Thursday, August 14, 2008

Shoots To Kill - Kate Collins


Shoots To Kill
A Flower Shop Mystery
Kate Collins
Obsidian

Mystery

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Abby Knight, florist and owner of Bloomers might have a thing or six to say about that. Once upon a time, Abby babysat for little Elizabeth Blume. Now, Elizabeth wants to be called Libby and is working on making her life a complete copy of Abby’s. That would include driving the same kind of car, opening a competing and nearly identical shop, and getting Abby’s boyfriend, Marco.

The story opens with a prologue, three weeks in the future. Abby is in jail. She was arrested because some rookie cop mistook her for Libby. Libby is wanted for murder, and Abby is positive that this is part of Libby’s master plan to destroy her. In the hour or so Abby is mistakenly held in lockup, she manages to start “just a tiny riot.” She’s outraged by the stories of her fellow inmates and promises to do something to help them. Of course, she’s going to have to help herself, first.

The author never fails to come up with inventive ways to keep this series (ACTS OF VIOLETS, A ROSE FROM THE DEAD) fresh and interesting. No small feat in a cozy series set in the heroine’s small hometown. This time it’s a blast from Abby’s past who returns to town and stirs up trouble. At times, Abby can come across as more shrill than feisty, but in this case she’s got great reason to be angry. Even if you haven’t been following this delightful series from the beginning, you’ll feel for Abby as she watches everything she’s worked for threatened. This time it’s personal for Abby, and that makes the story that much more involving.

Rating: 7 ½
August 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-22474-3 (paperback)

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