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Mar 29 2017 10:00am

Dying on the Vine: New Excerpt

Marla Cooper

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper is the 2nd book in the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries series (available April 4, 2017).

When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can't say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Babs' high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that's what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs' funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next.

[Read an excerpt from Dying on the Vine...]

Mar 27 2017 5:00pm

Wedding Cozies and Crime Fiction Couples

Love is in the air this spring with new wedding cozies, so we asked authors Maggie McConnon and Marla Cooper to share which crime fiction couple they would want to work for. Read their responses below and sign in and comment at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of Bel of the Brawl AND Dying on the Vine!

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May 18 2016 2:30pm

Q&A with Marla Cooper, Author of Terror in Taffeta

We had some fun asking Marla Cooper, author of Terror in Taffeta, questions about planning fictional literary weddings, her character Kelsey McKenna, and how to get blood uh, cranberry juice—Cran-Apple—out of a wedding dress.

What's the best way to get blood out of a wedding dress? (We're asking for a friend.)

I hate to have to tell you this, but that stain isn't going anywhere. Your “friend” is clearly going to have to burn the dress before it's taken into evidence, then buy a replacement dress and tell everyone she indulged in one too many menu tastings. Then, she should eat a bunch of cupcakes just to make sure her alibi holds. But, seriously…burn the evidence—er, I mean, dress.

[Read more from Marla Cooper here...]

Mar 18 2016 10:00am

Terror in Taffeta: New Excerpt

Marla Cooper

Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper follows wedding planner Kelsey McKenna as a bridesmaid dies during the reception, the bride's sister is arrested for murder, and the well-connected mother of the bride demands Kelsey make things right in this funny cozy mystery debut (Available March 22, 2016).

Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding “don't.” Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn't just fainted—she's dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride's sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn't in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats.

[Read an excerpt from Terror in Taffeta here...]