Apr 9, 2019

Deadly Vows by Jody Holford

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing the 2nd installment in the Britton Bay Mystery series, "Deadly Vows" by Jody Holford. I found it to be as enjoyable and entertaining as the first.

Print Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 9 2019)
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Former Army brat Molly Owens is happily settling into her new life in the seaside town of Britton Bay—and into new her job as editor-in-chief of the local paper. But as tourists discover the desirable spot, the tide along the Oregon Coast is turning . . .

Britton Bay is buzzing with preparations for a wedding at the bed and breakfast where Molly rents a small carriage home. Molly is even helping out and plans to interview the rising star caterer—until the woman is found dead. And then the bride-to-be goes missing. To make matters worse, the venue is owned by Molly’s new boyfriend’s mother—and Molly was among the last people to see the victim alive. All of which makes solving the crime her top priority . . .

With the nuptials indefinitely on hold, Molly will have to sift through a sticky mix of suspects, including a rival caterer with a short fuse, a groom with an illicit secret, and a wedding party riddled with personal drama. And if she doesn’t discover the truth soon, Molly might be her own front-page news . . . 

I was happy to be transported back to Britton Bay on the Oregon coast, (which is also on my wishlist to visit one summer).  Jody is very good at describing the setting etc. so I can picture it in my mind as the story unfolds.  The main set of characters were just as fabulous as in the first book Calliope, Molly, and Katherine and who can forget the bouncing dog Tigger.  Plus we were introduced to local homeless man, Corky (who I cannot wait to learn more about) 

I found that this installment was a bit more like an intrigue romance novel, but didnt mind (being that Jody writes romance this can be expected) It was nice to delve deeper into the relationship between Sam and Molly.

The mystery was well written and had plenty of suspects who wanted the victim dead.  I did suspect the killer early on but there were a few red herrings so I wasnt 100% sure until close to the end when the final piece fell into place.  

I can't wait for the next installment "Deadly Ride"  in October!

I highly recommend this cozy mystery series to all my friends who love a cozy with romance thrown in.
My Rating

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

Jody Holford writes both contemporary romance and cozy mysteries. She lives in British Columbia with her family.
She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything.
When picking up her titles, you can expect a little heat and a lot of heart.  If she's not writing, you'll find her reading, doodling, or drinking Diet Pepsi.

Website:        http://www.jodyholfordauthor.com/ 
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