I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18) by Kate Collins
Series: A Flower Shop Mystery #18
Published by Obsidian on April 5th 2016
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
Flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, are ecstatic to finally be moving into their new home, despite the prospect of unpacking a seemingly infinite number of boxes. After all, Brandywine—their new subdivision—seems like an oasis with its welcoming neighbors and beautifully manicured lawns.
But their idyllic community is suddenly uprooted when a body is found floating in a nearby pond. The police think Abby and Marco’s helpful next door neighbor is the culprit, but the newlyweds aren’t convinced.
Meanwhile, Marco distrusts his mother’s slick new boyfriend, and Abby’s cousin Jillian has agreed to decorate their new home, resulting in comic chaos. Even worse, as Abby and Marco dig through Brandywine’s secrets in search of a killer, they discover that some flowers come from very bad seeds...and danger stalks even the sunniest small-town streets.
The cover is kind of cartoony, but don’t let that chase you off. I was sucked into this story from the first pages. And I haven’t read anything by this author before.
I liked a lot of the characters, especially Abby and Marco. But I also liked reading about Jillian, and Francesca. I didn’t really like Mitzi or Rosa. Mitzi just irked me, she was totally one of those women who don’t mind lying to put themselves in the best light possible. She also had no issues with seducing married men. And Rosa was colored from Abby’s point of view, but it would have annoyed me if someone was taking over like that in my job. So it was easy to be on Abby’s side!
There were a lot of funny moments in the book. And I liked how there were side mysteries as well as the main one. I had a few ideas on who the killer was, but when the reveal came I found I was completely wrong. I also liked reading about the flower shop, and ‘seeing’ a few of the designs Abby came up with.
I think the plotline around Rosa was a little too easily patched up at the end, considering how much it bothered Abby during the book. And how Rosa finally found out that it was bothering Abby. But that’s my only quibble, everything else fell out well. Including the home for Kitty, though that was fairly obvious early on!
I’ll be looking for the next book in this series when it comes out, and recommend you try this one if you haven’t already!