Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

A Day in the Life of Pepper Pomeroy by Nancy J. Parra

Engaged in MurderHi, I’m Pepper Pomeroy and I was recently downsized from my job working as an event planner for a high-end hotel in downtown Chicago. When my sister’s boyfriend Warren asked me to help plan an extravagant wedding proposal for my sister Felicity, I was happy to help.

The event went off without a hitch…almost. There was that drunk guy passed out in the girl’s bathroom. But I took care of that after the engagement.

Warren was so impressed that he suggested I start my own business.

“Doing what?” I asked.

“Planning extravagant wedding proposals,” Warren said. “You really have a knack for it.”

When Warren offered to help me start the business and I was off and running. Soon, I had a scuba diving proposal and a Great Gatsby proposal to plan there was just one little hitch.

Remember the drunk guy passed out in the girl’s bathroom? It turns out he wasn’t passed out. He was dead. Murdered is what the police said, and their prime suspect was Warren.

Well I couldn’t let my sister’s new fiancé go to jail for a murder he clearly didn’t commit. So in between planning proposals, I investigated a murder and discovered that no matter how careful the planning, no event-especially murder-went off without a hitch. Now if only I could get the lead detective on the case, Detective Murphy, to follow the clues I gave him. Then maybe, just maybe I could also successfully plan Felicity’s engagement party.

Chicago is a pretty big city and the proposals I plan are just as big. What is your favorite wedding proposal? Flash mob singing “This Guy’s in Love with you?” Or Kiss Cam at a basketball game?


You can read more about Pepper in Engaged In Murder, the first book in the new “Perfect Proposal” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Nancy J Parra has been gluten free for six years and it was while posting her gluten-free recipes on Facebook that another author said she ought to write a book set in a gluten free bakery. Nancy did and the “Baker’s Treat” mystery series was born. Nancy also writes the “Perfect Proposal” series for Berkley Prime Crime and the “Candy Coated” Mystery series for Kensington Books. Nancy lives in the Midwest with her plucky Bichonpoo known as “little dog”.

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