Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: Slay Bells Ring (The Wedding Bell Mysteries #1) by Nancy Robards Thompson

It's one thing to write a mystery, but when your daughter is the suspect -- you solve it.

Wedding planner Jenna Bell doesn’t panic when the groom is a no-show to the ceremony – even though he is her former high school sweetheart and this wedding is the small town's event of the year. However, when he turns up dead and she is falsely accused… well, yeah, now it’s the time to panic.

Jenna’s mother, Maddie, puts her cozy mystery writing skills to use to try to clear her daughter’s name, stepping on by-the-book Chief of Police Jackson Bradley's toes in the process. No matter how enticing he finds her, he doesn’t want this writer-turned-amateur-sleuth interfering with his murder investigation.

With nearly all of Hemlock, North Carolina, picking sides and the town's own Gossip Brigade churning out the rumors, Maddie discovers the mystery isn't very cozy when it hits this close to home.

My Review:

Addictive and entertaining.

Sometimes a review is hard for me to write without giving away too much of the story.  This is one of those books.  But I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the story.  This book really kept me guessing.  I enjoyed Jenna and Maddie’s mother/daughter dynamics and seeing how they worked together to solve the murder of a man who was Jenna’s high school boyfriend.  The author did a great job with the plot and keeping the characters interesting while holding my attention throughout the story.   I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a cozy mystery.  

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