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When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl s got to face down her dragons.... PLANT OF ATTACK Someone orders a black rose for Abby s old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. But her plans When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl s got to face down her dragons.... PLANT OF ATTACK Someone orders a black rose for Abby s old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there s anything she can t stand, it s injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower -- only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect....


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When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl s got to face down her dragons.... PLANT OF ATTACK Someone orders a black rose for Abby s old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. But her plans When I swapped the thorny problems of law school for the budding business of my flower store, Bloomers, I vowed that I, Abby Knight, wouldn t be caught dead visiting that hateful campus ever again. But sometimes a girl s got to face down her dragons.... PLANT OF ATTACK Someone orders a black rose for Abby s old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest. After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building. But if there s anything she can t stand, it s injustice and bullies. So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower -- only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect....

30 review for Snipped in the Bud

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Another series that is getting better and better; this series started off very slow, with the first book being almost boring, but it picked up wonderfully, and now I look forward to reading it! I really liked Abby in this book, and after reading tons of other mysteries where the MC was a chief suspect, I exected this book to be just like the others, but it wasn't. Abby was probably the most believable character that I've ever read that is a chief suspect. She is angry about it, but at the same ti Another series that is getting better and better; this series started off very slow, with the first book being almost boring, but it picked up wonderfully, and now I look forward to reading it! I really liked Abby in this book, and after reading tons of other mysteries where the MC was a chief suspect, I exected this book to be just like the others, but it wasn't. Abby was probably the most believable character that I've ever read that is a chief suspect. She is angry about it, but at the same time feels like she's about to be arrested, but she continues on and doesn't get down. The author did a wonderful job of portraying Abby in this book. The mystery was very good, and I really liked how Abby and Marco went through each suspect and checked out their alibis before ruling them out. The killer was a surprise, and the last scene was very tense, like a dam burst from all of the feelings before in the book. Overall a very good book, I look forward to reading the next one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Flower Shop owner Abby Knight is asked to deliver a black rose to Professor Puffer, who terrorized her during her brief time as a law school student. Abby is hoping to drop off the rose and run, but much to her dismay she runs into not only Puffer but another law professor, Carson Reed, who not too long ago had Abby arrested at an animal rights protest. Both men bully Abby into fleeing the building, but she decides to stand up for herself and goes back inside only to find that Professor Reed has Flower Shop owner Abby Knight is asked to deliver a black rose to Professor Puffer, who terrorized her during her brief time as a law school student. Abby is hoping to drop off the rose and run, but much to her dismay she runs into not only Puffer but another law professor, Carson Reed, who not too long ago had Abby arrested at an animal rights protest. Both men bully Abby into fleeing the building, but she decides to stand up for herself and goes back inside only to find that Professor Reed has been murdered. Plenty of people heard Abby's fight with Reed and she is a chief suspect in his murder and there's a real chance she'll be arrested. While Abby fights to clear her name, she stumbles upon a series of pet nappings and is convinced the two are related. But can she and hunky ex-cop Marco find the real murderer and pet nappers before she is arrested for murder? This was a nicely plotted cozy mystery. Although I've read many mysteries where the heroine is considered a suspect, this is the first one I've read where the situation wasn't contrived and there was a legitimate reason for the police to suspect Abby. Abby is an engaging heroine, although there were times in this book when her meddling was a bit too much and once or twice I rolled my eyes while reading the book. The book has lots of humor and Abby's various disguises as she hides from the Media and various townspeople who think she is the murderer are quite humorous. The mystery is well written and I didn't guess who the real murderer was until the very end. Very enjoyable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3 1/2 stars Book 4 in the Flower Shop Mystery series. In this early entry in the series, Abby has to deliver a funeral rose to one of her old nemesis' - Professor Puffer. Naturally it does not go well, and he throws the rose in the trash. Once Abby gets back to her car, she decides to go back and retrieve the rose. She calls Marco, Marco says let it go...but she can't. Once she goes back up to the law school office, she finds another professor , Professor Reed, dead sitting in Prof Puffer's chair. 3 1/2 stars Book 4 in the Flower Shop Mystery series. In this early entry in the series, Abby has to deliver a funeral rose to one of her old nemesis' - Professor Puffer. Naturally it does not go well, and he throws the rose in the trash. Once Abby gets back to her car, she decides to go back and retrieve the rose. She calls Marco, Marco says let it go...but she can't. Once she goes back up to the law school office, she finds another professor , Professor Reed, dead sitting in Prof Puffer's chair. Abby has had a run in with Reed before, which culminated in her arrest. So naturally she is the prime suspect. I admit to reading these out of order, but once you know the characters it really doesn't seem to make a difference. Kate Collins brings her characters to life, and in this one crazy cousin Jillian was only moderately crazy (which was nice). Abby continues to be a bit impetuous, which normally drives me crazy but for some reason it doesn't in this series. I guess the only thing that does make me a little irritable is the semi-constant references to Abby's apparently fairly large boob size. Must happen in every book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    It's been a few years since I read the previous book in this series, and I remember enjoying it. This one had a good mystery, but had some bits that bothered me, such as some editing problems, a piece of equipment that should have been thoroughly checked over, a case that was pretty flimsy and heavy-handed. Love the flower shop setting and the Marco connection, as well as her assistants, so will try the next one. Btw, fourteen is not hefty - not that a woman's weight should matter, really. And th It's been a few years since I read the previous book in this series, and I remember enjoying it. This one had a good mystery, but had some bits that bothered me, such as some editing problems, a piece of equipment that should have been thoroughly checked over, a case that was pretty flimsy and heavy-handed. Love the flower shop setting and the Marco connection, as well as her assistants, so will try the next one. Btw, fourteen is not hefty - not that a woman's weight should matter, really. And the degrading nickname the nasty prof had for the mc, wow. Here's to continuing positive societal change for us all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is such a fun series and I really enjoy the antics of all the characters. I'm so pleased that Philadelphia Free Library has all but the 3 latest in Overdrive. Cozies can be hard to find in central Pennsylvania.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Let me just get this out of the way; this book was a doozy to read. I could have underscored this book, but then I remember the impossible ones and I'm grateful for having discovered this series. Who cares if the culprit in the story wasn't a bolt out of the blue? I can only speak for myself but Kate Collins knows how to write a cozy murder. There's just enough of annoying characters to giggle at and if that's not your thing, then they're inconspicuous enough to avoid and focus on another, full Let me just get this out of the way; this book was a doozy to read. I could have underscored this book, but then I remember the impossible ones and I'm grateful for having discovered this series. Who cares if the culprit in the story wasn't a bolt out of the blue? I can only speak for myself but Kate Collins knows how to write a cozy murder. There's just enough of annoying characters to giggle at and if that's not your thing, then they're inconspicuous enough to avoid and focus on another, fuller, redder, bustier, shorter character. Herein ends this review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Campbell

    When I discover a series I like I tend to read book in the series that has been published. I have been doing that with the Flower Shop Mysteries. I have one more to go and I will be all caught up! There hasn't been a bad book in the bunch! I have enjoyed each one. This is not deep reading... it is escape from the pressures of life in a hot bath reading. And lately I have needed a lot of that! Each of these books picks up where the previous one left off. In Snipped, Abby receives an order for a bl When I discover a series I like I tend to read book in the series that has been published. I have been doing that with the Flower Shop Mysteries. I have one more to go and I will be all caught up! There hasn't been a bad book in the bunch! I have enjoyed each one. This is not deep reading... it is escape from the pressures of life in a hot bath reading. And lately I have needed a lot of that! Each of these books picks up where the previous one left off. In Snipped, Abby receives an order for a black rose to be delivered to her law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer. With hopes of finding him off to lunch, Abby heads to his office with her delivery. The decision to linger a bit turns out to be a bad one when Abby finds herself face to face with the fierce Dragon. As she flees his wrath, she runs into Professor Reed, who recently had her arrested for protesting animal rights at a local lab. Could this day get any worse? Yes! Determined to retrieve the rose (Dragon tossed it in the trash) and a bit of her dignity, Abby marches back up to his office to find Reed dead and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. This time Abby isn't playing amateur PI to help out a friend or because she is nosey by nature, this time it is life and death... hers!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Banks

    Oh boy. Where to start? (view spoiler)[This is seriously a copy & paste job from the last book. Abby didn't learn her lesson from last time. "Oh my! That person was so nice and gave me all this information about the case! Boy, do I run into them a lot, what a coincidence!." Oh but you link up other coincidences that mean nothing together, like that stupid rule of threes. Well, no shit Sherlock that nice, helpful person who was hanging around you and you didn't suspect turned out to be the murdere Oh boy. Where to start? (view spoiler)[This is seriously a copy & paste job from the last book. Abby didn't learn her lesson from last time. "Oh my! That person was so nice and gave me all this information about the case! Boy, do I run into them a lot, what a coincidence!." Oh but you link up other coincidences that mean nothing together, like that stupid rule of threes. Well, no shit Sherlock that nice, helpful person who was hanging around you and you didn't suspect turned out to be the murderer. That's what happened last time Oh, there's a subplot that deals with this minor issue in the background. Oh my god, it's so shocking that it's involved with the murder! That's what happened in every book. Oh, the romance is heating up! Cue insecurities and a stupid minor "conflict" to create tension. Cue lots of compliments and drag on descriptions of how hot Marco is every time Abby sees him. Finally, the murder caught, case solved. Time to fuck Marco! Oh, wait something happens to interrupt them to get the next book rolling. That's how every book ended. Abby is truly fucking stupid. She's all about thinking she's so smart and bristled when ever anyone brings up her stupid actions. It's not about dropping out of law school. That doesn't make her stupid. Jumping to conclusions, holding on to first impressions no matter what and rushing head first into everything. She complains about Jillian not being a grown up, but Abby has her own issues to work on. Like being so desperate to right all the time, clinging to assumptions and first impressions, jumping to conclusions, so desperate to prove herself and for attention, love and affection. Have the book was her saying "No! They couldn't be having an affair, she's not his type. I can't see it" or "No! She's such a good person, she couldn't hurt a fly!". "Let's be witty to the cops! I can do his job better anyways. I'll find out who the real murder is!" and you wonder why the cops don't like you Abby? I can't even stand Abby anymore. People have pointed things out to her but she doesn't change or learn. Abby is extremely privileged. I was pissed that she couldn't believe someone would be struggling and standing in a soup line if they didn't have their job at a horrible company. Yes, the company is horrible and should change its practices. I'm absolutely against the animal testing going on this book. That doesn't mean you should harp on people just trying to support their family. You want to guilt trip the janitor? Employees aren't responsible for the grievances their employers cause. Yes, it sucks. Ideally, people would be able to work at great places and chose their employment at will. But this is reality. It doesn't work that way. Show some understand and class, Abby. Most people don't have the luxury or privilege to chose their employers, they just need to work to survive. Abby grew up in a small town and doesn't realize this? Didn't think people would be defensive for calling them animal tortures when they work at an immoral company to survive? Hello, as the author ever dealt with real people or small towns? I grew up in a small town in Michigan. I know what happened with the mills and the car companies in Detroit. I saw the devastation and the desperation for jobs when shit went down. So I'm left with either not believing Abby as a character, or coming to the conclusion she's self absorbed and couldn't care less about people, just her principles. Who cares about those struggling people, they can get other jobs! It's so easy after all. They are unprincipled people who don't care about animal torture. No possibility they care, they just need to work to support themselves? Of course not! Not in Abby's black and white world. Everyone get in line, you need to be painted by the florist who knows only two fucking colors. Funny, how now people are upset about a murder. Where were the mobs in the last books? Do you really blame people for assuming Abby is the murderer considering the evidence they know? Abby jumps to conclusions all the time. If someone else had done the stupid shit Abby did, Abby would be assume they were the murders too. That's what she's done in the last books. Time for some realizations and character growth? Of course not! We have a format to follow. I like how the book flows, so I must assume I like the author's writing style because I really can't stand Abby anymore. The author is a good writer for what it's worth, her stories just suck. Not every character is a bust, but the most important character, Abby, is. Maybe that's just me but I've grown to find Abby extremely annoying at least. At worst, she's a stubborn know-it-all judgmental little snob who claims to be helping but only makes thing worse. (hide spoiler)] TL;DR If you liked the last book, you'll probably like this book. It's a copy pasta job. The author can write so at least reading won't be painful. Unless you find reading the same story over and over with only name changes discomforting. Abby has lost me. I can't stand her anymore. She's worked on none of her faults and feels self-righteous about what she does. She's painfully stupid. She's the woman in the horror movies who walks blindly towards a sound the killer made and gets murdered. Only this is a cozy mystery so she's saved her hunk in the nick of time. *eyeroll* The cons of this series as finally outweighed any pleasure from this short, supposedly fun read. I'm done with the series. It's suppose to be a fun escape from reality, only to make it work it needs to be relate able. This story universe claims to be in our own, but is clearly disconnected from reality. The timing on the events in this books makes no sense and only works with perfectly choreographed people. I can see the puppet strings and am bored by this sorry performance. The previous books have been plagued by plot holes and lacking common sense. This time around I was so annoyed and couldn't wait to be done with this book so I didn't pay attention. I knew what was coming and just wanted to get it over with.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda M

    Abby Knight is one adorable heroine! Abby Knight is one adorable heroine! Don't ever insult Abby's work! This backfires as she has to deliver a single rose to her former professor whom she nicknamed Snapdragon. As usual he insults her claims he never ordered it and throws it into the trash right in front of her. She leaves but insists against Marco's advice to go back and claim her beautiful creation only to discover a dead body in Snapdragons chair office but it isn't him. She becomes suspect an Abby Knight is one adorable heroine! Abby Knight is one adorable heroine! Don't ever insult Abby's work! This backfires as she has to deliver a single rose to her former professor whom she nicknamed Snapdragon. As usual he insults her claims he never ordered it and throws it into the trash right in front of her. She leaves but insists against Marco's advice to go back and claim her beautiful creation only to discover a dead body in Snapdragons chair office but it isn't him. She becomes suspect and public enemy #1. Poor Abby but she perseveres against everything stacked against her which is honestly ludicrous and insulting. She is feisty determined and AWESOME. I love this series so much #FlowerShopMystery

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    I'm on the fence with this series. I don't like the main character. She's a smart aleck and comes across as arrogant. She's also a total wimp when it comes to her relationship with Marco. Why can't she just ask him where she stands and tell him what she wants? Why the drama? There's also too much description in the beginning of the book, it bogs down the action and makes it difficult to get into the story. It's been a long time since I read book 3 but still I didn't feel like I needed that much I'm on the fence with this series. I don't like the main character. She's a smart aleck and comes across as arrogant. She's also a total wimp when it comes to her relationship with Marco. Why can't she just ask him where she stands and tell him what she wants? Why the drama? There's also too much description in the beginning of the book, it bogs down the action and makes it difficult to get into the story. It's been a long time since I read book 3 but still I didn't feel like I needed that much scene-setting. But overall the writing is good and the story is good. I did know the killer and the motivation pretty much right away, and I can almost never figure out whodunit. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Al

    I think I am becoming addicted to Kate Collins and her Flower shop Mysteries. Why? because when I finish one I am wondering what will happen in the next one. Abby, flower shop owner after dropping out of law school, Marco, her boyfriend of sorts - heart throb works here, her family, her employees at the flower shop, Riley the cop - who wanted to be a boyfriend and all the residents of a small town in Indiana make an exciting mix. So, family squabbles, a dead body and a =nosy reporter combine for I think I am becoming addicted to Kate Collins and her Flower shop Mysteries. Why? because when I finish one I am wondering what will happen in the next one. Abby, flower shop owner after dropping out of law school, Marco, her boyfriend of sorts - heart throb works here, her family, her employees at the flower shop, Riley the cop - who wanted to be a boyfriend and all the residents of a small town in Indiana make an exciting mix. So, family squabbles, a dead body and a =nosy reporter combine for another story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Abby sets out to make a delivery to one of her former law school professors. There is no love loss between the two of them and it seems poetic that the order is a single black rose. Although Abby actually hopes to avoid the man, he plan is dashed when he arrives and insults her by throwing the flower into the trash. Abby leaves quickly only to run into a professor who recently had her arrested. They exchange words and Abby leaves in anger. After sitting in her car and cooling off (a little) she Abby sets out to make a delivery to one of her former law school professors. There is no love loss between the two of them and it seems poetic that the order is a single black rose. Although Abby actually hopes to avoid the man, he plan is dashed when he arrives and insults her by throwing the flower into the trash. Abby leaves quickly only to run into a professor who recently had her arrested. They exchange words and Abby leaves in anger. After sitting in her car and cooling off (a little) she goes back in order to retrieve the beautiful flower, despite Marco, her boyfriend, telling her to go back to her shop. She enters the office to recover the flower and finds a little more than she bargained for. Abby finds herself a suspect in a murder and it's up to her, with help from Marco, to clear her name. This is an enjoyable series. The characters are well developed and easy to like. The pace of the plot is steady. I unfortunately watched the Hallmark movie before reading this book and it took me awhile to shake the vision of Brooke Shields as Abby. I much prefer the character's literary form. I enjoy the books much more than the movies and look forward to reading the next book when I have a chance. I own them all because I think they are worth the investment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I liked this story, but there was nothing fantastic about it. As always, the story is very unrealistic, but I like Abby and Marco. This installation in the series featured a bit of Abby's background at the law school, along with two of her former professors, but the plot is so outlandish that it's hard to imagine any of it could actually happen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    When does courage become foolhardiness? Openness become verbal diarrhea? Abby would be a colorful but uncomfortable friend. And a loose cannon as a sleuth who somehow has managed to survive book after book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ewa

    After first 3 pages I was disappointed and thought it would be difficult to finish it - but then action started and I really liked it, I liked the main character (loves animals and isn't ashamed to fight for them), the plot, the setting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mardi D

    First time I have read anything by this author. I really did enjoy the book. It is what I call an easy read, not requiring a lot of deep thinking, and perfect for relaxing with a cup of tea. I will definitely be on the look out for more of the Flower Shop Mystery series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Lairson

    Jillian!!! I do NOT like herđź‘Žđź‘Ž

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sallie

    Now have all of the series to read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Retchless

    Good

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol Gibson

    Couldn’t get past first couple of chapters. Tired of reading about a person the author chose to be the heroine. After reading the previous books in this series, just couldn’t go any further.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    When Abby is to deliver a rose to her law school nemesis, the professor who loathed her on sight, keeps calling her Betty Boop, and even threw his famous silver pencil at her, leaving a scar, she leaves with weak knees. Almost running over said professor in the parking lot does not do a lot of good to her nerves either. But when he catches her in his office, delivering the flower (one of her best deep purple –neer black- roses in a very pretty vase) he refuses to pay for the order, and throws th When Abby is to deliver a rose to her law school nemesis, the professor who loathed her on sight, keeps calling her Betty Boop, and even threw his famous silver pencil at her, leaving a scar, she leaves with weak knees. Almost running over said professor in the parking lot does not do a lot of good to her nerves either. But when he catches her in his office, delivering the flower (one of her best deep purple –neer black- roses in a very pretty vase) he refuses to pay for the order, and throws the flower in the trashcan. Abby flees his office, and runs into another professor she despises. Carson Reed works as a legal advisor for Dermacol, a factory that uses live test animals to test make up and other beauty products in a very brutal way. And we are not talking rats and mice, but cats and dogs and bunnies and monkeys. Abby was part of a protest a few weeks ago, and Carson Reed had her arrested. A big picture of her being led away in handcuffs graced the frontpage of the local newspaper. Back in her car, she needs to compose herself before she drives back to Bloomers. But suddenly angry at herself for being such a coward, she is determined to go back inside and get her flower back. She calls Marco for moral support, and though the tries to talk her out of it, she just has to do it. And boy, does she wish she had not! What she finds in Puffer’s office is Professor Reed in Puffer’s chair, with Puffer’s famous pencil stuck in his head, dead as can be. When she screams for help, one of the students is coming from the computer lab. They call the police, but what Abby never would have thought possible, happens. She is their prime suspect! Motive, means and opportunity. She was angry, she caught him alone, and she killed him! Even her fingerprints are on the murder weapon. How is she getting out of this mess? The local media is painting her as the murderer, a militant animal rights activist. But all that airtime sure is good for Bloomers! The shop has never been so busy in years. But Abby is hounded by journalists all the time, especially one Connor Mackay, who has written that first nasty piece about her. And because Puffer keeps pointing the finger at her. Thanks to her cousin Jillian, who is finally moving out of their apartment, Abby gets some haute couture outfits that disguise her, so she can move around town, figuring out who the real killer is. And in the mean time, find out who is petnapping beloved dogs and cats around the town. I have to admit, Abby is growing on me. I liked how she stood up for herself, and keep arguing against Dermacol. It is very hard for her to believe she is the prime suspect in a murder case, and people have gone to prison on a lot less evidence that there is against her. There are plenty of people with a good reason to want Carson Reed dead, but how to find the right one? The relationship between Abby and Marco is going slow and steady, and I like that. Their kisses sure steam up the room! So please, please don’t make this some corny love triangle with Connor as the third corner! I don’t want to believe that Abby is so superficial. Less family time for Abby, and I really did not mind that. Her mother is very annoying, and she has totally no bond with her older brothers and sisters-in-law. The mystery was good, I did not guess who the killer was for a long time. The pet mystery was easy to crack though. 7 stars. © 2013 Reviews by Aurian Full review on my blog, www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Abby Knight is back for another adventure! Abby finds herself returning to her old law school campus when someone orders a mysterious "funeral rose" for her old professor. A professor who seemed to have it out for Abby when she used to be a student. After delivering the rose Abby leaves, only to run smack into another professor; one who Abby had tangled with just weeks earlier at an animal rights protest. When that same professor turns up dead, Abby becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. T Abby Knight is back for another adventure! Abby finds herself returning to her old law school campus when someone orders a mysterious "funeral rose" for her old professor. A professor who seemed to have it out for Abby when she used to be a student. After delivering the rose Abby leaves, only to run smack into another professor; one who Abby had tangled with just weeks earlier at an animal rights protest. When that same professor turns up dead, Abby becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. This might just be my favourite so far in the series. There were two mysteries going on, the murder case as well as a pet-napping case involving dozens of pets in the neighbourhood, including Mrs. Samples {Abby's neighbour} dog Peewee! The two mysteries weave in and out with each other throughout the story but come together nicely in the end. This is a really enjoyable series so far and the author is skilled at being able to have more than one mystery going on at once without leaving the reader confused. The ending is a surprise each time and always leaves me looking forward to the next adventure. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shonda

    Abby Knight is back and once again finds herself involved in a murder investigation, as the number one suspect. She innocently delievers a rose to an old law school professor which leads to a confrontation between the two. Old feelings rush to the surface during their exchange and Abby runs out of his office. When she reaches her car, she realizes she's not a law student anymore and her former professor did not have the right to speak to her as such. She pulls herself together and decides to get Abby Knight is back and once again finds herself involved in a murder investigation, as the number one suspect. She innocently delievers a rose to an old law school professor which leads to a confrontation between the two. Old feelings rush to the surface during their exchange and Abby runs out of his office. When she reaches her car, she realizes she's not a law student anymore and her former professor did not have the right to speak to her as such. She pulls herself together and decides to get her flower back. When she returns to his office, she discovers a dead body and soon finds herself at the top of the police suspect list. Much of the book is spent with Abby in disguise trying to find the real killer. There's a sub-plot of animal kidnapping that eventually ties into the murder investigation. Abby's cousin, Jillian, makes another appearance when she returns from her honeymoon, only to bring drama with her. Overall I thought Snipped in the Bud is the best in the series so far.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    When Abby left or more accurately flunked out of law school, she swore she would never go back, but when someone orders a flower arrangement for her former law school professor, Abby decides to face her demons and deliver the flower herself. She will just sneak in drop the flower off on his desk and sneak out. Oh if only it were that easy!!! Abby gets caught putting the flower on Professor Puffers desk and he promptly throws it away..Abby feeling threatened,flees. On her way out she runs into P When Abby left or more accurately flunked out of law school, she swore she would never go back, but when someone orders a flower arrangement for her former law school professor, Abby decides to face her demons and deliver the flower herself. She will just sneak in drop the flower off on his desk and sneak out. Oh if only it were that easy!!! Abby gets caught putting the flower on Professor Puffers desk and he promptly throws it away..Abby feeling threatened,flees. On her way out she runs into Professor Carson Reed, with whom she has an argument. Abby later returns to retrieve the flower from the trash and finds Carson dead... With lines like "I'm so not ready for motherhood I refused to sit in a rocking chair in case it gave my repressed biological urges any ideas" Snipped in the Bud is fun and quirky ..the relationship between Abby and Marco as always is fun and entertaining. Another great read by Kate Coliins

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I like this series most of the time. Abby is bright and determined to defend herself at all costs. However, sometimes those costs get pretty high especially when she goes off and does things that more than one person (cops, lawyers, DA and Marco) have told her not to do -- like talking to reporters when she is a suspect in a murder. I am also very tired of cousin Jill and her total abuse of Abby's hospitality and friendship. Probably one of the least sympathetic characters I've run across in a lo I like this series most of the time. Abby is bright and determined to defend herself at all costs. However, sometimes those costs get pretty high especially when she goes off and does things that more than one person (cops, lawyers, DA and Marco) have told her not to do -- like talking to reporters when she is a suspect in a murder. I am also very tired of cousin Jill and her total abuse of Abby's hospitality and friendship. Probably one of the least sympathetic characters I've run across in a long time, especially when it seems we are supposed to be sympathetic. Still, I will keep reading the series because the mysteries are good and most of the time I really like Abby and Marco, Libby and Grace and Abby's parents. I just hope she gets smarter about her own safety and spends less time with the nasty cousin.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Pretty bad. I guess it's not going to wow me after I've just finished a Louise Penny and a Lee Child back to back. But, this felt like it was written by a high-schooler. The cover says "Move over Stephanie Plum". But Abby Knight is no Stephanie Plum... or Carlotta Carlyle, or Savannah Reid, or Hannah Swensen, or Desiree Shapiro, or Finley Anderson Tanner. She's not particularly clever or likeable or funny. In the first 80 pages, a body is found, and there is a bunch of inane dialogue. I read it Pretty bad. I guess it's not going to wow me after I've just finished a Louise Penny and a Lee Child back to back. But, this felt like it was written by a high-schooler. The cover says "Move over Stephanie Plum". But Abby Knight is no Stephanie Plum... or Carlotta Carlyle, or Savannah Reid, or Hannah Swensen, or Desiree Shapiro, or Finley Anderson Tanner. She's not particularly clever or likeable or funny. In the first 80 pages, a body is found, and there is a bunch of inane dialogue. I read it really quickly, not because it was a page-turner, but because I couldn't wait for it to be over. I gave it two stars instead of one because I made it to the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lombardi

    Marco, Marco, Marco.....YUM!!!! That is what I have to say about him. He is sexy and he is here! In this book Marco is around a bit more and you can see their relationship building. But I will not give more away than that! I personally loved the disguises in this book! Very fun. I thought this was catchy and fun. I did not want to put it down! (pppssstttt, don't tell anyone that I read the book today when I SHOULD have been working! hehehehehe). I am very excited and looking forward to when I have Marco, Marco, Marco.....YUM!!!! That is what I have to say about him. He is sexy and he is here! In this book Marco is around a bit more and you can see their relationship building. But I will not give more away than that! I personally loved the disguises in this book! Very fun. I thought this was catchy and fun. I did not want to put it down! (pppssstttt, don't tell anyone that I read the book today when I SHOULD have been working! hehehehehe). I am very excited and looking forward to when I have time to read #5!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fmorlan

    Abby Knight runs a flower shop. She receives a request for a funeral rose to be taken to one of her ex law professors. She delivers the rose much to the professors dismay. She decides to get the rose from the trash but finds a dead body instead. Also she still has Jillian to deal with. This was very funny and engaging with all the running around she does. Of course Marco is in the mix because Abby is the prime suspect. I like how these books dont just start - it continues from the previous book Abby Knight runs a flower shop. She receives a request for a funeral rose to be taken to one of her ex law professors. She delivers the rose much to the professors dismay. She decides to get the rose from the trash but finds a dead body instead. Also she still has Jillian to deal with. This was very funny and engaging with all the running around she does. Of course Marco is in the mix because Abby is the prime suspect. I like how these books dont just start - it continues from the previous book for consistency.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb Glatt

    Cute. A little fluffy, so I skimmed excess details that didn't add anything to the story.

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