If you’ve been following my reviews for any time at all, you can probably recall my extreme fondness for Penny Reid and her beloved Winston Brothers series. Those bearded brothers, especially Cletus, have my fictional heart. Imagine my delight when Penny created the Solving for Pie cozy mystery series featuring Cletus Winston and his lady, Jennifer Sylvester. I’m always glad to visit Green Valley and catch up with the Winston family, and reading this book was like a reunion with old friends. Marriage and Murder is the second in the Solving for Pie series, but it can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone small town romance. It has the feel of a cozy mystery, but it also has a lot of steamy romance, and you know I’m here for that!
At the start of the book, Cletus and Jenn are the guests of honor at the Donner Lodge, at a very swanky party Jenn’s momma Diane and Cletus’s sister Ashley have planned to perfection. Cletus would much rather not have to change clothes another time that day, not to mention that he would be happy celebrating with his Jennifer in a more private setting. Cletus is kind-hearted and loyal to a fault, and therefore he will do as he is asked by any and all of the women in his life, even Diane, his soon-to-be meddlesome mother-in-law. Diane may be on the path to redemption in Cletus’s book, but Jennifer’s scumbag fool of a father, Kip, doesn’t stand a chance.
As the head-over-heels couple celebrates their long-awaited engagement, surrounded by their family and Green Valley friends, a shocking event throws a wrench in their plans. Now they find themselves at the center of a murder investigation with more than a few possible suspects. As their wedding date drawers nearer, the two take matters into their own hands and attempt to solve the mystery, seeking help from some unlikely allies. Will Cletus and Jenn ever make it to the alter? Will they figure out whodunnit? You’ll have to read it to find out!
Penny Reid is the master of small town, steamy romance plotting. She is also excellent at creating intriguing mystery plots that keep readers guessing all the while. Combine this with the hilarious banter between the bearded Winston brothers and other beloved secondary characters and residents of Green Valley, and you have all the elements for a book that will keep you hook you from page one and truly entertain you until the final page. No one does it better, in my humble opinion. It was so nice to get more backstory and fill in some of the questions I had from the Winston Brothers series. Though I thought it not possible, my love for Green Valley and the Smartypants Romance world just grew tenfold. Now I hope to see stories in the future featuring Boone, Jackson, Repo, Isaac, and you know I always want more of Billy and Scarlet. Gah, I just can’t say enough lovely things about this story. I’m thrilled that Penny is planning many more books in this series. I hope you take my advice and get to know the Winstons and Green Valley as well. You won’t be sorry!
‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’
Thank you to Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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