Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: Throw in the Trowel

Throw in the Trowel: A Flower Shop MysteryAuthor: Kate Collins
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet

Series: A Flower Shop Mystery # 15

The couple that sleuths together…

Flower Shop owner Abby Knight has just returned from a romantic honeymoon with the man of her dreams. There’s no reason for the bloom to be off the rose just because she and Marco are returning to normal life. But when Marco discovers a skeleton buried in the basement of his bar, it is a bit of a mood killer.

When the body is identified as a carpenter who went missing back in the 1970s, Abby and Marco decide to cultivate the clues to solve the cold case. What could be more romantic? But the deeper they dig, the more desperate the murderer grows. And if Marco and Abby don’t unearth the killer’s identity, they may not live to see their first anniversary.

Correction. Let’s make that Abby Christine Knight Salvare.

Both men leaned close to look at the object in his palm. I stood up and brushed my hands on my pants, feeling as though I’d touched something disgusting. “That’s a finger bone.”

If I were a betting man, I’d place my money on the Salvares.

This marriage thing was a real game changer.

Kate Collins and her Flower Shop Mystery Series have been at the top of my charts when it comes to Cozy Mystery books for quite some time now. I have patiently awaited one book after the next and have never been disappointed by the writing, characters, or the adventures and mysteries we solve alongside our brave heroine, Abby. I was wondering where Collins would take readers next, especially after Abby and Marco were married in the book prior to this one. However, I was wrong for even beginning to question the work of Kate Collins. She brought back all our loveable characters in this book, post wedding, and they were better than ever!

This was one of the most interesting mysteries that I have read in this series so far. A skeleton is found in the basement of Marco’s bar and Abby and Marco think that the skeleton might belong to a carpenter who went missing back in the 1970’s. Collins knows just what to do to draw a reader in. This cold case mystery had me on the edge of my seat and I was so intrigued with a few of her key plot points and twists. It really does say something for an author that after 15 books in the same series she can still keep readers guessing and hunting for clues just as intently as the characters themselves.

Abby and Marco are not the only loveable characters in this series and I have said this from day one: Kate really knows how to incorporate secondary characters that readers can cherish and be delighted to see at any given time during the books. Grace and Lottie will always remain at the top of my list just because of the reliable and cozy nature they both have. You can always count on them to be right there when Abby needs them most with something freshly baked and a cunning quote to add to my journal!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Signet in exchange for my honest review***

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Chelsey. I'm excited to announce that THROW IN THE TROWEL also made the New York Times bestseller list at #!6. It is so rewarding to know that Abby, Marco, and the gang at Bloomers Flower Shop have so many fans. Thanks again.