Dying on the Vine

Dying on the Vine

When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can’t say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings―and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Babs’ high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that’s what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs’ funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next.

Set against the stunning backdrop of California wine country, Marla Cooper’s Dying on the Vine is a mystery brimming with gossip, wine, and, of course…murder.



Quirky characters and an even quirkier set of murders makes Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper so much fun. I was first introduced to Kelsey and Brody in Cooper’s first wedding planner novel, Terror in Taffeta. They were fabulous in that novel and just as amusing in this one.

Kelsey is a destination wedding planner. She has a great business, but there does tend to be competition among the wedding planner set.  Although Babs and Stefan are not destination wedding planners, Stefan still holds a grudge against Kelsey and accuses her of stealing their clients. So, when Babs is murdered, Stefan immediately points a finger at Kelsey.

Having been involved in a wedding/murder during one of her previous destination weddings, Kelsey takes it upon herself to solve this murder. She elicits the help of Brody, her wedding photographer and best friend and Laurel, her assistant.

The story is told through Kelsey’s voice and she is hysterical.  I love the dynamics between her and Brody.  There is constant chatter and nitpicking between the two which definitely adds to the entertainment factor.  The book is fast paced and there are a few surprises thrown in throughout; it may be funny but it’s not predictable.  Anyone looking for a quick pick me up read will love this book!

4.5 / 5 stars

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