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Yews with Caution

(A Flower Shop Mystery #19)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Flower shop owner Abby Knight is out to help a friend in need but soon finds herself in the weeds…

The Spring of Abby’s Discontent

It’s April in New Chapel, and Abby and her husband, Marco, are off to buy shrubs for their new house. But the owner of the local landscaping company is nowhere to be found. Abby’s best friend, Nikki, meanwhile, believes she unwittingly helped a g
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Berkley
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May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2019
Some of the books in this series were really dire. However, this particular book had ample quality. The twist was slightly unlikely, but it was all in good fun. At least the boredom factor was unseen here.

The author is a talented individual whose book has been an exercise and a joy to read. People who want to be writers should pay attention to this book.

Cozy mysteries have always had a knack to come back from the dead. I liked everything about the heroine's agenda. I recommend this book to forme
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
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Things get crazy in this 19th installment of the Flower Shop Mysteries. Abby and Marco are settling in to their new home and it is time to do a little landscaping. While shopping for shrubs Abby makes a strange discovery. They then learn the owner of the nursery is missing and Abby’s BFF Nikki may be involved. Nikki begs Abby to help her but Marco is working another case. She starts to do a little investigating on her own and unearths several reasons the man may be missing or
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yews With Caution is the nineteenth book in the A Flower Shop Mystery series.

I love stopping in at Bloomer’s and seeing what Abby and her enjoyable staff, Grace, Lottie, and Rosa are up to.

Abby and Marco have recently finished moving into their new home and have decided to purchase some plants to decorate the outside of their new home. Abby had seen ads for DK’s Landscape Center that stated that they never used harmful chemicals, toxic application or herbicides. As they are awaiting Hector Canto
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
I can't believe this is the 19th book in the flower shop series. This was always one of my favorite series that I loved to revisit again and again. This book was no different. Abby And Marco are purchasing shrubs for their new house. The owner of the landscaping goes missing and Abby's friend Nikki confides that her and her coworkers might have unknowingly helped contribute to his disappearance. When Nikki becomes a suspect, Abby is determined to help her friend, while helping Marco on one of hi ...more
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again author Kate Collins has plotted a garden of mystery, intermixed with mayhem and humor that is guaranteed to thrill readers’ senses.

Making it to book nineteen in a mystery series is no small feat for an author. They have to develop storylines consisting of the same characters, come up with new ways to kill off the victim, stay on canon with the rest of stories, and they have to keep readers wanting to come back for more. Lots of hard work for sure. But with a book like, YEWS WITH CAUT
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read. I found both the story and the characters engaging. I like the way it kept me guessing about Nicki's actual involvement in the crime. I liked the relationship between Abby and Marco. I liked the side characters. I liked the pacing. I liked the suspense toward the end. In short, I liked the whole darn book.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Yews with Caution
A Flower Shop Mystery, Book #19
By Kate Collins
ISBN: 9780451473455
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Flower shop owner Abby Knight is out to help a friend in need but soon finds herself in the weeds…

The Spring of Abby’s Discontent

It’s April in New Chapel, and Abby and her husband, Marco, are off to buy shrubs for their new house. But the owner of the local landscaping company is nowhe
Peggy R
I have to say this is my favorite cozy mystery series. It is the one that started my love affair with this genre and I eagerly look forward to each new book. I can't believe that this is he 19th book in the series and it easily ranks as one of my favorite. Kate Collins not only comes up with the best names (which I'm not sure how she does book after book), but she has written a fast paced, well plotted, intriguing, engaging, emotional and sometimes intense story. I think Abby, Marco and the res ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A woman who has purchased plants from a garden center dies, and her husband claims it is because of toxins used on the plants. When Abby's husband, Marcos, becomes ill with the same symptoms after planting yews from the same nursery, police and doctors blissfully ignore Abby's suspicions and pleas.

As Abby was convinced that the yew had been sprayed with toxic chemicals, why didn't she have a sprig of the yew tested? She didn't need a gallon of the stuff to get the police's or doctors' attention.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Abby and her husand Marco are going to buy shrubs for their own house from a place that sells products without chemicals. The owner isn't around and Abby almost falls into a well, later her husband plants the shrubs without gloves and gets scratches and a strange rash. Abby's friend Nikki calls with a problem her friends husband is missing and the ladies had as a joke planned how to kill him. Now with him missing Abby has to try to figure out what happened to save her friend from jail. A very en ...more
Marisa Collett
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As ALWAYS Kate Collins does a superb job of making me fall in love with Abby Knight and Marco Salvare all over again as if I was reading Mums the Word for the first time. Right from the begining of this series it scared me how similar Abby's thoughts were to my thoughts, like we had the same inner monologues running through our brains. Every book since then has made me feel the same way and Yews With Caution is now one of my favorites of the series.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yews with caution by Kate Collins is the 19th book in the Flower Shop Mystery series. When the owner of a garden centre goes missing, Abby's friend Nikki is worried as she and a group of her co-workers had drawn up a plan for his murder to cheer up his wife. Another terrific book in the series. Abby and Marco make a great team, and I love that Rosa helped out a lot more this time and that Abby has become a lot more accepting of her. An absorbing and engaging mystery.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

Your basic cozy mystery. I enjoy the Flower Shop Mysteries movies on Hallmark channel based on this series and found this novel to be a fun read. My only complaint about the characters is that the main characters, Abby and Marco, are a bit too saccharine for my tastes referring to one another by such ridiculous pet names as "Buttercup". Not my thing. The ending of the novel was a bit far fetched as well, but not as bad as some novels in the genre. Overall
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Katrina Wiese
Abby and Marco have finally finished moving into their new home, and they are looking to spruce up the property with some shrubs. Abby is super excited to find a landscape business, DK's Landscape Center, which boasts the use of no harmful chemicals, toxic applications or herbicides. But when Dick Kennison, the owner of DK’s, shows up dead, Abby's best friend, Nikki Hudike, is thrown front and center as murder suspect #1. When Marco falls mysteriously ill, Abby has more than one mystery on her h ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Flower Shop Mystery series. Abby Knight Salvare is back with her wonderful husband.

This time, her close friend Nikki is in trouble--she thinks. A harmless prank meant to cheer up a coworker may have gone a little too far, and Nikki is concerned that she might have unwittingly become part of a crime. She asks Abby to investigate, and Abby's gut compels her to keep looking into the situation, even when there's little to no proof that something really IS going on.

Linda M
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abby you are amazing
This one had my heart!!! Abby and Marco shop for shrubs for their newly purchased home. While shopping at organic only nursery and unable to find owner to help them, Abby and Marco pick their items themselves. Abby stumbles upon a well and it doesn't sit right and its only the beginning.

Her best friend Nikki becomes unknowingly suspect in a possible murder/disappearance of her co-workers husband. While Abby investigates to clear her friend she uncovers a multi list of people
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A series that reads well independently

This is the first of the series I've read. I didn't realize it was a series and a later book at that until I started that time I was already into the book and wanted to finish. While it doesn't hurt to read out of order I am one that likes to 'start from the beginning'. The book is well written and you can follow the characters and understand the backstory enough even without reading previous books. There is enough detail to fill in the blanks
Shirley Worley
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marco and Abby purchase bushes from an Eco-friendly landscaper and discover one of the owners has received death threats over toxic chemicals used on the plants. Abby's friend needs her help after jokingly plans the death of a coworker's cheating husband. It was all in fun, until he turns up missing. Turns out the landscape owner and the cheat are the same man. Halfway through a PI job for a local jewelry store, Marco becomes deathly ill, and thinks there may be a connection between his illness ...more
Melissa Castor
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the flower shop mysteries. Abby's best friend, Nikki, thinks she unknowingly helped to kill a colleague's husband. Abby wants to help Nikki, but Marco thinks they need to wait until the man is at least pronounced missing. They also take on a case to catch a jewelry thief. Meanwhile, Marco ends up in the hospital severely ill. Now it's up to Abby to solve the cases and find an anecdote for Marco before he runs out of time. Hope to see lots more of Abby, Marco, and the re ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alas, this sounds as if it might be one of the last Flower Shop Mysteries. Once I discovered them I have read them all in order and rapidly. Kate Collins provides incredible and color filled descriptions of plants, flowers and a flower shop that I found fantastic - from a person who is not enthralled with flowers. That says a lot. Characters are extremely consistent from book to book. And she does not throw extra characters in just to fill pages. New characters are introduced when needed and gra ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Another fun edition to the Flower Shop series. I really like this series despite the fact that there are times that Abby, the protag, really gets on my nerves. Her cute husband Marco helps me to overlook those times though. The mystery in this one was good if a little hard to believe in parts. I had my suspicions about what was going on and in the end they proved right. Some series start to lose steam after so many books. As this series approaches the 20th book I don't feel like I am getting tir ...more
Kelly Knapp
This is a nice story with good solid characters. The author created some cute and dangerous (but not too dangerous) situations for our character and love the protagonists main issue with claustrophobia. However, I some how missed that this was #19 in the series and I personally feel like there is too much water under the bridge too much information from previous books that left me a little confused at times.

That being said, I enjoyed it enough that I intend to find the series and start reading
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super read. Fast paced and wow hold on to your seats. I cannot believe this is the 19th book in this series. It is so fresh and well plotted. I love these characters. I was not able to put this book down. You can read it as a standalone but if you havent read any in this series before I recommend you do. I loved "Yews with Caution". This series was one of the first I read when I started reading cozy mysteries and one of the reason it is the one genre' I love best. This is a fabulous book and so ...more
I love Abby Knight Salvare and the Flower Shop Mysteries. It is almost to easy to guess part of the story, but the mwas a bit of a surprise. Abby is persistent in trying to get some people to listen to her and in finally getting the right information to the right person when it was needed.

I hope I can see more of the Flower Shop Mysteries on Hallmark as now, I can actually see them on my TV vs my computer.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premise is not exactly thrilling. A lot of the details make no sense, either. Why would bloody gloves have been found if the suspected murder method was a lethal dose of insulin? Why were they losing their minds trying to get a sneaky chemical sample when they could have just cut a leaf off the plant that was supposedly sprayed with the chemical?? And a persistent annoyance in this series - why does Abby let Jillian push her around like that? I think this series is ready to end.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was fun! I haven't read a Flower Shop Mystery in quite a while and one of two things has happened: either absence has really made my heart grow fonder of these mysteries or Collins' writing style really has changed since main character Abby got married. Whichever it is, I'm enjoying it and hope it continues!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the Flower Shop Mystery series since the very beginning. The characters are so fun and relatable that it makes each installment something special.

Abby and Marco embark on another couple investigations and find out there is even more beneath the surface on this one. Can they solve the cases before it is too late?? Read Yews with Caution to find won't be disappointed!
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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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