Rating: 3 1/2 ♥’s
Published: August 29, 2023
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 244

Description: With all the guests at Sara and Sean’s wedding suspected of murder, her walk down the aisle will need to wait…
Everything is going perfectly on the big day until Sara opens the door of her bridal suite. Darlene Day, who made the wedding cake, falls into the room, a serving knife plunged into her back.
As the organists start to play “Here Comes the Bride,” Sara calls a pause to the proceedings. There’s a murder to solve, and the motive may be in the icing.
Darlene wasn’t the most loved person in the small town of Cotton Spring Falls, but rumor has it that she refused the offer of a big franchise to buy her bakery. Did they go so far as murder to put her out of business?
But when it’s discovered their wedding cake was poisoned, Sara and Sean could have been the intended victims all along. Did Darlene stumble upon the killer’s conspiracy and they silenced her before she could reveal their secret? Is it someone on the invitation list or the mysterious wedding crasher?
As long as the coffee is hot, and Sara has Sean and her beagle, Magnum, at her side, she isn’t going down in a heap of tulle and lace.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to take another delve into the story of Sara and Sean in the second installment of this new series by Carolyn Arnold. We last left them off having got engaged and Sean coming into a lot of money so they quit their jobs at the police department. They think they are about to have their perfect wedding day when instead they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation, as well as a poisoning attempt!

I thought the plot was fairly well done. The story moved along nicely and it was well written. I liked that there were two mysteries that were being solved during this one. You were trying to figure out if they were both the same person or if there were two people involved. So, it was fun to try and guess as you read along. I thought the reveal of it was good, I won’t give it away on how it ended, you will just have to read for yourself. The one thing I found to be slightly annoying was that Sara and Sean are former detectives and the amount of times they compromised an investigation just didn’t seem believable.

It was nice to see characters besides Sara and Sean from the first book back. Especially their beagle Magnum he is always fun to read about and see what he is doing to assist them. You learn a little more background on Sara and Sean during this book, which was good. Even though their relationship has moved super fast I do like Sara and Sean together and was rooting for them to get to have their wedding after everything was solved.

Overall I thought this was a good follow-up to the first book and am looking forward to seeing what mystery they get involved in next.

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