kitten. I have done it several times in the past. I may even adopt a very special canine like Seedy. He is a very important part of this story. Kate Collins writes these characters in such a way that they can’t but help work your way right into your heart. She puts them in what could be very real situations with all the twists and turns necessary to root out the real culprit making the pages just fly. Snappy dialogue, a clever mystery, the perfect amount of humor and a wonderfully happy ending. I have called more than one book my favorite of this series. To Catch a Leaf was my favorite book out of almost 200 that I read in 2011, but Collins has topped herself with this one. This is definitely the best one!! yet…… If this series is new to you the author does give you enough depth to be able to read this one as a stand alone but I recommend you start at the beginning. These books are like a beautiful fragrant floral bouquet and each stem deserves to be thoroughly enjoyed one at a time.
LMLC More than 1 year ago
Another great story in a wonderful series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Seed No Evil is the 14th book in this wonderful series by Kate Collins. I always enjoy going back to New Chapel and visiting with my friends at the flower shop. Things are rather hectic this time, as Abby and Marco's wedding is less than two weeks away. When Abby gets a call from her mother saying that she is at the police department and needs a ride home, Abby is wondering if her wedding would go on. Abby's mom was working alone at the animal shelter when she finds one the full time staff dead from an apparent dog attack. Abby and Marco get to work interviewing all of the employees at the shelter to find out who the killer is, so that Maureen can get out of the crosshairs of the police. Bev, the deceased, had any number of people that would like to see her dead. As the old saying goes: time is of the essence. The family wants murderer found before the wedding, so that dark cloud isn't following them. From all the series that I read, I think as far as a well told story and an interesting cast of characters, this is the best. I been following Abby and Marco from the beginning and Collins has done a great job of bringing the relationship to the point of their impending marriage. Of course Grace and Lottie are there to run the shop when Abby is interviewing possible suspects. And yes, Grace comes up with some of her expected quotes. Tara, Abby's niece is back to provide a some humor to the story. Last. but not least, the zany Jillian is here with her own style of hilarious times. Jillian is two months pregnant and one can't help but laugh as she rehearses for the upcoming birth of her baby. Another wonderful story from an excellent story teller. Looking forward to book 12 to see what will be happening with Mr. and Mrs. Marco Salvare.
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momsreview More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and a must read if you are enjoying the Flower Shop Mystery Series. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!!!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Everyone is accounted for in the latest happenings in New Chapel, Indiana. Abby and Marco are on the case when Abby’s mother finds a dead body at the shelter she works at and become the main suspect. It’s up to Abby and Marco to find someone with a strong motive to kill, this while Abby is preparing for her wedding with small obstacles creeping up. With a good mystery that quickly became a page-turner, some comic relief with Jillian and her pregnancy and her mother’s loss of creativity, this was truly an ensemble of characters coming together to push our Abby to show her strength in getting down to the business of clearing her mother to the big day and what a good read this was. Filled with engaging conversations, humor, romance and a tightly woven mystery, this is the best book ever, bringing me to tears at the touching conclusion. With a new beginning for Abby and Marco, I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully entertaining series.
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readerbynight More than 1 year ago
Fast paced race against time in this humorous but deadly Flower Shop mystery What could be lovelier than living in a beautifully quaint small town and owning your own Flower Shop? But wait, there is even more to embellish Abby Knight's peaceful and beautiful life; the oh-so-handsome Marco Salvare, local P.I. and business owner who just happens to be Abby's fiance. With only two weeks to the wedding and a sudden horrible death where Abby's mother volunteers at an animal shelter, dark clouds seem to threaten this awaited union. But what can be accomplished in two weeks with her mother a prime suspect as the person who found the body? Is it murder? Business is down, Marco seems distracted, and all Abby's wedding plans seem to be thwarted. Kate Collins devoted time and space to character input rather than direct and perhaps misplaced action, centered as it was around the problems threatening Abby's family, her wedding and her happiness. Not that action was missing, Abby and Marco work well together on the investigation. I enjoyed the book, it was different, more personal as we see new facets to family members. Full of verve, the families combine talents to perform a miracle and pull off the wedding. The book drew me in for the people as much as for the mystery, and it definitely was a difficult case. The book actually involved more plotting, character development and humor as cousin Jillian "practices" the stages of pregnancy. The end result is both sad and happy and the book is certainly satisfying with a warm feeling regardless of the nature of the crime. I look forward to the next installment with Abby and the romantic Marco as a married couple. Will it affect their relationship? It remains to be seen. Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. The words and rating in this review are mine alone.