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Florist Grump By Kate Collins: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Florist Grump, along with a link to purchase the book. Watch for a special article from Kate Collins in January from the set of Mum’s the Word, a TV movie based on her book.

As a newlywed, Abby Knight Salvare’s life should be blooming. Instead, to save money while their new house is being built, Abby and her husband Marco are living temporarily with Abby’s parents. As loving as they may be, being forced to bunk back in her childhood bedroom, having to submit to mandatory breakfasts, and losing all privacy has Abby chafing at her loss of independence and reverting back into childish rebellion. Combined with the pressure of running Bloomers Flower Shop, as well as the many demands of her extended family, Abby’s stress levels are at an all-time high as she transforms into the grump of the title.

What Abby still enjoys is working with Marco as a partner in Salvare Detective Agency, and with sixteen solved murders to their credit it’s not surprising that a new one close to home has everyone expecting that they will be on the case. The gruesome murder of a shady banker, whose body was posed on the bank steps, has police immediately suspecting the friendly window-washer known to everyone only as Jingles. Abby may now know much about Jingles’s past life, but she does know that the man who so charitably helps the community could never be a murderer.book

Here readers meet an Abby feeling the very relatable stresses of struggling to meet her many professional and personal obligations. Everyone will be able to sympathize with Abby’s exhaustion at being pulled in so many different directions, resenting those expectations, and then feeling guilty for her resentment. Even her normal sanctuary at Bloomers has become an agitation as their increased business has Abby forced into possibly hiring a full-time assistant whose competence fills Abby with envy.

Underlying the main mystery is the dilemma Abby faces when she finds herself forced back into her childish lifestyle and reacting just as childishly. It shouldn’t be too surprising then that Abby feels happy when she’s back investigating a murder, and it’s then that her intelligence and quick wit again emerge. Author Kate Collins succeeds in keeping this long-running series—seventeen volumes in all–fresh by balancing intriguing mysteries with characters who continue to evolve in ways that are as compelling as they are sympathetic. The conclusion so lovingly circles back to the first in the series that it could serve as a satisfying finale as well as opening a new avenue for the future. This may be the strongest entry in this reliably entertaining, emotionally moving, and skillfully crafted mystery series.

To enter to win a copy of Florist Grump, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Grump,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 21, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Celia Fowler November 14, 2015 at 8:42am

This book has a great title, and I really enjoyed the review. Definitely on my TBR list!


2 Bev Boehm November 14, 2015 at 9:10am

Love this series and love the title of the new addition to it.


3 Valerie Hoynacki November 14, 2015 at 3:54pm

Love, Love, LOVE Kate Collins’ books. Would love to have this one, too!!


4 Jeanetta S. November 14, 2015 at 6:52pm

Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for a chance to win a copy.


5 Jill November 15, 2015 at 6:22am

I wasn’t familiar with this series but the review led me to order Mum’s the Word.


6 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
November 16, 2015 at 6:41am

Congrats, Karen on your positive reviews. Would love to read it. so I am hoping. It’s on my TBR list.


7 Candy Kennedy November 16, 2015 at 7:40am

I have read most of the books in this series and would love a copy of this one. Thanks for the chance to win,


8 Holly Calhoun November 16, 2015 at 8:15am

I’m new to your books. Thank you for the giveaway. I’ve actually found some great series from following authors on Facebook. Leann Sweeney posted that one of your books will be a Hallmark movie so that’s how I’m finding out about your books. 🙂


9 Patty Ward
Twitter: @b5sycop
November 16, 2015 at 9:58am

I love this series and would love to read this one.


10 Doward Wilson November 16, 2015 at 7:07pm

I have followed this series from the beginning and the characters are like family. Thanks for the chance to win.


11 Lynn Demsky November 19, 2015 at 12:05am

Sounds like a loverly read!


12 Caryn St.Clair November 19, 2015 at 4:18am

I am a few books behind in this series. Look forward to catching up! stclairck@gmail.com


13 Judy Rhodes
Twitter: @JudyRhodes
November 19, 2015 at 10:56am

I love your Books and can’t wait to read the new one.


14 Jeannie D. November 19, 2015 at 12:23pm

Love this series! I am looking forward to the movie of “Mum’s the Word”


15 Cynthia Blain November 19, 2015 at 1:03pm

I love your books and when I spent a year and a half in bed recovering from a serious infection, your books and other cozies were what kept me going.
Thank you.


16 Mary Duffer
Twitter: @mlduffer
November 19, 2015 at 5:46pm

Love the flower shop mysteries, Abby & Marco! Can’t wait to read this book!


17 Dawn M. Halverson November 19, 2015 at 7:40pm

I have read every one of the books in this series and have enjoyed all of them! The characters are wonderful, and I can’t wait to read this new book!


18 Vickie Williams November 21, 2015 at 5:48am

I love the flower shop books! They are fun to read and the characters are great!


19 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 23, 2015 at 3:35pm

We have a winner!


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