Sunday, February 22, 2009

Evil In Carnations - Kate Collins


Evil In Carnations
A Flower Shop Mystery
Kate Collins
Obsidian

Mystery

Coming home from a romantic vacation is always a downer; especially when you took the red-eye home and only have time for a quick shower before heading off to work. It’s even worse when the police come knocking on the door. Abby Knight, no stranger to trouble due to her penchant for getting in the middle of investigations, figures the officers want her. Not so. They’re after her roommate, Nikki.

Nikki is newly single and not happy about it. In an effort to get her back in the groove, Abby convinced Nikki to try speed dating, even volunteering to go along to the event. Nikki met a handsome guy, Jonas Treat, but Abby had him pegged as trouble from the first second. While Abby was away, Nikki went on a date with Jonas. Now he’s dead and the police would like to talk to Nikki about that. Obviously, Abby knows that Nikki would never hurt anyone. And it doesn’t take long for her to find out that Jonas was well known in certain circles as a scammer, so there might be any number of people who would want him dead. Trying to clear her friend’s name while running her flower shop is tough enough. It gets even more complicated when her boyfriend’s over-enthusiastic family enters the picture.

This is the latest installment in a long-running series (ACTS OF VIOLETS, A ROSE FROM THE DEAD, SHOOTS TO KILL) but the author does a great job of crafting each novel so that it can be read by newbies as easily as longtime fans. Abby is a fun character who manages to insert herself into police investigations without seeming to try. In this case, it makes sense that she’d be protective of Nikki, her best friend since third grade. Especially since Abby feels partly – or, a lot – responsible for pushing the speed dating in the first place. There’s a wealth of suspects, making the mystery nicely complicated. Another solid entry in this very entertaining series.

Rating: 7 ½
February 2009
ISBN# 978-0-451-22623-5 (paperback)

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