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Acts of Violets (Flower Shop Mystery #5)

by Kate Collins

OK, I'll admit it: I, Abby Knight, actually love my hometown's corny annual Pickle Fest--and I've also been hoping the event will drum up business for my flower shop, Bloomers. But when the hired clown is found dead, the festivities screech to a halt . . . SWEET OR SOUR? Abby has been dating Marco--ex cop, bartender, and all-around hunk--for several months when the Pickle Fest starts. But he's still a mystery to her. And after he disappears for a day, she's stunned to read in the paper: EX-COP QUESTIONED IN MAN'S DEATH. It seems the authorities have found Snuggles the Clown pushing up water-spurting daisies--and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggle's house. Abby knows in her bones that he's innocent. But why, when his life is on the line, is Marco being so secretive with her? And who is the attractive woman he escorted to the Pickle Fest? To do the legwork, she'll have to delve into the eerie clown underworld, where the smiles are fake and everyone has a trick up his sleeve . . .

Dearly Depotted (Flower Shop Mystery #3)

by Kate Collins

Well, it looks like my cousin Jillian is heading for the altar again, and guess which bridesmaid is doing the flowers? Yep, me, Abby Knight, law school dropout, owner of Bloomers, and did I mention?--ex- fiancee to the best man! That's a bumper crop of trouble, even before I find a party-crashing guest dead at the reception.... PUSHING up DAISIES Abby has her hands full at Jillian's wedding, doing triple duty as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter--all while wearing a horrendous floral print that makes her look like a clown. But the real trouble starts when the groom's ninety-year-old grandma disappears from the reception. While hunting for her, Abby discovers the body of Jack Snyder, one of the guests, behind the minister's platform in the gazebo. And when Abby's assistant's new boyfriend becomes a suspect, she decides she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit.

Evil in Carnations (Flower Shop Mystery #8)

by Kate Collins

What do you do when your best friend and roommate can't relate to your relationship bliss? I tried to help her get back her mojo...but I didn't know her first date would turn out to have cold feet--literally. THE DATING SCENE CAN BE A KILLER. Determined to help her roommate, Nikki, out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby's list, Jonas Treat--aka Treat the Cheat--and figures one date with him can't hurt. Her lack of good judgment catches up with her when Jonas is found dead--and evidence points to Nikki as his killer. To clear Nikki's name, Abby enlists the help of her hunky ex--Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco. But just when Nikki's situation looks dire and Abby needs Marco most, his rambunctious extended family descends, turning Abby's hectic life into a disaster zone. Abby's patience is seriously wilting, but with a killer on the loose, she can't throw in the trowel. She's determined to dig herself out of this mess--before someone buries her instead.

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

by Kate Collins

I don't meddle, honest! But can I help it if my nose for injustice is as keen as my green thumb? Now I, Abby Knight, law school dropout, am the proud new owner of Bloomers, my hometown flower shop. I'm devoted to making my business grow, but I'm not shrinking violet if someone needs my help to right a wrong--even if that person is already dead ... A THORNY PREDICAMENT So maybe Abby's life isn't the bed of roses she was hoping it would be. She adores her job, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits and a black SUV rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. Determined to track down the driver, she accepts the help of hunky cop Marco Salvare. But their budding relationship is threatened when the trail turns deadly. Now Abby is caught in a tangle of menacing phone calls, police corruption, and murderous road rage. If she's not careful, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral....

A Rose from the Dead (Flower Shop Mystery #6)

by Kate Collins

Back cover: Why did I, Abby Knight, agree to attend a convention of funeral directors? I was desperate to drum up more business for my flower shop, Bloomers. What I got instead was murder. . . Who knew death could be so much fun? Abby is amused by the black humor of the usually somber "death professionals" who are attending the Midwestern Funeral Directors Association's regional convention. Even organizer Sybil Blount--known for her cutthroat business practices and the signature rose she wears in her wig--isn't what Abby expects. . .especially when her corpse is found in a casket. When Abby's friend Delilah Dove becomes a suspect, Abby shifts into full investigation mode and learns that Sybil's enemies included the prankster sons of a big-time funeral director, an eco friendly purveyor of "green burials," and a strange Goth girl who captures the "music" of departing souls on her tape recorder. It's up to Abby and her boyfriend, Marco, to look beyond the trappings of death and find out who really loved Sybil--and who loved her not.

Shoots to Kill (Flower Shop Mystery #7)

by Kate Collins

Eight years ago, Abby Knight babysat for a problem teen named Elizabeth. Today, Elizabeth's back, with a new name (Libby) and a whole new life (stolen)--namely, one that already belongs to Abby. Libby's even trying to steal Abby's boyfriend, Marco. But imitation really becomes the sincerest form of trouble when Abby finds herself the accused dupe in a bizarre murder plot.

Slay It with Flowers (Flower Shop Mystery #2)

by Kate Collins

Me, Abby Knight, an entrepreneur! Who would have guessed when I flunked out of law school a year ago that I'd be standing here today in front of Bloomers, my very own flower shop? Even though I may be penniless, I am soundly devoted to my new profession...whether it means arranging a bouquet of flowers--or unearthing the seeds of murder. Abby's latest gig is the perfect marriage of her talents. Not only does her bride-to-be cousin, Jillian, want Abby to be a bridesmaid--she also wants her to sign on as floral designer and sleuth.... Though nearly once a year Jillian has agreed to marry a different man, she has yet to make it to the altar. But this time, it's cold dead feet that may stop the wedding. Before the couple says "I do," one of the groomsmen disappears and another member of the wedding party is found dead. Luckily for Abby, she has plenty of help--including her brassy been-there-done-that assistant, a hunky bar owner with a penchant for love and justice, and her own family. Together, they aim to unveil the truth...and make sure the bride still gets her day to shine.

Sleeping with Anemone (Flower Shop Mystery #9)

by Kate Collins

I, Abby Knight, hometown florist, refuse to be cowed into giving up my stance against the unfair treatment of dairy animals. But why does gathering signatures for a petition suddenly make me a target for kidnapping--and murder? MILKING IT FOR ALL IT'S WORTH Okay, maybe Abby shouldn't choose a home and garden show sponsored by Uniworld Food as the venue for her protest against the corporation's harmful farming practices. But being forced to leave the event won't stop her campaign. Nor will a brick wrapped in burning paper being thrown through her flower shop's window. After she narrowly escapes being kidnapped not once but three times, Abby calls in the big guns--her ex-Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco, and her entire posse of friends and family. And then the stakes are raised by murder. Having Marco around 24-7 to protect Abby sheds new light on their relationship and gives her lots to ponder. Add to that pressure from both families for her and Marco to get hitched, and the possibility that the murder investigation may be on the wrong track, and Abby starts to think she'll soon be sleeping with anemones instead of arranging them.

Snipped in the Bud (Flower Shop Mystery #4)

by Kate Collins

When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn't be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl's got to face down her dragons. . . . PLANT OF ATTACK Someone orders a black rose for Abby's old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there's anything she can't stand, it's injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower--only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect. . . .

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