Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review: BETTER OFF WED (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) by Laura Durham


Society wedding planner Annabelle Archer is no stranger to wedding day stress, but a dead body at her latest fete takes the cake. When suspicion falls on her best friend and caterer Richard Gerard, she knows she must find the real culprit before his career is ruined along with her reputation for solving problems. But it’s no easy feat since the slain mother-of-the-bride was the most hated socialite in the city. As Annabelle navigates DC’s powerful social scene to unmask the culprit, there’s no telling how many more victims the killer will claim or if Annabelle and her friends will be among them.

Better Off Wed is the first book in the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series. If you like charming characters, fast-paced comedy, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the wild world of weddings, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s Agatha award-winning mystery.

Note: Previously published by Avon Books and re-released.


This was a light murder mystery with some quirky characters and groans at Kate's mixed metaphors. Annabelle is good at getting herself in and out of situations trying to prove her good friend isn't guilty of murder.  Not that anyone would blame him for it. The pace is steady and while there is tension, there is also humor. 

This is the first of the original three Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mysteries, with indications from Durham's blog post in July (http://www.lauradurham.com/better-off-wed-is-back/) that there may be more to come.  If you like a basic mystery, with hints of romance, and you can handle mixed metaphors, then this is one you'll enjoy.  

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