Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Florist Grump {+ Giveaway}

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Florist Gump by Kate Collins  - Thoughts in ProgressMoving back home can be an undertaking for all involved, but throw in a new husband, a rescue dog and a talent for finding trouble and you have the makings for a new adventure for sleuth-solving, flower shop owner Abby Knight Salvare.

Saving money to build a new home, Abby and her husband Marco move into her childhood bedroom of her parent’s home. The stress of family togetherness has Abby on edge.

The tension mounts when an employee of the savings and loan is found murdered and the authorities look at the local window washer as the prime suspect. Abby is determined to get to the root of the matter and find the real killer even if it means putting herself in danger once again.

Author Kate Collins has created such entertaining, realistic characters you can’t help but feel like they are all your friends. The loyalty, friendship and compassion she blends throughout the story makes it a heartwarming read despite the murder. The small town atmosphere is friendly and inviting. The family antics will have you relating to your own family’s bantering.

There’s never a dull moment in this fast pace adventure that will keep you guessing until the end. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.

While the momentum of many long-running series tends to slow down, Collins continues full steam ahead in this 17th installment of her Flower Shop Mystery series. FLORIST GRUMP can be read on its own. But if you’re a first time reader, don’t be surprised to find yourself plucking more installments from the series to read.

Collins crafts a perfect bouquet of charming characters, suspenseful mystery, quaint setting and family togetherness that mystery lovers will adore. FLORIST GRUMP is chalked full of enough entertainment and surprises to outdo a box of chocolates.

Florist Grump by Kate Collins, A Flower Shop Mystery (Book #17), NAL, @2015, ISBN: 978-0451473431, Mass Market Paperback, 336Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the great folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of FLORIST GRUMP to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 19.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Florist Grump Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today. What are your thoughts on moving back in with parents if you’re trying to save to buy a home?

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  1. Moving is stressful enough without adding all those other things to the mix.
    Abby is made of stronger stuff than I am - and it does sound like fun.

  2. This series introduced me to cozies back when the first book was published. Now - a favorite author and a favorite
    series. Thanks, Kate!

  3. Clever play on the title. And the seventeenth book? That's impressive.
    Dogs fourteen, cats nine.

  4. Can you imagine moving back home when you're a married adult? I bet the murder was a welcome distraction for the main character.

  5. Sounds great! Love discovering new authors to read.

  6. I really think the title of this one is terrific, Mason! Very clever! And the story sounds interesting, too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh, that title. I read it as Forest Gump at first. Very cute. And such a neat premise.

  8. The author's name sounds familiar. Cute title.

  9. This book would be a delight and intriguing. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. That book's title would be really hard to say multiple times in a row! I love that cover...but two words scare me off from ever reading it: "Book 17." No way would I take on a series with that many books in it!

  11. I have read the first book in the series - this is one series I need to catch up on. I really enjoyed the first book! Fun titles and great characters and mystery in this one.

  12. I love that a long running series can still deliver! And I think if you're able, living with family for a bit while getting a home is ok.

  13. Sounds like an adventure, but then moving back in with family always is!


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