Review: Nightshade on Elm Street by Kate Collins

Kate will be here for Cozy Wednesday on November 7
but I couldn’t wait until then to tell you about this book!

Nightshade on Elm Street: A Flower Shop Mystery
13th in Series
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2012
An Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451238504

Abby Knight is one busy lady! Running her flower shop, planning a wedding and her bridal shower. Her mom and Marco’s mom would love to host the shower but Abby knows exactly what she wants and barring any disasters she is going to get it.

Things are going well until Abby’s cousin Jillian makes a request. Abby and her private detective beau, Marco, just have to help find a woman that has gone missing from her in-laws beach house. The woman just happens to be the fiancée of Pryce Osborne, the drip that broke Abby’s heart when he dumped her right before their own wedding several years ago.  Pryce becomes the number one suspect when a body surfaces. The last place Abby wants to be is anywhere near Pryce but with Marco by her side they can solve this case and she can get back to planning her shower. Icing on the cake would be seeing Pryce behind bars.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love the the way Kate Collins writes! I finish one story and can’t wait for the next one to be released.

These characters are wonderful. In my review of To Catch a Leaf I wrote that Marco’s mom Francesca reminded me of my own mom. That feeling continues in this story. She has quickly become a character I want to follow. She has a huge heart and man that lady can cook!

Abby and Marco are the perfect couple and all the supporting characters are strong and continue to grow where they have been planted. Some drive us a little crazy but they are all clever and add so much to each story.

Kate writes a smart mystery with plenty of “red herrings” to keep us guessing. This story is packed with action as well with a truly surprising ending.

This is the 13th book in the series and the author has kept each installment fresh and entertaining and always leaves me wanting more.  Kate Collins just keeps getting better and better!!! Fans of the series will already have this one pre-ordered but if the series is new to you or you need to catch up on a couple of the stories I don’t know what you are waiting for. This one hits bookstores November 6 and it should be a the top of your shopping list!!

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