Monday, October 26, 2015

FLORIST GRUMP by Kate Collins

Book 7 in the Books By The Bay Mystery series 
by Ellery Adams

The New York Times bestselling author of Lethal Letters returns to the North Carolina Coast, where aspiring novelist and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges discovers crime doesn’t take a vacation . . .
After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and television producer, who is currently working on a popular television show in North Carolina.
As the festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else…


I get so excited when new cozy mysteries are due to be released. There are certain authors who bump up that excitement to a whole different level, and Ellery Adams is one of those authors. If her name is on the book, I’s a for certain read for me. The Book By The Bay Mystery series is the only proof you need of why.

First, I adore the way each chapter starts with a quote from a famous literary figure. I think it’s fun with an author add a touch like this.

WRITING ALL WRONGS starts just a few months after series lead, Olivia Limoges and Chief Rawlings are married. I enjoyed reading the new dynamic in their relationship. Reading of how they were adjusting to their new roles.

This was another brilliant plot by Ellery Adams, whose attention to detail on a bad day is wonderful, and on a good day, outstanding! And outstanding is the word to use to describe this book. A strong, edge of your seat storyline, brilliantly written characters, combined with the prose of this talented author, make WRITING ALL WRONGS the best of the best in this series.

Trust me when I say, there were no wrongs that needed righting in this incredible book!

Check out the back of the book for an excerpt from the upcoming 2016 release of BREACH OF CRUST, the newest installment in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series also by Ellery Adams. 


Book 17 in the Flower Shop Mystery series 
by Kate Collins 

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…


FLORIST GRUMP is a shining example of why the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins has been optioned for a movie! In a bouquet of sixteen already breathtaking blooms, the addition of blossom number seventeen has filled in this arrangement beautifully.

A perfectly well plotted and fun mystery, FLORIST GRUMP is the newest installment in the Flower Shop series which follows protagonist Abby Knight and her floral business, Bloomers Flower Shop. Now married to Marco Salvare, building a new home, and being a partner in the Salvare Detective Agency with her husband, Abby has a full to overflowing life. But author Kate Collins handles all aspects of her lead character’s life brilliantly.

This book is one of the best in the series to date, which is really saying something considering how marvelous the first sixteen books are. Ms. Collins never ceases to amaze me with how she can keep new plots in this long running series as fresh as the flowers in Abby’s shop. Yet she does it without ever losing the integrity of her series. Truly the sign of a talented, gifted writer.

If you’re a mystery fan, you really need to give the Flower Shop Mystery series a try. You’re going to love it. And if you already follow the series, you are in for a story that will fill all your senses!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for an excerpt from MOSS HYSTERIA, the April 2016 release in the Flower Shop Mystery series!

Both of these great titles are 
available for pre-order!

Release dates:

November 3

October 27

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. I agree, Ellery's Books by the Bay series is of my favorite series.

  2. Thank you so much, Lisa! You are such an incredible supporter of cozy mysteries!

  3. I loved Writing All Wrongs, it was such an honor to be chosen to review it. I agree with you, the plot was great!

  4. The Books by the Bay series has been one of my favorites being that I love the ocean and the beach so much and obviously, for the great stories and wonderful writing. I need to get caught up with all of my series; life has just gotten in the way of reading time for awhile now, but I am trying to catch up . Both of these books sounds wonderful.
    Cynthia Blain

  5. They look good! Thanks for the reviews.

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