Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Review: To Catch a Leaf by Kate Collins
All is looking rosy for flowershop owner, Abby Knight; she just announced her engagement to the hunky Marco, owner of Down the Hatch bar and grill and her flowershop, Bloomers, is finally showing a profit. Yep! Life is definitely good . . . . . until she hits the cat or at least thought she did. This mysterious kitty will play a large part in the story.
When Grace Bingham, Abby's assistant, receives a considerable inheritance from her friend, the wealthy Constance Newport, she is flabbergasted that Grace would be so generous. The inheritance becomes a burden when it is determined that Constance did not just fall down the cellar stairs, she was pushed and Grace was the last person to be seen at Constance's house. The generous inheritance becomes a viable motive in the eyes of the law.
Of course, Abby and Marco, who have been known to solve a few murder cases around town, are determined to help Grace out by finding the real killer. This is not what Abby had in mind for her spare time as she is in the midst of wedding planning and trying to subdue her future mother-in-law's lavish wedding plans. Digging into Constance's family is a head trip in itself. What a dysfunctional bunch they turn out to be; they all have their own agenda and it's not exactly legal or moral. This investigation is not going to be a bed of roses, that's for sure!
A huge part of the fun with this series is the characters. Kate Collins comes up with some terrific characters that the reader can easily envision. Abby's mother is a hoot and always good for some laughs. I see a lot of promise with Francesca, Marco's mother. This new character is so believeable and so much fun, I just hope she becomes a recurring character.
Although this is # 12 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, if you are interested in seeing how Abby becomes the owner of Bloomers and the progression of her relationship with Marco, I would suggest you start with the first in this fun series. 4****
To read more about Kate and her books, please visit her website or on the flowershop facebook page.
Disclosure: An unsolicited review copy of the book was provided by the author, Kate Collins, in the hopes that I would review it. Thanks, Kate!