Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's Your Party, Die If You Want To

Author:  Vicki Fee
Series:  A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Published:  September 27, 2016

Description:  Between a riverboat gambler-theme engagement party and a murder mystery dinner for charity, Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay is far too frenzied to feel festive. Add to the mix her duties at the annual businesswomen’s retreat and the antics of a celebrity ghost-hunting diva, and Liv’s schedule is turning out to be the scariest thing about this Halloween—especially when the ladies stumble across a dead body in a cemetery…

Morgan Robison was a party girl with a penchant for married men and stirring up a cauldron of drama. Any number of scorned wives or frightened philanderers could be behind her death. As Liv and her best friend, Di, set out to dig up the truth, they’ll face the unexpected and find their efforts hampered by a killer with one seriously haunting vendetta.

My Review

Author Vicki Fee has delivered a charming and fun second installment to the Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery series.  Part of the reason I love cozy mysteries is that for the most part they are character driven.  The ones that really catch my attention and having me coming back for more are those series that have full, rich, well developed characters.  This series delivers that for me.

Liv and her best friend Di are terrific characters and their friendship just jumps right off the pages of the story.  All of the characters in this book are fun and a little quirky.  I love that this is only the second book but yet you feel like the main characters are comfortable and that you know them.  That is a testament to the talent of this author and her writing abilities. She crafts well rounded, fully dimensional characters that are likable to the reader.   Liv just can't keep herself out of trouble and it is fun to see Di jump right in and help out her friend.  I like that they didn't set out to get involved but just eventually resigned themselves to the fact that they needed to investigate the murder.

The mystery is well done.  The author has provided plenty of twist and turns and Liv and Di attempt to solve Morgan's murder and uncover the killer's identity.  In addition to a well crafted mystery that kept me guessing, Ms. Fee writes this story in such a way that the reader is pulled into the story with its southern charm and is engaged until the final conclusion.  This is a wonderfully enjoyable story that is part of what is becoming part of a highly entertaining series.

I was provided an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.