Marriage, Monsters-In-Law and Murder
An Ellie Avery Mystery, Book #9
Ellie Avery is a professional organizer, not a diplomat. But by agreeing to help organize a family wedding, she’s basically signed on to prevent two mothers-in-law from killing each other. It comes as a complete surprise, then, when another member of the wedding party is the one who’s actually murdered . . .
Ellie’s sister-in-law, Summer, has planned a four-day destination wedding at a posh private resort on one of Georgia’s beautiful barrier islands, but it won’t be a vacation for Ellie. Summer has asked her to assist with the last-minute details, which includes keeping the peace between the groom’s mother and stepmother.
The ladies are a handful, but the real problems are the ones Ellie and Summer haven’t anticipated–like mysterious pranks directed toward the bride. When the best man shows up with the groom’s gorgeous if unstable ex-girlfriend, she seems like an obvious suspect for the practical jokes.
But when a suspicious death occurs, Ellie realizes there’s more going on than mean-spirited pranks. Is Summer the killer’s real target? And what could possibly be driving someone to murder? Ellie vows to get to the truth so the blushing bride can walk down the aisle without fearing she’ll never reach the altar . . (Goodreads)
When Ellie agrees to help her sister-in-law, Summer, with her last minute wedding preparations, she figures it should not be a problem. Keeping an eye on the groom’s bickering mother and step mother makes the task a little harder, but she figures she can still handle it. When pranks against the bride-to-be begin happening, things get even more difficult. But when someone dies, the problems are impossible to ignore. Ellie will have to try to figure out who the killer is before the wedding is permanently postponed.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I thought that Ellie was a strong no nonsense woman but she also had a big heart. She gets along well with Summer and the rest of her husband’s family and is happy to help when others are in need. I really liked the fact that Ellie is a mom and her children and husband are with her on her adventure. The family dynamics were entertaining and, in my opinion, took this cozy to a new level.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there at the resort, seeing the sights and feeling the tropical breezes. The mystery was well plotted and there are enough suspects and twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.
I have read a couple of the other books in this series, but it has been awhile. Now I know why I really enjoyed these books and I plan on going back to read the ones that I have missed. I do not think that you need to read the books in order because the author does a great job of giving a back story so the reader knows what is going on. But I would strongly recommend reading all of the books in this series, because the ones that I have read were very enjoyable.
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.