Review of Southern Sass and the Battered Bride

Southern Sass and a Battered Bride

Marygene Brown Mystery, Book #3

Kate Young

5 Stars


At a murder mystery-themed wedding reception on Georgia’s picturesque Peach Cove Island, the bride is doing an awfully good job playing dead…

Marygene Brown always figured she’d marry her childhood sweetheart, Alex Myers, not cater his wedding. But the Peach Diner could use the exposure. Most of the island is showing up–although more for the role-playing murder game at the reception than for the widely loathed bridezilla, Lucy Carmichael. Marygene may have to smile through the festivities, but Mama doesn’t have to hold her peace–especially since only Marygene can hear her mother’s ghost. Mama says she sees an aura of darkness around the wedding.

So when Marygene finds Lucy lying beside the wedding cake, buried in batter, with no pulse, it looks like Mama called it. This is no game. And when the bride’s body simply vanishes, it’s up to Marygene and her best friend Betsy (cousin to the groom and no fan of the bride) to solve a real-life mystery–with a little help from Mama’s sassy spirit…   (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Marygene and Betsy, her best friend, get along really well and they are more like sisters than best friends.  They will do whatever needs to be done to be sure that each other is safe. When they are both accused of a murder, they know that they have to find the real killer before they get put away.  There was a lot of family drama going on and most of it was bad.  Marygene’s Mama, who happens to be a spirit, is very helpful and watches over Marygene and her family.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could see in my mind’s eye all the chaos going around me.  The mystery was well plotted and it had numerous twists and turns that kept me guessing.  I was totally surprised with the reveal at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Whenever you get to spend time with Marygene, Betsy and Mama. you know you are in for a fun time.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Southern Sass and a Battered Bride (A Marygene Brown Mystery Book 3) by [Kate Young]