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Sleeping with Anemone by Kate Collins

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Cover art: Sleeping with Anemone Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Sleeping with Anemone - 9th in the Flower Shop Mystery series
Author: Kate Collins
Publisher: Obsidian
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22890-1
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Chapel IN
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Kate's Website: www.katecollinsbooks.com


Abby Knight is passionate about everything she does whether it’s her flower shop and creating gorgeous arrangements, her sexy boyfriend Marco Salvare, friends and family, or fighting for justice of any kind.

In Abby’s opinion a great unjustice is being done to the public as well as a herd of helpless cows. Uniworld Food is prepared to open a dairy right in New Chapel’s backyard. She wouldn’t have a problem with it if the insensitive, incompetent powers that be didn’t inject the poor cows with hormones increasing their milk production and leaving them in constant pain. So to get her point across, Abby begins a public campaign of protest.

Unfortunately when she kicks it into high gear bad things begin to happen. But Abby’s not about to be stopped, even when her shop is vandalized and the danger hits extremely close to home. Refusing to back down she makes it her mission to get to the bottom of the criminal activity that’s aimed at her. She’ll have to be very careful (even though she’s scared silly, she’s not stupid); it seems Uniworld will stop at nothing to nip Abby’s message of cow cruelty in the bud, any way they can.

Every precaution is taken to ensure Abby’s safety. Marco will be protecting her 24/7 as they investigate together. Hmm, this might not be too bad…but it starts to look as if Abby and Marco might not be on the same page. Her knight-in-shining-armor may just have a bit, maybe a lot, of tarnish on him. The close confines of their togetherness and the mystery that seems to be going in circles is driving Abby crazy. If a clue that fits the puzzle doesn’t appear soon she’s going to end up a few petals short of a tulip.

One can only hope she comes out of it unscathed and smelling like a rose.

Ms. Collins has created a strong connection between the reader and her characters; they’re never anything but strong, warm, kind, and compassionate. Abby and Marco always exude a hint of sexiness and sometimes Abby’s nosiness overshadows a fine layer of vulnerability…

So it’s with little wonder that I always love reading a book by Kate Collins. She layers the intrigue and clues cleverly between sharp dialogue and Abby’s cunning and oft times off-the-wall thoughts and actions. When you blend that with Abby’s passion for justice and the mysteries she gets tangled in you have nothing but a win-win for the reader.

Connie

P.S. Since reading this I’ve been much more aware of the dairy products I buy. Thanks, Kate!

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