- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Signet (2. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451218310
- ISBN-13: 978-0451218315
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 2 x 17 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 782.420 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Snipped in the Bud: A Flower Shop Mystery (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Mai 2006
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“A bouquet of irresistible characters.”—Elaine Viets, Author of the Dead-End Job Mysteries
“A spirited sleuth....Here’s hoping we see more of intrepid florist Abby Knight.” —Nancy J. Cohen, Author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Kathleen Collins has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Wayne State University, an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts/Television Writing from UCLA, and over 12 years of teaching experience at the community college level. She has written for Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development and co-written a course for parents of hearing-impaired babies for the John Tracy clinic.
Ich wusste irgendwann, wer der Täter sein würde, aber mal ehrlich, wenn man wirklich viele Krimis gelesen hat, erkennt man die Zeichen in den meisten Fällen und daher denke ich, dass das kein Kritikpunkt mehr sein kann (es sei denn, es ist wirklich zu auffällig).
Insgesamt ein wirklich rundes Lesevergnügen, das mich froh macht, schlau genug gewesen zu sein, mir gleich einen weiteren Band mitbestellt zu haben ("A Rose from the Dead", Review folgt dann irgendwann). Wer nach dem ersten Band aufgehört hat, die Serie zu lesen, hat selber Schuld und definitiv etwas verpasst!
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This was a nicely plotted cozy mystery. Although I've read many mysteries where the heroine is considered a suspect, this is the first one I've read where the situation wasn't contrived and there was a legitimate reason for the police to suspect Abby. Abby is an engaging heroine, although there were times in this book when her meddling was a bit too much and once or twice I rolled my eyes while reading the book. The book has lots of humor and Abby's various disguises as she hides from the Media and various townspeople who think she is the murderer are quite humorous. The mystery is well written and I didn't guess who the real murderer was until the very end.
Feeling smug for having the last word, Abby decides that she has finally buried the demons that have haunted her after flunking out of law school. But when Abby righteously decides to get back the flower she delivered to Puffer, she finds out that the nightmare is just beginning. She stumbles over the dead body of Professor Reed, and once her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, the town starts to insist that she be arrested. While dodging the relentless press, staying away from angry law students, and cracking a pet-stealing ring, Abby works diligently to clear her name.
This is a fresh, funny series! Even though I figured out early on how several of the details tied together, I was still intrigued to see how Abby would solve the case. She stumbles around a bit in her investigating, and gets herself involved in quite a bit of mischief, which is always amusing. I found her choice of disguises to be hilarious, and her budding relationship with Marco was sizzling. Great addition to the cozy genre!
The first book in the series is called "Mum's the Word". Enjoy!
Things didn't start out well, when she almost runs him over in her car and then while trying to sneak the flower on his desk he walks in and catches her. Yelling and screaming at her, he throws the flower in his trash and sends her running out of the room where she runs into another professor, Carlton Reed, who had recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest.
Making it safely to her car, Abby decides that she wasn't going to leave a perfectly good flower die in the Professor's trash can, so she sneaks back up to pluck it out and finds Carlton Reed dead in Professor's Puffer's chair with one of the Professor's signature pencils stuck in his neck.
Now things are really a mess as Abby realizes that she is at the top of the police's list of suspects. (So what if she had forgot to mention she had handled the pencils earlier, just because the one used in the murder had her fingerprints on it didn't make her a killer, did it?)
You would think being suspected of murder would be the worse thing that could happen to you, but unfortunately for Abby, that distinction falls on her cousin Jillian, who in the last story Abby spent most of the time convincing that she really, really, really wanted to get married. Jillian has left her husband on the honeymoon and has moved in with Abby and her roommate Nikki.
It's up to Abby, to find out who killed Carlton Reed, who is stealing pets from the neighborhood, and can she get Jillian to go back to her husband, or at least to move out of her apartment. With the help of her "boyfriend" Marco Salvare - owner of "Down The Hatch" bar and grill, Abby sets out to solve the mystery before she ends up in prison herself.
Abby and Marco. Marco is a former cop and instead of always telling Abby to stay out of investigating, he actually encourages and helps her all he can. Being a former cop, he still has contacts with the police department and they make a great team.
Abby's flower shop employee's. These women are always willing to help Abby in her investigations, which usually consists of them having to do all the work at the shop, as Abby can't show her face due to all the reporters hanging out in front.
Abby's disguises: Due to all the reporters, Abby has to resort to disguises to get around town and do her investigations. Unfortunately, she is relying on her cousin Jillian to dress her up.
A very good mystery which reaches out in several different directions, causing Abby to suspect a lot of people of the crime. Abby solves it by really investigating, discovering information and following up on it, not just having the killer announce, "it's me, I did it."
Jillian - the runaway honeymoon bride. She was exasperating in the last book and you want to smack her upside the head in this one as well.
Lowlights: Only minor ones.
Not enough of the flower shop employee's, they weren't used in investigating this time, only to cover the shop while Abby did all the investigating.
Abby's mother's creations. Abby's mother is into creating art and the pieces she has unloaded at the flower shop to sell are a riot. Nothing outrageous this time around.
A great series. Hasn't had a miss so far. The only problem had been Abby's lone-wolf persona in the first book, which has evaporated over the series into a lot of great relationships.