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Throw in the Trowel
Flower Shop Mystery #15
Kate Collins

February 4, 2014 / ISBN 978-451-41550-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Abby Knight is back, but now she is Abby Knight Salvare. Marco and Abby have just returned from their fabulous honeymoon and are trying to work out any kinks in the newly formed state of matrimony. Just little things, like a saggy mattress that causes sleepless nights for Abby, or the too-small apartment they are living in. Oh, and also whether or not they should investigate a cold-case murder when a skeleton is found buried in the basement of Down the Hatch, the bar Marco owns.

Marco wants to keep his bride safe, and does not want her involved in yet another murder investigation. Abby is itchy to dig for the truth, though, and her hackles are up at the idea of Marco telling her what she can and cannot do.

Meanwhile at Bloomers, the flower shop Abby owns, she’s contending with her mother-in-law helping out at the shop, and by helping I mean rearranging Abby’s workroom. Adding to the keep Abby busy and out of trouble mix, is Seedy, the three- legged dog Abby and Marco recently adopted. Seedy is afraid of crowds and men (other than Marco, of course), so she wants one or the other by her side at all times.

When the bones are stolen, it becomes apparent that there is a desperate killer on the loose. Will the police give more priority to this cold case? Or will Marco and Abby have to take steps to unearth the truth about what happened before he (or she) decides to bury Marco and Abby too?

As always, Kate Collins artfully grows her mystery from a seed to a flower in full bloom, all the while drawing readers in to root for Abby, Marco, Seedy and the rest of the cast of characters. Throw in the Trowel is yet another example of what a cozy mystery should be—entertaining, comedic, and romantic, with a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.

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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
Throw in the Trowel #15
A Root Awakening #16

Reviewed 2014