Death Crashes The Party
A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery Series, Book #1
In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirées, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fêtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they’re whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . . (Goodreads)
While Liv is at a clients house, helping to plan a fortieth anniversary party, she does not expect to stumble across a dead body. And she does not stumble across a dead body, she stumbles across two dead bodies. Two brothers are found murdered, one body is in a freezer and one is in a garbage can. Since she is the one that found them, she feels compelled to help solve the murders. Along with her best friend, Di, she starts sleuthing to see what clues she can uncover. Will they be able to find answers before any more dead bodies turn up?
The author is very talented in her writing style: she blends suspense, great characters, small town southern living and humor perfectly. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments for me while I was reading. The things that Liv and Di say and do were quite comical. One example of this:
…But as I felt the long arm of the law reaching across the table and putting me into a psychological choke hold, I finally caved. I ended up confessing everything I’d ever done that was wrong, all the way back to stealing a T-shirt from Carol Gompers while we were at church camp in the sixth grade….
There were a lot of other things that happened that I thought were very funny.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really enjoyed reading about the friendship between Liv and Di, they are best friends who would do anything for each other. We should all be so lucky as to have that type of friendship in our own lives. I also enjoyed reading about Liv’s extended family, her in-laws and her own mom. They had a special kind of relationship and I found it refreshing. The small town southern charm of the book was a great addition and added another level to the book.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects to make it difficult to pick out the guilty one. And there were enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing all the way to the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to spend more time with Liv and Di and their families and see what they get involved in next.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.