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Nightshade on Elm Street
A Flower Shop Mystery #13
Kate Collins

November 2012/ ISBN 978-0-451-23850-4
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Florist Abby Knight is a whiz at multitasking, but there are times when life becomes too much for anyone. In “Nightshade on Elm Street,” Abby is juggling her flower shop business and her own wedding plans. In the midst of all this, her cousin, the flighty Jillian, demands help from Abby and her fiancée Marco, who is a private detective.

She needs help tracking down a woman who has disappeared from Jillian’s parent- in-laws’ beach house. While this type of job is normal for Marco, and Abby is a good sleuth in her own right, there’s a thorn on this rose for Abby. The woman who disappeared is engaged to Abby’s ex-fiancée, Pryce Osborne. Pryce walked out on Abby, left her heartbroken and with low self-esteem. When a body surfaces, Pryce is more than just a person of interest, he’s the prime suspect in the case.

Will Abby be able to put her past hurts behind her to save Pryce’s behind from prison? Can she and Marco take care of this without anyone else being hurt or worse? Will they be able to solve the crime and get back to their wedding plans in time to please both of their mothers?

I have enjoyed the previous 12 books in the Flower Shop Mystery series, and number 13 did not disappoint me. Kate Collins has a real knack for coming up with unique stories and well-developed characters. This is a fun and fast read, suitable for all ages, and while I recommend that you read the whole series, Nightshade on Elm Street serves readers as a stand-alone story as well.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mum's The Word #1
Slay it with Flowers #2
Dearly Depotted #3
Snipped in the Bud #4
Acts of Violets #5
A Rose from the Dead #6
Shoots to Kill #7
Night of the Living Dandelion #11
To Catch a Leaf #12
Nightshade on Elm Street #13
Seed No Evil #14

Reviewed 2013