Terror in Taffeta (Hardcover)

A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries #1)

By Marla Cooper

Minotaur Books, 9781250072566, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

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Compact Disc (3/22/2016)
MP3 CD (3/22/2016)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (5/1/2016)

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Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement. Worst of all, Kelsey discovers that she hasn't just fainted-she's dead. The demanding mother of the bride, Mrs. Abernathy, insists Kelsey not tell the wedding party; she paid for a wedding after all, not a funeral.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride's sister is arrested for murder, Mrs. Abernathy demands that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although she's pretty sure investigating a murder isn't in her contract, crossing the well-connected mother of the bride could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, another dead body, and a rekindled romance in this smart, funny cozy debut perfect for fans of Carolyn Haines.

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, Terror in Taffeta. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla now lives in Oakland, California, with her writer husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.

Praise For Terror in Taffeta: A Mystery (Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries #1)

"This mystery novel is a real roller coaster with twists, turns and dips at every corner. Just when readers feel like they know who the bad guys are, their world is rocked by more information and more suspects. The end is unpredictable but believable and readers will be all too delighted to go on this ride that the author has masterfully crafted."
RT Book Reviews

"Marla Cooper is one funny lady. Her debut mystery, Terror in Taffeta, crackles with sharp writing and clever plot twists. I definitely say "I do" to this rollicking romp through a wedding from hell."
Laura Levine, author of Death by Tiara

"Feisty and funny, Marla Cooper's debut novel shines as she encapsulates the best the genre has to offer, with a quick-witted heroine, a puzzling page turner of a plot, and a cast of quirky characters like no other. I highly recommend this terrific first in a series!"
Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Chocolate Demise

"The lush setting adds appeal, and the destination-wedding frame gives the tale a kind of locked room dimension."

“Drop your plans and read this new series starring Kelsey McKenna, witty and resourceful wedding planner extraordinaire. This wedding planner will win you over!”
Janet Cantrell, bestselling author of the Fat Cat Mystery series

“Like a perfect margarita, Marla Cooper has blended up a tart and delicious Mexican-set bridal mystery for her wacky and charming cozy debut, Terror in Taffeta.”
Jerrilyn Farmer, bestselling author of the Madeline Bean mysteries

“Filled with quirky characters and plenty of action, Terror in Taffeta kept me coming back for more. Marla Cooper's writing is fresh and upbeat. I look forward to reading many more of Kelsey's adventures in Weddingland.”
Jacklyn Brady, national bestselling author of Rebel Without a Cake