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Acts of Violets (A Flower Shop Mystery #5)

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During the annual Pickle Fest, Abby's boyfriend Marco inexplicably disappears for a day. When he returns, he's the main suspect in the death of a clown. It seems the cops have found Snuggles pushing up water-spurting daisies-and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggles's house. Although Marco is still a mystery to her, Abby knows he's innocent. Now she has to find a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Signet
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Another great book from a great series! Acts of Violets was a smashing and entertaining mystery filled with intrigue and secrets.

I really like Abby, in the beginning of the series she was simply annoying, but now she's really grown on me. Grace and Lottie are also two of my favorites. In this book we finally get to learn more about Marco (it was about time) and we get to meet his mother and sister, both of which are hilarious.

The mystery was very good, I didn't see the killer coming and, even th
Jul 22, 2010 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
When Snuggles the clown is murdered and Abby's boyfriend, hunky ex-cop Marco is the chief suspect because he was the last one seen leaving Snuggle's house, Marco asks Abby to help find the real killer. Even though she's solved some murder cases in the past, Abby is very nervous about solving this one - if she fails, Marco could go to jail. But it won't be easy, when he was a cop Marco had a run in with Snuggles (Dennis Ryson) that resulted in Marco leaving the police force. Marco also had a fist ...more
Ana T.
I read the first book in this series a while ago. I wasn't too enthusiastic about it so although I already had this one in the TBR pile I didn't pick it up right away. Last week I was organising my books and I decided to read it and send it on its way as I don't plan to read the rest of the series.

During the annual Pickle Fest, Abby's boyfriend Marco inexplicably disappears for a day. When he returns, he's the main suspect in the death of a clown. It seems the cops have found Snuggles pushing up
This installment starts during the annual Pickle Fest. A surly clown threatens Abby and Marco immediately comes to her rescue. When the clown is later found dead, Marco is the number one suspect. Abby offers to investigate for him since local law enforcement is determined to pin everything on Marco. Abby always seems to get herself into strange situations. An interview with a nosy neighbor that is very obviously mentally disturbed is just one of many. Oh and Abby gets to meet Mama Salvare. The d ...more
Shoshana Hathaway
Sep 07, 2016 Shoshana Hathaway rated it really liked it
Acts of violets
By Kate Collins
During the annual Pickle Fest, Abby's boyfriend Marco inexplicably disappears for a day. When he returns, he's the main suspect in the death of a clown. It seems the cops have found Snuggles pushing up water-spurting daisies-and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggles's house. Although Marco is still a mystery to her, Abby knows he's innocent. Now she has to find a way to prove it.

This is from a charming cozy series called the Flower Shop Mysteries. It revo
Nov 02, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is everything a good cozy should be with the best part being the main character, Abby Knight. Abby, after flunking out of law school and almost simultaneously being dumped by her wealthy fiance, used the remainder of the educational trust left to her by her grandfather to buy a flower shop in her hometown. Actually, Abby never really wanted to be a lawyer and she had always had a flair with flowers and other plants. She's smart, creative, feisty, somewhat self-consious about her short statu ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
A decent mystery and a good read. The death of a crabby clown is likely to be pinned on our heroine's hunky boyfriend unless she can use her infamous snooping skills to discover the real culprit. Abby was a fun person to spend time with, but I can't say that I bonded with her enough to go looking for the other books in the series. I would read them if they came my way, though. Cozy mysteries are hit or miss in terms of attachment -- one person's favorite won't appeal to someone else, even if the ...more
Connie Lynne
Feb 21, 2010 Connie Lynne rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance
Look, these are not spectacularly good books, but they're reliable. I know the story is going to be formulaic (Abby stumbles upon trouble, gets angry at Marco over a woman, endures a lunch with Greg to get information, shoves her nose into a number of dangerous places, and eventually ends up in peril just as she solves the crime), but like a chain restaurant, it's a good place to go when I just want something of serviceable but not exquisite quality.

The Flower Shop Mysteries rate "Cheesecake Fac
Jun 14, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing
From the back of the book:

"Abby has been dating Marco --- ex-cop, bartender, and all-around hunk --- for several months when the Pickle Fest starts. But he's still a mystery to her. And after he disappears for a day, she's stunned to read in the paper: EX-COP QUESTIONED IN MAN'S DEATH. It seems the authorities have found Snuggles the Clown pushing up water-spurting daisies --- and Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggle's house. Abby knows in her bones that he's innocent. But why, when hi
Jun 29, 2009 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, cozy-mystery
It's the annual Pickle Fest and Abby Knight is back again! After an unsettling encounter with Snuggles the Clown at the Pickle Fest parade, Abby is reminded again why she hates clowns so much. Later at the parade Marco and Snuggles end up getting into a fist fight, with Snuggles being taken away in cuffs. That evening, Snuggles is found dead and the last person seen leaving his house is Marco. With Snuggles dead and Marco the prime suspect, Abby has a week to try and find out what really happene ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
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May 19, 2014 Fmorlan rated it it was amazing
Abby Knight runs a flower shop. This episode involves clowns, pickle festival, cakes, Marco's family and of course- abby's cast of characters. During the festcal, Abby is accosted by a clown who Marco goes after. When the clown is found dead the only suspect is Marco. She takes on the task of finding the teal culprit by interviewing people in town. Unfortunately, the police are not helpful or do they want her assistance. I loved this one to see Abby taking the lead. Great cozy mystery.
Dec 27, 2008 Shonda rated it really liked it
Abby is attending the annual Pickle Fest with her best friend Nikki, when she has an encounter with one of the clowns. She innocently mentions this to Marco and then learns the clown has been murdered. With Marco as the only suspect, Abby really has to put her amateur sleuthing to work. To complicate matters, Marco is seen with a gorgeous woman at the Pickle Fest and his mother is in town. Abby knows Marco is innocent despite the evidence against him. Can Abby find the real killer and clear Marc ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery readers
Shelves: mystery
Ok, so I will probably say what everyone else has said about this series... First off, I found the first few in the series charming, if a little far-fetched or tedious, what with the characters being under developed and paper-thin.
Wait, I still do like this series! But this book really pushed my reality-o-meter. I really dislike the relationship between Abby and Marco; it is so cliche and unrealistic. I cannot put my finger on it. Why is she in love with someone who she isn't even officially da
Feb 23, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok
Awful. Was reading this just for a brain break, but so stupid it was frustrating. Too many characters, Grace spewing random quotes, plot lines that mean nothing- just too much jammed into a simple fun book. I've enjoyed the rest of this series, but this book had so little of the flower shop and small town scene and way too much witch doctor and random dirty characters it was not at all the pleasant stories the others were. May have to cross this off my list as a go to series now.
Dharia Scarab
Nov 29, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Sarah Adamson
Feb 13, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a nice cozy mystery starring the owner of a flower shop. This is only the second book I have read in the series and it continues to have fun and interesting characters, nice use of the flower shop and botanical knowledge whilst also bring an easy to read fun mystery.
Nov 07, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
Another fun adventure this time with Marco turning to Abby to help clear him after he has been accused of murder. This seems to have helped to deepen their relationship. Fun story and Abby doesn't give her detection skills nearly enough credit.
Mar 08, 2016 Luffy rated it it was ok
Despite the fact that many things happen from beginning to end, something's wrong with this book. I can't put my finger on it. I know that the heft of the book is good, but the beginning is so dilute that it's impossible to ensconce oneself into the story or to sink our teeth into the mystery. Maybe too many new characters got shoved in the book. Maybe little subplots had stakes I couldn't care less about (the feathered art, the Mark/Marco paternity, Reilly's role, Kellerman's bizarre show up). ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it
Good mystery. Abby (desperate jealous girl) started off really annoying with her constant calls to try to track down Marco but it did get better by the end. Abby also needs to mature if she's going to be a successful business owner.
Michelle Palmer
Mar 20, 2015 Michelle Palmer rated it really liked it
I completely enjoyed the interactions between Abby and Marco. His mother was great getting introduced into this book. Abby was very enjoyable and like seeing her character develop.
Apr 03, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very entertaining fast read. I couldn't sleep, so I managed to start and finish it before morning. I definitely want to read more in this series.
Oct 17, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Liked the book and was surprised that Abby got to meet Marco's mom considering how long it took to his sister. Looking forward to reading the next book.
J.T.K. Gibbs
Jun 09, 2015 J.T.K. Gibbs rated it liked it
It started out as fun, perhaps a twist with Abby needing to save Marco, but in the end, it was men to the rescue of the damsel in distress - again!
Jan 31, 2016 Bibliobabe rated it really liked it
Last book, Abby was under suspicion of murder, this time, Marco is. So now Abby does her best to get him out of trouble - but it's really difficult when Marco doesn't tell her the truth or answer her questions. Did he really do it? Creative twists, fun. 060407
Aug 13, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Loved this one as much as the others. Love Abby :D
Mar 01, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
Good story, kept me interested until the end.
Nov 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I really liked the themed mysteries and these are good ones. I like that the main character in this is so human - you can appreciate the messes she gets into. I like to that in every one of these the author allows Abbey to wax poetic on her love of flowers. So often in the themed mysteries I feel like the author just uses it as a gimic rather than a passion - and you can actually feel the passion for flowers in these books.

I also really like the side kicks in these books and the crazy mom with
Tricia Douglas
Jan 17, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Collins and so I spent much of this story getting to know the characters. The mystery was good, but I wish Marco would have been a little more attentive to his "girlfriend" and shown more love and concern for her helping him get off the hook for the crime he supposedly committed. I'll read a couple more in this Flower Shop series and see where they go. Four stars is stretching it a bit, because I needed a little more action in the story.
Sep 16, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that wants a clean mystery
Recommended to Sandy by: Goodreads site
Very interesting book. Abby Night owner of the flower shop, helps Marco prove that he is innocent of murder.You have no Idea who the real culprit is till the very end. Lots of twists and turns. a little slow at the beginning, other that that very good. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is listed as #5 in (flower shop mysteries). Didn't realize this until I started reading. I guess I will have to get #1 and go from there. It is a clean read mystery.
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Indiana native and former teacher Kate Collins is the author of the New York Times 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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