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Saturday, May 18, 2013

64) Murder is a Piece of Cake by Elaine Viets

The Blurb :

As a bride-to-be, Josie’s latest assignment is absolutely fitting—investigating wedding flowers and wedding cakes. Josie can’t wait to pick out the details to make her own wedding perfect, even as her fiancé Ted’s outrageous mother has plans to turn the celebration into an over-the-top extravaganza. Still, the pistol-packing Lenore does come in handy when she draws her gun on Molly—a homicidal bridezilla who threatens to kill Ted unless he agrees to marry her—and saves the day.

Josie thinks the worst pre-wedding disaster is behind her—until Molly is shot and Lenore becomes the prime suspect. With her mother-in-law behind bars and her wedding on hold, Josie’s about to become fully engaged in finding the bridezilla killer and getting her own wedding back on track

My Thoughts :

Elaine Viets is one of my favourite cozy mystery writers and even though I don't always get her new releases when they come out, I do make sure they go on my wishlist. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and it was high time I found out what happened next to Josie Marcus. The cover and title as well as how the last book ended was a big giveaway as to the storyline but what kind of mystery would be woven into the wedding was to be seen.

Actually the murder mystery came a little too close to home for Josie this time. Not only is her finacé Ted being stalked but the his mother ends up in prison. Josie, like in the previous books, manages to Get involved in the investigation without the help of the local police. It doesn't take her long to find out that there is more going on that it seems and she has some of her family and friends to help her along the way.

I enjoyed this installment as much as the previous books and hope that this wasn't the last Josie Marcus book. The Mystery Shopping angle is a nice one and I really like all the characters and want to see what happens with them now that Josie has found a guy. Also I throughly enjoy Elaine Viets style. Her books are always good reads and I only wish that she would start a cozy with a paranormal twist.

Like cozies? You really need to try this series and Elaine's Dead-End Job Mysteries. Well thought out and always enterntaining they really are worth giving a chance.

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1 comment:

Aurian said...

She is one of the many authors on my wishlist, glad you enjoy those books.