A Rose From The Dead Review

A ROSE FROM THE DEAD is the newest installment in Kate Collins’ series featuring Abby Knight, an amateur detective and owner of a flower shop called Bloomers. Abby has a booth displaying her flowers at the Midwestern Funeral Directors Association regional convention. She’s hoping to drum up some business by advertising at the convention. What Abby didn’t expect was that she would end up playing detective once again.

The convention starts off rather dramatic when the Urban twins lock Abby in a telephone booth coffin. When someone at the convention turns up dead inside a coffin, Abby immediately suspects the same people who trapped her in one, the Urban twins. But the twins are swearing their innocence and have solid alibis. Who would want to kill someone at a Funeral Convention? Is this someone’s idea of a sick joke or is there something more sinister going on?

Abby’s friend Delilah Dove was the last person in the room where the deceased was found. The police decide she is their obvious suspect, so they immediately take her in for questioning.

The only person with answers to what happened is Angelique, an eccentric harp player who records the music of people’s souls as they leave their body. Angelique is unable to clearly communicate with the police to explain what happened to the deceased. Instead she tells Abby an odd poem hinting as to who the killer is.

Abby puts on her detective hat and with the help of her boyfriend Marco and her friend Grace; they try to put the pieces to the puzzle together. Will Abby and her friends find the killer before he claims another victim?

A ROSE FROM THE DEAD is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until its exciting conclusion. The mystery is intriguing and kept my interest. There are numerous suspects who could be the murderer and this book kept me guessing until the end.

The writing is entertaining and there’s even some humor throughout the book. This was my first book by Kate Collins and I look forward to reading her previous installments in this series.


  1. More books to add to your wish list! *grin* Sounds like there's definitely a touch of humor through it, which is always wonderful. So it was easy enough for you to start here without having to read the previous books first?

  2. Death at a funeral convention? Too much irony there! :) Doesn't sound too bad, especially with the mysterious harp player chick.

  3. Thanks for the review. I'm so into cozy mysteries like this lately! I've heard of this one, too.

  4. Hi Kimberly: Yeah I think you definetely can read this series out of order. It was a stand alone mystery so I wasn't lost for any information from previous books. Fun book. :)

    Hi TC and Carolyn: It's a fun book. I think you guys would like it. :)

  5. I adore this series by Kate. I've read it since book 1, and you can tell in Book 1 it's a new to the market series, but it's still really good and worth the read.


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