Bodice of Evidence (A Perfect Proposals Mystery, #2)
by: Nancy J. Parra
Series: A Perfect Proposals Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
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 knees…
I found Bodice of Evidence to be a very enjoyable read. It focuses on Pepper Pomeroy and her quest to help her sister find a gown for her upcoming wedding. When Pepper, her sister, and mother stubble upon the body of Eva Svetkovska, they are horrified to say the least. Feeling bad for Eva's daughter who is left to run the wedding boutique which is now struggling as a result of the murder, Pepper decides to do a little digging to see if she can help the police out.
Bodice of Evidence is different from other cozy mysteries I've read. Detective Murphy isn't telling Pepper to stay out of his investigation, he actually seems to look forward to the information she gives him. Pepper doesn't seem to truly do any intense investigation, she just stubbles upon the killer in the end. I actually found the most interesting aspect of the book to be that it focused on Pepper trying to plan wedding proposals for her new business, teach a wayward soul about love and marriage, and showed her attempting to start a new relationship.
The second book in the Perfect Proposals series is a standalone read. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I've even already asked the author to make sure a certain character was going to appear in the next book.
**Received a copy from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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