4/5 Magnolia Stars
On The Back:
In the quirky, close-knit town of Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay has a knack for throwing Southern-style soirées, from diamonds-and-denim to black tie affairs, and her best friend Di Souther mixes a mean daiquiri. While planning a Moonshine and Magnolias bash for high maintenance clients, Liv inconveniently discovers a corpse in the freezer and turns her attention from fabulous fêtes to finding a murderer. Together, Liv and Di follow a trail of sinister secrets in their sweet little town that leads them from drug smugglers to a Civil War battlefield, and just when they think they’re whistling Dixie, Liv and Di will find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of the least likely killer of all. . .
Party planning would be tough on a great day, but if you mix murder with it, the plans suddenly have the potential to go down the drain. The first in a series, Death Crashes the Party, was an great read set in an enchanting southern town.
Liv was a great main character who stood out as a leader throughout the book. Ms. Fee boldly took on a relationship many modern cozy authors are afraid to do; a marriage, and she did a wonderful job. The marriage didn’t feel overbearing, like in some books, but it felt natural. Di was also a lovable character, though I don;t know how she had so much time off as a postal carrier. Though, admittedly, I don’t know much about that profession.
The mystery was solid. For a first mystery, the author did a wonderful job creating a complex plot that wrapped up nicely in the end. The setting was also picturesque, I could picture the small town of Dixie with absolutely no problem.
Overall a solid book. I only deducted a star because it took me so long to get through, though that was probably due to my personal schedule. Recommend, and I will be reading the next one!