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Mum's the Word

(A Flower Shop Mystery #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,334 ratings  ·  410 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. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Berkley Books
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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
✨ Gramy ✨
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Move over, Stephanie Plum, Abby Knight has come to town." - quote by Denise Swanson. Although there are some minor similarities between the two main characters, Abby owns her own business and doesn't have to mooch off her parents for anything and she seems more mature. I like a mystery series where you get to know the characters and watch them grow. I hope Abby will grow in a way that Stephanie Plum never has. ...more
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
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Erica Chaillot
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Abby!!! I read a different story further in the story this year, and I figured it was about time to start over and enjoy it from the beginning.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, usa
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
Really I had two problems with this book. One, Abby started off as an intelligent person, but towards the middle of the book she suddenly became really dumb. I mean, a few of the vital clues were directly in front of her face and she didn't even notice them until 30 pages later. It was really frustrating. Secondly, this could be just me, but the story started off with a bang but around page 100 (in my nook edition from Overdrive) it really slowed down and I lost interest for awhile. However, abo ...more
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was a cute and fun cozy. Abbie has run into a lot of issues and all she wanted to do was run a flower shop but she just can’t help being helpful or is it she can’t help not minding her own business. She does make this a fun story to read. I wonder what’s she’s going to get into next.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun start for a new to me series. I'm looking forward to reading more and I love the titles of all the books. If a title makes you smile, it's got to be a good book. ...more
Janet Robel
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice beginning to the series. I'm not sure if I like Abby, but I guess it wouldn't be a amateur sleuth mystery without the heroine meddling. I would say I still enjoyed it and liked the storyline. ...more
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 Mysteries &
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it

This was a great cozy mystery and am now on a mission to finish the entire series.

There’s a lot in the series, but that’s ok.

In the debut novel Abby Knight (the main character) is targeted by not only the killer but also the police force. Her dad is an ex cop who got shot in the line of duty. The story follows Abby tracking down who is targeting her, helping a friend out, meddling where she shouldn’t be, trying to figure out who the murderer is all while t
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, cozy-mystery
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
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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.

Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This was adorable! I thought the ending happened way too fast, and didn't answer all of my questions, but it was certainly cute. I will probably be checking out the next one, since I need to know what kind of mess the gang gets themselves into next.

Might just read it though. The audiobook was great, and I thought the narrator was awesome. But I got so into the story that I was desperate to keep listening... and therefore I would sit in my car in my driveway. Oy.
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
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. ...more
Sherri Bryant
Feb 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Couldn't hold my interest ...more
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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. ...more
Brittany S.
Read Completed 7/7/20 | 2.75 - 3 stars

I finally got around to reading this one after buying the first four books in the series at a Borders closing sale (yep, that's how long I've had these!) and I found the audiobooks on Hoopla. I used to be obsessed with cozy mysteries so it was fun to read a short, easy mystery book. I didn't really love the book, though.

I didn't connect with any of the characters, really. Abby was okay but she was kind of judgmental at times and the constant rating system o
Alice Teets
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me almost two weeks to get through this book. It just didn't keep my attention, and I'm not sure if it is the book or the fact that I've read a lot in this genre lately.

Abby flunked out of law school and decided to open a flower shop. Her fiancé dumped her. A cheaper store is threatening her profits. All of these things are mentioned, but never fully explained. It felt like I was starting a series late so that I missed a lot of the background info except this was the first in the series
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-print-book
At first I had a little trouble getting into the book, but the farther I read, the more intriguing it got, and I loved the idea of an ex-cop now PI as the main male interest for Abby, the flower shop owner. Nikki was actually Abby's bestie, but since she worked odd hours, I saw more of what a bestie usually does in Lottie and Grace, Abby's shop employees. Nikki was a good friend though and sent out a search for Abby around the time of the showdown, which was pretty exciting. I hadn't guessed the ...more
Apr 20, 2019 added it
This book was an easy read. It was mysterious for a good long while. It was a detective story and there was more than one murder involved. Also it revealed police officers that were corrupt. The lightheartedness came because the back round was a flower shop. I enjoyed reading this book and would like to read more by this author.
It just didn't grab me and Abby was such a meddler. Most cozy MCs are but she was obnoxiously so. DNFed at page 71. ...more
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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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