Murder is a Piece of Cake by Elaine Viets is the eighth book in the “Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, November 2012

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus is thrilled to be getting married. But when a deranged bride meets a grim end, Josie will have to catch a murderer before she tosses the bouquet.

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.

I love this series. I enjoyed watching Josie investigate the murder of a stalker bride while continuing to plan her own wedding. The strong plot kept me entertained as the mystery kept me guessing and the humor and romance of Josie and Ted played out on the pages. Elaine’s words are so vivid that, it made me feel like I was part of the action, rooting as Josie closed in a killer and cheering as her wedding day approached. Boasting a great cast that includes lovable Josie, handsome Ted, maturing Amelia and her mother Jane, this is the best book yet in this delightfully charming series and I can’t wait for the next adventures with Josie and her new family life.

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