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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gown with the Wind

Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

by Stephanie Blackmoore

About the Book

Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

4th in Series

Kensington (December 18, 2018)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496717511

ISBN-13: 978-1496717511

Digital ASIN: B07BV3K4N8

Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancĂ©e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .

What I Thought:

This is the 4th book in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series. While I have not read all the books in the series, I did read the first one, and am glad I did as it details how Mallory and Rachel became wedding planners and B & B Owners.  In this installment, Mallory is tasked with planning the wedding of her ex-fiance, Keith, and his new bride-to-be, Becca.  There are many hurdles that Mallory has to cross in planning this wedding, including dealing with Helene, Keith's overbearing mother.  Becca's family also comes into to play in making the planning more difficult, when Becca's grandmother, Alma's life is threatened because of her Gone with the Wind Memorabilia.  Becca finds a beautiful gown in her grandmothers's possessions and wants that to be her wedding dress, thus changing the theme of her wedding. When a childhood rival of Becca's sees the dress, she wants it for herself, and when she is found dead in Keith and Becca's pool, they become suspects in her murder. Once again, Mallory has to put on her sleuth hat to prove they are not the killers.  There is a lot going on in this story that really kept it interesting.  I love this writer's writing style and I also liked the plot.  Both aspects made the story flow really well.  I really like the main character, Mallory, she is a very strong person, as I would not want to plan my ex-fiance's wedding.  But Mallory does it with aplomb.  There were a lot of twists and turns and exciting moments in this book that kept it very interesting and kept me turning the pages.  I really enjoyed this one and look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two-spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at the links below.

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