My Bookshelf: The Bride and Doom by Erin Scoggins

The leaves and the temperatures are finally falling here in North Carolina making it the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book. Okay, I’ll read any time anywhere, but fall provides the perfect excuse for grabbing a blanket and losing myself in a story while the boys in my house watch hours of football analyzing their fantasy teams and throwing names around the dinner table as if I know these people.

This past weekend, I dove into Erin Scoggins first book in her Wedding Crashers mystery series The Bride and Doom. First of all, let’s talk about the perfection of that title. So fun! Second, I have to take a step back and disclose that I know Erin through the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the first time she described the series to a group of us here in central NC, everyone in the room was hooked! I was very excited to finally get my hands on this one.

This cozy mystery did not disappoint. From the recently disgraced protagonist forced to return to the small town she had hoped to leave in the rearview, to the quirky cast of characters (please tell me Scoots gets more page time in the next one because that woman has some (probably not PG) stories to tell!), to the dead body on the boat her aunt was supposed to get married on, to the chicken in the bridal party, this story had me hooked, chuckling, and guessing at the true murderer from the beginning.

Glory is an event planner in Raleigh struggling to keep a roof over her head after the charity event that should have propelled her career to the next level instead ends it when her con-artist husband steals the pot and skips town. Wallowing in her misery and a pint of ice cream, her Aunt Beverlee lures her back home with an emergency that ends up being her fourth trip down the aisle. When the prickly wedding planner ends up strung up from the mast of the ship Beverlee plans to use for her pirate themed wedding, she becomes the prime suspect. Glory is determined to keep her aunt out of prison and finds that a small town can still have big secrets.

If you love a cozy mystery and binge watching Say Yes to the Dress, then this book is for you! It was the perfect escape this weekend when I normally would be agonizing over my Thanksgiving day menu and planning out the week’s worth of cooking but instead found myself with time on my hands as we scale back this year’s gathering to just our family of four.

I can’t wait to see what new adventures are in store for Glory and the Flat Falls gang next!

Published by Monica Cox

Monica is a writer, mom and unabashed Tar Heel.

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