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Shoots to Kill (Flower Shop Mysteries, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 7 of 18 in the Flower Shop Mystery Series

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"A great mystery read!" -- Maggie Sefton

About the Author

Kathleen Collins has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Wayne State University, an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts/Television Writing from UCLA, and over 12 years of teaching experience at the community college level. She has written for Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development and co-written a course for parents of hearing-impaired babies for the John Tracy clinic.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451224744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451224743
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By drebbles VINE VOICE on September 22, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Abby Knight is not thrilled when Elizabeth Blume returns to town. Abby babysat Elizabeth years ago which was not a happy experience and Abby doubts Elizabeth has changed much over the years. Sure enough, Elizabeth soon changes her name to Libby, dyes her hair red, and imitates Abby in many other ways. All of this is irritating, but when Libby seems to come between Abby and boyfriend Marco, Abby is furious. Even worse, Abby is a chief suspect when there is a murder. Now Abby has to solve the murder, try to win back Marco, and get Libby out of her life, all this while trying to run her flower shop!

I always enjoy my visits to Abby and her flower shop and "Shoots to Kill" is no different. This is the seventh book in the Flower Shop cozy mystery series and the characters feel like old friends at this point. It's nice to see Lottie and Grace, Abby's helpers in the flower shop, also help Abby solve the mystery, although I was less thrilled that Abby was helping Marco in his private investigating - it felt too much like Stephanie helping Ranger in Janet Evanovich's books. There is a nice sense of humor throughout the book (Abby's mother and her artistic endeavors provide most of the humor) mixed in with a sense of seriousness (Libby's brother Oliver is very troubled). Unfortunately, while author Kate Collins does her best to breathe fresh air into the plot line of someone stealing someone else's identity, (and it does provide some good plot elements involving Abby's relation with Marco), the plot line is limiting. Collins does do a good job of providing several suspects, but it's pretty easy to figure out who the killer is and it becomes a matter of figuring out how and why.

"Shoots to Kill" isn't the best book in the Flower Shop cozy mystery series, but it's still an enjoyable read.
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By A Customer on August 7, 2008
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Very few people are as happy as Abby Knight is. She gets on great with her family; her developing relationship with private investigator Marco Salvatore is strong and intense; and she loves working in her florist shop Bloomers.

Elizabeth "Libby" Blume returns to town to Abby's horror as she knows how treacherous the woman is since she babysat her as a child and tried to steal her identity. Libby asks for a job at Abby's store, but Abby says no. Instead Libby opens up an art store up the block from Bloomers that is almost identical in looks; she also manages to make herself look like Abby's twin. She interferes with Abby's relationship with Marco; causing a breakup. When Libby's mom turns up dead, everyone assumes the daughter killed her mostly due to Abby's behavior towards Libby, but evidence is lacking. Abby investigates seeking the proof although two other suspects with strong motives surface including the victim's mentally disturbed son meds he does not always take..

Kate Collins keeps getting better with each new book she writes, which is saying a lot as her backlist is top rate (see A ROSE FROM THE DEAD). The amateur sleuth investigation is fun to follow as the key characters are fully developed especially the "twins" and Marco; yet there is plenty of action filled with plausible twists. Often amusing, the fun in the tale is Abby's deep desire to prove Libby committed the homicide, but every clue leads away from the manipulative minx to other people. The Abby-Marco romantic subplot with its Libby-induced troubles adds to the heroine's need to find the proof as SHOOTS TO KILL is an entreating whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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I love this series, although I wish Abby would take some self defense classes since she keeps getting into situations that require her to fight for her life. I am on book 10 and will keep reading this series. Hopefully the author will keep writing them.
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I really like this series. Abby is a strong character and there's a lot of humor in the stories. In this one, her mother buys her own llama because she has taken up knitting as her new hobby...versus making bead jackets (beads like the kind you find on car seats!)

In this story, a girl Abby babysat for years before returns to town dressed like Abby, hair dyed red like Abby's and driving a similar yellow corvette. The girl is obviously trying to steal her identity as well as her steady boyfriend Marco. But no one believes Abby is right about the girl until there is a murder and Abby is one of the suspects.

Abby runs a florist but likes her job as amateur sleuth even better and can't help trying to find the real murderer herself.

A great female sleuth series!
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Abby Knight is back for the seventh book of A Flower Shop Mystery Series. This time Abby finds herself involved with a former charge who gradually steals Abby's life. Right away Abby feels Libby is up to no good, however everyone else thinks Abby is overreacting. Things soon turn from bad to worse when Abby is mistakenly arrested for murder. Abby thinks Libby set her up, however Abby doesn't have any proof.

Libby comes between Abby's relationship with Marco which leaves Abby no choice but to end the relationship. As Abby starts her own investigation, she finds herself, unwillingly, working with Marco. Together they try to solve the murder, while trying to avoid their feelings for each other.

Shoots to Kill is a good addition to the series. Abby Knight is an amateur sleuth with common sense. She constantly finds herself in the middle of murder investigations (sometimes she's a suspect) due to her meddling, but she means well. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new cozy mystery with a hint of romance.

4.5/5
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