I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Engaged in Death on June 28, 2016
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All appears peaceful in sleepy Port Quincy, Pennsylvania--but in this small town, old grudges die hard. . .
After dumping her cheating fiancé and cancelling the wedding, Mallory Shepard can't bear another disaster. So when the former bride-to-be unexpectedly inherits Thistle Park, a ramshackle mansion in her ex's hometown of Port Quincy, it's a problem she can't afford--literally. Abound with stray cats, peeling wallpaper, and nosy neighbors, Mallory is dying to sell it off--once she finally fixes up both the place and her messy life. . .
Turns out, Thistle Park has its charms. But the honeymoon phase is abruptly cut short when an unwanted visitor is found dead on the front lawn. Enlisting the help of her sister Rachel, Mallory vows to unveil the killer before she herself becomes married to the suspect list. . .
Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore is the first book in the new wedding planner mystery series. I was absolutely delighted when Kensington approved my NetGalley request to review this one. I loved the cover, the title and the description. When I started reading the book, I was not disappointed. Ms. Blackmoore delivers a top-notch cozy mystery with delightful characters, plenty of twists and turns, and a town full of quirky residents.
Mallory will be marrying Keith in a few days ~ but before that happens, she receives a mysterious envelope with some photos painting Keith as an unfaithful jerk. Heartbroken, but thankful for the reprieve from Keith and his overbearing mother, Helene, Mallory holes up in a hotel to lick her wounds. The one member of Keith’s family that Mallory got along with was his grandmother, Sylvia. When she passes and Mallory finds out Sylvia deeded her grand old house to her, Mallory isn’t sure what to think.
I loved so much about this book. Mallory and her sister Rachel are wonderful characters. The town of Port Quincy was the perfect setting for this story. I live in eastern Ohio, but the closest city to me is Pittsburgh, PA. It was so easy for me to relate to the story and the settings. I was so wrapped up in the mystery and I quickly became invested in the characters and the story. I’m already counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out. 🙂 I highly recommend this cozy mystery!