Release Date: Jan 31, 2017
Series: A Wedding Planner Mystery
Mallory Shepard already had her hands full making renovations to convert her inherited mansion “Thistle Park” into a Bed and Breakfast, while kicking off her wedding planning business in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania. Mallory has now made her life even more difficult by agreeing to move a wedding up by eight months for one of her first clients to make sure the bride’s seriously ill father can attend the ceremony. However, a series of accidents threaten the completion of the construction project. Added to that, the young bride Whitney’s Aunt Lois dies under suspicious circumstances. Mallory decides to start her own investigation to solve the murder and keep the renovations on track to make sure her new business has the chance to get off the ground.
I enjoyed reading Murder Wears White. It is the second in the Wedding Planner series by author Stephanie Blackmoore, but the first book I have read by this author. Blackmoore does a great job of introducing new readers to all of the important characters, and I like the mix of down-to-earth and quirky characters. Mallory is a former attorney and is well-grounded which makes a nice balance for some of the more colorful characters. The subplots range from the realistic – Mallory fighting small town politics to get the necessary building permits – to the extreme – The Paranormal Society visiting the mansion to look into the construction accidents which have been regularly occurring. However, this makes a good combination and keeps the book believable, but fun.
Mallory is likeable from the beginning and some of the other characters, like Mallory’s strong-willed mother get better as the story goes on. A nice thing I appreciate about the book is how well Mallory gets along with her boyfriend Garrett’s daughter Summer. I’m glad the book doesn’t go the clichéd route of having Summer despise Mallory and causing problems in their relationship. This was a nice surprise and I like the way Mallory relates to the young woman.
The investigation of Lois’s murder takes some confusing turns that interferes with the smooth flow of the story, but overall the book is entertaining and full of humor. Having a wedding planning and bed and breakfast business provides a great way to keep future stories fresh as the series continues. Fans of Carolyn Haines will appreciate the humor of this series. There are a variety of recipes at the end for dishes that were featured in the story. The book also includes an excerpt from the next book in the series which looks to be as fun as this one.