Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins

Cody Verse, New Chapel, Indiana's home town boy now turned singing celeb, returns to settle a lawsuit against his former friend and song writing partner, Andrew Chapper,  in a case of intellectual theft. Cody's lawyer is the flamboyant, media-hungry Ken "the Lip" Lipinski. In front of the courthouse is a growing mob watched by main characters, Marco and Abby.

"The Lawsuit should be settled in a day or two," Marco said, coming to stand beside me with a coffee mug in his hand. "Then everything will return to normal."

Oh, Marco, if you only knew what mayhem was in store before you made this rash statement! This was just the beginning of what was in store for the characters. Not long after the courthouse scene, Ken, "The Lip", who is not known for playing with a full ethical deck, is found dead of some type of overdose.  Abby's old boss, Dave Hammond is Andrew's public defender and after getting into a verbal skirmish with Ken over missing evidence, Dave is now considered a major suspect.

 But wait, isn't there a list of angry people who could be viable suspects also? Gee, there is Ken's ex-wife who even has her own website titled Ihatemyextodeath.com and then there is Andrew's grandfather who has a very bad temper, access to some funky prescription drugs and no alibi.

Abby, who owns her own florist shop, Bloomers, plays a major part in the investigation with her hunky love interest, Marco. They are determined to find the real killer and save their friend Dave from a wrongful arrest. But Abby has plenty to deal with, namely her possible fiancé and her potential in-laws.  What ensues is a well developed mystery along with a lot of humorous situations. Definitely one you won't want to miss!

Although Dirty Rotten Tendrils is # 10 in the Flower Shop series, it is still fresh. Collins infuses her cozies with some delightful characters and  settings. If I knew Abby, her quirky family and Marco in real life, I would certainly hope we would be friends. They sound like a lot of fun! If you would like to read the first chapter of Kate's new book, you can find it on her website. 

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by  Kate Collins in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate today's release of her latest book in the Flower Shop Mysteries, Kate is generously allowing me to host a giveaway for 3 autographed copies of Dirty Rotten Tendrils. Open to US & Canada

Bonus entries available :
+2 for old followers - remind me how you follow and under what name
+3 for new followers thru GFC
+3 for posting about and linking to drawing or tweeting.
Please, please please, DO NOT leave 3 separate comments saying you tweeted or that you are a follower! :) Be sure to leave an e-mail contact. Deadline to enter is Oct 16th at 5 PM. (est) Good Luck!


  1. I was laughing at the first couple of paragraphs. This book sounds very entertaining. Don't enter me though as all the way over in UK.

  2. This sounds good. I don't think I've read a book in this series yet. I better get cracking. ;)

    Please enter me. I follow your blog via my Google Reader.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Sounds like a fun read. Please include me.

    Follow you in my Google Reader.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  4. I'm sure this release is bittersweet for Kate since she just lost her husband last week.

    I follow through Google Connect.

    wolferock AT earthlink.net

  5. I've read all of this series except this one. Excellent cozy books.

    I'm a GFC follower.


  6. Sounds cute and fun, I really should try a book like this

  7. It sounds like a great mystery, I love the title.
    I am a old gfc follower +2

  8. Please enter me in this giveaway. I love the cover and the title and this is my favorite genre.


  9. I would love to read this funny one! Please enter me, thanks.

    +2 for following on my yahoo home page


  10. This looks like a marvelous book, thanks for the chance to win.

    +2 I am an old GFC follower (holdenj)


  11. I'd enjoy read this book. Sounds very good.

    +2 Old follower under pbclark


  12. Please count me in for this giveaway. I'm a new follower with GFC and I twitted the giveaway @ http://twitter.com/#!/lilk13/status/26783913298

    Karen / lilk13

    kkappleby at msn dot com


  13. This sound really good. I don't think I have read any of this series, I think I would enjoy it!

    I am a follower, Google


  14. Thanks so much!
    +2 I'm an old GFC follower (Brooke).


  15. Sounds like a good win and I would like to read this book.
    I follow by google reader.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  16. I love these books but am a bit behind, maybe winning this one will "force" me to catch up!

    I follow the old fashion way through blogger.

    Cheli's Shelves

  17. I just started reading the first book in this series. It seems I'm always at the beginning of a long series. It's actually a really good, well-written cozy. So - enter me to win book # 10. I'll have a lot of catching up to do.

    +2 I'm an old follower in my Google Reader.

    margot dot peck at gmail dot com

  18. Oh I love the title of this alone! Please enter me

    +3 new GFC follower

    giveawaymommy at yahoo.com


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