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Shoots to Kill (Flower Shop Mysteries, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2008
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About the Author
Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. She grew up in a suburb of Hammond, Indiana, one block from the family home of author Jean Shepherd, whose humorous stories inspired Kate at an early age. After a stint as an elementary school teacher, Kate wrote children's short stories and historical romance novels before turning to her true passion, mystery. She lives in northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida.
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It's been a while since I read a book from this series. I don't know how I managed to lose track of the new books because this is a series I truly enjoy. Abby is a strong and likeable character. She even has a good relationship with her mother (though not a perfect one - anyone would find it difficult to handle the crafts that Abby's mom keeps creating for Abby to sell in the flower shop.) Abby's hunky love interest, Marco, is a delight to read about.
Even though I enjoyed this 7th installment in the series, at times it was a frustrating read - not because Collins isn't a masterful storyteller. She is. It's just that I felt Abby's frustration over the fact that everyone, including Marco and Abby's mom seemed to think Libby was harmless - that Abby should be flattered by Libby's attempts to be like Abby. Gracious people! Libby fits the bill of a horror movie stalker.
I have to admit there was some humor to the situation (though identify theft is a serious matter.) That's what I like so much about this series - the humor and light heartedness. Yes, Abby is constantly finding dead bodies or being accused of murder. Collins treats death with reverence, but still the reader doesn't finish the book feeling depressed. Besides, who wouldn't laugh at the idea of your mother purchasing a llama to live in the backyard so she can have homegrown yarn? That's just one of the crazy things she does.
If you are looking for a well thought out and humorous cozy mystery, this series is for you.
For a brief summary, Libby is Abby's former pain in the neck baby-sitting client who wrecked her life as a teenager and appears to be back for the sequel. She copies Abby's life to a T and when Libby's mother turns up dead with an APB out for a 5'2" redhead suspect, Abby is arrested fasely due to Libby's doppelganger status. Libby is taking over all aspects of Abby's life and Abby is determined to get to the bottom of things before her life falls out from under her.
I was a bit disappointed by the last flower shop mystery because everything seemed to rushed and the book didn't seem to have much depth to it. This one is so much better. I couldn't put it down. Keep them coming please!