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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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Jonathan
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
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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
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Drebbles
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
Moondance
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 ...more
Jill Bertrand
Nov 14, 2016 Jill Bertrand rated it really liked it
Another great book in the Flower Shop mysteries. I definitely would recommend reading them in order.
Jane Love
Nov 12, 2016 Jane Love rated it it was amazing
Marco gets accused of murder, Abby has to clear his name but with only a week to prove his innocent will she do it in time, Abby meets Marco mother.
Catalina Sennett
Nov 27, 2016 Catalina Sennett rated it really liked it
this series is getting better with each book. I like the huge step Marco took in his relationship.
Raingirl
Oct 08, 2016 Raingirl rated it liked it
It took me a while to finish this book. My first book of this series. I like how the girl, Abby, is funny, unapologetically sexy and girly and smart. Even her jealousy is shown as a cute lil quirk. I didn't care one bit for the guy simply because I likes her character so much more. Though how lucky she is to have two amazing people to assist at her shop! But man, she gives away so many bouquets I wonder if she makes any profit at all.
Beverly
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
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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
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Jo
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 ...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
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Shonda
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 ...more
Vanessa
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
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Marti
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 ...more
Luffy
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
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
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Cheryl
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
Jennifer
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
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Fmorlan
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.
Becky
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.
Susan
Oct 31, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
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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.
Patty
Mar 16, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it
Abby is on the hunt again. Marco has been accused of murder and she has to find out who really did it to save her love.

There are scary clowns, nutty parents and mystic crazies all through this story but the one thing missing is the self-centered cousin Jillian. I didn't miss her a bit.

The mystery was complicated and I didn't see the ending coming.

I'm looking forward reading more in this series.
Sandy
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.
Sassychassy
Mar 29, 2012 Sassychassy rated it it was amazing
I think this one was my favorite so far. This time it's Marco that's in the hot seat and Abby has to meddle her little heart out to get him off the hook. Marco adn Abby's relationship starts out a little rocky in this one but ends up SOOOO sweet! This is quickly becoming one of my fave series! Absolutely loving them! And they are super quick reads, perfect for my busy wedding planning schedule! :0) Off to the next one!
Lizz
Nov 06, 2010 Lizz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit this book made me nervous. This time, it is the knight in shining armor that has his hands tied. It showed a different side of Marco's personality that really made me feel empathetic. Abby seemed to be more on her own than ever to solve the mystery. All in all, it really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Kimberly
Jan 16, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Book 5 in the flower shop mysteries. I love this series. The character are fun and I always enjoy the stories. Abby, who is the local florist, has the fun task of hiding her mom's hideous feather creations in her shop and trying to solve a murder that her boyfriend Marco is accused of! Along the way you meet some interesting characters and laugh with her usual sidekicks.
Babs
Feb 06, 2015 Babs rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries
One of my favorite series and it never gets dull. I read this in half a day did not want to put it down at all. I was eager to see how Abby was going to clean Marco's name and I did not figure out who did the real murder till the end. A great read as always and getting ready to start the next one.
Sara
Jul 04, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
The fifth in the series, and it was ok. This book was missing that special something that made the first four books compelling. Abby leaves her flower shop constantly and I kept wondering how she got any work done. Abby is running around town trying to prove her short-time boyfriend Marco innocent of murder. I dont know what was missing, but this book was just a little empty.
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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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