A Day in the Life of Liv McKay by Vickie Fee

Death Crashes the PartyThe name of my business is Liv 4 Fun, and while I love my job as a party planner, it isn’t all fun and games. Take this morning, for example. I was meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Erdman at their home trying to hammer out the details of an anniversary party for two extremely difficult and disagreeable clients. They’re proof of the adage that opposites attract yet they’ve somehow managed to stay married for almost forty years. I guess it’s lucky they found each other since I’m doubtful anybody else would put up with either of them. I was sitting on a chintz sofa in their living room, struggling to force a smile despite a splitting headache. I was thinking my day couldn’t get any worse—but I was wrong.

I followed the Erdmans into their garage to measure the inside of their deep freezer, since Mrs. Erdman was now insisting on jumbo-sized ice sculptures as the centerpiece of her increasingly eccentric party demands. Instead of catfish or venison we discovered a couple of dead guys, which was unsettling—and also inconvenient since I desperately needed the storage space for ice sculptures. If I’d known how this day was going to play out I would have canceled my appointment with the Erdmans, pulled the covers over my head, and stayed in bed.

I rounded out the morning by enduring an interrogation from Sheriff Dave Davidson and fielding phone calls from every busybody in the miniscule town of Dixie, Tennessee. It turned out the young men whose bodies I’d stumbled over worked for my husband’s family trucking business. The two of them were involved in some shady activities that soon lead the FBI to eyeing members of my own family as suspects. While my loved ones can sometimes tax my nerves, if not my sanity, I wasn’t willing to see any of them locked up in prison or a loony bin just yet.

I decided to see what information I could ferret out about the victims, hoping if I could put Sheriff Dave onto the scent of a viable murder suspect it would cause the law to lose interest in arresting my relatives. My best friend, Di Souther, kindly jumped in to help me with the investigation. While like the Erdmans Di and I are polar opposites in some regards, unlike the Erdmans we actually get along—for the most part. However, Di can get touchy if she thinks I’m being too nosy about the status of her puzzling relationship with the handsome sheriff.

Having grown up in Dixie, I thought I knew pretty much everything about almost everyone. But I was beginning to see an alarming amount of darkness lurking just beneath the surface of our sweet little town. Being rank amateurs when it came to investigating a murder seemed to be working both in our favor as well as against us. Di and I managed to dig up some dirt the sheriff hadn’t yet plowed through, but I was starting to worry that we might be digging our own graves. . .


You can read more about killer parties, Southern charm—and murder in Death Crashes the Party, the first book in the “Liv and Di in Dixie” mystery series, published by Kensington and set for release on December 29, 2015. The second book, It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To, will be released in October, 2016.

About Death Crashes the Party

In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirées, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fêtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they’re whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . .

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of DEATH CRASHES THE PARTY. (US and Canadian entries only, please.) The giveaway will end January 5 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

Meet the author
Vickie Fee grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, daydreams and sweet iced tea. After earning a VFeePhotojournalism degree from the University of Memphis, she spent many years as a reporter covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in her book’s fictional town of Dixie, Tennessee. She’s a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in Crime and the Guppies chapters. She now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and is working on the next book in the Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series. Connect with Vickie at www.vickiefee.com, on Facebook and on Twitter at @vickiefeeauthor.

55 responses to “A Day in the Life of Liv McKay by Vickie Fee

  1. MaryAnn Forbes

    Death Crashes the Party sounds like a great read .📖🐶

  2. Great post. Thanks for introducing us to a new author and series. Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. My TO READ list is getting longer and longer…I want to read this one for sure! (I think I left my comment in the wrong place)
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  4. Sounds great, thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  5. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Sounds delightful…thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

  6. Party planning and murder sounds like an interesting mix.

  7. Barbara Hackel

    Wow :0 That must be a huge freezer! What am exciting introduction to this new series. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for introducing the author and series to me Dru. Thanks also to Vickie for the chance to win a copy! 🙂

  8. Sounds like fun!

  9. I’d love to read this book! Thanks for a chance to enter.

  10. Sounds like a good book

  11. This is on my TBR list. Sounds like a fun new series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I would love to win a copy, this is now on my to be read list!

  13. I would love to win a signed copy of Death Crashes the Party to add to my bookshelf. Thank you for this chance!!

  14. Brian Frauenknecht

    This sounds like such a great book. I would love to win this. I already plan on reading this. I can’t wait.

  15. Peeps in your freezer, that is happening more and more lately, And oc course party planning is also big, sounds like a great read, hope I win, ty

  16. There are very few books I have met that I have not liked…

  17. Thanks, guys — good luck with the contest and I hope you enjoy the book!
    And thank you, Dru, for graciously hosting me on your blog today!

  18. This book sounds wonderful. A must read for sure!!

  19. elainehroberson

    Would love to win a signed copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a fun read.

  21. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m looking forward to this book.

  22. What a way to freak yourself out by finding a body in your freezer. How would you work that into a party, although it would make a good topic of discussion. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  23. I got to read a copy of the book and loved it. I’d be thrilled to own a finished copy of my own.

  24. I guess this is a lesson to clean your freezer regularly!

  25. This book would be wonderful. Thanks.

  26. Sounds like a great read.

  27. I always love to read an author I have not read before.

  28. Sounds fun. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Thanks for a chance to win one of your books.

  30. I can’t wait to read this one!

  31. Sounds like a really fun start to an interesting new series.

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  33. Thanks for a chance to win. This looks really interesting.

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  35. sure would love to win a copy!

  36. I love learning about new series. Death Crashes the Party sounds like an entertaining read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  37. Sounds great. Thank you!

  38. Cynthia E. Blain

    Wishing this new author and her series much luck and success. It sounds so interesting and good. I would be delighted to become the recipient of this book; thank you for the chance to win it. Happy New Year.
    Cynthia

  39. Thanks for your well wishes and kind words, everyone! You’ve helped make this an awesome book release day for me 🙂

  40. New series and author – thanks for the introduction.

  41. Sounds like my kind of Book… thank you for the contest. Happy New Year…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  42. First off love the name of the business liv 4 fun in the storyline.
    🙂 Thank you for letting us get a chance to read a new Author’s book, that is Awesome 🙂 Would love to jump into a new story I have never read before 🙂 Have a safe and Happy New Year !

  43. Sounds like a great mystery, and I will be adding it to my list. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  45. I have seen a lot of good reviews on this book, can’t wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. New author for me, would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. Sounds like a great beginning for this series. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. An ‘add’ to my Wish List……
    Thank you for the giveaway….

  50. This sounds like a very interesting and fun new mystery series. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the chance.

  51. If only we knew beforehand which appointments would throw our schedule into disarray and dismay!!
    This sounds like the start of a wonderful new series.

  52. This looks like a fun read

  53. I love all things southern and can’t wait to start this new series

  54. Contest is closed.