Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore is the first book in the NEW “Wedding Planner” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, June 2016
All appears peaceful in sleepy Port Quincy, Pennsylvania — but in this small town, old grudges die hard.
After dumping her cheating fiancé and cancelling the wedding, Mallory Shepard can’t bear another disaster. So when the former bride-to-be unexpectedly inherits Thistle Park, a ramshackle mansion in her ex’s hometown of Port Quincy, it’s a problem she can’t afford–literally. Abound with stray cats, peeling wallpaper, and nosy neighbors, Mallory is dying to sell it off–once she finally fixes up both the place and her messy life.
Turns out, Thistle Park has its charms. But the honeymoon phase is abruptly cut short when an unwanted visitor is found dead on the front lawn. Enlisting the help of her sister Rachel, Mallory vows to unveil the killer before she herself becomes married to the suspect list.
I like it. Losing her fiancé and inheriting a house within a week has Mallory stepping up to the challenge. A dead body on the property cast light that something is amiss in Port Quincy and whether she likes or not, Mal will have to figure out the clues to save herself and what she has gained. I love the pacing and the comfortable tone of this finely tuned drama. The author did a great job in setting up the multiple connecting plots where anyone could be the killer. I liked how the pieces came together as the story progressed with some surprising twists that truly enhanced the how this narrative will all play out. Boasting a wonderful cast of characters that includes Mallory, Rachel, Garrett and Summer, great dialogue and a small-town feel, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more exploits with Mallory and the residents of Port Quincy, Pennsylvania.