#FridayFlashback : Death by Proxy by Paula Darnell

December 11, 2019

The author introduced the big bad in such a way that I knew then who was behind the murder and why. Still, I spent the next two hours lost in the book to see how it all came to be. This is a cozy that is story first and the mystery is woven into the fabric of that story. Between the lavish descriptions of meals, wedding plans, and playing with the dog, a neat little fiction played out. Laurel has a great circle of family and friends and as characters, they provide a wonderful texture to her story. I did not know until I put together this post that this was the third book in a series. That says volumes about how well this reads as a stand-alone and also encourages me to want to read the previous books and any new ones that come out.  I also love that recipes were included in the end and I was excited to find out that there is a booklet of recipes from the series available.

Will the mayhem and murder stop before Laurel discovers the key to the killer’s game plan? Death by Proxy: by @PaulaJDarnell #FridayFlashback

With preparations for her upcoming wedding to handsome Wes Wesson, a Center City police lieutenant, on track and her DIY Bridal Crafts class at Hawkeye Haven’s community center wrapped up, DIY Diva Laurel McMillan looks forward to a calm pre-nuptial week to finalize her wedding plans. There’s only one problem: the week turns out to be anything but calm. Laurel and Wes narrowly escape being run down in the parking lot of their favorite restaurant. Laurel’s bridal shower is interrupted by a mysterious stranger who sends Laurel’s lovable chocolate Labrador retriever Bear into a frenzy, and when Laurel and Wes go to meet Lisa, their real estate agent, at a house she promised to show them, they discover Lisa’s sister’s body floating in the pool. Strangely, Lisa seems more concerned with selling houses than she does with her sister’s death. After Lisa’s mother inadvertently reveals family secrets, Laurel wonders whether Lisa could have killed her own sister. Will the mayhem and murder stop before Laurel discovers the key to the killer’s game plan?

Includes recipes and project instructions for a birdcage veil and a dog’s bow tie.

This is the third book in the DIY Diva Mystery series.

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