Dirty Rotten Tendrils is the latest book in the Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins. Abby and Marco are secretly engaged. But Marco’s younger brother, Rafe, also got engaged, to a girl he knew for a few hours, that he met when he started working with her at Hooters. So, along with a murder to solve, Abby has to worry about engagement intrigue.
We see all of our favorite characters, Abby’s mom, her cousin Jillian, Grace and Lottie, and of course Marco’s mom Francesca. We find out what hideous piece of art Abby’s mom will make her sell next. We get to meet Rafe’s fiancee and her crazy family.
The murder victim in this book is a slick and unscrupulous defense attorney known as the Lip. The Lip is representing a young man who won an American Idol type competition. The young man is dating a starlet and is accused of taking sole credit for a song that he co-wrote with a friend. Abby is discouraged that her small town is going crazy at having a celebrity and national news coverage in town.
The Lip turns up dead and one of the prime suspects is Abby’s former boss, Dave. Abby knows he would never hurt anyone and sets out to make sure the police know it too. Abby gets some help from her PI and bar owner fiancee Marco. The two of them are determined to find the real killer and keep their engagement a secret from their meddling mothers.
This is a really fun series, there is a great supporting cast. I love Marco’s nicknames for Abby, and I loved the screwball comedic situations in this book. I think this is one series that improves with age, and I want more of Abby and Marco! I”m going to give Dirty Rotten Tendrils by Kate Collins, 2 bookmarks.