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Dearly Depotted (Flower Shop Mysteries)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 February 2010
The third novel in the 'Flower Shop Mystery' series and take it from me: these are books that you HAVE to read in sequence, the reason being that this book picks up directly where book two ended. 'Bloomers' flowershop owner Abby Knight's D-Day has arrived. Her cousin Jillian is finally set to tie the knot with rich Claymore, brother of Abby's snobbish ex boyfriend Pryce. Abby is most certainly expecting a *few* hiccups on the day, but she never expects to stumble across a corpse behind the pulpit...

Abby once more puts that 'nosiness' to good use, with the aid of former cop (and potential romantic interest) Marco and with help from her two assistants Grace and Lottie, she is determined to solve the crime- particularly since Graces' new boyfriend appears to be the number one suspect.

The books are formulaic and somewhat predictable, granted and they remind me of the 'Coffee House mysteries' (which I also love!)- but they're just so quirky and generally a really fun read. By now you as a reader feel that you know Abby and her character traits- which makes these books a perfect read to dip in and out of or even curl up on the sofa and consume in one sitting. Highly recommended if you're a 'cozy' mystery fan, or even if you're just looking for a new type of book to read and feel like giving a mystery book a try- just remember: start with book one!
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Abby Knight's 4th of July is anything but restful. First, she's providing flowers for a party. Then, she has her cousin Jillian's wedding. Not only is she doing the flowers there, but she also is a bridesmaid and it turns out she has to provide a last minute escort for herself.

But that's nothing compared to her job of keeping the groom's grandmother from wandering off during the reception. When the grandmother does disappear, Abby tracks her down - next to the corpse of a man who crashed the ceremony earlier. With a friend of Abby's as the chief suspect, she springs back into action to find the killer.

I read the first two several years ago and never made it on to book three. Now I'm trying to figure out why because this was a fun cozy mystery. Abby is a charming main character and the rest of the cast is fun as well. I did guess the killer a little early on and felt the plot could have used another twist or two, but I'm being picky at this point.

Overall, I really enjoyed meeting up with Abby again. I won't let so long go before my next visit.
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