Marriage Is Pure Murder

Marriage Is Pure Murder (A Blossom Valley Mystery)
  • Author: Staci McLaughlin
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Release Date: May 30, 2017
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Book Summary

Wedding bells are ringing at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in California’s postcard-perfect Blossom Valley. The entire staff is pitching in to send one of their own down the aisle. But no one knew the nuptials could turn up so many secrets—or that marriage and murder could go hand in hand . . .

Dana Lewis is marrying Jason Forrester, a talented reporter and the love of her life. She couldn’t dream of a better venue than the farm where she works, and her friends are determined to give her the wedding of her dreams. Even her florist, Bethany Lancaster, is making sure she has just the right flowers. But Dana’s happiness wilts when she finds Bethany shot dead—and discovers her friend was a busybody with a blackmail list longer than a cathedral veil. With so many enemies, finding Bethany’s killer seems all but impossible. And when Dana herself is eyed as a suspect, she’ll have to chase down the culprit faster than she can say, “I do”—or she’ll be trading in her wedding dress for prison stripes . . .

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About The Author

Staci McLaughlin was a technical writer in Silicon Valley for eight years before becoming a freelance writer. She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of the LadyKillers, a group of thirteen writers who alternate posting daily blogs at, as well as blogging on her own web site.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Wedding bells are ringing, and the murder is vicious in this page turning cozy!

June is the perfect month to read romance, and wedding themed mysteries. Blossom Valley, is located in California and boy do I wish it existed. The author paints the setting with such amazing words and descriptions that I was ready to pack my bags and join the characters. Dana is a friend and main character in this book. And I say friend, because when you are done reading this book, you are eager to grab a cup of tea with her. The farm sounds amazing, I am seriously broken hearted that it is a fictional place. How could such a beautiful and organically created place be fictional?

The theme of the murder was well done. The book eased into the murder, not rushing or having the instant death like others have. I enjoy both styles but this seems to really fit the book, and characters. Dana was not an eager sleuth, but let’s be honest this is her sixth mystery and she was focused on getting married! Do you blame her? She handled her wedding hiccups and the murder better than the reader would have, not losing her cool. The ending was delightful. And though we could end with a sixth book, I am hoping for another mystery.

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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.


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  1. Melissa Castor

    Love this series!!!!

  2. Dianne Casey

    Love the sound of this book. This is a new series to me and I’m looking forward to reading “Marriage is Pure Murder”.


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