The Devil is in the details . . .
Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over.
On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after?
And most importantly, who done it?
‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’
There’s a certain level of fear when picking up a book that is a spin-off of a series that you love, especially when it’s about your absolute all-time favorite character in any book, ever. Is there a point where too much information about a character, their love interest, and their families becomes tedious and perhaps ruins what you’ve loved about all of them for so long? In this case, no, there doesn’t seem to be a point where it all feels like too much.
I read to get lost in a world that isn’t the dumpster fire we’re currently experience but no world seems to suck me in and take me away from reality in the way that the Winston family and Green Valley does. For the glorious few hours I’m swept away into this amazing place I’m put through just about every emotion under the sun. Nobody makes me laugh like Cletus Winston. Nobody makes me cry tears of deep sadness AND pure joy the way that the Winstons do. Nothing fills my heart and my mind the way that Penny Reid’s words do.
If your leery of picking up the books in this series because of the cozy mystery aspect, don’t be. This feels very much like a Winston brothers story but in a different way. So many questions are being answered and in an entertaining, but authentic to the characters, way. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I’m falling in love with these characters more and more with each book and feel like I’m getting to know them in ways that I didn’t from the original series and I’ve yet to feel like it’s overkill.
I’m so excited for more Cletus and Jenn and the mysteries of Green Valley but I’m also extremely excited for the other spin-offs with some of our favorite, lesser “known” secondary characters!!