Statue of Limitations

Statue of Limitations

by Kate Collins

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In this delightful new series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries, Athena Spencer comes back home to work with her crazy big Greek family at their garden center. But she never expected a return to her roots would mean protecting her family from murder . . .
After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale.
But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappoús bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s “Little Greece” to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . .  

“Kate Collins delivers an entertaining, amusing, and deliciously suspenseful mystery.”
—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496724335
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 39,778
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. After publishing numerous historical romances, Kate penned the long-running mystery series, three books of which were made into Hallmark movies starring Brooke Shields. An Indiana native, Kate graduated from Purdue University with a master's degree in education. When not growing roots at her computer, Kate loves to garden. Other passions include yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, sampling great wines and fine dark chocolate, and enjoying every moment of life. Kate lives in Northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida. Visit her online at

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Statue of Limitations 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
nataliaramlal21 20 days ago
After her divorce, Athena Spencer moves back to her hometown of Sequoia, Michigan to work in her family's garden center and to raise her son. One night at the garden center, she meets a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather bought at an estate sale. When he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a local man, she decides to help him. Together they do everything they can to prove his innocence while trying to save the Little Greece business shops from being razed by the powerful Talbot family. Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins is a solid start to a new series. It is an enjoyable, easy read, with a likable, well-developed cast of characters and an interesting murder mystery. The writing flows smoothly and the story moves at a steady pace. The main character Athena is likable and easy to relate to. She didn't make the best decisions when it came to investigating the murder but as the reader learns more about the Talbot family, it becomes very obvious why she did what she did. I love the chemistry between her and Case and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for their characters. The reveal at the end wasn't much of a surprise. We basically knew right from the start who the culprits were. It was just a matter of finding and completing all the missing pieces of the puzzle. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the second one. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
KimHeniadis 2 days ago
If you enjoyed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll enjoy the crazy and loving Greek family in this book. For me this is what really made Statue of Limitations a good read. I wanted more of the interaction between the family members and will be looking forward to that in future books in the Goddess of Greene Street Mystery series. And more of Oscar the raccoon too, of course! As for the mystery itself, I think most people will know right away the bad guys. But since the characters that Kate Collins writes are so developed it’s easy to overlook how easy the mystery was to solve. There were some red herrings to try to make it more difficult to figure out, so maybe you’ll be one who takes a bit longer to see whodunit. There were a few times when Athena was really ditzy when it came to securing evidence and I wanted to smack her! I know the main characters sometimes have to make mistakes to keep up the drama and tension, but at one point towards the end, I was like, Really?!? There is a kind of love triangle in Statue of Limitations, and we all know how I feel about those, but by the end of the book it was resolved, and I’m glad she gave one of the men the boot. And I realize why she was dating him, but I don’t know if I could have kept dating him if I was in her place… but that could just be the age difference, besides the cultural differences. A fun start to a new cozy mystery series, and I’m looking forward to book two in 2021.
Dollycas 9 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I have been so excited about this new series from Kate Collins and she sure doesn’t disappoint. We meet Athena Spencer who has come home to her big Greek family in Sequoia, Michigan with her son Nicholas after her divorce. Her grandparents have a Greek restaurant and her father owns the local garden center. Athena and her sister work at the garden center with her father. The center also has a resident troublemaker in the form of a raccoon that makes himself quite at home. The patriarch of a prominent Talbot family has passed away and Athena’s pappoús (grandfather) brought a valuable statue at the estate sale. Because of the statue’s size, it was brought to the garden center until her grandfather finds the perfect place for it. But a hunky stranger surprises Athena late one night stating his family is the rightful owner of the statue. As if Althena needed another problem to solve. With his dad out of the picture, Sonny Talbot has decided to move forward with a previously dead plan to demolish all the shops know as Little Greece on Greene Street including her grandparent’s restaurant. His decision draws the rath of the whole area and raises suspicions that maybe the senior Talbot’s death was not due to natural causes. When another man linked to the family is killed Althena feels the heat to not only save her family’s restaurant but to bring a killer to justice. ____ Ms. Collins has served up a big cast of Greek characters. They are unique and genuine and we have just scratched the surface at getting to know them. Like all families, especially Greek families, everyone has an opinion about Athena’s love life. In addition to the Spencer family, we meet Case Donnelly. There is a spark between Athena and Case but her family believes her destiny is with Kevin Coreopsis, a lawyer who has also recently returned home to Sequoia. Athena has a special way of dealing with her overbearing family though, and I love it. She writes a blog “It’s All Greek to Me” under the name of Goddess Anon. Her family loves the blog not knowing that it is penned by their own Athena. As is the case in most first books in a series which spends a great bit of time introducing characters, the mystery while well-crafted was pretty easy to solve. That being said I was completely captivated by it. I enjoyed the way Case and Athena worked together. There were twists and tension and plenty of humor too. The pacing was perfect, it was hard to put the book down. This series is off to a splendid start. Statue of Limitations was a fun and entertaining read filled with characters I can’t wait to visit again.
Carstairs38 13 days ago
Athena Spencer has had to move back to live with her family in Michigan after her divorce. That means dealing with her large, crazy Greek family on a daily basis since she and her young son are living with them and she is working at the family’s garden center. It also means she is on hand when her grandparent’s Greek restaurant is threatened by the powerful Talbot family. They intend to raze an entire block of shops to put in condos. The fact that a murder takes place in their home, two weeks after another suspicious death, doesn’t seem to be slowing their plans down at all. The police are focusing their attention on a stranger in town, but Athena thinks they have the wrong suspect. Can she solve the murder and save her grandparent’s restaurant? As I was starting this book, I was thinking I was going to have problems with it. Athena’s family likes to spend their time meddling in her life, something that I find annoying. Honestly, the family needs more development quickly because I still found them annoying at the end. I also questioned just why Athena was going to such extremes to help a stranger. But I kept reading, and as I kept reading, I got more and more hooked on the story. Yes, there is a lot here, and in lesser hands, it might have gone very wrong. Here, it worked. There was always something going on to keep me engaged. The ending was a bit abrupt, but it did wrap everything up nicely. This is a light book, but if that is what you are looking for, you’ll be delighted. Kate Collins’s many fans will be very happy.
CozyUpWithKathy 13 days ago
a delightful mystery STATUE OF LIMITATIONS by Kate Collins The First Goddess of Greene St. Mystery When Athena Spencer hears a noise in the garden shop after hours she things it's the mischievous raccoon who has been hanging around. Instead she finds a handsome stranger who claims the statue her grandfather bought actually belongs to him. If that wasn't enough a greedy businessman wants to tear down Little Greece to put up condominiums. Taking a chance, Athena joins forces with the stranger, now a fugitive, to stop the town tyrant and find justice. You have to take a leap of faith in the first Goddess of Greene St. Mystery. Athena goes well out of her way to help Case...someone that is trying to take her grandfathers statue as well as being wanted as a murder suspect. That's somewhat implausible. But once you accept that Athena is acting rationally, or at least in the best interest of her family and community, everything falls into place. And a delightful place it is! I loved just about everything in STATUE OF LIMITATIONS. A fantastic group of characters liven up the pages. Athena's eccentric family is charming and fun from her ditsy sister Delphi who "sees" things, to her meddling mother, even her son who knows more Greek than she does. Then there are the despicable characters-the Talbot family and their minions and the traitors among the Greek community. There's a bit of romance and a darn good mystery! I love the Greek details woven into the story, particularly the language. I think Athena's blog is hysterical, more so because of her mother and sisters comments about it. I appreciate how Athena picks up on things that are incorrect, but necessary for the plot, like why there wasn't an autopsy on Talbot Senior, and weaves it into the story. Athena wanted some space from all things Greek, but finds herself embracing her culture and her family as she fights for justice and Little Greece. STATUE OF LIMITATIONS is a delightful mystery that left me with a smile on my face. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
TheCozyReview 13 days ago
A new garden-based cozy series written by Kate Collins goes on sale January 28th. Statue Of Limitations is the first book in the “A Goddess Of Greene St. Mystery” from Kensington Books. I adore cozies that have gardens and flowers as a central setting. It makes me think of spring, aromatic scents, color-filled sights, and warm days. This cozy keeps readers smiling and happy. It gives them a desire for winter to be over. It also gives them a taste of passion with a sense of compassion as well. The characters in this new series are interesting and quirky. They are also very Greek. This has readers longing for good food, sun, and family. Even though the Greek aspect is mentioned a great deal, it isn’t shoved down your throat as it could have been. The main character, Athena, is working in her parent's garden center, writing a blog that is secret and funny, while trying to avoid marrying a man she can’t stand. She is strong-minded, but at times too concerned with what her family will think or do if she expresses her thoughts, hence the secret blog about that very family. Unfortunately, Athena’s inability to take charge of her life and tell her family to butt out gets a bit irritating, especially where her son is concerned. She was once a big city reporter but seemed to have trouble asking the hard-hitting questions, which does not agree with the type of character she is portraying. Other characters are very likable but need more definition. Characters will grow as the series adds new books. I hope the garden center continues to play a big part in this series as it was the scene of much of the action and helps readers visualize the setting. I also hope that Athena and Case’s relationship continues down the current road it's traveling, and that the two will continue to work together to solve many more murders in the future. The killer was a bit too obvious from the very beginning, and unfortunately, the motive was never in any doubt. Overall, I enjoyed Statue Of Limitations, it was easy to read and didn’t consume tons of time or energy. Even though some things could have been better, I feel the book is an excellent start for the series. I look forward to reading the next installment. One last comment, I hope Kevin goes to jail sooner or later!
chefdt 16 days ago
Statue Of Limitations is the first book in the A Goddess Of Greene Street Mystery series. Recently divorced Athena has returned to her hometown of Sequoia Mi with her son Nicholas and is working at her father’s garden center. Athena comes from a large Greek family and what she’s not looking forward to is her mother trying to convince her to find “a good Greek boy”. She’s been dating a young man that her mother has set her up with, but she doesn’t feel that it will go anywhere. To keep her mind off her personal life she’s been writing a blog about a Greek family, which sounds awful like her own. Luckily her mother hasn’t caught on. One evening as she is working on her blog at the garden center she hears some noises outside, but she thinks it is just a young raccoon that been coming around in the evenings. Finally, she goes outside and finds someone inspecting a statue that her grandfather has recently purchased at an estate sale. The man identifies himself as Case Donnelly. Donnelly claims that the statue was stolen from his family in Greece. He soon leaves but the next morning Athena sees his image on a news report leaving the home of Grayson Talbot, Jr., where the late Grayson Talbot, Sr.’s assistant had been murdered making Donnelly the prime suspect. Athena believes Donnelly innocence and hides him while they try to find the killer. Also, Athena is very concerned about the pending demolition of the block of Little Greek businesses. Talbot, Jr. is planning on building a condo once the buildings are torn down. But, reportedly, Talbot Sr. had agreed to cancel the development of the condo, but no can find the document. Hopefully, the document will be found before the demolition is started. I always enjoy reading Collins’ books and this new series is no exception. The story is well-written and reads at an even pace. It also has a cast of well-developed and believable characters. Floral tips for longer-lasting arrangements are also included in the book. I will be watching for the next book in this interesting new series.
Christy41970 16 days ago
Statue of Limitations kicks off a brand new series from Kate Collins, and cozy mystery fans will love it! It’s full of great characters, humor, and mystery! Some minor spoilers ahead. Athena Spencer loves her big Greek family, but since moving home, she feels like she’s losing her individuality. The “Greekness” of Athena’s family (especially her mother) can be overwhelming. Her mom insists on teaching Athena’s son, Nicholas, Greek; and though that’s not a bad thing, it makes Athena feel like she’s losing control. Her mom’s already fixed her up with “a good Greek boy” whom Athena just tolerates for the sake of keeping the peace. She writes about all of these things in her blog which her family faithfully follows. However, they’ve got no idea that it’s Athena who’s writing the blog, and the way they react to the blog is hilarious especially since she’s writing about them! Well, as in all good cozy mystery books, the main character (Athena, of course) gets caught up in a murder investigation when she has a run in with the falsely accused suspect, Case Donnelly. Though the two start off on the wrong foot, Athena and Case make a great team, and their friendship leads to a budding romance (which, of course, we all see coming!). They work together to find the real killer to clear Case’s name. Since he can’t be seen around Little Greece (his face is everywhere since he’s a murder suspect!), Athena disguises his looks and creates a new persona for Case. Thankfully it (mostly) works, so they can question suspects, gather clues, and solve the mystery. I really enjoyed Statue of Limitations, its characters and the Little Greece of Sequoia, Michigan setting. I’m looking forward to bonding with these characters and solving new mysteries with them.
KrisAnderson_TAR 19 days ago
Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins is the debut of A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series. Athena Spencer, recently divorced, returns home to Sequoia, Michigan with her son, Nicholas. Her large Greek family is happy to have her back, though, Athena had to endure a few “I told you so’s” from them (they told her not to marry the bum). While Athena loves her family, they can be a bit overwhelming at times especially her mother who wants to see her settled with a nice Greek boy (like Kevin Coreopsis). She alleviates her frustrations with “It’s All Greek to Me” a blog she writes under the name Goddess Anon. Athena is the business manager for Spencer’s Garden Yard (her father’s business). One evening while working on her blog in the office, Athena hears a noise outside. She believes it is Oscar, the raccoon, and is shocked to find a man fiddling with her grandfather’s newly acquired Greek statue “Goddess of Athena”. Case Donnelly tells Athena that the statue, which was made by Greek sculptor, Antonius was stolen from his family in Greece. He is trying to prove ownership. Athena is quick to send Case on his way. The next morning, Case is wanted in the murder of Harry Pepper, Grayson Talbot Sr.’s longtime assistant. Athena finds herself hiding Case and searching for a killer while trying to protect her grandparent’s beloved restaurant from greedy developed, Grayson Talbot Jr. I like how we are introduced to Athena in Statue of Limitations. I thought it was clever and a unique way to introduce the protagonist. This book is easy to read, and I like the theme of a large Greek family and community. We are introduced to Greek culture, food, and language. I thought Athena’s blog was humorous. Her family loves to read it and they fail to realize that Athena is describing them. Athena’s sisters are quirky (especially Delphi). Her father is a sweetie. I liked the interactions between Athena and Case Donnelly. Sparks were flying between these two. The mystery was fun to follow, but it is a snap to solve. There are floral tips at the end. Cozy mystery readers will enjoy getting to know Athena’s family and the Greek community in Sequoia. Statue of Limitations is a lighthearted cozy mystery with a meddling mother, a rascally raccoon, the charismatic Case, one big-headed blowhard, and a Greek goddess gumshoe.
Jennifer_GlitterInMyHair 20 days ago
A Cozy New Series! Statue of Limitations is the perfect first book in a new cozy mystery series by author Kate Collins. Meet Athena Spencer, a newly-single mom who, after her messy divorce returns to her hometown in Michigan to rebuild. She is living with her parents and working at the family garden shop. Athena has a big family, and I enjoyed the details of their lives and getting to know them alongside Athena. There is a large cast in this book, but Collins does a great job giving individuality to the characters and setting them up for appearances in future books without taking focus away from Athena and her story. One night Athena hears something while she’s on her own at the Garden Center, and finds herself face to face with an intruder, Case Connelly. Case claims that the prominent Athena statue (no relation) her father has on display in the Garden Center rightfully belongs to him. Intertwined with this plot line of “who’s statue is it” are sides of breaking & entering, murder, and kidnapping, oh my! Mystery, quirky meddlesome family members, intrigue, romance, and garden-related tips are expertly woven together as murder suspect Case reaches out to Athena for help in proving his innocence. The clever, sassy, strong, and loyal characters that we loved so much from her Flower Shop Mysteries have found their sisters-from-another mister in this new series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I’m a fan of Kate Collins’ work, and was so sad when the Flower Shop Mysteries came to a close. This is an excellent beginning to the Goddess of Greene Street line, and I’m anxious for more!
CozyOnUp 20 days ago
Athena Spencer has left her ex-husband and the Big City returned to her crazy big Greek family with her son. While not pleased to be back home, she embraces her family life and works in their business. While working late one night, Athena finds a man in their garden center looking at a statue her grandfather purchased. When the man is later sought in a murder, Athena trusts her instincts and helps the man hide out to beat their common enemy. Now they have to prove him innocent and save the Little Greece business community. An even bigger task when a local family has the police and government officials on their payroll. This is a great start to a new series. It’s like My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets cozy mystery series. Can’t wait for the next installment.
PianoLady831 20 days ago
I enjoyed the previous series by Kate Collins, Abby Knight’s Flower Shop Mysteries, and can say that she has created another delightful series that begins with Statue of Limitations. There’s so much to like – the coastal Lake Michigan setting, the quaint stores and community of Sequoia, a larger than life Greek family, and Athena herself. The family members are appealing, funny, caring, and a little crazy, which makes them all the more endearing. I especially enjoyed the sister named Delphi and would love to know her better. Having returned to Sequoia after a divorce, Athena works in her father’s garden shop, where the plot centers around the questionable origins of a Greek statue and a mysterious stranger named Case. The chemistry between Athena and Case is wonderful and a romance is definitely brewing. The story’s pacing is steady and builds as Athena investigates two murders in an effort to prove Case’s innocence. The mystery is well crafted and kept me eagerly turning pages. Tension arises as the powerful and controlling Talbot family moves forward with plans to tear down the Greek shops on Greene Street and build a condo complex. The seemingly accidental death of Talbot Sr., who had decided not to raze the Greek section, arouses Athena’s suspicions when his assistant is murdered. I wasn’t all that surprised at the revelation of guilt, but it was so much fun getting there! Athena’s Greek blog adds a spark to the story – a blog which her family reads religiously and adores, but has no idea who writes it and fails to see themselves in the descriptive characters. Statue of Limitations is a delightful mystery and I am eager to spend more time with this family. The only negative for me was the totally unnecessary use of mild profanity, which lessened my enjoyment. A clean read otherwise. I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
ArizonaJo 20 days ago
Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins was an entertaining beginning to a new cozy series. I enjoyed meeting Athena and her loud and boisterous Greek American family. Each family member is a unique individual. Ms. Collins took the time throughout the story to begin to develop each of characters. By the end of the book I felt like I had begun to know each one. Case Donnelly, however, is still somewhat of a mystery that I look forward to knowing better as the series continues. A well crafted plot with just enough twists and red herrings to keep a reader turning the pages until the reveal. Oh, and the reveal was a doozy. I will be watching for the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
TarynLee 20 days ago
In this first book of the series we are I introduced to Athena, a single mother who has moved back home to work in her family's garden center after her divorce. She loves her big Greek family but they drive her crazy at times, sticking their noses into her business, trying to fix her up, and tell in her now to raise her son. That's what families do though, especially when they are close. One evening while working alone after the garden center has closed she hears a noise, thinking it's a racoon that they have been caring for she goes to check things out. Instead of it being their mischievous racoon it's a man, he says he is there to reclaim his family's statue. Athena isn't sure what to make of the man and asks him to leave, deciding she needed to investigate a bit and find out if what he says is true. Meanwhile she has to worry about the most powerful family in town destroying not only her family's livelihood but the Greek community all together. With not one but two murders occurring during this time everyone e is worried about a murderer being among them. Follow along as Athena tries to make sense as of everything that is going I and find a killer to help save the community she loves.
jjthor 21 days ago
Great beginning to a new series this book was a funny fast read with wonderful characters and a good storyline. Looking forward to Reading more of the series I had plenty of laughs while reading the book