On the Job with Pepper Pomeroy by Nancy J. Parra

Newlywed DeadHi, my name is Pepper Pomeroy and my day usually starts out early. I run a proposal planning business. No, not an event planning business, although I started in event planning. What I do is plan elaborate events for a man or woman to create a special night to ask the love of their life to marry them.

I begin by interviewing both parties. I have to come up with a ruse to interview the party to be surprised. Some people ask me why interview them at all and take the chance that they will figure out what is going on and ruin the surprise. Well, interviewing the person the party is for allows me to gage how committed they are to the person who wishes to marry them. I guarantee everyone will be happy with the proposal. The only way to do this is to ensure the couple is truly committed. Then in sleuth out some of their favorite moments in their dating life and incorporate that into the proposal.

This research alone takes a lot of planning. Next I find a venue and contact my boyfriend, Gage, who owns a local prop house for the Chicago Theater scene. Did I mention we live in Chicagoland? Gage is great help. If he doesn’t have what I need in his warehouse, then he usually knows someone who does. I’ve created underwater treasure hunts and black and white movie proposals.

Meeting families and friends of my couples is certainly challenging. This time is harder than ever. I have a couple of meddling moms who are more interested in a wedding than the bride and groom to be. Then I have a woman who insists on being a part of the process of planning her engagement while demanding to be surprised. No surprise-no engagement. It’s a tough conundrum.

With days filled with research and planning, I also have to make room for Felicity’s wedding. Only once in a life time do you get to be Maid of Honor for your baby sister. It’s been a bit of a rough go for her with murder at every step. Unfortunately, her wedding is no different. Felicity and Warren have left the reception when a bartender crumbles to her death. In order to keep Felicity from feeling cursed, I vow to figure out what happened and bring a killer to justice before the honeymoon is over.

I’m curious, do you think death at a wedding is good luck or bad?

Best, Pepper


Newlywed Dead is the third book in the Perfect Proposals mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, May 2016.

In the new Perfect Proposals mystery from the author of Bodice of Evidence and Engaged in Murder, a country club wedding reception becomes the scene of a baffling crime.

The wedding for Pepper Pomeroy’s sister Felicity starts with dearly beloved but it ends with dearly departed when Ashley, the bartender Pepper befriended earlier in the evening, drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Authorities think it’s just a tragic accident. After all, who’d want to kill a virtual stranger at a country club wedding reception? That’s what Pepper wants to know.

A search into Ashley’s past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society—including a filthy-rich battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper’s Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats. Pepper’s business may be booming but continued success means outsmarting a mysterious culprit who’s still wedded to the idea of murder.

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About the author
Nancy J Parra also writes the “Baker’s Treat” series for Berkley Prime Crime and the “Candy Coated” mystery series for Kensington Books. Nancy lives in the South with her plucky Bichonpoo known affectionately on line as Little Dog. Visit Nancy at www.nancyjparra.com.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Newlywed Dead. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end May 12, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

45 responses to “On the Job with Pepper Pomeroy by Nancy J. Parra

  1. I would love to win a print copy of Newlywed Dead. Sounds like an interesting book.

  2. I can’t imagine anyone being able to support themself by having a proposal planning business so it will be fun reading about it!

    • Nancy Parra

      HI Karen, thanks for commenting. People really do this for a living. Crazy, right? Cheers, Nancy

  3. The synopsis sounds interesting. Definitely looking forward to reading this book. I’ve enjoyed other books by Nancy Parra.

  4. This is a great series! Would love to read up on the third book!

  5. New to me series, but it sounds interesting.

  6. Perfect Proposals mystery series sounds like a fun cozy read! Thank you for the chance to win.

  7. The is a fun series. Thank you for the chance to win

  8. Donna Gantt

    Sounds very interesting. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

  9. Haven’t heard of the proposal series. I would love to try it.

  10. Barbara Hackel

    Somehow I have missed this series even though I have read other of Nancy’s books. I am intrigued and want to find out how all that research is done without blowing the secret. Thanks Dru for today’s blog! 🙂
    Thanks to Nancy for a chance to win a copy of this book! 🙂

  11. My goodness-I want it just this way, but you have to surprise me. I’d say, have a bunch of people show up in her bedroom in the middle of the night and surprise her!

  12. Patty Allen

    This series sounds great, I will have to check them out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  13. wendynewcomb

    What a beautiful cover to pull a person in to read a good mystery!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  14. Thanks for this special cozy.

  15. I love Nancy’s books and would really love to win this one to add to my collection. Toss my name into the magic hat Dru and let’s see what happens.

  16. What an interesting business. I’ve read books in the other series but not this one, so looking forward to finding out all about murder and its effects on weddings.

  17. I’m not familiar with Nancy Parra’s books but would love to start. Thanks for including her newest on your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

  18. Celia Fowler

    A proposal planner is a wonderful premise, and the book sounds like a great read! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  19. Dif
    ferent and sounds like a good read, ty for the chance to win

  20. peggy clayton

    Wow this is a new job entering the cozy mysteries would love to read and review sounds so good!

  21. Sounds like my type of book,

  22. Sounds like a fun book that I would love to read!

  23. Peggy Hyndman

    Newlywed Dead sounds interesting. Nancy Parra is another “new-to-me” author. Thank you for introducing me to her books.

  24. rosemary pfeiffer

    umm well they say rain on your wedding day is good luck..but a death..not so much,lol

  25. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  26. I haven’t read this series yet, but I have read the Fudge series set in Mackinac Island and really enjoyed them. I would really like to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Vicki Highley

    I have to read this book and the series. Hopefully, I can win. The series has been added to my TBR list.

  28. Mary Jane H.

    Sounds like a good series to add to my reading list.

  29. Doward Wilson

    Loved the first two books and can’t wait for this one.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Thank you for the contest!

  31. I so enjoyed the first two books I’m really looking forward to the third! I also had to look up the gluten-free series and love those as well. Keep up the awesome writing!

  32. Kristin A.

    I ditto everything Karen just said and add in that I really enjoy your Candy Coated series as well, Nancy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Looks like Pepper has her work cut out for her. Looks like a fantastic read. New (to me) author and series. I am hoping this will be the introduction to her series. I will be looking up the others as well. So here’s to hopin’.

    • Sorry. Almost forgot. Luck or not? It’s all about attitude. Will she rise above it? Or will she let it sink her? Only the author knows for sure

  34. LOVE the cover…..
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  35. This looks like one that should be in my library for sure

  36. Sounds like a great book! I think I’ll really like Pepper. I would think a death at a wedding would be bad luck – or at least a bad omen!

  37. Have added this to my TBR list. Can’t wait to read it.

  38. Hmmm, interesting career! I look forward to reading about Pepper. As for whether a death would be good or bad luck, I guess it is all up to how the wedding participants handle it.