Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins is the 10th book in the “Flower Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2010

I, Abby Knight, hometown florist, do solemnly swear that my friend Dave would not hurt a fly—let along a fellow lawyer.

Spring is blooming in New Chapel, Indiana, but Abby’s beloved small town has become a media circus. Singer Cody Verse has returned home after winning on America’s Next Hit Single with his song “Code Blue.” He has brought high-powered lawyer Ken “the Lip” Lipinski with him to fend off a lawsuit from his former songwriting partner.

Then the Lip is in need of a code blue himself when he’s found dead from a suspicious overdose. Abby finds it hard to swallow that the opposing counsel—and her old boss—Dave Hammond could be the killer. Now Abby and her hot boyfriend, Marco, must prune the list of suspects for the murder of a man who had more enemies than his client has fans.

Abby does not like injustice and when her favorite attorney, Dave, become the prime suspect, Abby vows to clear his name. Working with Marco and with help from her friends, Abby searches for others who have stronger motives to want the Lip dead. This was a good read with several twists and turns and I had an “aha” moment when I finally clicked on who was the killer. Like fine wine, The Flower Shop series, gets more better with time. This is an entertaining series that I never want to see end. My rating: 5 stars

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