Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: How to Crash a Killer Bash - 2nd in the Party Planning Mystery series
Author: Penny Warner
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, San Francisco
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Penny's Website/Blog: www.pennywarner.com
This book combines humor with mystery and makes a wonderful tale taking place at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. This is the author's second book in this series featuring Presley Parker an event planner who can't seem to hide from murder and mayhem. The first book took place at Alcatraz and this one is at the Museum. Presley mixes a party with fun-raising to raise money for local charities. But, when she hosts a murder mystery party there are some serious consequences.
The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is having a murder mystery party to raise money for the Museum and the museum's leading fund-raiser and philanthropist, Mary Lee Miller, is the one who has hired Presley to do the job of planning the festivities. All guests are asked to come as the fictional detective that they most admire and to solve the mystery of a stabbing that occurs in the Museum. Mary Lee is to be the victim, of course, and she doesn't get along with anyone least of all her son Corbin. As the guests arrive in their mystery finery all agog to see the performance, Mary Lee is found dead (for real) and Presley's friend Delicia, who is also Corbin's girlfriend, becomes the chief suspect in the case. Presley decides to do some investigating on her own as the authorities are concentrating on Delicia and is not surprised to find that someone wants this party planner dead. Presley, along with her mother and Brad, a crime scene cleaner that she met in the previous book and some of her friends set out to clear Delicia's name.
This is as good a book as the first one, called How to Host a Killer Party, if not better. I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and well thought out and I'm looking forward to the next, which might take place at the Winchester House in San Francisco. That should be as interesting as the first two. I highly recommend this book to all mystery readers cozy or not. This is a party that you don't want to miss. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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