This rollicking, hilarious destination wedding mystery is one of those books that pulls you in from the first few pages, and before you know it, you can’t put it down until it’s done. The perfect summer getaway or weekend read!
Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper
A fun, contemporary romp of a murder-mystery, Marla Cooper’s debut novel, Terror in Taffeta, is set in the quaint, picturesque Mexican village of San Miguel de Allende. Here we meet San Francisco-based wedding planner Kelsey McKenna (the unsuspecting heroine of the story), and her trusty sidekick and wedding photographer Byron, on location with clients for their destination wedding. As the wedding day arrives, everything seems to be going according to plan (with the exception of a very challenging mother-of-the-bride for whom nothing is good enough) until one of the bridesmaids collapses during the wedding. Ever the professional, Kelsey takes it in her stride; when it is discovered that she is actually dead, the brides’ overbearing mother (who is paying the bills) insists the wedding party is not told until the wedding is over.
Faced with not only a dead body, but having to explain the situation to the newly wed couple, the wedding party and the local police, Kelsey steps up to the plate in the hopes of an easy resolution. When the bride’s sister is falsely arrested for murder, Mrs Abernathy holds Kelsey to ransom, insisting that she handle the situation. Finding herself stuck between a rock and a hard place, our intrepid wedding planner turns detective when the police are less than cooperative; a story full of unexpected twists and turns unfolds as Kelsey reconnects with an old flame, and starts to realize that the evidence doesn’t add up….
It’s a well-crafted, wild ride of a novel with a great cast of characters, intriguing story and plenty of surprises. Definitely brideLIFE recommended!
*Disclaimer ~ we received a copy of Terror in Taffeta for review. The views expressed are our own.
About the Author:
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.