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Subject: Highlight a Cozy Mystery on your PBS bookshelf :)
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 1:31 AM ET
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I'm looking for new cozy mysteries, are you?  Tell us about a cozy mystery on your PBS bookshelf just waiting for someone to snatch it up.

Here's mine:

Dead Man Running: A Torie O'Shea Mystery by Rett MacPherson

At the request of a local journalist, genealogist Torie O'Shea sets out to research her Missouri hometown's two mayoral candidates: incumbent Bill Castlereagh and his challenger, Sheriff Colin Brooke, Torie's stepfather. With the discovery of a body linked to the Chicago Mafia, Torie's research into the mayor's genealogy turns up more questions than answers. As the case unravels, the mayor flees town and Torie makes a shocking discovery that might lead to her own demise.
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at the moment, i've only got one cozy mystery on my shelf, but it was one i enjoyed.

Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson, 8th in the series.  Goldy Schultz is a caterer who just keeps running into situations where she's got to figure out who the murderer is.  Also includes delicious sounding recipes for what Goldy whips together during the book.

In this one, her kitchen is in shambles from an incompetent contractor - who she find dead at a friend's house.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 2:09 AM ET
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It Had To Be You, by Jill Churchill....this is book 5 of her "Grace and Favor" series, and the copy I have is a nice hardcover.

March 3, 1933, the day before Franklin Roosevelt's inauguration. While Robert Brewster heads to Washington, D.C., to witness the historic event, his sister, Lily, travels to a nursing home near Grace & Favor. The owner, Miss Twibell, has lost an assistant nurse, and the siblings have agreed to help out.

The home is full of colorful characters, including a cantankerous old man named Sean Connor, the only patient who is seriously ill. The very day the Brewsters arrive, he slips into a coma and passes away. Though saddened, no one is surprised by his death -- until it's revealed that he's been murdered. The old man wasn't well liked, but who would bother to murder him when he had so little time left? Several people had visited his room that morning, and there are plenty of suspects. Good motives, on the other hand, are thin on the ground.

And Mr. Connor isn't the only victim in town. Over the winter, a young man went missing and was presumed dead, though no body was found. Now that the spring sun has melted the ice, a body has surfaced. Is this the missing man or has a third crime been committed?

With multiple murders plaguing the community, the Brewster siblings are more committed than ever to helping the police find a cold-blooded criminal before he strikes again.

Subject: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins -- Highlighted Cozy
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:36 AM ET
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Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins

(Hardcover in excellent condition)

 

 

 

Anthropology professor Gideon Oliver thought that accompanying his wife, Julie, to a forest rangers' conference in Alaska's scenic Glacier Bay would make for a restful vacation. Relaistic enough, however, to know that vacations aren't always restful, Gideon did think he was far enough away from civilization to avoid university politics and the hefty egos that go along with them.

But he hadn't counted on the presence of M. Audley Tremaine, TVs most popular science personality. The uncutuous Temaine has just completed his memoirs of a geological expedition of 30 years earlier, when 3 people were killed in an avalanche-and Tremaine himself barely escaped with his life. Now he and the other survivors-as well as the their late colleagues' heirs-have gathered to review the manuscript and memorialize the victims.

When human bones turn up athe avalanche site and the FBI quickly needs expert analysis, everyone agress how fortunate it is that famed skeleton detective Gideon Oliver is on the scene. Everyone, that is, except for the person who thinks that murder is the best way to cover up the past!
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A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 1) :: Sue Grafton  1st book in the Kinsey Milhone series:

When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. A prominent divorce attorney with a reputation for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his clients, Fife was also rumored to be a dedicated philanderer. Plenty of people in the picturesque southern California town of Santa Teresa had a reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect. The jury thought so, too.

Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her late husband.

A trail that is eight years cold. A trail that reaches out to enfold a bitter, wealthy, and foul-mouthed old woman and a young boy, born deaf, whose memory cannot be trusted. A trail that leads to a lawyer defensively loyal to a dead partner and disarmingly attractive to Millhone; to an ex-wife, brave, lucid, lovely and still angry over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too high a salary for too few skills and too many debts left owing: The trail twists to include them all, with Millhone following every turn until it finally twists back on itself and she finds herself face-to-face with a killer cunning enough to get away with murder.

 

L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 12) :: Sue Grafton  Book 12 in the Kinsey Milhone series:

Kinsey's skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitious match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life.

"L" Is for Lawless: Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as bad girl -- quick-witted and quicksilvery, smart-mouthed and smartalecky-poking her nose into everyone's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.

 

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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet :: M. C. Beaton

 


Book Description:

"A glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame and Lucille Ball with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful." St. Petersburg Times
Feisty Agatha Raisin, until recently a public-relations executive in London, has retired to peaceful Cotswold, where a romance is budding with the attractive new village vet, Dr. Paul Bladen. But Bladen accidentally kills himself while attending to Lord Pendlebury's horse, and Agatha must turn to her distinguished neighbor, the retired military man James Lacey, for comfort. Together, the odd couple begin to investigate Dr. Bladen's death . . . and the curious lack of sorrow shown by his divorced wife. But will they succeed in unmasking a killer before suffering an "accident" of their own?
If you haven't read any of M.C. Beaton's cozies, you're missing out!  Her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books are a hoot!  I had never read a cozy before and I'm so glad I found her by accident.
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 10:18 AM ET
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Mother of the Bride, a Molly West Mystery. Even a seasoned list maker like Molly West can get the jitters especially when her daughter announces she's getting married in two months and worse, that the wedding will be a Civil War reenactment in this history-rich area of rural Ohio.

A skeleton is found in a cave where escaped slaves used to hide on the Underground Railroad. But clearly the human remains aren't as old as the Confederacy, proving that someone in the tightly knit community is a killer. And as Molly starts digging into the town's past   and present , she discovers something old....something new....and something very deadly.

I liked this little book very much. It was a nice, quick, light read with a few twists. For such a short book, nice development of characters.                                                                              

 

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I just recently discovered this series, but I really enjoy these books featuring sleuthing cats and dogs:

The Tail of the Tip-Off, Rita Mae Brown:

 

When winter hits Crozet, Virginia, it hits hard--and hangs on for months. That’s nothing new to postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her friends, who keep warm with hard work, hot toddies, and rabid rooting for the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball team at the old stadium affectionately dubbed “The Clam.” But the usual postgame high spirits are laid low when contractor H. H. Donaldson drops dead in the parking lot. And pretty soon word has spread that it wasn’t a heart attack that did him in. It just doesn’t sit right with Harry that one of her fellow fans--perhaps even an acquaintance or neighbor sitting close by in the stands--is a murderer. And as tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is all too aware, things that don’t sit right with Harry make her restless, curious, and prone to poking her not-very-sensitive human nose into dangerous places. So the animals start paying closer attention to what the people around them are doing--and they’re the first ones to realize when the next murder occurs.

It seems obvious to Harry that the deaths are connected--and she intends to find out exactly how. There’s no shortage of suspects, considering that H.H. was a ladies’ man who’d left a trail of broken hearts all over town--the most recent belonging to his wife-- and that the second murder victim was not very popular in Crozet.As the police launch their investigation, Harry picks up clues through savvy questioning of everyone she knows. But it’s the critters who are most attuned to trouble--they scent something wicked wafting Harry’s way on the tail of the next snowstorm. And as Harry draws closer to the truth about a brutal killer, Mrs. Murphy and her friends realize it’s up to them to make sure their intrepid mom lands on her feet.

 

And Magdalena is back to sleuthing and having run-ins with her future MIL in Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers:

A couple of unprincipled outsiders have bought an old farm at the edge of the Mennonite community of Hernia, Pennsylvania. They say they want to grow fruit, but their real plan is to start a vineyard and open a winery. This scheme is a serious affront to the teetotalling Mennonites, so everyone's a suspect when the manager of the vineyard is found entombed in cement. A new and inexperienced police chief can't solve the crime alone, and soon Magdalena Yoder finds herself on the case-risking her neck with her ear to the grapevine.
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Sense of Evil
Author:
Kay Hooper

The victims are always the same: beautiful, successful, and blond. Someone was able to coax these intelligent and confident women away from safety. Someone was able to gain their trust long enough to do the unthinkable. Their shocking murders have terrified the inhabitants of a small, peaceful town where such heinous crimes are simply not supposed to happen. Police Chief Rafe Sullivan knows he has to find answers fast before another woman is lured to her death--but Sullivan literally doesn’t have a clue. And when the FBI sends one of their top profilers to help, he’s more than a little surprised that his new partner is nothing like the straight-by-the-book “suit” he expects.Special Agent Isabel Adams is tough, fearless, determined, and every bit Sullivan’s equal. She’s also psychic. And blond.Skeptical of his new partner’s ability to get inside the mind of a killer, Sullivan can’t deny that Isabel has tuned in to the killer’s wavelength, is following the twisted thoughts of a murderer obsessed with stalking, seduction, and death. But in getting so close, Isabel has set herself up as the next victim. Now, with time running out, she and Rafe will find themselves forced to take the greatest risk of all, because this psychopath is playing for keeps and Isabel is the perfect trophy. Unable to turn back, Isabel may have already gone too far. Smart, savvy, and confident, she may find that the very qualities that have kept her alive could turn out to be her undoing. For Isabel has entered the world of a cold-blooded monster who kills without mercy and eludes every sense but one...the sense of evil.

4th of July (Women's Murder Club, Bk 4)
Author:
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

After an arrest goes awry, Lindsay finds herself facing police brutality charges. But taking time off to cool down proves harder then she thought. As she heads out of town, Lindsay finds herself in the middle of a killing spree, and must locate the killers before they find her. Back in San Francisco, the Women's Murder Club helps to get Lindsay through the trial... but will she be found innocent?

The Face of Fear
Author:
Dean Koontz

To stop a brutal killer, the NYPD enlists the help of clairvoyant Graham Harris. He sees the murders in his mind--sometimes at the moment they are happening. Then he sees the most terrifying vision of all--his own murder...

Stalemate
Author:
Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan turns down a skull reconstruction job offered by one of the world's most wanted men, Luis Montalvo. Until he offers her something she can't refuse: the identity of her daughter's killer. Against her long time lover and Atlanta detective Joe Quinn, Eve accepts the job. Determined to return her to safety, Joe follows her to the Montalvo's compound in the Columbian jungle. But Montalvo has enemies who do not want Eve to do the reconstruction and want Montalvo dead. Caught in the middle of intrigues and dangerous warlords,, Eve finds herself inexplicably drawn to Montalvo on a personal level, complicating her relationship with Joe. Her choices will change lives forever--but can Montalvo deliver what he's promised?

No One to Trust
Author:
Iris Johansen

He is the most terrifying of killers: ruthless, cunning, charismatic. And he has the means to get whatever he wants. And what Rico Chavez wants most is Elena Kyler--and he wants her dead. Trained as an assassin, Elena didn’t need anyone to survive. But now she finds herself on the run from one dangerous man and turning for help to another.

Sean Galen was a man without illusions. He knew it was only desperation that caused Elena to accept his help--a mother’s desperation to save her young son from a psychopath father who would raise their son in his own chilling image. And yet he was determined to get this woman who had never been able to trust anyone or anything in her whole life to accept him as her ally. But both Galen and Elena know that Chavez’s power and wealth mean there is no place they can be safe and no one they can trust--not even each other. Already Chavez’s assassins and connections to those in the highest positions of power have turned this into a war with no rules.

With two shocking acts of brutal violence, Chavez shows he will stop at nothing and that nothing will stop him. Soon a trail of horrifying murders will follow Galen and Elena across country to a last stand and a shattering showdown. For Chavez is a master of control and he wants more than just to take Elena’s life. He wants her alive long enough to see him destroy every reason she has for living. He wants her to turn against everything and everyone she ever believed in. He wants her to commit the ultimate act of betrayal. And by the time he is through, he wants her to beg him to take the only thing she’ll have left to give: her life.

(and many others!)

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Murder in the Milkcase by Candice Speare

When mommy and wife Trish Cunningham finds the body of pharmacist Jim Bob Jenkins behind the two-percent mile, she knows she's having a bad day. Worse, she's a suspect in the murder. Sleuthing to exonerate herself from criminal charges, she shakes up a murderer who has nothing to lose by killing anyone in the way--including Trish.

 

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Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death (Miss Zukas) :: Jo Dereske

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The Taking :: Donald Beman What could Sean MacDonald possibly have done to deserve what was happening to him? He had been a happy man with a beautiful family, a fine job, good friends and dreams of becoming a writer. Then, bit by bit, his life had crumbled. Everything and everyone he valued began to disappear. Or was it being taken from him?

What started as a wild suspicion became a gnawing fear and finally a desperate realization. Someone - or something - was determined to break Sean, to crush his mind and spirit. A malicious, evil force was driving him to the very brink of insanity. But why him? and what could he do about it? Unless Sean could fight back somehow, his very sould would soon be ripe for the Taking.

Next Victim :: Michael Prescott
The New York Times bestselling author of Comes the Dark, Stealing Faces, The Shadow Hunter, and Last Breath, "Michael Prescott has managed to delve into the depths of the most twisted minds" (Publishers Weekly). This time Michael Prescott really outdoes himself as an FBI agent closes in on the serial killer who murdered her lover-just as the killer gets his hands on a chemical weapon that could raise his body count...to thousands of victims.

 

Whispers at Midnight :: Karen Robards
Carly Linton is hell-bent on starting over. After a bruising divorce, she moves back to her tiny hometown of Benton, Georgia, to start up a bed-and-breakfast in the old house she inherited from her grandmother. The whole town remembers her as the proverbial good girl, but Carly is tired of being good -- she's ready to walk on the wide side, and she knows exactly where she wants to start.

Matt Converse, the town's former bad boy, is now the local sheriff and a pillar of the community. But he hasn't forgotten his wild days, or the magical night of the senior prom he shared with Carly years ago. When Carly's dog unearths a dead body on her property, Matt is forced to spend time there, and Carly decides to use her newfound wiles to seduce him. But when someone breaks into Carly's house and tries to take her away, Matt is the only person who can protect her from a mysterious enemy who's making it all too clear that Carly should never have come back to Benton.

Richly suspenseful, tightly plotted, and deeply sensual, Whispers at Midnight is Karen Robards at her scintillating best.

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Two on my shelf are Just Desserts by Mary Daheim (first in the Bed & Breakfast series) and Fortieth Birthday Body by Valerie Wolzien (a Susan Henshaw mystery).

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The Cat Who Went Up the Creek
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

too funny.

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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam.

Along came a Spider.

Will do a 2/1 if anyone is interested...PM me.

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Nightmare in Shining Armor (Den of Antiquity) by Tamar Myers

The Corpse Is In The Mail

Den of Antiquity proprietress Abigail Timberlake's Halloween costume party is a roaring success -- until an unexpected fire sends the panicked guests fleeing from Abby's emporium. One exiting reveler she is only too happy to see the back of is Tweetie "Little Bo Peep" Timberlake -- unfaithful wife of Abby's faithless ex, Buford. But not long after the conflagration is brought under control, the former Mrs. T. discovers an unfamiliar suit of armor in her house. And stuffed inside is the heavily siliconed, no-longer-living body of the current Mrs. T.Certainly some enraged collector of medieval chain mail has sent Abby this deadly delivery. But diving into their eccentric ranks could prove a lethal proposition for the plucky antiques dealer/amateur sleuth. And even a metal suit may not be enough to protect Abby from the vicious and vindictive attentions of a crazed killer.
Kim (Mistry) -
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Dead Men Don't Lye (Soapmaking, Bk 1) :: Tim Myers

 

Benjamin Perkins thought he had his hands full taking care of his family's specialty soap store and keeping his quirky clan in line and out of trouble. But he's about to learn that when it comes to murder, there's no such thing as a clean getaway.
Death at Buckingham Palace : Her Majesty Investigates :: C.C. Benison
The Queen of England and a housemaid join forces to solve the death of a footman and uncover a greater scandal for the Royal House.
Dim Sum Dead : A Madeline Bean Culinary Mystery :: Jerrilyn Farmer
Mah-Jongg?

Yep. In hip Hollywood, that kitsch old game is fast becoming the next "new" obsession -- and that calls for a party! Madeline Bean and her charming partner Wesley Westcott are determined to throw a gonzo Chinese New Year banquet. But among the hot mah-jongg tiles, the steamy dim sum, and the frosty Singapore slings, no one expects to find one of the players ice-cold dead!

Meanwhile, in one of the historic celebrity mansions that Wesley is restoring as a sideline, a well-aimed crowbar uncovers a stash of precious objects -- including an antique mah-jongg set. As Madeline pieces together how these two events are connected, she must separate the yin from the yang to uncover a killer. It doesn't take a fortune cookie to spell it out. There is always a price to pay...whether gambling at mah-jongg -- or murder.

These were a few of my favorites. I've got quite a few cozies listed on my bookshelf :)


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# 1 Ladies Detective Agency 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781400034772-The+No+1+Ladies+Detective+Agency+Bk+1

A sample of Red Tea if you order

Subject: The Reeves Tale
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:36 PM ET
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The Reeve's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries Bk 9)
Author:
Margaret Frazer

MURDER, PLAGUE, AND DEATH...

As reeve of the small village of Pryor Byfield, Simon Perryn must rule on many local disputes - a task he often shares with the steward of St. Frideswide's nunnery. But when the steward is accused of dishonesty and forced to step aside, the worldly Dame Frevisse is sent to replace him.

Her new duties thrust the reluctant Frevisse into the conflicts, rivalries, and domestic dramas of the locals - and when a plague sweeps through the town, the overworked nun must stay so as not to expose the nunnery to the disease. But after two villagers are brutally killed, Frevisse must divide her time between tending for the sick and searching for the truth.

As death casts a cloud over Prior Byfield, fear and suspicion reign - and Frevisse's keen deductions lead her ever closer to the disturbing truth...

The ninth book in the Sister Frevisse series.

Subject: Me too...
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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (Cat Who...) :: Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Went Bananas :: Lilian Jackson Braun

2 for 1 if you are interested.

Just PM me,

Tracy

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Double Shot (Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries) by Diane Mott Davidson

New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson has taken readers by storm with clever mysteries filled with tantalizing plots and mouthwatering recipes. In her twelfth novel -- her tastiest tale yet -- the ingenious storyteller whips up a rich soufflé of murder and mischief.

The governor of Colorado has commuted the prison sentence of Goldy Schulz's ultra-handsome, ultra-charming, ultra-wealthy, ultra-venal ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, otherwise known to Goldy as the Jerk. He's released, and soon afterward Goldy becomes the victim of threats, rumors, and violence.

Then there's a murder and suspicion centers on Goldy. Suddenly, she is faced with the challenge of running her successful catering business while fending off two persistent detectives.

Caught in a web of secrets and lies that could tear her family apart, Goldy must use all of her considerable powers of detection to find the real killer before she herself becomes a target.

 

The Cat Who Saw Stars (#25) by Lilian Jackson Braun (Hardcover)

UFOs in Mooseville? Rumors abound that a missing backpacker has been abducted, and it looks like Jim Qwilleran's sedate summer may be interrupted by an investigation--with the help of his own little aliens, Koko and Yum Yum. And when the backpacker's body turns up--and transplanted Floridian Owen Bowen is found dead soon afterward--the search for intelligent life turns into a close encounter with a killer...

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**Edited to add that I'll do a 2 for 1 for these two books if anyone is interested :-)

I *think* this one is a cozy and I really enjoyed it!

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. But that is little comfort to Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor whose intermission refreshment comes one night with a little something extra in it-cyanide. For Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police and detective genius, finding a suspect isn't a problem; narrowing the large and unconventional group of enemies down to one is. As the suave and pithy Brunetti pieces together clues, a shocking picture of depravity and revenge emerges, leaving him torn between what is and what should be right -- and questioning what the law can do, and what needs to be done.

I also have:

Play with Fire by Dana Stabenow

Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage DA's office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far north of Alaska. After a forest fire, she ventures into the charred woodlands to look for wild mushrooms. Instead, she finds a corpse - and a disturbing mystery. The victim was the son of a local preacher, and Kate's investigation leads her to an isolated settlement of fundamentalists, to the remains of a wooly mammoth in a Fairbanks museum...and down a twisted road of secrets and suspicions. Now she's determined to find out what fueled such murderous passions - and to identify the deadly spark that finally made a killer explode.

 

 



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Subject: Mum's the Word
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Mum's the Word by Kate Collins.      My grandmother was a florist so I really liked this one.

A THORNY PREDICAMENT

Maybe Abby's life isn't the bed of roses she was hoping it would be.   She adores her job,  but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits--and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit and run.   Determined to track down the driver,   she accepts the help of hunky ex-cop   Marco Salvare,   but their budding relationship is threatened when the trail turns deadly.    Now Abby is caught in a tangle of menacing phone calls,   police corruption,   and murderous road rage.   If she's not careful,   the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

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