Saturday, June 3, 2017

One Fete in the Grave

Author:  Vickie Fee
Series:  A Liv and Die in Dixie Mystery #3
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  May 30, 2017

Description:  Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.

As the party is winding down, Liv’s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv’s mother’s fiancé, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl’s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . .

My Review

This third installment in the Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery series is just as charming and fun as the rest of the series.  I really enjoyed visiting with Liv and Di along with the rest of the characters, old and new to see what mystery was in store for them this time around.  I like this series because the characters are just terrific. The friendship between Liv and Di has me coming back for more. These two can get into more trouble doing the simplest thing than any other characters I can think of but the friendship feels genuine and authentic. Readers will find humor with Liv's Mama and her wedding plans.  Plus, this book provides a good dose of small town southern charm.

The mystery is solid and is woven throughout the entire story. The  victim was not the most like person in town so this allowed the author to really provide a good pool of suspects and then through in plenty of clues and misdirection.  I did not guess the culprit until the reveal  (I know - none of you who regularly read my reviews are surprised by this.)  I like that Liv and Di are not reckless with their investigations and are not the type of characters who are trying to upstage the police.  That said, they are loyal and feel compelled to help someone they know who they feel has been wrongly accused.

If you haven't read this series I would suggest you give it a try. It is full of wonderful characters, great southern charm and mysteries that will keep the reader engaged from the beginning until a very satisfying ending.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy generously provided by the author.

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