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by Kate Collins
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short and well-endowed
should a law school dropout do with her life? She could do what Abby
Knight did, which was buy a struggling flower shop in New Chapel,
Indiana. Seems like an odd choice given her background, but it makes
her happy, and it keeps her in contact with people, many of whom could
use some kind or other of legal advice. What does it matter that she
isn't qualified to dispense it along with her bouquets? After all
she's a cop's kid, so how can she resist aiding a woman and her son in
leaving an abusive home or tracking down the jerk who crumpled her
baby, a 1960 yellow ragtop Corvette, in a hit and run accident?
Too bad, though, she doesn't mind her
own business after all. It might help her to live longer, or so says
pro private eye and ex-cop Marco Salvare, a man who can stand wearing
leather in high heat and looks dangerous, albeit the good kind of
dangerous, the kind that does things to a woman's knees.
Abby feels confident she can live
through the taunts, threats, and hit and run accidents coming her way
due to her inquisitive personality, but she just doesn't know how she
can survive Marco's smug superiority and testosterone.
What worked for me:
The story was cute and funny, had a good plot line which entwined a
lot of interesting threads, and although the mystery somewhat easy to
figure out in some respects there were still twists that I didn't see
The shop and its associates sounded darling.
I'd love to visit there for a cup of coffee. I also enjoyed
Simon the cat, though non-cat lovers might not feel the same.
Size-wise Abby is short and busty, but her friend Lottie is voluptuous.
(However the story wasn't really as friendly to sizes larger than
What didn't work for me:
It wasn't an issue for me, but folks who don't care for first person
point of view stories need to know that this series fits in that
"Mum's the Word" is
an enjoyable read and a fine debut for this new mystery series.
reviewer Alana Morales
worked for me:
The plot of this book was very well done. The twists and turns help
things move along nicely, and it didn't end quite the way I expected
it to. I liked that Abby kept sticking her nose into things--she never
knows when to stop, which breaks from the norm. Most people will at
some point learn their lesson. For Abby, it takes quite a while to do
Abby is a shorter woman with a well endowed chest. This isn't a
pro-plus size book, but it was nice to read about a woman who is
short, since I am too.
What didn't work for me:
Once I realized that this was not a plus
size heroine, it was fine. Just understand that this is not going to
tell you that it is okay to be a plus-sized woman.
I enjoyed reading it! It has convinced me to read other
If you liked
"Mum's the Word" you might also enjoy
Stephanie Plum mystery series, the
Odelia Grey mystery series, the
Tory Bauer mystery series,
Sam Jones mystery series,
"Dating Dead Men",
"Ain't Nobody's Bizness", "Plum Girl", "Princess Charming",
"Welcome to Temptation",
"Faking It", "Switcheroo",
Carlyle Reveals All".
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