Thursday, June 1, 2017

*Book Tour + Review* Marriage is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin

Marriage Is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin

Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Kensington (May 30, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758294920

Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand...

Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . .

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

Marriage is Pure Murder is the 6th book in the Blossom Valley mystery series. I have not read the previous books in this series but I never felt confused or like I was missing any information. The author did a wonderful job at providing background information on the characters so you know who everyone is and how they are connected to each other. The characters are very well developed and likable. I especially liked Dana and Jason. This book had the perfect mix of suspense, mystery, and humor. I had a hard time putting the book down so I could get other things done. I was drawn in from the very beginning and was wrapped up and invested in the story until the very end. The mystery was very well written and left me with plenty of suspects to choose from. I loved the parts of the book that took place at the farm. I enjoyed reading about the setting and the different employees that work there - Esther, Gordon, Zennia, and Gretchen - they were all enjoyable characters. I also enjoyed the recipes and the helpful tip included at the back of the book. I will most definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

About The Author

Staci McLaughlin graduated from the California State University, East Bay before becoming a technical writer for a number of years. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and a cozy mystery writer in my spare time (Ha!). Once she can wrangle the kids into bed, my husband and I enjoy watching scary movies and playing both board games and video games.
She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, as well as a contributor to the LadyKillers blog at She lives with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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