Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Book 2 in the Perfect Proposals Mystery series 
by Nancy J. Parra

The author of Engaged in Murder returns with her second Perfect Proposals Mystery. This time Pepper Pomeroy discovers that shopping for the dream wedding dress can be a nightmare…
Pepper’s new wedding proposal planning business, Perfect Proposals, seems like a perfect fit. If only shopping for her sister Felicity’s bridal gown could be so simple.

After a long day of lace, tulle, and tears, Pepper, Felicity, and their mother pull it together to try one last bridal boutique. Maybe they’ll be surprised. And indeed they are—when they enter a deserted shop and soon discover the owner of the boutique slain in the alley out back.

Distressed by their proximity to the crime, Pepper vows to unveil the killer. As difficult as it is to draw a pattern from the clues, it’s still easier than finding Felicity’s perfect wedding gown. But as the killer begins to feel hemmed in, Pepper may be the one brought to her knee.


I’m a big fan of author Nancy J. Parra’s Baker’s Treat Mystery series. And I love watching bridal shows on television like Say Yes To The Dress. So, when I saw that Ms. Parra was writing the Perfect Proposals series, I was thrilled!

Book one, ENGAGED IN MURDER, was everything I thought it would be and more. BODICE OF EVIDENCE, book two, is a perfect second installment in this series. 

The discovery of the body happens very early in the story. What follows next is a well thought out, tightly plotted mystery, expertly written to keep the reader enthralled while the suspense escalates right up until the exciting climatic reveal.

I absolutely loved the ideas for the proposals and parties. So very creative! Hmmm…maybe author Parra could go into part time party planning. She even includes a wonderful themed engagement party menu in the back of the book.

Start this series now while it is only two books in and you’ll be eagerly awaiting the third installment as much as I am!

Book 2 in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series 
by Kathy Aarons

Two best friends sell books and bonbons—and solve crimes—in this mystery from the author of Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates

Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.

Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition.


A chocolate shop and a bookstore combined? Why on Earth doesn’t every town in every city have one of these? Chocolates and Chapters, the shop in this book, would be my everyday hangout. Oh, that would be so bad for my wallet.

The first book in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series, DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES, was the perfect beginning treat to prepare reader’s appetites for this second delicious course, TRUFFLED TO DEATH.

Author Kathy Aarons has a smooth writing style. You know the kind…where the words flow easy and you keep saying, I’ll just read one more page, one more chapter, and before you know it, you close the finished book with a happy sigh and a “Wow”. 

Between the theft of ancient Mayan pottery, and the murder of the professor who was accusing protagonist Erica of stealing them, the action and suspense heat up this yummy read enough to melt the chocolates on the cover of the book.  By the time of the exciting reveal, I was out of breath, but as satiated as if I had just eaten a seven course meal...of chocolate. ;-)
 Make sure to check out the back of the book for three mouthwatering recipes!

Sweet lover or not, you are sure to enjoy this delightful mystery.

are now available for pre-order! 

Both titles release 
Tuesday, June 2!

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  1. Excited for both of these!!

  2. Sounds great. My tbr just got longer.

  3. Thanks, Lisa! I'm so looking forward to reading Truffled to Death. I haven't read Nancy's series. So many books, so little time...

  4. Both Nancy and Kathy are fabulous writers. I just know these books are awesome.

  5. I really enjoy Nancy Parra as well

  6. I have read Death Is Like A Box Of Chocolates, and I am delighted that Truffled to Death sounds just as good. :)
    I will have to check out Engaged In Murder and Bodice Of Evidence because they sounds like great books. Thank you for the excellent reviews. :)