Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: To Catch a Leaf - 12th in the Flower Shop Mystery series
Author: Kate Collins
Release Date: November 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Chapel IN
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None (Off scene)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Kate's Website: www.katecollinsbooks.com
Life was good. In fact it was downright fantastic. Fabulous even. I should emphasize the was part. For a day that started so fabtastic, well, it went downhill in the heart beat it takes for a near miss and a scare to occur. In fact, dear readers, things just continue to go downhill. Fast.
One of Abby Knight’s assistants, Grace, who runs the tea shop portion of Abby’s flower shop Bloomers, has a lunch appointment with a friend, Constance. That’s great! No problem. No problem? Um, well, I’d say murder is a bit of a problem. Especially when Abby’s friend and employee has the accusatory finger pointed at her. (She found the body, don't you know)
Understandably, Grace is an absolute wreck. She can’t even come up with the quotes she’s so fond of narrating to Abby and Lottie (Abby’s other assistant). It’s up to Abby and her de-lish fiancé Marco to investigate, and yes, you guessed it, find the killer. Nothing but will ease Grace’s or even Abby’s mind until the murderer is behind bars.
It doesn’t help that the motive appears to be moolah, dough, deniros, ka-ching. MONEY people!! Constance had a LOT of it, and her family wanted chunks of it for themselves. At least that’s the assumption. Something is going on inside the mammoth Newport mansion and it’s not a tea party. Secrets and lies galore are swirling through the halls of the mansion. It’s a matter of uncovering them, being smarter than the Newports and arranging the information and theories in the proper order.
Not easy my friend, as there is much more going on in that house than meets the eye. As I said, secrets, lies. One way or another, Abby and Marco will learn the truth. With a bit of ingenuity and perhaps some conniving, that is.
Now if it were only as easy as that to deal with her future mother-in-law, Francesca, concerning her wedding shower arrangements. Or her mother’s newest craft project. Oh my! And don’t even get me started on Abby’s problems with her cousin, Jillian!!
I never tire of visiting Abby and Marco and their extended families. There’s always something crazy going on that drives Abby up the wall and back down again, either with her mother, Jillian, or future MIL. Or all of the above. Marco is the one who can soothe her (Grrrr!) frustration. They are a team in every sense of the word.
Can you tell I love this book? This series? I’ve read each one and they are all on my keeper shelf.
Ms. Collins has a devious and creative mind when it comes to each new Flower Shop mystery. Her plots are fresh and ingenious, Abby and Marco’s chemistry is alluring. And the craziness…? Well, it’s simply an added bonus.
Yes, the clues are there to solving the murder, and you can find them if you look deep enough, or you can just sit back and enjoy the ride, dear readers.
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