A day in the life of Mallory Shepard by Stephanie Blackmoore

murder-wears-whiteThere’s no such thing as ghosts, right? I mean, sure, strange things have been going on in the mansion-turned-B-and-B I’m currently renovating. But it must just be the creaks and moans and clicks and rattles that come with a century-old house settling. I used to be an attorney before I became a wedding planner, and I like to analyze things. So if I think about it long enough, and hard enough, I’m sure I can come up with a dozen reasons why all of these strange things are happening that have nothing to do with the supernatural. Because ghosts are not something I’m willing to deal with right now. Good thing the Port Quincy Paranormal Society is up to the task of figuring out whether the ghouls and ghosts are the real deal or not. Because if it’s not haunted, I don’t want to contemplate the only other explanation: this house is downright cursed.

What else has been going on this October? Besides the strange noises that return each night, my current bride’s aunt was poisoned at the wedding tasting. I swear it wasn’t my fault. If only the police would exonerate me and my sister Rachel. We didn’t cook with any of her allergens, and I don’t know how they crossed her lips. It’s not like the poor woman didn’t have a whole host of enemies.

This isn’t the first murder in the bride’s family, either. I’m not sure how they’re connected, but the bride’s mother was also murdered twenty years ago. My boyfriend defended her killer, and as you can imagine, there’s no love lost between him and the bride. And to top it all off, my mom is in town from Florida. She’s helping me renovate my newly inherited mansion so it’ll be ready in time for the first wedding. Let’s just say our ideas on how to decorate aren’t exactly the same.

All I have to do is finish renovating my mess of a mansion into a glorious B and B, move up a wedding eight months and finish planning it in mere weeks, hunt down a pesky poltergeist, and dodge my mom’s meddlesome ways. Easy-peasy! Wish me luck!


MURDER WEARS WHITE is the second book in the Wedding Planner mystery series published by Kensington, January 2017.

Mallory Shepard’s wedding planning business is off to a shaky start when a member of the bridal family drops dead at a food tasting . . .

Mallory hopes to unveil her new B&B just in time for her first ceremony as a wedding planner. The renovations to Thistle Park—the mansion she inherited in small-town Port Quincy, Pennsylvania—are almost complete. But what Mallory didn’t plan on is the bride’s aunt being poisoned at the wedding tasting and her perfect venue becoming a crime scene.

Adding to the mystery is the discovery that this is not the first murder in the bridal family, and as Mallory becomes engaged in her own investigation she learns the man convicted of the crime may not be guilty. Now she has two crimes to solve before the bride walks down the aisle—but a killer has other plans to ensure that Mallory forever holds her peace . . .

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About the author
A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at stephanieblackmoore.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Murder Wears White. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends January 30, 2017. Good luck everyone!

40 responses to “A day in the life of Mallory Shepard by Stephanie Blackmoore

  1. Doward Wilson

    Sounds like a great start to a new series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Pauline Barlow

    I’m glad most weddings don’t have this extra drama. I am intrigued and believe it would be a fun read. I wonder if Stephanie’s cats enter into the story.

  3. New author to me. Cover is very cute.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Mysteries that involve a wedding and may be a bridezilla always intrigue me.

  5. I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  6. Barbara Hackel

    How did I miss the first book of this series? I’ll have to read that book right away! Thanks Dru Ann for alerting me to the series.😲 Thanks also to Stephanie for the chance to win a copy.😏 I love your cover!❤

  7. I like to stay at bed & breakfasts and I like to read books with these settings too. Thanks for a chance to win!

  8. So enjoyed the 1st book….cannot wait to read this one……
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  9. Karlene Barger

    This sounds like quite a case of wedding bell blues! And the cover is adorable.

  10. What a unique and intriguing book. Thanks.

  11. “We don’ need no stinkin’ wedding planners!” Four kids, four wedding and we planned and “executed” them all. Thankfully for two of them I knew where the caterer had “buried the bodies”. I knew him from a previous business and wouldn’t let him cheat us at all.

    Toss my name into the magic hat please Dru, I want to add this one to my growing home library.

  12. Mary Brockhoff

    I have never read anything by this author. The book sounds delightful. Thank you for your reviews!

  13. Brian Frauenknecht

    I absolutely loved the first book in the series and I am so excited about this second book. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance to win Dru!!

  14. Thank you for the introduction to Stephanie Blackmore and her wedding planner books. I didn’t have a wedding planner but sometime wish I had as it might have reduced the stress I went through. This is definitely one to put on my want to read list.

  15. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  16. Sounds like a great read.

  17. This does sound like fun

  18. The first book was great! I am really excited to get a chance to win this one.

  19. conniepsaunders

    This sounds like a great cozy mystery. Thanks for sharing!

  20. New to me, it sounds great! Thanks for the chance.

  21. Susan Slovinsky

    This sounds like a fun cozy. Thanks for the info.

  22. Thank you Dru I love this “site”. You are doing a great job.

  23. Jamie Rasmussen

    This book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. This sounds like a great series. I really enjoyed the synopsis of “Murder Wears White”. Looking forward to reading this series.

  25. Thanks for the chance!

  26. Reads like a really entertaining novel. The mixture of ghosts, murder and change of career should be a recipe for lots of fun.

  27. Vicki Highley

    I can’t wait to see how Mallory resolves everything in Murder Wears White. Thanks for the chance.

  28. Having dogs rather than cats on a book cover seems pretty radical to me, but I’m sure it’s fun!

  29. This is a new author for me. Thanks.

  30. Can’t wait to read this one! I really loved the first book in this series.

  31. This book looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  32. My husband is from Pittsburgh, and this new book sounds super duper exciting! Love, love, love the cute doggies on the cover! Thank you bunches dear Dru Ann and Stephanie for the chance to win!!!! God bless you girls!!!

  33. Reading anything written by a librarian, even a used-to-be, sounds good to me.

  34. sounds interesting. thanks for chance

  35. New author to me, looks like a fun read

  36. Sounds like a great read.

  37. **** WINNER ****
    of Murder Wears White by Stephanie Blackmoore is Brooke Bumgardner
    Congratulations!

  38. Missed the first but this series sounds so good!