Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on August 19, 2016

terror in taffeta large banner


Terror in Taffeta: A Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Minotaur Books (March 22, 2016)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250072566


Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding “don’t.” Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn’t just fainted–she’s dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride’s sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn’t in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats in this smart, funny cozy mystery debut.


Amazon * B&N * Powell’sIndieBound


I chose to read this book because of the location, San Miguel, because I have a friend that owns a house there. And of course because it is a cozy!

So we have a couple that decides to get married in Mexico and one of the bridesmaids ends of dead right after the ceremony on the altar at the church. The bride’s mother (who is VERY pushy and not very likeable) seems to think it is the wedding planner’s job to solve the crime. Why, I’m not quite sure, but like I said, Mrs. Abernathy is not a very likeable character, comes across very entitled (as you might expect from someone that has money).

But solving the murder isn’t really the only surprise – mystery fiances, blackmail, drug smuggling and a few other surprises are in store for you if you read this book. There really isn’t a romance because Kelsey and Evan, while they like each other, they live too far apart to really have a relationship.

The only thing that I was disappointed in was the lack of description of the town and the sites. There are some that are mentioned, but I thought maybe there would have been more. It doesn’t taint my thoughts on the book overall, just a minor something I noticed.

Overall we give it 4 paws up!


About the Author

Marla CooperAs 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.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

great escape button160

Check out these other blogs on the tour

August 14 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

August 15 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 16 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

August 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

August 18 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

August 19 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

August 20 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

August 21 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – INTERVIEW

August 22 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW

August 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

August 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW*

August 24 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

August 25 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

August 25 – deal sharing aunt – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – The Book’s the Thing – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

August 27 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

August 27 – Booth Talks Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – CelticLady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT