Till Death Do Us Bark
Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries, Book #2
Stella St. Claire
Something borrowed, something blue, Olivia’s a bridezilla, and Andrew’s pretty scared too…
Olivia is on the warpath of wedding planning. She’s ticking off her tasks rapid fire: flowers, food, and fireworks; all are checked off just in time for Andrew to get hit writing a big check of his own. He’s beginning to get suspicious of her motives, since his blushing bride has gone from dragging her feet on a proposal, to suddenly running down the aisle.
Olivia doesn’t want to admit that she’s trying to get hitched before her cold feet get the best of her. Instead she leans heavily on her super strict wedding planner, Lacy McBride, to keep her eye on the prize. But when Olivia stumbles upon Lacy dead in the middle of a mock reception table, cake fork in hand, she feels her safety net evaporating.
Now, Olivia must shift her attention from planning the event to solving the crime to clear her name. Not because she’s a suspect, but because of “The Bride’s Curse”—an old jinx that dooms any bride not marrying for love, and their planner! No wedding planner in Lexingburg will work with Olivia until the crime’s origins are clear. However, the deeper she falls into Lacy’s mystery the more Olivia sees that wedding planning can be murder… (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Olivia, her sister Janelle and her good friend Jackie. The three are very funny together and they come up with some wild ideas. You can tell they really care about each other and are willing to help each other out whenever they can. Andrew, Olivia’s fiance, is still a saint but it looks like he might be reaching his limit. We shall see what happens.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick and easy read. It defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The mystery was well plotted and not an easy one to solve. The book also has a lot of humor and I was smiling and laughing throughout much of the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am reading my way through the entire series and I cannot wait to read the next one.