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Abby has her hands full at her cousin Jillian's wedding as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all while wearing a hideous dress. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother goes missing from the reception. On her search, Abby finds the corpse of guest Jack Snyder. Now she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit. Abby has her hands full at her cousin Jillian's wedding as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all while wearing a hideous dress. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother goes missing from the reception. On her search, Abby finds the corpse of guest Jack Snyder. Now she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit.


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Abby has her hands full at her cousin Jillian's wedding as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all while wearing a hideous dress. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother goes missing from the reception. On her search, Abby finds the corpse of guest Jack Snyder. Now she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit. Abby has her hands full at her cousin Jillian's wedding as florist, bridesmaid, and grandma-sitter-all while wearing a hideous dress. Then the groom's 90-year-old grandmother goes missing from the reception. On her search, Abby finds the corpse of guest Jack Snyder. Now she must find out who killed Jack in the pulpit.

30 review for Dearly Depotted

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erica Chaillot

    I love this series and these characters. It is fairly becoming one of my favorite cozy series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is such a fun and easy reading series. I really enjoy Abby's twists and turns in her floral shoppe. This is such a fun and easy reading series. I really enjoy Abby's twists and turns in her floral shoppe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better! This was an excellent part of what is shaping up to be an excellent series, from crazy cousins to an epic fight scene, this book was wonderful. Abby is once again back to sleuthing and she's great at it. I think one of my favorite parts about Abby and this series is the fact that Abby knows that she doesn't know everything. In this book she makes some mistakes, and when they're pointed out to her she doesn't complain of shove the blame on som Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better! This was an excellent part of what is shaping up to be an excellent series, from crazy cousins to an epic fight scene, this book was wonderful. Abby is once again back to sleuthing and she's great at it. I think one of my favorite parts about Abby and this series is the fact that Abby knows that she doesn't know everything. In this book she makes some mistakes, and when they're pointed out to her she doesn't complain of shove the blame on someone else, she fesses up to the mistakes. She also actually works at her job! That may seem like a given, but in many mysteries the MC supposedly has a job they love, but when they sleuth they never are at the job. This book as a lot of scenes where Abby is actually working, it was a nice change. This is the first real book where we saw Pryce as he really was, a jerk. Before we'd heard about him and seen him briefly, ut he had never really been in the forefront. In this book, however, he is one of the major supporting characters; I now know why Abby dumped him. You also see character growth in Marco, you learn more about his family and their problems and it shows that he's an A+ guy. The mystery was also wonderfully plotted. The killer was never on my suspects list or on Abby's but they fit in so well that it was great. Overall an exceptionally well-written and plotted story. Looking forward to the next one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Kate Collins's Dearly Depotted, the first installment in the Flower Shop Cozy Mystery series, this cozy will intrigue you from the first page to the last. It all started when Abby's cousin Jillian had cold feet for her wedding. Before she could get to the altar, she needed to talk some sense into her cousin. And when she does tie the knot, that's when things erupted in mayhem. Outside of the gazebo, her uncle had gotten into a fight with his daughter's no-good boyfriend, Jack Snyder. And when In Kate Collins's Dearly Depotted, the first installment in the Flower Shop Cozy Mystery series, this cozy will intrigue you from the first page to the last. It all started when Abby's cousin Jillian had cold feet for her wedding. Before she could get to the altar, she needed to talk some sense into her cousin. And when she does tie the knot, that's when things erupted in mayhem. Outside of the gazebo, her uncle had gotten into a fight with his daughter's no-good boyfriend, Jack Snyder. And when he was later found dead, it made things a lot worse. It had thrown a lot of suspicion to a lot of people who wanted to see him dead. It was up to Abby to team up with Marco to get to the bottom of it, especially when she wanted to help her friend Grace out by clearing her boyfriend Richard's name. And that was to sort the truth from the lies, the fact from fiction, when she wan't back down from mere threats. When she had a name on the culprit, it was a matter of life and death to have justice being served....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Abby's neurotic cousin, Jillian, is finally getting married and Abby has agreed to do the flowers and be a bridesmaid. She wasn't counting on dead bodies. But when the groom's grandmother discovers one under a table, Abby jumps in to investigate. The police already have a suspect - her friend's new boyfriend. But Abby thinks they are too quick to draw conclusions. Oh, and what's going on with her hottie escort? This is the third in a fun series. I enjoyed this one and the others, but I just don't Abby's neurotic cousin, Jillian, is finally getting married and Abby has agreed to do the flowers and be a bridesmaid. She wasn't counting on dead bodies. But when the groom's grandmother discovers one under a table, Abby jumps in to investigate. The police already have a suspect - her friend's new boyfriend. But Abby thinks they are too quick to draw conclusions. Oh, and what's going on with her hottie escort? This is the third in a fun series. I enjoyed this one and the others, but I just don't enjoy books like this as much as I used to. The idea of a amateur detective gets a little hard to believe after a while. And why can't she figure out what's going on with Marco? This is the third book and there's been an attraction between them the whole time. Then she FALLS ASLEEP when she finally gets to spend an evening alone with him? What's up with that? I'm all for taking things slow, but she hasn't even decided if they are dating or not. How long is that going to take? If you like cozy mysteries, this is a fun series. I like the characters, although Jillian is a bit much, and there's not this shove-it-down-your-throat thing that a lot of the 'theme cozies' seem to have. Yes, she's a florist, but it's not a DIY book for aspiring green thumbs. For myself, I would probably read another in the series if I got the chance, but I'm not going to go out and look for one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosey

    2.5 Stars Jack Snyder is not a nice guy and Abby finds him dead at her annoying cousin's wedding. Another body shows up and Abby is all for finding out what happened. Book #1 I loved. The plot to book #2 really didn't catch me so I skipped it and for some reason I really didn't care too much about this one. I really liked Abby and in this book she was kinda annoying. I really liked the Grandma of Abby's ex. She was pretty funny. Abby and Marco are ALMOST there to hook up but things always end up 2.5 Stars Jack Snyder is not a nice guy and Abby finds him dead at her annoying cousin's wedding. Another body shows up and Abby is all for finding out what happened. Book #1 I loved. The plot to book #2 really didn't catch me so I skipped it and for some reason I really didn't care too much about this one. I really liked Abby and in this book she was kinda annoying. I really liked the Grandma of Abby's ex. She was pretty funny. Abby and Marco are ALMOST there to hook up but things always end up getting in the way. Marco is yummy and I hope in future books Abby isn't annoying. Liked: Marco Disliked: Boring Book Cover: Cute Characters: Likable Favorite Character: Marco Writing: Good Plot: Okay Ending: Fine http://www.roseysreview.com/2012/01/b...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I wish I could do ample justice to praising Dearly Depotted. Every superlative that I could use has already been employed by others, or by me, but in other reviews. I'll keep this one simple. First, it's sometimes a bonus when the murderer is a sympathetic woman. 'Cherchez la femme' and all that. I can't explain why, not really. The recurring cast of this series are till now beyond blame, yet I still could not guess the culprit among the few new people. And I was amused by the Grace character b I wish I could do ample justice to praising Dearly Depotted. Every superlative that I could use has already been employed by others, or by me, but in other reviews. I'll keep this one simple. First, it's sometimes a bonus when the murderer is a sympathetic woman. 'Cherchez la femme' and all that. I can't explain why, not really. The recurring cast of this series are till now beyond blame, yet I still could not guess the culprit among the few new people. And I was amused by the Grace character being possibly the inspiration for Graceland. That was clever. The ending, with the arrival of the newly wed promises more chaos for future books. I'm expectant as to what book will improve on this 4/5 score and get a perfect score. Can't wait.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 3rd book in the Flower Shop Mystery Series. Fun and light read. Not quite to the fun level of Janet Evanovich - but in the ballpark.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    Abby Knight and Denise Swanson's Skye Denison are among my favorite cozy mystery characters. They both live in the Midwest, and I suspect they're similar in age. I picture Abby being a bit shorter and somewhat smaller than Skye, but they're both wonderfully independent strong people who exhibit courage, intelligence, and humility in their sleuthing efforts. We've finally arrived at Abby's cousin, Jillian's wedding as the book opens. The groom's grandma is entering into the fog of dementia, and am Abby Knight and Denise Swanson's Skye Denison are among my favorite cozy mystery characters. They both live in the Midwest, and I suspect they're similar in age. I picture Abby being a bit shorter and somewhat smaller than Skye, but they're both wonderfully independent strong people who exhibit courage, intelligence, and humility in their sleuthing efforts. We've finally arrived at Abby's cousin, Jillian's wedding as the book opens. The groom's grandma is entering into the fog of dementia, and among her other duties, Abby must watch Grandma during the reception. Abby's over-protective Uncle arrives with his entirely cowed daughter, Melanie. Melanie's ex-husband, Jack, is there, too, and he is there to convince Melanie to run away with him--something she's entirely unwilling to do. Before the reception ends, the groom's grandma and Abby find Jack murdered, and Abby's work of building her suspect list begins. This is a fun and interesting mystery driven primarily by Abby's memorable character. You can't help but invest in her and want to come back to another installment of the series to see how she is. Before the book ends, someone else will die, and while I figured out the killer, I didn't get there until almost the same time Abby did, which added much to the book's fun.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Abby is doing the flowers for your cousin's wedding and trying to make sure the bride makes it down the isle. This is her cousins 4th wedding attempt and this time she's marring the brother of Abby's former fiancé. When in the middle of the wedding a fight breaks outs between the uncle of the bride and his daughters baby daddy. The baby dad later ends up dead discovered by the grooms grandmother and Abby not far behind, One of Abby's friend's boyfriend is accused of the murder so of course Abby Abby is doing the flowers for your cousin's wedding and trying to make sure the bride makes it down the isle. This is her cousins 4th wedding attempt and this time she's marring the brother of Abby's former fiancé. When in the middle of the wedding a fight breaks outs between the uncle of the bride and his daughters baby daddy. The baby dad later ends up dead discovered by the grooms grandmother and Abby not far behind, One of Abby's friend's boyfriend is accused of the murder so of course Abby has to help find the true killer so make her friend feel better. This was a fun read and I love watching the relationships grow between the characters. With that said I have watched the Hallmark movie for this book and kept saying in my head they screwed the movie up big time. I know they can't keep everything the same but seriously this was messed up. I will defiantly keep reading the books but the movies not so much lol.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Campbell

    I really am enjoying the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. They are fun to read and a great way to relax and escape a bit. In dearly departed, Jillian is trying to make it down the aisle again (the last time a groomsman ended up dead before the wedding!) This time all the attendants make it to the wedding alive and well, but then during the wedding an unexpected guest pops up dead! What's a girl to do? Fortunately Jillian's cousin, Abby, is there. Abby is owner of Bloomers flower shop I really am enjoying the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. They are fun to read and a great way to relax and escape a bit. In dearly departed, Jillian is trying to make it down the aisle again (the last time a groomsman ended up dead before the wedding!) This time all the attendants make it to the wedding alive and well, but then during the wedding an unexpected guest pops up dead! What's a girl to do? Fortunately Jillian's cousin, Abby, is there. Abby is owner of Bloomers flower shop and an amatuer sleuth (a.k.a. nosey to a fault!). When her assistant's fella becomes the prime suspect, Abby decides to find out who killed Jack in the pulpit and she needs to do it quickly!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda M

    such a fun series and book Abby runs a flower shop. She not only is a bridesmaid for her narcissistic cousin but she is in charge with the flowers for this and a 4th of July party of a wealthy customer which are on the same day. It doesn't help when a guest is found dead at the wedding of her annoying spoiled out of touch cousin. Now she has to find out who killed Jack and the prime suspect is a relative of the brides side of the family. I really love this series. I find myself finishing the book such a fun series and book Abby runs a flower shop. She not only is a bridesmaid for her narcissistic cousin but she is in charge with the flowers for this and a 4th of July party of a wealthy customer which are on the same day. It doesn't help when a guest is found dead at the wedding of her annoying spoiled out of touch cousin. Now she has to find out who killed Jack and the prime suspect is a relative of the brides side of the family. I really love this series. I find myself finishing the book and ordering 2 at a time because they aren't in stock and don't want to wait between books. #FlowerShopMystery

  13. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Eventually I will get these books read in order. But until then I will just enjoy reading them. Excellent author with super characterizations that continue from book to book - no sudden changes. Just great stories, very vivid setting. a touch or romance always hinted at, gentle mysteries and fun to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I enjoyed this third novel in the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. Abby is a likable character, and the same is true for her love interest Marco. The ending of this story surprised me, though I'm not looking forward to more of Abby's cousin Jillian in the next story. Jillian is one character who serves to annoy more than anything else. I enjoyed this third novel in the Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins. Abby is a likable character, and the same is true for her love interest Marco. The ending of this story surprised me, though I'm not looking forward to more of Abby's cousin Jillian in the next story. Jillian is one character who serves to annoy more than anything else.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    This one has all the makings of a great book and succeeds--PG-rated language, a smart and sassy heroine, and a twisty plot. I was left guessing "whodunit" until the very last pages. I will definitely be checking out more books from the author, Kate Collins, to continue reading about the adventures of Abby Knight, Florist Shop owner/law school drop out. This one has all the makings of a great book and succeeds--PG-rated language, a smart and sassy heroine, and a twisty plot. I was left guessing "whodunit" until the very last pages. I will definitely be checking out more books from the author, Kate Collins, to continue reading about the adventures of Abby Knight, Florist Shop owner/law school drop out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I liked this book, Abby was very real. I loved grandma, what a hoot! Between being the florist and the maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding, she had a full day. And then add grandma-sitting to the mix, she had her work cut out for her. When grandma disappeared, and then found a body, whew! Naturally curious, Abby can’t help getting involved in the mystery. Kept me guessing until almost the end.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Abby just can't catch a break from her 'meddling' tendencies! I really like that these books are written with almost no time lapses... there's no months or years between each story, usually just days (or a couple of weeks). The tension with Marco, Greg's attention to Abby and the stupidity of Pryce make this a Merry-go-round of fun! Abby just can't catch a break from her 'meddling' tendencies! I really like that these books are written with almost no time lapses... there's no months or years between each story, usually just days (or a couple of weeks). The tension with Marco, Greg's attention to Abby and the stupidity of Pryce make this a Merry-go-round of fun!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I randomly picked this book when i was looking for a cozy mystery. Turned out to be a good one. I wasnt able to guess whodunnit in the end. And after reading this, i learned this Flower Shop Mystery was made into a Hallmark Mystery Series on TV last 2016 starring Brooke Shields!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Christino

    Charming, delightful and funny book. Fun and quirky characters (especially Abby the protagonist, her ex-fiance and Grandma), great plot and surprising resolution. I listened to the audiobook, the reader does well with the many voices and captures the droll humor.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A really silly cozy. Poor Abby is very put-upon by her family, especially her cousin. Her insecurity over her weight, height, relationship, etc, gets really tiresome, but there’s a lot of humor and kindness in the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Listens 24/7

    Some things are not better left said sometimes! Abby and Marco find even more reasons to tangle in the this episode, unfortunately someone Has to die.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Lairson

    Freaking Jillian...she drives me CRAZY👎

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A good fun read. Typical cozy mystery. Fun, love, mystery, humor all rolled into one

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth Retchless

    Good

  25. 4 out of 5

    Harry Addington

    Good cozy of flower shop owner who gets involved in solving murders.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    This was even better than the first book. It caught my interest and held it to the end. Ok, Abby is more likable here and maybe her nosiness is just what the town needs.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Homerun2

    Lightweight and implausible.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Audry

    I'm lying liking this mystery series. I'm lying liking this mystery series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sally A

    Fast read, good characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sidney

    An easy read

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