Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Night of the Living Dandelion - 11th in the Flower Shop Mystery series
Author: Kate Collins
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Chapel IN
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: None (Off scene)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Kate's Website: www.katecollinsbooks.com
Vlad Serban, an army buddy of Abby Knight’s fiancé Marco, is rumored to be a vampire. During her previous "investigations," Abby has seen her share of crimes and characters. But really, a vampire? The rumors are a bit eerie, but hey, no biggie. Right?
Right. Until Lori, the director of nurses at the local hospital is later found dead, drained of her blood, exsanguinated. Vampire style. And just because Vlad’s phone number is found in her effects, that makes him doubly suspect.
Well why not? With Vlad being Romanian, having an interest in creepy and creeping plants, having unusually lengthy incisors, and his seemingly effortless ways he has cast spells over many of New Chapel’s single women…well geez, let’s lock him up and throw away the key shouting "Vampire!" "Murderer!"
Abby and Marco have their hands full once again. There is virtually nothing connecting Vlad to Lori except the circumstantial evidence. Who is setting Vlad up and why? Is it a set-up?
If the "Garlic pary" has a say, Vlad will be prosecuted with a stake through his heart. If Abby’s cousin Jillian is right, Vlad can turn others as he has her and isn’t hesitant to broadcast it. Way to go Jillian, let’s add the nail to Vlad’s coffin.
Once Abby and Marco find a thread of a lead it continues to circle back and around revealing clue after clue. But will it be enough to reveal the true killer and exonerate Vlad?
Bravo! Purposefully or not, Ms. Collins gives a smart salute and a wink and a nod to the vampires that seem to be flooding the reader’s market lately.
With a seemingly oh-so-deft hand, Ms. Collins creates a story with layers of humor, and then she balances it all out…Drama is tempered in. Motives are unveiled. Red herrings are swimming about. Suspicious backgrounds are uncovered. Family continues to drive Abby craz…um…give Abby headaches.
Honestly? Abby and her world are at the top of my list as my go-to alternate reality. Visiting Abby and her friends and family can be dangerous, but it’s oh-so fun.
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