When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can’t say no.
There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.
Babs’ high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that’s what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs’ funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next.
Set against the stunning backdrop of California wine country, Marla Cooper’s Dying on the Vine is a mystery brimming with gossip, wine, and, of course…murder.
And I thought.... Delightful new author and series for me. Dying On The Vine was a fun read from page one. And suspenseful almost immediately. I enjoyed the banter between Kelsey and her friend Brody throughout the story. When Kelsey goes from witness to possible murder suspect she becomes determined to clear her name and get back to business and 'stay in business. Brody is quick to help and suggests a 'Suspect Board' which gets Laurel Kelsey's assistant involved in investigation. And Kelsey in a little hot water when a client discovers it and His name! Rumors fly about Kelsey and her business practices. As crimes and accusations against Kelsey seem to pile up the three search out leads sneaking and snooping around the crime scenes finding evidence that the police seem to over look. Not only was I kept intrigued with the mystery I was intrigued with who Kelsey might end up in a romantic involvement with. There is the 'good cop' who is very nice looking. Then there is Luke the winery business manager. And then Brody introduces her to Jake. Hmm. There are some interesting bachelors in the mix giving the reader a fun few hours of reading enjoyment. I rate Dying On The Vine as one of my top favorites. And then there's the list of suspects from the very disgruntled father of the bride, to Bab's (the victim) assistant, along with Miles the winery owner and ultimately his brother Luke who falls off the list of eligible bachelors. It becomes a race against time as Kelsey and the gang search for the murder and run for their lives! I am looking forward to reading the series beginning with book 1 Terror In Taffeta and future installments in the Destination Wedding Murder Series. I received a complimentary copy of Dying On The Vine from Great Escape Book Tours. This review will appear on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Good Reads. This review will appear on My Journey Back and be linked at blog parties.
Coffee with a character... I am not sure I can choose just one character or sub character to enjoy a little chat with! I was infatuated with Brody and Laurel and of course Kelsey. So I think I would just like to sit and maybe have a glass of champagne or maybe a few quarts of ice cream and discuss how to solve a murder with all three.
As a freelance writer, MARLA COOPER has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku. But it was while ghostwriting a nonfiction guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her current series starring destination wedding planner Kelsey McKenna. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.