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Friday, June 9, 2017

Marriage is Pure Murder

Marriage Is Pure Murder
by Staci McLaughlin

Marriage Is Pure Murder (A Blossom Valley Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (May 30, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758294920

Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand . . .
Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . .

What I Thought:

Even though this is a series, you can read this without reading the others in the series without being lost because the author gives enough background so you know the characters.  The characters are well developed and enjoyable to read about.  In this installment, Dana is marrying Jason and when the florist is found dead, Dana becomes a person of interest in the murder.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this one to keep you guessing.  I really liked the writing style because it made the story flow really well.  I will definitely be reading more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy.

About The Author

Staci McLaughlin graduated from the California State University, East Bay before becoming a technical writer for a number of years. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and a cozy mystery writer in my spare time (Ha!). Once she can wrangle the kids into bed, my husband and I enjoy watching scary movies and playing both board games and video games.
She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, as well as a contributor to the LadyKillers blog at She lives with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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  1. Love this series and can't wait to read the book!

  2. Thank you for hosting Staci McLaughlin and her latest book on your blog. I have not read any of the books in this series but will definitely change that quickly.