Indiana native and former teacher, Kate Collins, is the author of the national best-selling "Flower Shop Mystery Series."
Her books have made the New York Times Best-Seller's list, Barnes & Noble mass market mystery best-sellers' lists, the Independent Booksellers' best-seller's lists, as well as booksellers' lists in Australia and England.
FLOWER SHOP MYSTERY SERIES
This series features Abby Knight, a law school drop-out and the owner of Bloomers Florists in New Chapel, Indiana.
So far I have read only the first book, "Mum's the Word" in this series but I found it so delightful that I immediately added "Kate Collins" among my favourite authors...!
I enjoyed both the stimulating mystery and the entertaining humour. The writing was appealing, language decent, atmosphere pleasant, characters interesting, ...and though the burgeoning romance was wonderful, it did not overwhelm the mystery element of the story.
Moreover, I have learnt through various reviews and story plots of further books in the series, that the protagonist remains happily involved with a steady partner ...and the author has continued to maintain her superb standards of quality writing and finely plotted mysteries, till her latest book...!
1) Mum's the Word (2004)
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 no 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 just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. Determined to track down the driver, she accepts the help of hunky ex- 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....
(Books Not Yet Read)
2) Slay It with Flowers (2005)
3) Dearly Depotted (2005)
4) Snipped in the Bud (2006)
5) Acts of Violets (2007)
6) A Rose from the Dead (2007)
7) Shoots to Kill (2008)
8) Evil in Carnations (2009)
9) Sleeping With Anemone (2009)
10) Dirty Rotten Tendrils (2010)
11) Night of the Living Dandelion (2011)
12) To Catch a Leaf (2011)
13) Nightshade on Elm Street (2012)
14) Seed No Evil (2013)
15) Throw in the Trowel (2014)
16) A Root Awakening (2015)