I’ve read a lot of these cozy flower shop mysteries from Kate Collins from my library (love you, miss you!) and it occurred to me when I was asking for books for the book exchange, I could put one of them on it. So I got this book, Seed No Evil, and read it now when it is the perfect time for a book with a small town with charming, quirky characters.
The town is so white. But then, my brother lives in a mid-West suburb that is also super white, so I guess that tracks. I have to laugh though that people think the Italian family in the neighborhood is exotic. Abby Knight, the main character and flower shop owner, has a mom and dad that live in town, and a brother who is a surgeon and another brother who I swear had never been talked about except in passing in the entire 15 book series, but actually gets a phone conversation in this one. Abby’s niece is in here because one of the potential culprits is one of her 16 year old classmates.
So the murder victim is the executive director of PAR, an animal rights group who run a shelter in town that is considering changing their no kill shelter policy. And Abby’s mom finds the body so she jumps in to help investigate. Her fiance, Marco (the Italian one), is a private investigator so she goes along with him to interview suspects. In the B plot, Abby’s wedding is days away, and they are running out of time to prepare. There is drama.
Anyway, it was cute, and I think I only have two more to go in the series, so I’ll probably read them all for completeness. I saw she had a new series where the main character is Greek-American. So exotic. Heh.