Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Cut to the Corpse - 2nd in the Decoupage Mystery series
Author: Lucy Lawrence
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Morse Point Massachusetts
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Lucy's Website/Blog (aka Jenn McKinlay): www.jennmckinlay.com/
Living in Morse Point the past two years hasn’t always been easy for Brenna Miller. Relocating from Boston made her an outsider. That her best friend Tenley was related to the town’s founding family had given her a slight in. Oddly enough, she’s supposedly one of "them" now just because she solved the mayor’s murder a few months earlier.
Having been an outsider, Brenna knows what Tara is going through. Being a socialite from Boston and marrying one of the town’s "own" will put Tara under a microscope. All the more reason for Brenna to befriend Tara and accept the job creating decoupage wedding favors for a guest list of 300. It’s hard to please Tara’s mother, Tiffany, but Brenna does her best. To please Tara is to please Tiffany.
Too bad that means going out with the girls, Tara’s bridal party. She’s so past the bar/club hopping stage of her life, but she and Tenley did agree to go. Brenna observes things that night which arouse her curiosity. Even worse things happen the next morning when Brenna stops by to pick Tara up as arranged; she finds the groom-to-be’s best friend, Clue, in bed with Tara. DEAD. As a door nail.
Brenna ignores the warnings to stay out of the investigation. She feels sorry for Tara, she knows what the town is going to put her through. She knows there’s more to it than a drunken bride-to-be falling into bed with her fiancé’s best friend. And she’s going to find out what it is. Carefully, of course, and on the down-low. Uh-huh.
There’s a quiet frenetic charm in Morse Point. Small town living, gossips (the elderly Porter twins are one-of-a-kind twice over), friendliness, did I mention gossips…? And Brenna has two virile males coming at her from both sides. Dom, an attempting-to-reform-the-family mobster, and Nate, a retired artist. Both have their pluses and minuses, but seeing Nate sends an added zip and zing down her spine (though I’m personally rooting for Dom).
With help from her friends and potential boyfriends, the fact-finding excursions are definitely not dull but creative. The pieces are there but to fit them together is something else all together.
There’s plenty here to keep the reader turning the pages and trying to read between the lines. Pleasant, enjoyable, intriguing and a bit shocking at the reveal. I definitely am looking forward to the next adventure.
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