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Eight years ago, Abby Knight babysat for a problem teen named Elizabeth. Today, Elizabeth’s back, with a new name (Libby) and a whole new life (stolen)—namely, one that already belongs to Abby. Libby’s even trying to steal Abby’s boyfriend, Marco. But imitation really becomes the sincerest form of trouble when Abby finds herself the accused dupe in a bizarre murder plot.


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Eight years ago, Abby Knight babysat for a problem teen named Elizabeth. Today, Elizabeth’s back, with a new name (Libby) and a whole new life (stolen)—namely, one that already belongs to Abby. Libby’s even trying to steal Abby’s boyfriend, Marco. But imitation really becomes the sincerest form of trouble when Abby finds herself the accused dupe in a bizarre murder plot.

30 review for Shoots to Kill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Glad to be back reading about Abby's adventures again.. Much better than the last book in the series! Glad to be back reading about Abby's adventures again.. Much better than the last book in the series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The 7th installment in the Flower Shop Mysteries and once again when I got near the end I HAD to finish. All plans for the night went down the toilet while I sat and read the night away. Well worth it too I might add. In this one Abby finds her old baby sitting charge Elizabeth Blume has come back to town. She charms everyone in Abbey's life and starts to take on Abby's identity. Worse - nobody believe's her when Abby tells them she is up to no good. When Abby finds herself thrown in jail over a The 7th installment in the Flower Shop Mysteries and once again when I got near the end I HAD to finish. All plans for the night went down the toilet while I sat and read the night away. Well worth it too I might add. In this one Abby finds her old baby sitting charge Elizabeth Blume has come back to town. She charms everyone in Abbey's life and starts to take on Abby's identity. Worse - nobody believe's her when Abby tells them she is up to no good. When Abby finds herself thrown in jail over a case of mistaken identity things start to get serious. Fortunately Abbey has a LOT of experience with unraveling murder mysteries - so we know she will work it out in the end. I liked this one very much. I liked the tension between Marco and Abby as well as the main plot with Libby taking over Abby's life. It's a horrifying thing to be in that helpless situation and have the people you love turn against you instead of protect you. I think that taps into a pretty basic fear.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Abby is like a giant magnet that just draws all the trouble in her direction. Marco is her guardian angel. And her mother is certainly the comic relief. I hope her new knitting craze plays out for a while. This is a light, fun series that I am really enjoying.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shonda

    Abby Knight is back for the seventh book of A Flower Shop Mystery Series. This time Abby finds herself involved with a former charge who gradually steals Abby’s life. Right away Abby feels Libby is up to no good, however everyone else thinks Abby is overreacting. Things soon turn from bad to worse when Abby is mistakenly arrested for murder. Abby thinks Libby set her up, however Abby doesn’t have any proof. Libby comes between Abby’s relationship with Marco which leaves Abby no choice but to end Abby Knight is back for the seventh book of A Flower Shop Mystery Series. This time Abby finds herself involved with a former charge who gradually steals Abby’s life. Right away Abby feels Libby is up to no good, however everyone else thinks Abby is overreacting. Things soon turn from bad to worse when Abby is mistakenly arrested for murder. Abby thinks Libby set her up, however Abby doesn’t have any proof. Libby comes between Abby’s relationship with Marco which leaves Abby no choice but to end the relationship. As Abby starts her own investigation, she finds herself, unwillingly, working with Marco. Together they try to solve the murder, while trying to avoid their feelings for each other. Shoots to Kill is a good addition to the series. Abby Knight is an amateur sleuth with common sense. She constantly finds herself in the middle of murder investigations (sometimes she’s a suspect) due to her meddling, but she means well. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new cozy mystery with a hint of romance. 4.5/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    It was too good to last. There were so many opposing clues strewn in this book that it would either live up to the hype and come up with a great resolution or disappoint. Now that I think of it, the author didn't even bother with a suspect list. If I had to guess who was the murderer, I would have been half right in all probability. As for the break up between Marco and Abby, I found it as tiresome as their smooching offs. That is because even when conflicted the heroine still finds the charm, It was too good to last. There were so many opposing clues strewn in this book that it would either live up to the hype and come up with a great resolution or disappoint. Now that I think of it, the author didn't even bother with a suspect list. If I had to guess who was the murderer, I would have been half right in all probability. As for the break up between Marco and Abby, I found it as tiresome as their smooching offs. That is because even when conflicted the heroine still finds the charm, the golden flecks of his brown eyes etc irresistible. Barf! That's the key and end word.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly Booms Walsh

    Surprisingly complex and entertaining little cozy mystery about a florist who has to solve the crime when another young woman comes to town and tries to take over her appearance, friends, and maybe even her boyfriend... and get her framed for murder. This is a breezy chick-lit/ light romance in addition to the mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lizz

    Now, this is what I'm talking about! This was an awesome installment in the Flower Shop mystery series. It kept me engaged from beginning to end. The new characters were so interesting, yet some were downright people that you love to hate, like Libby. I really liked all of the scenarios in the book, including the issues with Marco and Abby. Now, this is what I'm talking about! This was an awesome installment in the Flower Shop mystery series. It kept me engaged from beginning to end. The new characters were so interesting, yet some were downright people that you love to hate, like Libby. I really liked all of the scenarios in the book, including the issues with Marco and Abby.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    My second favorite book in the series. It was not better than the first book but really close.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Shoots to Kill is number 7 in Kate Collins's cozy mystery series, A Flower Shop Mystery, but it's the first one I've read (just because I'm that kind of person and it was the only one my library had on-line). Which is too bad: now I'm going to have to go back to the first and read the rest of them which are hopefully as good as this one. I admit I was drawn in by the name. Pretty clever-get it, "shoots" as in gun and flowers? I love the names of many of these cozy mysteries but the stories themse Shoots to Kill is number 7 in Kate Collins's cozy mystery series, A Flower Shop Mystery, but it's the first one I've read (just because I'm that kind of person and it was the only one my library had on-line). Which is too bad: now I'm going to have to go back to the first and read the rest of them which are hopefully as good as this one. I admit I was drawn in by the name. Pretty clever-get it, "shoots" as in gun and flowers? I love the names of many of these cozy mysteries but the stories themselves don't always live up to that first thrill. Shoots to Kill is a delight from start to finish. Abby Knight, the flower-arranger, flower-shop owner, failed law school student and successful amateur sleuth. A retired policeman father (disabled on the job), an apparently overly-enthusiastic (to the point of near-lunacy) mother, good friend/roommate, likable colleagues (female) and handsome hunk of a boyfriend, Marco, who also runs a bar and is a P.I.-Abby fits in easily with other cozy mystery heroines. But the dialogue is fresh and fun, the relationships if genre-bound lively, and the plotting interesting. The set-up of this book is that Elizabeth Blume, formerly baby-sat by Abby, comes back to town and imitates Abby to a pathological degree. I won't say any more because I might spoil some of the fun. Abby is the kind of heroine it's fun to identify with (even when you're much older) and the book was extremely engaging. The first title in the series has an engaging title, Mum's the Word, but how long can I wait to read Snipped in the Bud or Evil in Carnations? Or my favorite title, Slay It With Flowers? I'm just going to chortle my way over to the nearest bookstore....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Years ago Abby babysat Elizabeth, who even then made Abby’s life miserable. Now Libby is back in town and causing trouble for Abby. Libby buys the same car, dyes her blonde hair red, starts wearing the same clothes and even creates a shop that is eerily similar to Abby’s. Libby even starts getting between Abby and her boyfriend Marco. While Libby has the whole town fooled only Abby knows what lies beneath. But how will she prove it? Unfortunately, everyone thinks that Libby’s imitation of Abby i Years ago Abby babysat Elizabeth, who even then made Abby’s life miserable. Now Libby is back in town and causing trouble for Abby. Libby buys the same car, dyes her blonde hair red, starts wearing the same clothes and even creates a shop that is eerily similar to Abby’s. Libby even starts getting between Abby and her boyfriend Marco. While Libby has the whole town fooled only Abby knows what lies beneath. But how will she prove it? Unfortunately, everyone thinks that Libby’s imitation of Abby is the sincerest form of flattery. Only Abby believes that Libby’s motives are wicked. When Libby’s mom is murdered, a redhead in a yellow corvette is seen leaving the scene…But who was really driving the car? Abby knows it was a case of mistaken identity but Libby has an alibi…In between floral arrangements and maintaining her own life, Abby must find the truth. This is the seventh book in the Flower Shop Murder Mystery series, but is the first that I’ve read from the series. I look forward to the rest of this fun floral mystery series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Book 7 in the Flower Shop Mysteries. This book sucked me in right from the start. Abby is dealing with a serious case of stolen identity. Problem is she is having a hard time convincing people that the innocent girl who stole it, Libby, is actually guilty. Libby becomes quite the doppleganger copying Abby's red hair, yellow corvette, and even the exact design of her flower shop. She also comes between Abby and her sultry boyfriend Marco. Things get interesting when Libby's mom is found murdered . Book 7 in the Flower Shop Mysteries. This book sucked me in right from the start. Abby is dealing with a serious case of stolen identity. Problem is she is having a hard time convincing people that the innocent girl who stole it, Libby, is actually guilty. Libby becomes quite the doppleganger copying Abby's red hair, yellow corvette, and even the exact design of her flower shop. She also comes between Abby and her sultry boyfriend Marco. Things get interesting when Libby's mom is found murdered . Abby knows Libby can't be trusted and throws herself straight into the investigation. I really enjoyed this book!!! The new characters were entertaining and quite unique to say the least. I always look forward to reading about Abby's mom and her crazy designs. Her mom definitely doesn't disappoint in this story. This book just had a great cozy story line, but the mystery kept me intrigued and guessing until the very end. Looking forward to book eight!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the seventh book in the flower shop mysteries. This has always been one of my favorite series and I have been meaning to go back and reread them. Abby Knight owns her own business, Bloomers Flower Shop. She used to babysit for a problem teen, Elizabeth. Elizabeth has changed her name to Libby and seems to be out to steal Abby's life. She opens an art shop almost identical to Abbys. She starts dressing like her and buys the same car as Abby. Libby inplants herself into Abbys family as wel This is the seventh book in the flower shop mysteries. This has always been one of my favorite series and I have been meaning to go back and reread them. Abby Knight owns her own business, Bloomers Flower Shop. She used to babysit for a problem teen, Elizabeth. Elizabeth has changed her name to Libby and seems to be out to steal Abby's life. She opens an art shop almost identical to Abbys. She starts dressing like her and buys the same car as Abby. Libby inplants herself into Abbys family as well as her boyfriend , Marco. But when Libbys overbearing mother is murdered, suspicion falls on Abby because she matches the description of the person seen. Abby thinks that Libby is out to set her up and starts investigating. I love this series. I think that this is one of my top three books in this series. I loved the concept of Libby trying to take over Abbys life. I also love the relationship between Abby and Marco.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I must say that in the beginning it was so annoying that the characters could not see what was obvious to me, as the reader, that I almost put down the book. But, I can only assume that is what Kate Collins wants us to feel in order to connect with Abby, the main character, and the story as well. So, I decided to stick with it since I had already read the first six books in this series and hadn't yet been let down. Needless to say the mystery was wrapped up well (yay!) while another part of the I must say that in the beginning it was so annoying that the characters could not see what was obvious to me, as the reader, that I almost put down the book. But, I can only assume that is what Kate Collins wants us to feel in order to connect with Abby, the main character, and the story as well. So, I decided to stick with it since I had already read the first six books in this series and hadn't yet been let down. Needless to say the mystery was wrapped up well (yay!) while another part of the story seemed to be wrapped up a little too nicely and too quickly ( :/ ). This is not going to keep me from continuing with the series as I do really enjoy the characters and the stories. Looking forward to Evil in Carnations!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Abby Knight is facing one of her worst nightmares....the kid she babysat 10+ years previously is back and town and trying to take over her life. Elizabeth Blume decides to go by Libby, opens a shop called Blume's Art Gallery (Abby's shop is Bloomer's florist shop), dyes her hair red and has the same haircut...you would think they are twins. Then Libby's mother, Delphi Blume is killed and Abby is suspected and it is up to her to figure out who and why. This is another good book by Kate Collins. I Abby Knight is facing one of her worst nightmares....the kid she babysat 10+ years previously is back and town and trying to take over her life. Elizabeth Blume decides to go by Libby, opens a shop called Blume's Art Gallery (Abby's shop is Bloomer's florist shop), dyes her hair red and has the same haircut...you would think they are twins. Then Libby's mother, Delphi Blume is killed and Abby is suspected and it is up to her to figure out who and why. This is another good book by Kate Collins. I think the first book I read I wasn't sure, but they books have improved and have been hard to put down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoy this Flower Shop Mystery series so much! In this one Abby gets involved in a not-so-average case of mistaken identity. A girl whom she babysat for 8 years before turns up again. Abby isn't too keen on renewing her acquaintance. Soon the girl has wormed her way into Abby's life- she has dyed her hair red and cut it in Abby's style. She has bought a yellow Mustang convertible and even opened up a shop across from Abby's with the same yellow door and a similar name! Worse, she has alienated I enjoy this Flower Shop Mystery series so much! In this one Abby gets involved in a not-so-average case of mistaken identity. A girl whom she babysat for 8 years before turns up again. Abby isn't too keen on renewing her acquaintance. Soon the girl has wormed her way into Abby's life- she has dyed her hair red and cut it in Abby's style. She has bought a yellow Mustang convertible and even opened up a shop across from Abby's with the same yellow door and a similar name! Worse, she has alienated Abby from her boyfriend and insinuated herself into Abby's family. Everybody thinks that Abby is over reacting but Abby knows that she's being set up for something- murder?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gail Galvan

    This was my first book by this author. I fell in love with the characters, especially Abby's sassy, satirical attitude. The story reminded me of reading Grafton's books or Agatha Christie's Murder She Wrote plots. She's got everything a good book needs: plot, characters, humor, a love story between Abby and Marco, although sometimes off and on! Love it. Went straight to my second book, Nightshade on Elm Street. What an imagination to come up with so many diverse characters! Also, when I first he This was my first book by this author. I fell in love with the characters, especially Abby's sassy, satirical attitude. The story reminded me of reading Grafton's books or Agatha Christie's Murder She Wrote plots. She's got everything a good book needs: plot, characters, humor, a love story between Abby and Marco, although sometimes off and on! Love it. Went straight to my second book, Nightshade on Elm Street. What an imagination to come up with so many diverse characters! Also, when I first heard of these books, the creative titles, I absolutely fell in love with each and every flowery one. Great easy flowing, entertaining reads! P.S. That Libby/Abby want-to-be was nuts!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    It was nice to visit with all the old characters. when I read the Prologue, I thought I had missed a book, or had forgotten where I had left the characters. Then the first chapter started and I remembered and figured out that would happen very soon. I think this book was better than some of the previous books. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. It was nice to visit with all the old characters. when I read the Prologue, I thought I had missed a book, or had forgotten where I had left the characters. Then the first chapter started and I remembered and figured out that would happen very soon. I think this book was better than some of the previous books. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Babs

    Thus being the 7th book in the series it was not my favorite one, but overall a great read. For me it was a tad bit slow on the first Chapter, after that it started to pick up and move right along. It was interesting how Libby tries to take over Abby's world and sure leaves a big mess where ever Libby goes. I am looking forward to book 8. Thus being the 7th book in the series it was not my favorite one, but overall a great read. For me it was a tad bit slow on the first Chapter, after that it started to pick up and move right along. It was interesting how Libby tries to take over Abby's world and sure leaves a big mess where ever Libby goes. I am looking forward to book 8.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I actually started this book in September but didn’t finish it until October. This is my third or fourth book in the series (and I haven’t read them in order). I think it’s the best of the ones I’ve read. Abby’s life gets turned upside-down when a girl from her past swoops in and takes over her identity, incriminating Abby in a murder. I was intrigued throughout this story!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Always a good read, Kate Collins has created yet another great cozy mystery. This one takes place in town, where the doppelganger tries to get the main character into a lot of trouble including arrested for murder!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    This series of books are quick, fun reads. The plot in this one was a little predictable but I still enjoyed it. I didn't read the excerpt from the next book Evil in Carnations - hope the library has it! This series of books are quick, fun reads. The plot in this one was a little predictable but I still enjoyed it. I didn't read the excerpt from the next book Evil in Carnations - hope the library has it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book immediately had me hooked. I think the idea of identity theft is great and I can't put it down. I'm glad Abby and Marco got back together at the end. Sometimes I wish Abby wasn't quite so stubborn. This book immediately had me hooked. I think the idea of identity theft is great and I can't put it down. I'm glad Abby and Marco got back together at the end. Sometimes I wish Abby wasn't quite so stubborn.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a great book for the lake. Since this is the first book by this author I've read but is the seventh in the series, I will be starting with book one and reading the entire series over the summer. This was a great book for the lake. Since this is the first book by this author I've read but is the seventh in the series, I will be starting with book one and reading the entire series over the summer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Always love to see what Abby and her hunk, Marco, are up to next. This is the first I can remember that there was definite friction between the two, so much so that they split up. I was definitely worried, and the ending was not quite what I was expecting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    Love this series it is such good fluff, not to mention a relaxing fun read. Enjoy! !!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    As a 27 year old living in a small Indiana town, I can relate to the main character. I'm glad someone turned me onto this series. As a 27 year old living in a small Indiana town, I can relate to the main character. I'm glad someone turned me onto this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I love this character Abby Knight and her hunky boyfriend marco......This one had me rushing to read so that I could figure out what was going on with my favorite couple

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Another in the series of the Flower Shop Mysteries...Marco and Abby broke up. It was like watching them dance, getting back together.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Watch out world...there are two Abbys around town! Very cleverly written story about a total identity theft, not just credit cards or passwords!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I do love this series of books. Kate Collins has such a humorous style of writing with clever characters and plots. This was one of the best so far.

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