Marriage, Monsters, and Murder

Marriage, Monsters, and Murder is a mystery with a chick lit flair. While I enjoy both genres, the combination in Sara Rosett’s book is too much for me. Almost everything about the wedding, the activities, the wedding planner’s involvement in the investigation, how people treat each other felt contrived and silly.

While an easy read and the setting was well written, I didn’t much enjoy this book.

December 2016

First Comes Love

Emily Griffin’s First Comes Love looks at what happens within a family and each individual when some they love dies too young. The Garland family falls apart after the young son/brother dies while driving to get a burger. Griffin picks up the story 15 years later with the remaining sisters fulfilling the roles they had when they were still young. One is uber responsible until the weight of having a perfect life almost knocks her down. The other is carefree and cannot maintain a relationship.

Through events in their lives today, they’re able to face how their brother’s death, and the responsibility they’ve felt. This is a heart breaking story of how a tragedy can affect everyone’s lives.

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Arsenic with Austen

Katherine Bolger Hyde’s Arsenic with Austen takes place really close to where I live. Emily Cavanaugh teaches at Reed College, less than 1 mile from me, and travels to the Oregon Coast town, which her aunt owned most of the property. After her aunt’s death, Emily inherits her aunts mansion as well as most of the town. There are many who resent what she represents and how her aunt managed her property development. When another elderly woman ends up dead under very suspicious circumstances, its up to Emily and her lover from 30 years prior to solve the crime.

This was a super sweet love story told through a murder investigation. It was a quick, enjoyable read. The twists and turns weren’t that surprising, but her interspersing of famous authors was quaint.

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The Woman in Blue

Elly Griffiths The Woman in Blue has Ruth Galloway helping investigate the murder of a young woman who died dressed eerily like the Virgin Mary and found in one of the holiest places in England. Ruth helps Detective Nelson determine the motive behind the murder. With so many religious types running around Walshingham during the Lent and Easter season, there are so many church conspiracies to consider. Is it the writer of the letters bashing women’s new role as priests? Or the secret group obsessed with the Virgin Mother as the ultimate mother figure? Or are these 2 groups linked together in ideology and guilt?

An interesting read. There was a lot of colorful characters and plots that should have help my interest, but I was too absent minded to read quickly.

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