Murder Unmentionable by Meg London is the first book in the new “Sweet Nothings Lingerie” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2012

Sweet Nothings has it all: silk ribbon, Venetian lace, the best bra fitter in town…and two unsolved murders.

Emma Taylor thought she knew what to expect when she abandoned life as a big-city fashionista to help her aunt, Arabella, breathe new style into Sweet Nothings, her waning lingerie boutique. As Emma settles back in to Paris, Tennessee—a world where pie is served with a parable and a pitcher of sweet tea is the cure for most of life’s ills—her escape seems smooth as silk.

But when the town acquires a touch of unneeded je ne sais quoi with the arrival of Emma’s philandering French ex, an unseemly murder turns her world inside out. As the police’s top suspect, Emma is going to need more than fishnets to snare the real killer. And when she and Arabella refuse to let death threats wrapped in knifed nighties stall Sweet Nothings’ vintage-lingerie fashion show, it becomes increasingly clear that any garter may hide a gun and that bullet bras might have to live up to their name.

When her ex-boyfriend follows her to Paris, little did Emma know it would be the last time she sees him and in the same breathe accused of his murder. To clear her name and reputation, Emma and her friends will need to undress a killer before Emma is hung up to dry.

I like it. Mix an entertaining whodunit, some laughs and a little bit of romance and you got the makings of a great debut series. This was an enjoyable mystery that I could not put down. The writing flowed easily with crisp dialogue and a fun setting. With a great cast of characters from likable Emma, gentle Aunt Arabella, snarky Sylvia, best friend Liz and handsome Brian, this lighthearted and charming story is a welcome addition to the cozy genre and I can’t wait for the next happenings in Paris Tennessee.

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