Cozy Wednesday with Kate Collins – Author of Florist Grump – Review & #Giveaway too!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am always excited when Kate Collins comes to visit!!
Florist Grump was just released yesterday!


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By Kate Collins

Eighteen books ago, I had just finished writing MUM’S THE WORD and was seeking a plot for the second book in the Flower Shop Mystery series. I had a title, SLAY IT WITH FLOWERS, and a general idea, but needed a big plot twist to make it all happen.

In steps my hairdresser and her colleagues, who, while I was having my hair cut, complained about men using their parking lot and then scurrying across to the business next door. The sign out front of this business said KINGS SPA, with the word MASSAGES and a telephone number underneath. There was no other advertising, and the building, an old white wooden house, had butcher paper covering the windows. Suspicious, you say? Oh, it gets better.

florist grumpThe hairdressers’ lament had prompted one of their clients to go next door to make an appointment. She was told by an unfriendly Chinese receptionist that women were not welcome. At a massage parlor? Seriously?

Then there were the masseuses, a group of Chinese women in tight silk dresses, who would come to the beauty salon to buy hair products. They didn’t speak. They would point to a product and toss money onto the counter from a thick wad they carried in their, well, you know.

Being a crusader for justice through my character Abby Knight, I suggested ways to stop the men from using the salon’s parking lot. Snap their photos and license plates and hang them in the big front windows. Call the Chief of Police. Write letters to the Mayor.  I even volunteered to stand across the street with a camera.

And then the proverbial light bulb went off. I had my plot twist! Would my feisty, redheaded sleuth Abby Knight NOT get involved if such a thing were happening in her hometown? Of course not. Her last name isn’t Knight for no reason. So my mantra became: What Would Abby Do? And in my book, she did it, resulting in this shady business, called EMPEROR’S SPA, to be raided. Naturally, this didn’t happen without peril to Abby, but that’s why we all love Marco.

A month after SLAY IT WITH FLOWERS was released, the police in my hometown raided KINGS SPA, rounding up a group that was part of a Chinese prostitution ring working out of Chicago. Naturally, I had to boast that my story had helped bring light to the situation. Whether it really did is something I’ll always wonder.

What would you have done if you’d discovered such a situation in your hometown? Would you shrug your shoulders and hope someone else did something, or are you the type that would do something? In other words, are you an Abby Knight?


About The Author

Kate Collins is the author of the national best-selling Flower Shop Mystery series and historical romance novels. For her mystery plots, Kate draws upon her own love of flowers and intrigue, and an intimate knowledge of life in a small college town. She states firmly for the benefit of all who live near her that none of the zany characters that populate the fictional town of New Chapel are based on people she knows. Honest. Find out more about Kate on her webpage here.

Kate’s Historical Romance Novels

Coming APRIL 2016

florisst grumpFlorist Grump:
A Flower Shop Mystery

17th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Indiana
An Obsidian Mystery
New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473431



From the New York Times bestselling author of A Root Awakening, feisty florist Abby Knight is back with another knotty murder to solve in the next Flower Shop Mystery…

Life in Bloom

Stopping to smell the roses should be a must for flower shop owner Abby Knight, but stress has turned her into a major grump. While their house is under construction, Abby and her new husband, Marco, are living with her parents, who are driving her nuts. Not to mention that everyone has babies on the brain, with her cousin Jillian’s bundle of joy popping up in every conversation, and Marco’s mother dropping hints that she expects a new sprout from Abby and her son—as soon as possible!

But things get even thornier after a flashy former banker pushes up daisies. With a beloved window washer the prime suspect in the murder, other New Chapel shop owners rally around Abby and Marco to prove his innocence. With Abby’s energy wilting, she has to be on high alert—or she and Marco may not live to see their new home…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Abby Knight Salvare is one grumpy florist these days but frankly I can see her point. Moving into your parents house as an adult no matter how temporary can cause some major drama. You’re an adult and have lived on your own and suddenly your parents are treating like a teenager wanting to know what time you will be home and tracking you down when you stay out until what they consider is too late. When you are investigating a murder that can have dire consequences. Jillian is not handling motherhood well and she expects Abby to drop everything and help. Pretty hard to do when Bloomers is so busy they may have to hire more help, Down the Hatch is packed almost every night and Salvare Detective Agency has a new case. Abby’s mom also has a new project that she wants Abby to help her with. If I was Abby I would be grumpy too and probably pulling my hair out.

So much happens in this story and I enjoyed every minute of it. Kate Collins has rolled up her sleeves and has topped herself. This series has always been one of my true favorites. I anxiously await each new story and I am always delighted with the story. This one is my new favorite in the series.

We have watched Abby and Marco’s love blossom and now they are married and will soon have a brand new home. The talk about babies has already begun but not by Abby and Marco but all their friends and family. These characters are some of the best in the cozy mystery world right now. They are all people I wish I could meet in real life.

Ms. Collins also creates fantastic and believable story-lines.  The subplots flow flawlessly amid the main plot. Again she has given readers a book they will not be able to stop reading once they start. The problem is I didn’t want the story to end. It seems my visits to New Chapel are just way too short. Thankfully Moss Hysteria comes out April 5, 2016. That’s not too long to wait 🙂 well it is but that’s the way it has to be.

a perfect escape5 STARFISHDollycas


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42 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday with Kate Collins – Author of Florist Grump – Review & #Giveaway too!

  1. That’s very similar to an experience we had here at work. My office (warehouse) is located smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Several years ago the nice old woman who lived across the street passed away and her house was sold. We started noticing some very strange things. The shades were never opened. Luxury cars would pull up and park and stay for about an hour. You only ever saw the owners of these cars go in and out of the house. We asked the mailman if they ever got any mail, and he said the only piece of mail that was ever delivered was an electric bill. The UPS man said he had to leave a package once and he went around back, the slider was open so he pulled the curtain back and said “Hello, UPS” A woman came out in a robe only and couldn’t shoo him out of there fast enough. We KNEW what was going on, we just wondered if any of the authorities knew. And then one day, two men came into the warehouse (dressed like customers) and asked to speak to the owner, we asked what it was in reference too and they flashed their FBI badges! They sat down with my dad and said they knew what was going on across the street, they’d been monitoring it for months, and wanted to know if they could put a surveillance camera on our roof. Uhm, do you really say no to the FBI? So the next morning, bright and early, a verizon truck with a bucket pulls into our yard and went to work on our roof “repairing” the lines (Yup, they really do show up in a utility truck). Then the “worker” knocked on the door (It was well before opening) and said “I’m Doug, with the FBI (as he flashed his badge) can I come in for a sec”. Of course you can Doug!!! About 6 weeks later there was a huge raid across the street, as well as another location in our city and two others in nearby towns. According to the papers, the Chinese Mob was behind it. Hopefully they never found out we let the FBI use our roof to spy on them! And now I have a contact for the FBI in my cell phone 😉

  2. Thank you for sharing – I enjoyed reading Kate’s post about how a massage palor inspired the story for her second book.

  3. No need to enter me in the drawing, this wonderful series is an auto-buy for me!! Just stopping by to say hi and say how much I love this cover and title. Congrats on another exciting release, and thanks so much, Dollycas, for reviewing Kate’s book.

  4. Thanks for the great interview and review. I have loved this series since the first book. I look forward to Abby’s mom’s newest art project and the flower shop background always has information that is fun to learn. It’s hard to believe how far Abby and her stories have come.

  5. Ok. It’s official. I live in the boonies. How has this series not been on my radar? Heading over to GoodReads to wear out my pointer finger adding all of them to my TBR. :O)

  6. I would hope that I’d at least write a letter to the editor. I’m kind of a coward and very shy so I doubt I’d do more. Sigh. Not nosy Miss Marple type material. 😉

  7. I’ve been following this series since the beginning, relishing learning about flowers and watching the relationships developing. Yes, I’d attempt to do something.

  8. Love the story of Kate’s inspiration for Slay it with Flowers as well as Lori’s story about the house across the street and the FBI! I have not read any books in this series, but would love to start!

  9. The title made me laugh. The book sounds like fun. I’d love to read it (along with quite a few others).

  10. This is the series that introduced me to cozies! It’s one of my favorites and one of the best written. Thanks, Kate!

  11. One of my absolute favorite series and authors. I can still remember when I had just started reading cozy mysteries and found the first in this series on the library shelf. It was love from the first book

  12. Okay, guilty here. I have not read any of these …yet. With the great review and everyone’s coments I am pretty sure I have to go out and get the first book in the series!

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