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!
There is no question as to which crime fiction couple I would want to work for: Jonathan and Jennifer Hart. They were, hands down, the most glamorous couple my teenaged eyes had ever seen, and on the television show—written by the incomparable Sidney Sheldon—the couple had it all: a butler, a dog, good looks, several fancy cars, and a plane.
What’s not to love?
It seems that Jonathan and Jennifer should be renewing their wedding vows right about now. If so, I, Belfast McGrath, would be honored to cook for their post-ceremony party—an event that they would definitely not have at Shamrock Manor and which would most certainly not feature my brothers, The McGrath Brothers quintet, as the band of record.
I have recently catered a wedding of over one hundred people and made Julia Child’s famous duck recipe, but that wouldn’t suit the fabulous Mr. and Mrs. Hart. I think we would start with lobster bisque, followed by rack of lamb with roasted root vegetables, sautéed green beans, and the creamiest mashed potatoes they had ever eaten. For dessert, chocolate cake with a homemade whipped cream. A rich, decadent dinner for a couple that lives fast and loves big.
Lovable gourmet-chef-turned-wedding-caterer Belfast McGrath is back to solve another murder in the 2nd book in McConnon’s cozy mystery series, Bel of the Brawl .
I’d like to see Kelsey McKenna plan a wedding for Richard Castle and Kate Beckett. Why? Oh, there are SO many reasons.
First of all, Castle would probably bring a lot of creative ideas to the table. Like, “Let’s get married submerged in a tank of water in handcuffs, and we have to escape before we’re pronounced husband and wife. Ooh! I know! David Blaine will be our officiant! He owes me a favor anyway.”
Secondly, I love Castle’s mom. In fact, I’ve often cited Susan Sullivan as my top choice to play the pushy, demanding mother of the bride in Terror in Taffeta—so in a way she’s my muse. Also, Castle would probably invite along all of his mystery writing buddies who he plays poker with, and everyone knows mystery writers know how to party.
The downside? They seem to have a lot of bad luck hanging around. The first time they tried to get married, Castle was kidnapped and ended up with amnesia, and I really wouldn’t want to wish that sort of drama on Kelsey. (Or would I? Hmmm…) And in the episode where they finally do tie the knot, Castle ends up picking up an Incan artifact that wreaks havoc. (I’m telling you, you can’t take the man anywhere!) Marital bliss doesn’t last long, and they separated soon thereafter. But I’d like to think if Kelsey had been in charge, things would have worked out differently.
Wedding planner turned sleuth, Kelsey McKenna is back this time in beautiful California wine country, a perfect dream wedding spot, in Marla Cooper’s hilarious follow-up Dying on the Vine (on sale: April 4, 2017).
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Maggie McConnon grew up in New York immersed in Irish culture and tradition. A former Irish stepdancer, she was surrounded by a family of Irish musicians who still play at family gatherings. She credits her Irish grandparents with providing the stories of their homeland and their extended families as the basis for the stories she tells in her Belfast McGrath novels. Maggie McConnon is a pseudonym for Maggie Barbieri, who is the author of ten other mystery and suspense novels including The Murder 101 series and Once Upon a Lie, Lies That Bind, and Lie in Plain Sight.
Marla Cooper is the pen name of a professional writer who was written everything from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku. While ghostwriting a book on destination weddings, she found inspiration for her first novel. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla now lives in Oakland, California, with her writer husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.