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Kate Collins

by Cynthia Chow


With over twenty installments of the charming Flower Shop mysteries under her belt, Kate Collins steers back into the adventures of Athena Spencer, first introduced in Statue of Limitations, in a mystery that earned her the nickname Goddess of Greene Street. The former Chicago newspaper reporter is unexpectedly relishing her return home to Sequoia, Michigan, where she joins her many Greek relatives who run their family-owned business.

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by Kate Collins


Q: Where did you come up with the idea for A Big Fat Greek Murder?

A: I was sitting in the chair at my hair salon watching in the mirror as my stylist wielded her long sharp scissors. I started thinking about scissors as a murder weapon, and since my main character Athena’s sister Selene is a hair stylist, it seemed like a great idea to use her in a plot.

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by Cynthia Chow


Over ten years ago Athena Spencer fled from her meddling and boisterous Greek family in search of big city life and a definitively non-Greek husband. After gaining a son but losing both her career and her spouse, Athena is back home in Sequoia, Michigan, working as a bookkeeper and fill-in staffer for her father at Spencer’s Garden Center.

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by Sunny Frazier


Start your 2020 with two new series and many favorites cozies while you sip hot chocolate by the fire. Or the heater. Or whatever makes you cozy.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Collins


Despite being the owner of Bloomers flower shop, Abby Knight has never before purchased outdoor plantings. That changes with her and her husband’s recent purchase of a house, and the need for landscaping is how Abby somehow finds herself lost in the adjacent shrubbery maze of DK’s Landscape Center. That unexpectedly traumatic experience of buying pesticide-free yews and viburnums is surpassed by a desperate call from Abby’s best friend, hospital x-ray technician Nikki Hiduke.

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by Doward Wilson


Many of us are now following all the wonderful Cozy Mystery book series that the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has brought to life on the small screen. Currently Hallmark has seven different series in production with at least one more being added in the coming months.

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Flower Shop Mystery Movies on Hallmark

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Doward Wilson


Welcome to the world of Abby Knight as new owner of Bloomers, a flower shop in New Chapel, Indiana. This Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of cozy mysteries is loosely adapted from the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins.

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by Cynthia Chow


One day. Bloomers Flower Shop Abigail Knight Salvare and her husband Marco are able to spend one day in the Brandywine subdivision before discovering a body. While her record of stumbling across corpses and becoming involved in their investigations led to the formation of a private investigation business with Marco, she had hoped that their move into their new home would have bucked the trend.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s flowers in bloom, magic in the air, Georgia on our minds, and these terrific books to read!
After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with Charles the cat and a good book.

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by Terry Ambrose


In 2015, the Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel was born and the former Hallmark Movie Channel expanded its strategy of creating movies based on books, having already seen success with Joanne Fluke’s Chocolate Chip Mysteries and Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. In 2015, the channel also brought out a Garage Sale mystery and a Plum Pudding mystery. The newest beneficiary of this trend is author Kate Collins, whose eighteen Flower Shop Mysteries are just waiting to be adapted to the screen.

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Tea-Cozy by The Cozy Chicks

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by The Cozy Chicks


Long day today. Meetings and deadlines, traffic and headaches, arguments and resolutions . . . but now the children are asleep, the spouse is dozing, and dinner was tasty and filling. Finally, it’s time for you!

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by Cyntha Chow


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.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s magic in the air, as well as mystical felines, tarot cards, psychic mirrors, magic potions, retired witches—and murder. Read on if you dare!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Collins



Marriage may be bliss for florist Abby Knight Salvare, but house hunting…not so much. While Marco is excited about the prospect of a fixer-upper, Abby is dreams more of an off-the-rack new model home. Their latest search is interrupted by a roofer’s fall off of a ladder. Far more disconcerting to Abby, is the reaction of the residents. Long after the Sergio Marin’s body is swooped away by ambulance, Abby is haunted by the strange looks given from the child, Daisy Jones.

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