Release date: December 18, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .
Mallory’s fine–really–handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fianc�e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia–and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.
But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress–but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .
As much as I love my hardcore thrillers, during the holidays I like to curl up with lighter books and this cozy mystery seemed like the perfect choice. After all, this genre does combine two of my favorite genres, Chick Lit and mysteries and the author did a great job creating a fun story full of quirky characters and just enough depth to keep me on my toes.
This is the fourth book in a series, I haven’t read the first three and I was fine starting here. Mallory and her sister plan weddings among other events and they keep busy in their quaint little town. There was plenty of drama and excitement throughout, some aspects were a tad predictable, but overall it didn’t really bother me because the characters were just so fun. There was a little something for everyone here in terms of characters, and some super cute pets for animal lovers. I breezed through this one and found it to be the exact type of lighthearted escape I was craving, cozy mystery fans will eat this one up.
Gown With the Wind in three words: Light, Breezy and Easy.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.