Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Dirty Rotten Tendrils - 10th in the Flower Shop Mystery series
Author: Kate Collins
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy/Romantic Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Chapel Indiana
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Kate's Website/Blog: www.katecollinsbooks.com
Reality TV has hit Abby Knightís small, quiet hometown. New Chapelís very own Cody Verse is a celebrity now. The fact that heís being sued by his former best friend and songwriting partner, Andrew, doesnít seem to diminish his almost icon-like status with the town or the media.
Abbyís friend and old boss, Dave Hammond has his work cut out for him if heís going to go to battle against Codyís attorney, Ken Lipinski, in court. The "Lip" isnít exactly known for his honest and ethical ways in and around the courthouse. Quite the opposite. In fact Dave loudly accuses Lipinski of some underhanded tactics the first day in court!
Dave is prepared to take action, which results in a face to face meeting between Dave and Lipinski. Itís unfortunate for Dave that the two lawyers were heard arguing. Why you ask? Iíll tell you why; that leaves Dave as the prime suspect. Oh, didnít I mention that Lipinski was found dead?
Yeah, well, donít worry, Abby is on it! She and Marco (her hot fiancť) donít believe for a minute that Dave killed Lipinski. Neither does of Grace and Lottie, Abbyís loyal friends and employees. The list of people who wouldnít mind seeing him dead is long, let me tell you. How about the ex-wife? Could Andrew have killed him? Codyís current babe-on-the-arm had no kind feelings toward Lipinski. Scott Hess, a lawyer in Lipinskiís law firm, may have had motive. The list goes on and Abby isnít going to rest until she and Marco find the killer.
Rest! Ha! How can she rest with a killer on the loose and Rafe, her soon-to-be brother-in-law, taking liberties with her engagement ring?!? Wow, the trouble heís causing! If she didnít have to find a killer, she just might have given in to a tiny urge to do Rafe some major bodily damage. Really, I shouldnít joke about that. Abby and Marco might have trouble finding the right motive and the right suspect, but that doesnít mean danger wonít find one of them.
I believe Iíve mentioned before how much I love reading a book, any book, by Kate Collins. Abby and Marco are a super couple. Their chemistry sizzles through the page; Iím talking about their crime-busting chemistry as well as the sparks that crackle between them personally. Grace and Lottie, Abbyís mother, niece and sister-in-law all enhance the story. As secondary characters they each add an extra layer of fun and entertainment to an already puzzling and intriguing story.
Each book in this series contains murder, continuous mayhem, a bit of sizzle, and one justice-seeking amateur sleuthÖultimately, Kateís stories always smell like a rose.
I hope Abby continues to be a bit nosy for some time to come!
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