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The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his kil The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his killer. To clear Nikki?s name, Abby enlists the help of her hunky ex-Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco. But Marco?s rambunctious extended family turns Abby?s hectic life into a disaster zone. With her patience seriously wilting, and a killer on the loose, Abby is determined to dig herself out of this mess?before someone buries her instead...


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The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his kil The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his killer. To clear Nikki?s name, Abby enlists the help of her hunky ex-Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco. But Marco?s rambunctious extended family turns Abby?s hectic life into a disaster zone. With her patience seriously wilting, and a killer on the loose, Abby is determined to dig herself out of this mess?before someone buries her instead...

30 review for Evil in Carnations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I started reading this series as a result of crippling boredom late one night last year. I was going through my library's Overdrive online library and the first book in this series popped up. It was late, and I'd heard of this series, so I figured I'd try it. The first book was entirely unremarkable, I'm not going to lie, but I gave the second book a try, and it was remarkable, I loved it! The rest of the series (with the exception of one book) was also simply amazing. But for some reason I have I started reading this series as a result of crippling boredom late one night last year. I was going through my library's Overdrive online library and the first book in this series popped up. It was late, and I'd heard of this series, so I figured I'd try it. The first book was entirely unremarkable, I'm not going to lie, but I gave the second book a try, and it was remarkable, I loved it! The rest of the series (with the exception of one book) was also simply amazing. But for some reason I haven't read a book in this series for almost a year. I'm glad to say that I've remedied that now! For the first third or so of this book I found Abby to be exceedingly childish. She was doing what I absolutely cannot stand an MC to do; begging to investigate. However, after the first third of the book Abby no longer begged, and she became so much more tolerable. The other characters were also great, and I loved the hilarious personal twist in Abby and Marco's relationship. The mystery was well plotted. I didn't suspect the killer until the very end, and the mystery tied up wonderfully. The secondary plotline involving Abby and Marco was also great! I really want more of this plotline and sincerely hope we have more of their families in the future books. Overall this was a very good book, there's an enormous chance that I will be reading the next one. Recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Another faithful entry to the Hall of Shame. This series is racking up one point ratings before you could say disappointment. The biggest con against this book is that there's nothing to discuss after reading it. There can be no room for analysis because not one thing is up for debate in this cookie cutter story - I don't obviously mean this in a good way. The new participants in this sordid tale didn't get any depth ascribed to them and the recurrent ones barely get a mention. This may be a go Another faithful entry to the Hall of Shame. This series is racking up one point ratings before you could say disappointment. The biggest con against this book is that there's nothing to discuss after reading it. There can be no room for analysis because not one thing is up for debate in this cookie cutter story - I don't obviously mean this in a good way. The new participants in this sordid tale didn't get any depth ascribed to them and the recurrent ones barely get a mention. This may be a good time to take a break from this series. I badly need a change of scenery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 8th Book in the Flower Shop Mystery series and another fun read. IN this one Abby's roommate and best friend Nikki breaks up with her boyfriend so Abby convinces her to go Speed Dating. Nikki meets a man there who she likes and goes out on a date with him - and hours later he is found dead. Abby once again has to go sleuthing to prove the innocence of someone she loves. I found this book just a little less enjoyable than the other books. It felt like almost everyone in Abby's life was complai The 8th Book in the Flower Shop Mystery series and another fun read. IN this one Abby's roommate and best friend Nikki breaks up with her boyfriend so Abby convinces her to go Speed Dating. Nikki meets a man there who she likes and goes out on a date with him - and hours later he is found dead. Abby once again has to go sleuthing to prove the innocence of someone she loves. I found this book just a little less enjoyable than the other books. It felt like almost everyone in Abby's life was complaining and whiny. Nikki was defensive and depressed - understandable I guess what with the murder charge and all - but still. And Abbey's family (as well as Marco) were irritating. The end part with the missunderstanding - Seriously? Gack. Still - my whining aside - I still devoured this book and it was overall a really fun read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I am a big fan of this series, and #8 in the series did not disappoint. Abby's friend and roomi Nikki is accused of murder. Abby knows she did not and could not do it, but Marco, who is investigating, wants Abby to stay out of it. As if Abby could. Abby's investigation (and keeping secrets) also leads to a huge misunderstanding at the end of the story. Cousin Jillian is featured as well in this story and continues to add humor in this well written series. Visiting with Abby at Bloomers is like vis I am a big fan of this series, and #8 in the series did not disappoint. Abby's friend and roomi Nikki is accused of murder. Abby knows she did not and could not do it, but Marco, who is investigating, wants Abby to stay out of it. As if Abby could. Abby's investigation (and keeping secrets) also leads to a huge misunderstanding at the end of the story. Cousin Jillian is featured as well in this story and continues to add humor in this well written series. Visiting with Abby at Bloomers is like visiting an old friend. These are easy reads but capture your interest. I'll be continuing the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Min

    Of all of the Flower Shop Mystery books, this is my least favourite thus far (although I still enjoyed it). Abby's roommate (and longtime friend), Nikki meets Jonas Treat at a speed dating event. Although Abby has a steady boyfriend, she tags along to keep Nikki company and server as an advisor. Although Abby is turned off by Jonas and tries to stear Nikki away from him, Nikki is immediately smitten. Despite the rules, Nikki exchanges contact information with Jonas, and they arrange a date soon a Of all of the Flower Shop Mystery books, this is my least favourite thus far (although I still enjoyed it). Abby's roommate (and longtime friend), Nikki meets Jonas Treat at a speed dating event. Although Abby has a steady boyfriend, she tags along to keep Nikki company and server as an advisor. Although Abby is turned off by Jonas and tries to stear Nikki away from him, Nikki is immediately smitten. Despite the rules, Nikki exchanges contact information with Jonas, and they arrange a date soon after the speed dating event. Unfortunately, Jonas ends up dead the night of his date with Nikki. Nikki is, of course, the last person on record to see him alive. The investigation soon focuses on Nikki, and Abby wants to swing into action. She is convinced that Nikki could never kill anyone, and she wants to help with the investigation. However, Nikki's attorney (who Abby interned for when she was in law school) is equally determined that Abby stay out of the investigation because she is biased. So Abby's boyfriend Marco is put in charge of the investigation. But, of course, Abby can't help but worm her way into the investigation through the back door. What I found lacking in this plot was that it took so long to find an alternate suspect. It also took a very long time for Abby to start investigating (even unofficially). This is the eighth book in the series, so it was obvious that Abby WOULD get involved in the investigation one way or another. And whether Nikki committed the murder, it's rare that a murder mystery would have only one suspect, so there HAD to be at least one other suspect, if only the red herring! Once these two things got going, the pacing was great and the book was the page-turner that I've come to expect from Collins. It's nice to see Abby and Marco trying to negotiate their relationship, and it's also nice to see a female character with her own business who has concerns about the balance between career and domesticity. While I say that this book is my least favourite in the series, it's worth noting that I still liked the book, and am eager to read the next book in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shonda

    Abby Knight is back for the eighth book of the series. Abby and Marco are trying to mend their relationship and decide to sneak to Key West for a weekend getaway. Abby empathizes with Nikki, her roommate, because her boyfriend just ended their relationship. To help heal Nikki’s broken heart, Abby decides to attend a speed dating event with Nikki. Much to Abby’s chagrin, Nikki chooses the one guy that Abby did not like. Breaking the “no contact” rule, Nikki exchanges phone numbers with Jonas Trea Abby Knight is back for the eighth book of the series. Abby and Marco are trying to mend their relationship and decide to sneak to Key West for a weekend getaway. Abby empathizes with Nikki, her roommate, because her boyfriend just ended their relationship. To help heal Nikki’s broken heart, Abby decides to attend a speed dating event with Nikki. Much to Abby’s chagrin, Nikki chooses the one guy that Abby did not like. Breaking the “no contact” rule, Nikki exchanges phone numbers with Jonas Treat and agrees to go out with him, all the while keeping this a secret from Abby. When Abby returns from her weekend with Marco, Nikki gets arrested for homicide. Abby agrees to help Nikki, however Nikki repeatedly sabotages the case by not being forthcoming with Abby. Soon Abby begins to doubt Nikki’s innocence and questions how well does she really know her best friend. While trying to figure out who killed Jonas, Abby is also trying to keep her weekend getaway a secret from her family, especially her mother. If her family knew about Key West, they would assume she and Marco were getting serious. . .which meant marriage. Abby is aware of her feelings for Marco, however she’s not sure if she’s ready for marriage. Although the killer is easy to spot, this book is a great addition to the series. While it centers around solving the murder, the reader learns more about Abby’s relationship with Marco. One can’t help but to wonder what the future holds for them. 4.5/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    SUMMARY: The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his killer. To clear Nikki?s name, Abby enlists the help of her hunky ex-Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco. But Marco?s rambuncti SUMMARY: The dating scene can be a killer... Determined to help her roommate Nikki out of her singles slump, Abby Knight encourages her to give speed dating a try. Of course, Nikki wants the guy at the very bottom of Abby?s list, Jonas Treat?a.k.a. ?Treat the Cheat??and figures just one date with him couldn?t hurt. But then Jonas is found dead?and evidence points to Nikki as his killer. To clear Nikki?s name, Abby enlists the help of her hunky ex-Army Ranger boyfriend, Marco. But Marco?s rambunctious extended family turns Abby?s hectic life into a disaster zone. With her patience seriously wilting, and a killer on the loose, Abby is determined to dig herself out of this mess?before someone buries her instead... REVIEW: This is the second Flower Shop Mystery that I have read. I found Abby the main character quite whiny and bothersome in the first of the series. I actually liked this book much better. Her character was better developed with fiestiness and inquisitiveness and her relationship with Marco was more interesting. The author included some quirky characters who definitely add flavor to the storyline as well as enough twists and turns to keep the reader's interest. The ending was definitely a suprise, and I look forward to reading the next in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nanakin

    I don't have much time to read for fun, but I've read all the books in this series. I enjoy them because I like characters whose company I enjoy, I like humor along with the mystery to solve, and I can read them quickly. I also enjoy a romantic sub-plot, and these have the right amount of that without giving "too much information." In EIC, I understand why Abby did what she did (getting Nikki involved in the speed-dating), but her good intentions don't mean much when things go really badly. I pe I don't have much time to read for fun, but I've read all the books in this series. I enjoy them because I like characters whose company I enjoy, I like humor along with the mystery to solve, and I can read them quickly. I also enjoy a romantic sub-plot, and these have the right amount of that without giving "too much information." In EIC, I understand why Abby did what she did (getting Nikki involved in the speed-dating), but her good intentions don't mean much when things go really badly. I personally think speed-dating might be fun (if I were single!) but surely caution and discernment would be needed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    This is the first I've read by this author; I like her using a florist as her heroine. Not bad, not bad at all. This is the first I've read by this author; I like her using a florist as her heroine. Not bad, not bad at all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    I am now caught up with the Flower Shop Mysteries. They are such fun and a great escape from stressors.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Cllins is getting more interesting with her latest books. Fun read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    LOVE Abby Knight. Great, mindless reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Corky

    Enjoyed the story and would read more by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    Abby Knight's roommate, Nikki, isn't happy with her latest breakup. She's dipping deep into the ice cream carton, and she's lying around listlessly. Abby is sure speed dating is the answer for Nikki, and Abby agrees to accompany her friend on the speed date to help her choose. Jonas is that hotshot guy with the fancy car. He's way full of himself, and Abby's sure he would mistreat her friend if the two ever got together. But Nikki is smitten, and she breaks the rules and gives him her contact inf Abby Knight's roommate, Nikki, isn't happy with her latest breakup. She's dipping deep into the ice cream carton, and she's lying around listlessly. Abby is sure speed dating is the answer for Nikki, and Abby agrees to accompany her friend on the speed date to help her choose. Jonas is that hotshot guy with the fancy car. He's way full of himself, and Abby's sure he would mistreat her friend if the two ever got together. But Nikki is smitten, and she breaks the rules and gives him her contact information. A few days later, Jonas is dead, and Nikki's DNA and prints are all over the model home he took her to after their first date. No, they didn't sleep together; he had her home at a decent hour. But she got in her car and drove around missing her old boyfriend for hours, and that's when Jonas died. the cops are sure they have their killer; Abby's sure they don't. It's up to Abby and her snazzy boyfriend to clear Nikki if they can. Meanwhile, Marco and Abby's families are up to their noses in miscommunications and misunderstandings that turn humorous in places.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda M

    I'm totally obsessed Abby Knight is determined to help her best friend Nikki find a date. So much so she is willing to go along with her to a speed dating for support and to weed out the ones not suitable. Abby finds a suitor for Nikki but Nikki has her eye on the town player. A few days later said town player is found dead and against Abby's advice Nikki went out on a date with him the very night he was found dead. Now Nikki has become the prime suspect. So along with her boyfriend Marco Salvare I'm totally obsessed Abby Knight is determined to help her best friend Nikki find a date. So much so she is willing to go along with her to a speed dating for support and to weed out the ones not suitable. Abby finds a suitor for Nikki but Nikki has her eye on the town player. A few days later said town player is found dead and against Abby's advice Nikki went out on a date with him the very night he was found dead. Now Nikki has become the prime suspect. So along with her boyfriend Marco Salvare Abby and him set off to prove Nikki's innocence and to steer the DA towards other potential suspects. I'm so obsessed with #FlowerShopMystery books I order several at a time because I just read t through them so quickly. Abby Knight is my hero!!! She's my kind of heroin for justice. A definite MUST read!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    I was on the fence about this series for a while but as I get farther into it I'm enjoying it more and more. There's a lot of investigating in this book and the clues are stacking up both for Abby and for those around her. Not only are she and Marco solving a crime to keep Niki out of hot water, but Abby's friends and relatives are putting the pieces together as well. There are some really fun characters in this book and interesting settings, from a speed dating event to another local family far I was on the fence about this series for a while but as I get farther into it I'm enjoying it more and more. There's a lot of investigating in this book and the clues are stacking up both for Abby and for those around her. Not only are she and Marco solving a crime to keep Niki out of hot water, but Abby's friends and relatives are putting the pieces together as well. There are some really fun characters in this book and interesting settings, from a speed dating event to another local family farm lost to developers. This book moved very quickly and was hard to put down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a cute installment in the Flower Shop Mystery series. In this story, Abby's roommate and best friend Nikki is suspected of murdering a man she met at a speed dating event. Though Abby's reasons for attending the event seemed sketchy (I don't know if someone who wasn't looking for a relationship would really be allowed at one), she and Nikki met some very strange characters there. Though I was able to figure out the murderer rather early in the story, the quirky antics kept me interested This is a cute installment in the Flower Shop Mystery series. In this story, Abby's roommate and best friend Nikki is suspected of murdering a man she met at a speed dating event. Though Abby's reasons for attending the event seemed sketchy (I don't know if someone who wasn't looking for a relationship would really be allowed at one), she and Nikki met some very strange characters there. Though I was able to figure out the murderer rather early in the story, the quirky antics kept me interested and engaged.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Abby & Marco are back on track... but it looks like things are derailing for Nikki! Abby refuses to let her best friend be railroaded into jail, so she gets Dave Hammond on her side. Marco is asked to investigate, so of course Abby has to do her own sleuthing too! A great whodunit, that gets your brain firing on all cylinders.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A good book in a fun series. I found the resolution of the mystery a little disappointing and Abby’s roommate acts like a real drip throughout. But Abby is so charming and I loved Jillian’s antics. I’ll definitely be reading more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I enjoy the Flower Shop Mystery series, and this entry is a good one. Abby has to help her roommate, who has been accused of murder, with a lot of circumstantial evidence pointing to her guilt. The story is a good , fast-moving cozy mystery that fans will like.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a light hearted series and I have really been enjoying it. I interested to watch where Abby is going from here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Fun series

  23. 4 out of 5

    Audra

    This took me longer than usual for a cozy mystery to be interested in but once I was I enjoyed it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kennedy

    EVIL IN CARNATIONS, the eighth release in the Kate Collins Flower Shop Mysteries, is packed with the colorful characters and witty dialogue that we have come to expect from this gifted author. Ms. Collin’s books have made the Barnes & Noble mass market mystery bestsellers lists, the Independent Booksellers lists, and are available in large print editions in the U.S. and the UK. Her devoted fans will consider EVIL IN CARNATIONS an auto-buy, and new readers will be delighted to discover the latest EVIL IN CARNATIONS, the eighth release in the Kate Collins Flower Shop Mysteries, is packed with the colorful characters and witty dialogue that we have come to expect from this gifted author. Ms. Collin’s books have made the Barnes & Noble mass market mystery bestsellers lists, the Independent Booksellers lists, and are available in large print editions in the U.S. and the UK. Her devoted fans will consider EVIL IN CARNATIONS an auto-buy, and new readers will be delighted to discover the latest Abby Knight mystery. Once again, Abby finds herself in the thick of things. When she encourages her roommate Nikki, to try speed dating, the date turns up dead, and Nikki is the key suspect. Undaunted, Abby jumps into the fray (with the help of the deliciously sexy Marco Salvare), determined to clear Nikki’s name. The plot races along at a pulse-pounding rate. but it may be the characters that keep the readers coming back for more. As the author says, “Writing a mystery with a humorous undertone and a dash of romance called for a spunky sleuth. So I created a short but feisty female knight-in-shining armor (hence the last name Knight) who gets booted out of law school and scrapes up enough money for the down payment on a little flower shop named Bloomers.” And never underestimate the power of a hunky ex-Army Ranger boyfriend. “As popular as Abby is with fans of the series, I think her romance with the sexy owner of the Down the Hatch bar, Marco Salvare, keeps them hooked. Another popular character is Abby’s mother, a kindergarten teacher who believes she’s an artist and foists a different, hilarious creation on Abby to sell at her shop in each book. And I haven’t even mentioned Abby’s sidekicks, Lottie and Grace, or fashionista cousin Jillian, the woman readers love to hate. I guess you’ll have to read about them.” And read about them, they will. It’s not unusual for readers at Ms. Collins’s book signings to buy the entire backlist. Once you meet Abby and Marco, you’ll be hooked, too. EVIL IN CARNATIONS is as fresh and vibrant as MUM’S THE WORD, the first Flower Shop Mystery. Let’s hope for many more books in this engaging series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I almost DNF'ed this about halfway through, but this was the last opportunity I was giving this series so I felt like I needed to see it through to the end. Sadly, nothing really changed that first instinct. Abby was incredibly childish and petty in almost every aspect here. First of all—and this isn't new to the series—she's very narrowminded and generally awful when it comes to her family. Her mother makes horrible art pieces and is excited to show them off and this is supposed to be a bad thi I almost DNF'ed this about halfway through, but this was the last opportunity I was giving this series so I felt like I needed to see it through to the end. Sadly, nothing really changed that first instinct. Abby was incredibly childish and petty in almost every aspect here. First of all—and this isn't new to the series—she's very narrowminded and generally awful when it comes to her family. Her mother makes horrible art pieces and is excited to show them off and this is supposed to be a bad thing? Abby's level of embarrassment is more appropriate for someone whose parent is a bank robber. Then there's the way she treats Jillian, who more than once tries to pitch in and be helpful and Abby dismisses it as a "hormonal imbalance". Then there's everything with Nicki. First, Abby is upset that she ignored her advice and went out with this guy and then it's revealed that Abby is the one that pushed her to start dating again when she wasn't ready to? And yet she's still upset? She has no empathy towards Nicki feeling upest or down after her break up and when everything goes bad she has the nerve to make it a competition between them about who has it worse. And then, if none of that was bad enough, she actually internally questions whether Nicki could be the murderer. The girl she's been best friends with since third grade. She doesn't tell her the full story right away because she's upset and embarrassed and suddenly that makes you doubt her? What a terrible friend. I found there to be some needlessly harsh characterizations of secondary characters. One suspect looked like their head had been stuck in a vice, another person had been sitting at his desk too long "if the spare tire around his middle was any indication." They're small things, but they add up to a really negative outlook. Finally, the fact that Abby was *so* shocked that people would lie to her when she's butting in and unofficially questioning them really undercuts the set up of the book and series as a whole. Officially saying good-bye to this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Florist Abby Knight is delighted that her romance with hunky Private Investigator Marco Salvare is back on track. Her roommate Nikki Hiduke is less thrilled as she just broke up with her boyfriend. To cheer Nikki up, Abby convinces her to go to a speed dating event. Abby thinks she's found the perfect date for Nikki, but to her dismay Nikki is attracted to Jonas Treat, better known as "Treat the Cheat". When Jonas is found murdered shortly after their date, Nikki is the number one suspect. Abby Florist Abby Knight is delighted that her romance with hunky Private Investigator Marco Salvare is back on track. Her roommate Nikki Hiduke is less thrilled as she just broke up with her boyfriend. To cheer Nikki up, Abby convinces her to go to a speed dating event. Abby thinks she's found the perfect date for Nikki, but to her dismay Nikki is attracted to Jonas Treat, better known as "Treat the Cheat". When Jonas is found murdered shortly after their date, Nikki is the number one suspect. Abby works frantically to clear Nikki's name and find the real killer, even if the police and Marco don't want her help. "Evil in Carnations" is another fun mystery in the Flower Shop cozy mystery series, a series that gets better with every book. Abby and Marco are back together and take their relationship up a notch (perhaps more than they realize!) and they make a good team working together. It is nice to have more of Nikki in this book and she too has grown as a character. There is also plenty of Abby's coworkers, Grace and Lottie, in the book, which adds a sweet touch to the book. There is a great sense of humor throughout the book, including (as always) Abby's mother's latest "art" creation and her cousin Jill's attempt to "help" out in the flower shop. In fact, both Abby's and Marco's family add quite a bit of humor to the book, including the end of the book which ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. The mystery itself is well plotted with plenty of suspects and the revelation of the identity of the killer and the motive for the murder adds a bit of poignancy to an otherwise humorous book. "Evil in Carnations" is a nicely done cozy mystery.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bee N.

    I haven't read the whole series, I will, but this is my favorite so far. Abby and Marco are the reason I keep reading and I liked that the author took them to another level. They were more affectionate in this novel and I think it's because Marco has learned to be more appreciative. Yay for them uncovering the dangerous situation together. Even though Marco was still sweetly protective of Abby, for once she's the one who came to his rescue. I also loved there was more sass/wittiness i.e. Jillian I haven't read the whole series, I will, but this is my favorite so far. Abby and Marco are the reason I keep reading and I liked that the author took them to another level. They were more affectionate in this novel and I think it's because Marco has learned to be more appreciative. Yay for them uncovering the dangerous situation together. Even though Marco was still sweetly protective of Abby, for once she's the one who came to his rescue. I also loved there was more sass/wittiness i.e. Jillian "You'd never make it as a shopper." Abby (subconsciously) "If she wasn't careful, she wouldn't make it to noon." Just one of the sentences that made me L-O-L. The supporting characters were simply hilarious and came in at just the right moments...As if Abby didn't have enough on her plate. BY THE WAY, I was so proud to have been right about the murder suspect!! While this series is formulaic (one of Abby's dearests is wrongfully suspected of murder, Abby & her partner find the real culprit, she is way ambitious and pursues her instincts on her own even after being told not to, and ends up in a heart-wrenching, near-death situation), I gotta hand it to Collins for continuously coming up with the potential suspects and their personalities. It's a love-hate for me how the books are trending to teasing endings.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love this Flower Shop Mystery series! In this one Flower Shop owner Abby decides to help her depressed roommate find a new guy by going to a speed dating event. When the guy that Nikki goes out with ends up dead, the police decide that there's enough evidence to hold Nikki as the murderer! Abby with her hunk boyfriend Marco go into overdrive to find the killer and free Nikki. This series is well written, fun to read, and a good read for a lazy afternoon. I love this Flower Shop Mystery series! In this one Flower Shop owner Abby decides to help her depressed roommate find a new guy by going to a speed dating event. When the guy that Nikki goes out with ends up dead, the police decide that there's enough evidence to hold Nikki as the murderer! Abby with her hunk boyfriend Marco go into overdrive to find the killer and free Nikki. This series is well written, fun to read, and a good read for a lazy afternoon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I find this cozy series very entertaining. Abby, the heroine of the story, is engaging and independent. Her hunky boyfriend is clever and has developed through the series into a partner worth having. The secondary characters are equally as well written, from her annoying cousin Jillian to her "mad" mother to her employees Grace and Lottie to roommate Nikki who in this story is accused of murder. I think the books are better as they progress and I can't wait to read the next one. I find this cozy series very entertaining. Abby, the heroine of the story, is engaging and independent. Her hunky boyfriend is clever and has developed through the series into a partner worth having. The secondary characters are equally as well written, from her annoying cousin Jillian to her "mad" mother to her employees Grace and Lottie to roommate Nikki who in this story is accused of murder. I think the books are better as they progress and I can't wait to read the next one.

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