How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner is the second book in the “Party-Planning” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), August 2010

Mixing fun and fund-raising seemed like the perfect job for Presley Parker, which is why she starts her event-planning business to raise money for charities. But then she hosts a murder mystery party, and there’s some serious foul play.

The de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is throwing a murder mystery party to raise money, and the notorious yet benevolent philanthropist Mary Lee Miller wants Presley Parker to host it. Though Presley is surrounded by breathtaking artwork, it’s a heated squabble between Mary Lee and her son Corbin that catches her attention.

Guests arrive to a grand murder mystery setting, eager for the performance. But the good times end when Mary Lee, who was playing the role of the victim is found dead—and Delicia, Presley’s friend and Corbin’s girlfriend, is the key suspect. Frantic to clear her friend’s name, Presley kicks her sleuthing into high gear…only to find that someone wants this life of the party dead.

This was a good follow-up to the first book in the series. When Presley’s friend is falsely jailed for the murder of her boyfriend’s mother, Presley set out a plan to find the killer. There are so many secrets in a museum and little by little Presley uncovers them and stumbles upon the killer. I had my suspicions as to who the killer was and was happy to see I was right. I liked that we got to know a little bit more about Presley and Brad and I love the promise of the beginning of their new relationship. This was very enjoyable and a great read. My rating: 4 stars

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