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Shoots to Kill (Flower Shop Mysteries, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2008
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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This author writes wonderful romance-mystery stories. Keep them coming Kate!Published 8 months ago by Margot K
I have enjoyed all the Flower shop books. This one had so many twists and suspects! I stayed up way too late to finish it! I am downloading the next book right now!!Published 16 months ago by Wendy
I loved the book, can't wait for the next one in the series to come out.Published 21 months ago by Judith Laver
I enjoy reading these stories. The author has the ability to write a story with fun characters and plots. I find Kate Collins books a great on the deck relaxing read.Published on July 21, 2014 by E Jean Graham