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The newest Flower Shop mysteryWhen high-powered lawyer Ken "the Lip" Lipinski is found dead from a suspicious overdose, florist and amateur sleuth Abby Knight finds it hard to swallow that his opposing counsel—and her old boss—is the murderer. Watch a Video The newest Flower Shop mysteryWhen high-powered lawyer Ken "the Lip" Lipinski is found dead from a suspicious overdose, florist and amateur sleuth Abby Knight finds it hard to swallow that his opposing counsel—and her old boss—is the murderer. Watch a Video


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The newest Flower Shop mysteryWhen high-powered lawyer Ken "the Lip" Lipinski is found dead from a suspicious overdose, florist and amateur sleuth Abby Knight finds it hard to swallow that his opposing counsel—and her old boss—is the murderer. Watch a Video The newest Flower Shop mysteryWhen high-powered lawyer Ken "the Lip" Lipinski is found dead from a suspicious overdose, florist and amateur sleuth Abby Knight finds it hard to swallow that his opposing counsel—and her old boss—is the murderer. Watch a Video

30 review for Dirty Rotten Tendrils

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Just about everyone in New Chapel, Indiana is thrilled about the return of Cody Verse, a local boy who won the reality TV show “America’s Next Hit Single”. Crowds gather to see him, however not everyone is happy to see him, particularly ex-friend Andrew Chapper who claims he wrote Cody’s hit song and is entitled to a share of the prize money. Cody hires notorious attorney Ken “The Lip” Lipinski to represent him in court. The court case has barely started when someone murders Lipinski. There are Just about everyone in New Chapel, Indiana is thrilled about the return of Cody Verse, a local boy who won the reality TV show “America’s Next Hit Single”. Crowds gather to see him, however not everyone is happy to see him, particularly ex-friend Andrew Chapper who claims he wrote Cody’s hit song and is entitled to a share of the prize money. Cody hires notorious attorney Ken “The Lip” Lipinski to represent him in court. The court case has barely started when someone murders Lipinski. There are plenty of suspects including Dave Hammond, the attorney representing Andrew. Dave accepts the help of florist Abby Knight and her boyfriend, bar owner/private investigator, Marco Salvare to clear his name and find the killer. “Dirty Rotten Tendrils” is the nicely done tenth book in Kate Collins’ Flower Shop cozy mystery series. While the last couple of books in the series were okay, this book is one of her best – tightly written and plotted with a great deal of humor (you gotta love the names Chapper and Verse!) yet at times it is poignant and sad. The theme of reality television winners is a very current one and Collins has a lot of fun with it and its fans. Mixed in with this and adding even more humor to the book are the antics of Abby and Marco’s families – particularly the ongoing saga of Marcos’s brother Rafe and his girlfriend Cinnamon – the book is worth reading just to meet Cinnamon’s parents. Abby and Marco’s relationship continues to grow with each book and I like the way Abby isn’t all starry eyed over Marco – she realizes their relationship takes work, sacrifices, commitment, and changes on both sides. Collins does a nice job of tying in plot lines of other people’s relationships with what Marco and Abby might face. The mystery aspects are well done - well written and plotted with plenty of suspects. More than one suspect has a sad storyline and the identity of the killer and the motive for the murder was truly a sad one. Finally, the book ends on an all too realistic cliffhanger that will have readers eagerly waiting for the next book in the series to see what happens. “Dirty Rotten Tendrils” is another excellent entry in Kate Collins’ charming Flower Shop cozy mystery series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I like this series, and this entry is very good. Abby finds herself and her fiancé Marco embroiled in an investigation when a high-profile but very nasty lawyer is murdered, just when he is to be representing a famous singer-celebrity who has come back to town to defend himself against charges of fraud. The action is good, the story well-plotted, and as always, the characters are well-drawn. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    This was a great read. I love the story of Abby and Marco’s romance and the situations they find themselves in. I hope that there are many more books in this series. I never want the stories to end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a fun series and in this book the families play a big part and they really make me laugh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    There is much sorrow in this book. I don't know how things add up here, but on a basic level the latter was more than value for money, or maybe more than it's worth in a pound of flesh. The ending perched on a cliffhanger. The story is fast paced with lots of intricate events decorating the gears and heart of this book. I think this book deserves five stars. So the year started auspiciously for me. I realize that here, the author padded out her prose with flashbacks of any relevant previous pas There is much sorrow in this book. I don't know how things add up here, but on a basic level the latter was more than value for money, or maybe more than it's worth in a pound of flesh. The ending perched on a cliffhanger. The story is fast paced with lots of intricate events decorating the gears and heart of this book. I think this book deserves five stars. So the year started auspiciously for me. I realize that here, the author padded out her prose with flashbacks of any relevant previous passages. That would have helped me earlier, but for now I'm concentrated enough. It seems no mean feat for the author to have balanced her detailed intricacies while keeping the same number of pages. I did spot one thing. It concerns the appearance of Mrs Francesca Salvare. She no longer is portrayed as a poor man's Sophia Loren. But apart from this slight, I see nothing worse. The shagging shenanigans of the main couple didn't get to me until the end. That's a first. I realize why some people swear by this series. It's a harmless genre and will never garner male attention, so I'm in the minority here, gender-wise. But I feel that Kate Collins still hasn't had her last word and that there are still a few tricks left in her bag. As long as the setting of the mystery is set in New Haven, I'm happy. And I am doubly so if the heroine doesn't get confined to a house or office. It feels great to see her running about, trying to pick up the pieces. That's just rewards for bearing up with her smooching with her beau. But...at times she was at peace with the world. These times didn't last. But I hope to feel for her in future books. Her life is hell, but it's fiction. Thank God she exists in the fertile mind of her creator.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    More cozy mystery fun! First, I'm loving this series far more now that certain romantic threads have been resolved (or at least changed). Far, far more. Second, even though this book brought in more members of the Knight and Salvare families than I usually like, Collins did it in a way that worked -- the family visits were fully integrated into the main mystery plot. That was a great change that I'm hoping Collins can keep going in future books. So what was this one about? A notorious local attorn More cozy mystery fun! First, I'm loving this series far more now that certain romantic threads have been resolved (or at least changed). Far, far more. Second, even though this book brought in more members of the Knight and Salvare families than I usually like, Collins did it in a way that worked -- the family visits were fully integrated into the main mystery plot. That was a great change that I'm hoping Collins can keep going in future books. So what was this one about? A notorious local attorney is defending newly-famous New Chapel resident Cody Verse in a copyright battle. But the attorney's unethical tactics and generally bad treatment of people finally catch up with him when Ken Lipinski is found dead in his office, the victim of poisoning. And poor Dave Hammond, protagonist Abby Knight's former employer and the current attorney for the other local who's claiming that Cody stole his song, is the number one suspect. Can Abby keep from helping clear him? Not a chance!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Cute little book. I am so, so pleased to read about two characters that seem to really like each other as well as love each other. Not only that, Marco, really seems to value his fiancée's help with his investigation. What a relief, after reading about all the amateur investigators that just stick their nose into investigations, since they seem good at it. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed those books when I first read them. However, it seems to be a plot contrivance that is overused. I am just so t Cute little book. I am so, so pleased to read about two characters that seem to really like each other as well as love each other. Not only that, Marco, really seems to value his fiancée's help with his investigation. What a relief, after reading about all the amateur investigators that just stick their nose into investigations, since they seem good at it. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed those books when I first read them. However, it seems to be a plot contrivance that is overused. I am just so tired of it at this point in time. Abby, a flower shop owner, is the main character. Her fiancé, Marco, owns a bar, but is also apparently a licensed investigator. They both get involved in investigating the death of a shady lawyer. The mystery was okay. I really mostly enjoyed the characters and their interactions, especially Abby and Marco. Really look forward to reading another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoy this series. Marco and Abby always have fun and crazy adventures as they solve a mystery. This time it centered around a local who won a reality TV competition and was back in town. #readforkimberly

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Gerber

    Always fun. Love the tales of Abby! She's a winning protagonist who finds herself in tough situations with clever outcomes. Always fun. Love the tales of Abby! She's a winning protagonist who finds herself in tough situations with clever outcomes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda M

    loved it #FlowerShopMystery When a high powered attorney Lip is murdered Abby Knights close friend and old boss Dave Hammond who also happens to be the lead plaintiff attorney in a case against Lip becomes the prime suspect. In this case as all of them Abby needs to make sure that her friends are off the lead suspect list. Time is of the essence because even if Dave is off the list he needs to be not brought to a grand jury because it will hurt his career. So Abby enlists the help of her fiance M loved it #FlowerShopMystery When a high powered attorney Lip is murdered Abby Knights close friend and old boss Dave Hammond who also happens to be the lead plaintiff attorney in a case against Lip becomes the prime suspect. In this case as all of them Abby needs to make sure that her friends are off the lead suspect list. Time is of the essence because even if Dave is off the list he needs to be not brought to a grand jury because it will hurt his career. So Abby enlists the help of her fiance Marco Salvare for help. You must buy this entire series. I found myself having to reread the 1st one while waiting for these books to come in because I read through them that quickly. I really look forward to my reading time knowing i'd be reading #FlowerShopMystery

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    DIRTY ROTTEN TENDRILS by Kate Collins (A Flower Shop Mystery #10) When a local young man wins in a talent show for singing, it turns the whole town upside down. This is a murder mystery with many twists and turns. It took me some time to figure out the guilty party. The families are quirky and fun, and they add to the confusion as there is more than one mystery to sort out. A delightful read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Lairson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A LOT more Marco action that I LOVE! One thing I absolutely hated was CINNAMON! If her and Rafe end up getting back together I’m going to be SO MAD! Like, her family had the NERVE to call the Salvares those names when look at their family! Ugh Idk what Rafe is thinking like he met cinnamon A WEEK BEFORE HE PROPOSED AND HE SAYS HES CRAZY FOR HER! Yeah right!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    When a local new star comes to town for a trial because he is said to have stolen a credit for a song that he wrote with his best friend and turns the town into a media circus. Then his lawyer is murdered the local florist and the owner must find out who committed the murder before a innocent man is put in jail.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    "Dirty Rotten Tendrils" is another fun entry in the Flower Show Mystery series. Though I figured out who the killer was pretty early on in the story, I still enjoyed the antics and characters for the rest of the novel. "Dirty Rotten Tendrils" is another fun entry in the Flower Show Mystery series. Though I figured out who the killer was pretty early on in the story, I still enjoyed the antics and characters for the rest of the novel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Al

    First of the Flower Shop Mysteries. Makes me want to read more gentle or cozy mysteries - definitely by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth Retchless

    Good

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deb Monnier

    Gripping I love these books. They always keep you guessing to the end. I also love the romance between Marco & Abbey. Keep them coming!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danni

    good book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    jessica geer

    always good reads This is just another great book in the series. I am always eager to read the next. Characters are rich and help keep the stories interesting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yong

    Whimsical!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Whichever format you choose, you will find something to love in this exciting mystery novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    I read the synopsis and thought I might like it. I was wrong...I loved it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rylee

    Kate Collins added the humor and put in Dirty Rotten Tendrils with a chuckle to a sigh and all the ones in between.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Abby loves her little town... but the arrival of hometown star Cody has everything going topsy turvy! She finds herself in a pickle- her previous boss Dave Hammond is representing local boy Andrew against Cody, for his fair share of the money Cody got for 'their' song. Cody's lawyer 'The Lip' is murdered, and Dave is in the New Chapel prosecutions sights... Abby needs to convince Dave he needs her and Marco's help, before it's too late! Abby loves her little town... but the arrival of hometown star Cody has everything going topsy turvy! She finds herself in a pickle- her previous boss Dave Hammond is representing local boy Andrew against Cody, for his fair share of the money Cody got for 'their' song. Cody's lawyer 'The Lip' is murdered, and Dave is in the New Chapel prosecutions sights... Abby needs to convince Dave he needs her and Marco's help, before it's too late!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Abby just can't believe her town is going Cody crazy... and that her former boss Attorney Dave Hammond is a murderer! Abby and Marco set out to help him clear his name, and end up with a lot of mysteries inside of mysteries. The ending is a TOTAL cliffhanger- and I won't lie, I did NOT like how it was left. I can't start tge next one soon enough to find out what happens! Abby just can't believe her town is going Cody crazy... and that her former boss Attorney Dave Hammond is a murderer! Abby and Marco set out to help him clear his name, and end up with a lot of mysteries inside of mysteries. The ending is a TOTAL cliffhanger- and I won't lie, I did NOT like how it was left. I can't start tge next one soon enough to find out what happens!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marlyn

    Local boy Cody Verse won America's Next Hit Single with his song Code Blue, but his childhood pal Andrew Chapper is suing him, claiming that he actually wrote the lyrics. The whole town is in an uproar because Cody has returned to New Chapel for the trial, and Abby Knight, owner of Bloomers flower shop, hopes things will be back to normal soon. Andrew's lawyer is Dave Hammond, whom Abby once clerked for, while Cody has retained local piranha Ken "The Lip" Lipinski. Her hopes are dashed when Dave Local boy Cody Verse won America's Next Hit Single with his song Code Blue, but his childhood pal Andrew Chapper is suing him, claiming that he actually wrote the lyrics. The whole town is in an uproar because Cody has returned to New Chapel for the trial, and Abby Knight, owner of Bloomers flower shop, hopes things will be back to normal soon. Andrew's lawyer is Dave Hammond, whom Abby once clerked for, while Cody has retained local piranha Ken "The Lip" Lipinski. Her hopes are dashed when Dave Hammond's primary piece of evidence diappears, and Lipinski is accused of having stolen it. When The Lip is found dead in his office the next day, Dave is the number one suspect, and Abby and her guy Marco scramble to clear his name. Dirty Rotten Tendrils, the tenth book in the Flower Shop Mystery series,has remained fresh, probably because the characters grow and change. For those who may not have read earlier books in this delightful series, Abby dropped out of law school after one year, and purchased a flower shop in her home town of New Chapel, Indiana. Her significant other, Marco Salvares, owns a bar & grill called Down the Hatch not far away, and moonlights as a private investigator, often aided in his avocation by Abby. Kate Collins has recently suffered a personal tragedy and will be unable to do promotions for this book (released today) for a while. I encourage her fans to purchase a copy of Dirty Rotten Tendrils for your local library.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This is the first time that I have read a book by this cozy author. I was not disappointed Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins is fun and mystifying cozies. There so many murder suspects who could have done it and the characters are all well developed. Kate Collins has a great sense of humor and uses it well. At the opening of the book, she expounds on how much better it is to live in a small town as compared to a big city but as she goes on and on about this theme, everything you can image go This is the first time that I have read a book by this cozy author. I was not disappointed Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins is fun and mystifying cozies. There so many murder suspects who could have done it and the characters are all well developed. Kate Collins has a great sense of humor and uses it well. At the opening of the book, she expounds on how much better it is to live in a small town as compared to a big city but as she goes on and on about this theme, everything you can image goes wrong. A local celebrity, Singer Cody Verse is coming to town to sue the song writer of his prize winning song, “Code Blue”. His lawyer, Ken “the lip” Lipinsky is found dead. Who killed him and why? Meanwhile an engagement king snafu adds to the excitement. There are plenty of word plays punctuating this book and the love story is perfect. Abby, the owner of Bloomers is a short, well-endowed redhead who is so smart but sometime not enough and her boyfriend Marco is a true partner in solving the criminal puzzle. But Lipinsky shines as a villain who is almost begging to be bumped off. And I only suspected the murderer close to the end. I highly recommend this cozy to all cozy lovers.

  28. 5 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

    Fmorlan

    Abby Knight owns a flower shop. She also has a tendency to get involved in solving murders. This is no exception. Agter winning a nationwide contest Cody Verse comes to his hometown due to a lawsuit. He has cheated Andrew Chapper out of money that rightfully belnged to him. Cody has Ken Lipinski a shady attorney representing him. He takes one of Dave Hammond's exhibits that corraborates Andrews claim. But then Lipinski is found dead. Most logical suspect Dave Hammond. So the investigation starts Abby Knight owns a flower shop. She also has a tendency to get involved in solving murders. This is no exception. Agter winning a nationwide contest Cody Verse comes to his hometown due to a lawsuit. He has cheated Andrew Chapper out of money that rightfully belnged to him. Cody has Ken Lipinski a shady attorney representing him. He takes one of Dave Hammond's exhibits that corraborates Andrews claim. But then Lipinski is found dead. Most logical suspect Dave Hammond. So the investigation starts. In addition to that, Abby is trying to retrieve her engagement ring which Rafe's girlfriend took thinkingit was for her. Both of these giveAbby a headache but in the end some resolution, while other issues come up. Taking us to a new book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leya

    I've been reading the Flower Shop Mystery series for years and in my honest opinion that hasn't been a bad book in the bunch. And I'm hoping that it will continue to be that way... Of course there is always the odd book that doesn't quit measure to the rest, but it is a very entertaining series. And this book didn't disappoint. Abby is being her usual self, nosy and pertective of her loved ones; and Marco is trying to keep her out of trouble, the usual. Add the rest of the gang, and a few new cha I've been reading the Flower Shop Mystery series for years and in my honest opinion that hasn't been a bad book in the bunch. And I'm hoping that it will continue to be that way... Of course there is always the odd book that doesn't quit measure to the rest, but it is a very entertaining series. And this book didn't disappoint. Abby is being her usual self, nosy and pertective of her loved ones; and Marco is trying to keep her out of trouble, the usual. Add the rest of the gang, and a few new characters and you have a very interesting story to tell. Usually I'm able to figure it out halfway through the book, but with this one I was stunned on who the murderer was.

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