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Mum's the Word (A Flower Shop Mystery #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,315 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Signet
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
I was excited to start this book and had it on my wishlist for awhile. I finally got the chance to get it and within the first twenty pages I was happy that I got it for free.

Abby Knight is a meddler and an annoying one at that. She is to put it simply, TSTL. Going into dangerous situations with no back up, no training and paying no attention to her personal safety Abby is the type of character that should be dead but due to luck is not. That in and of itself is not the issue, lots of cozies are
Ana T.
Ever since I joined CozyMystery I've been trying new authors. The genre really appeals to me and every month we're supposed to read and discuss a book. This month it was my choice and I decided on an author I had never tried.

So maybe Abby’s life isn’t the bed of roses she was hoping it would be. She adores her little flower shop, BLOOMERS, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits—and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a bold hit-and-run. Determined to track down the driv
Diane  Morasco
Abby Knight is an intelligent, engaging character that is wrapped in spark & humor. She is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth genre.

The mystery genre is saturated w/ writers chomping @ the bit to find their place in a market that many enter but few remain.

Where standouts are few & far between. Trust me. I am a cozy mystery aficionado.

I am picky when it comes to my mysteries. Downright critical actually but Abby Knight shines!

Mum's the Word kicks off the first of the Flower Shop Mys
Feb 06, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This is the first book in A Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. I discovered this series through the Cozy Mystery Group here on Goodreads. Ms. Collins was the Featured Cozy Author for January 2012 and I thought I would read this book to see if I'd be interested in reading more of the books in this series. (Not that I need another series right now...)

The story involves drugs, flowers, bad clay art, abusing husbands, corrupt cops, stuck up country club snobs, and more. It was a bit of a wh
I wonder why no one killed Abby. Not the villains I mean, but the people who dealt with her on a day to day basis. She's a small redhead with big boobs, and I can see why the men might not want to kill her, but honestly, I can't think of a single reason why the women wouldn't. Or the cat. That's without even considering all the events of this particular book.

Because she's a meddler of the worst sort. Unlike other cozies, where amateurs just happen to be there during trouble or discover a body or
Text Addict
I kept trying to read this, but it's just not doing it for me. I'm totally not connecting with the protagonist - I think in part because one of the things I look for is a strong connection between the amateur sleuth and their vocation or avocation, which I'm not detecting here. That is, Abby owns a florist shop, but other than being happy about owning it and worrying about not getting enough business, she doesn't act like flower arranging is an art form that she enjoys and strives to perfect.

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This is the first book in The Flower Shop Mystery Series, and I was turned on to these books by the "Mystery Book Talk" group on Ravelry (a knitting/crocheting site). It's your basic cosy, starring Abby, a law school dropout-turned-florist. She owns Bloomers, a local flower shop, competing with a new, larger discount flower shop who has just moved into the neighbourhood. She isn't a trained detective or PI, although her friends accuse her of being a chronic meddler.

This story starts out with her
Luffy Monkey D.
Abby Knight is a florist who moonlights as what in a saner universe would be termed as dead meat. The book took a while to get going and I wasn't immediately sold on the style of the story but gradually I warmed up to the main character. For such a good book, it's surprising that the other characters weren't fleshed out. But such is the predicament of the heroine that her troubles make for an empathy ridden read.

As cozy mysteries go, this one was pretty dark. At least in my book it is. In many
Abby Knight owns Bloomers, a flower shop in her hometown of Indiana. Due to her brief venture into law school before dropping out, people like to come to Abby for advice and Abby, who has a strong nose for injustice thanks to her ex-cop father, just can't say no when it comes to helping people.

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did but it had everything necessary for a great cozy mystery: an engaging mystery that kept me interested and guessing right until the end, a set of quirky
Hoping to find another cozy mystery series to enjoy, I read MUM'S THE WORD by Kate Collins, her first effort in "A Flower Shop Mystery" series. It seemed like a series I would enjoy. It isn't. The story line is unbelievable,OK enough for a cozy. The characters are varied with the requisite personality types...check. The writing. That's the weak point. The story is padded with so much repetition that it becomes a distraction. Once we know that Abby's flaming red hair is instantly recognizable and ...more
The first in the Flower Shop mystery series.

I thought this was a really good start-up book for a series. I often feel like you have to get past the first book to really enjoy a series - as the first book has to acquaint you with the main character - their friends - the townspeople - the victim of the crime...... Once that is out of the way the books can get more focused on plot rather than all the set up. So when I read a first book in a series and enjoy it - I know I will be hooked.

I thought
This book, Mum's the Word, is the first in the "Flower Shop" mystery series. Its cover has flattering blurbs written by the authors of the "Dead-End Job" mystery series, and the "Bad Hair Day" mystery series.

It just makes you think...I should write a mystery series like these too! I'll be rich! I just need a good gimmick, something that I know a lot about. I know! I'll write about a Goodreads book reviewer, who solves mysteries by finding clues in other people's book reviews. Now I just need a
I have to admit, I found Abby slightly annoying. I also wish there had been more development of both Marco (other than the fact that he is hot, a former cop, and now a PI) and Nikki (boy crazy and great roommate). The mystery was alright, but the red herrings were annoying rather than good, and I am not sure I want to spend my money on the next book in the series. Especially if it takes place 3 days later, as it seems to according to the preview in the back.
Oh well, its always good to try somet
Jul 23, 2009 Babs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries
Shelves: mysteries
I personally thought this book was wonderful. Abby the main character is a hoot with her meddling. Marco who tries to help her with her hit and run that leads to more is starting to look pretty good to her and he makes the whole story a funny and interesting read.
Not as much about the flower shop as I'd have liked coming from that family background. I found this very Stephanie Plum-ish right down to the continually banged up car and the combo Ranger/Morelli-type guy down the street who runs a bar. Not outstanding, but OK.
SUMMARY: Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She's determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

REVIEW: Kate Collins is a new cozy mystery author for me. This is the first book in "A Flower Shop" mystery series. I found the main character Abby a wee bit whiny but the storyl
I won't be looking up other books in the series. This one has a lead character who is really foolhardy and rather silly. Barely a two star read.
This is what I consider a cozy mystery. Abby Knight is a law school drop out and owner of a floral,shop. She gets involved in a whodunit when her car, a yellow corvette, gets hit by someone fleeing the scene of a murder. She starts off wanting to know who hit her car, but ends up wanting justice for the victim. She is aiding by the owner of the bar/ restaurant down the street from her floral shop, a former cop, Marco and her friends and employees of her shop. Abby is head strong and often finds ...more
Susan Brown
Apr 18, 2014 Susan Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of cozy mysteries
Recommended to Susan by: Goodreads
Have just finished this most entertaining book, my first Kate Collins novel. I have to say without a doubt it was the most enjoyable book I have read in a long time. Interesting plot, wonderful characters who were easy to get to know and like (and want to follow into the next book) and no having to turn back through the book to understand what was happening. Such a breath of fresh air. Whilst somewhat predictable for some others' tastes, it suited me fine as I find difficulty concentrating these ...more
Sharal Hunter
Couldn't hold my interest
This book has a quote on the front cover of the book from Denise Swanson, Author of the Scrumble River Mysteries that says "Move over, Stephanie Plum. Abby Knight has come to town." I think Stephanie Plum should move over a LOT because Abby had me cracking up with laughter when I read some of the stuff she got herself into in this book.

Abby is flunked-out law student who decides to move on with her life after her rich society ex-fiancé dumped her a week before their wedding. She goes back to th
Abby Knight dropped out of law school and decided to focus on her passions which lead to her opening her flower shop Bloomers. She didn't count on the low cost competition opening out by the highway, or getting her vintage Corvette damaged in a hit-and-run. Now with the help of ex-cop Marco Salvare, Abby is determined to track down the culprit. But Abby doesn't expect to stumble onto a world of menacing phone calls, police corruption and least of all a murder.

This is one of those books that had
Unsure of what to do with her life after dropping out of law school, Abby Knight opened up a flower shop. She loves her work, but business is slow and money is tight, so she's not thrilled when she sees someone hit her vintage Corvette and then takes off. When a murdered body is discovered not far away, Abby thinks the person that hit her car was the murderer. She's working with a hunky ex-cop to solve the murder, as well as helping a friend escape her abusive husband and soon someone is trying ...more
This is the first in the flower shop cozy mystery series. I love cozy mysteries. When life is stressful that is the stuff I want to read. And this takes place in Indiana, my home state. (I'm assuming the fictional New Chapel is actually fictionalized Valpo.)

Sometimes the first in a series can be clunky because not only is there some murder to be solved, but also characters must in established. I felt this plot was a little rushed because of that. We find out Abby is busy body because the main ma
This book had some flaws, but it wasn't bad. The main character was your typical idiot female "sleuth." She may have some decent instincts and some relatively good ideas, but she screws all that up by being a complete and utter moron where common sense is concerned. She rushes headlong into things, wandering into dangerous situations by herself repeatedly. She does at least always make a token phone call when she does her stupid trips, though she never gets anyone and leaves a string of voice ma ...more
Jess Haberman
I was delighted and a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book of the Flower Shop Mystery series. I picked it up because I am writing my own book about a flower shop, and I think Mum's the Word sets an excellent example, especially in the character of Abby Knight, who is realistically clever but short-sighted, brave but awkward. I think the chemistry she has with hot-and-quietly-confident Marco Salvare jumps off the page--and the occasional moments they share make you anxious for more. ...more
Sigh. I’m having trouble relating to these silly women who are forever obsessed with their looks and have neither self confidence nor self respect. What woman would blush at having her nose tweaked at the third meeting or have her anger at a wrongful parking ticket simply melt away on being called cute by some fellow she hardly knows.

“I’m small and busty—a terrible combination for any female who has ever had aspirations of being taken seriously.” So the author is making the point that women need
Brooke Banks
Well, this is a cozy mystery. Full of the cliches known to this genre. I like the main character, Abby Knight, well enough. She's the standard "quirky, spunky, stubborn independent woman". There's also the standard male interest. Oh sure he fills the role of white knight to save the damsel but he's armor is black and looks dangerous. Yeah, standard fair. Abby is stupid often though, just running into things while missing obvious clues. It was terribly frustrating that for at least half of the bo ...more
Goodreads Description- I don't mean to meddle, honest! But can I help it if my nose for injustice is as keen as my green thumb? Now I, Abby Knight, law school dropout, am the proud new owner of Bloomers, my hometown flower shop. I'm devoted to making my business grow, but I'm no shrinking violet if someone needs my help to right a wrong -- even if that person is already dead....

So maybe Abby's life isn't the bed of roses she was hoping it would be. She adores her job, but a new low-cost competi
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Indiana native and former teacher Kate Collins is the author of the national best-selling Flower Shop Mysteries, featuring feisty florist Abby Knight and the zany crew at Bloomers. Her books have made the New York Times Best-seller's list, Barnes & Noble mass bestsellers lists, the Independent Booksellers lists, and are available in large print editions in the U.S. and the UK.

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