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Friday, September 4, 2009

Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts by JL Wilson

Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts by JL Wilson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Romantic and comedic mystery
Length: Full (232 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Bea Emerson has finally married the cowboy of her dreams, but her honeymoon with L.J. Remarchik is cut short when Bea finds the body of an aspiring writer on Halloween, killed by a trick-or-treater. She and L.J. are soon pulled into a deadly search for a killer who is hiding among authors, agents, and publishers at a writing conference in a remote resort in Minnesota’s North Woods. Will their dreams of a life together be cut short before it can begin?

JL Wilson’s ‘Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts’ is a romance filled with humor and action. The big writer’s conference that his home to most of the action had to be in the very out of the way north woods of Minnesota. And Bea, a natural born bumbler, and the ‘curse of the conference’ attendee is there, with her newlywed hubbie. Much though she protests, Bea is indeed the center of this story, uncovering the murder, the entangled love story, and if her better half is to be believed, is also sexier than Jane Seymour.

From gala dinners to lounging (or hoping to) by romantic fires, fielding agents and other authors, Bea has her hands full. The last thing she needs is to discover another next dead body, but she is, after all, the murder magnet.

The dialogue is often quick, but always believable. The plot might be less plausible in places, but the twists are always amusing so once you start this book, you are definitely along for the ride. Some details sort of fade as you move on to more funny moments, so the plot seems a tad complex on first reading.

Bea is one-in-a-million, who’s quirky character pulls off frustration in the face of danger and juggles affairs of the heart, publisher recommendations, and help for fellow authors all at once. Bea, as queen of romantic suspense, is asked to compare New York Publishers with E-publishers, and discuss author’s best bets for submissions; just a hoot for anyone with with a toe in the writing or publishing worlds, whether you agree or not.

This is a light, fun read, with a very liable heroine. Her romantic challenges aren’t great, and some of the complexity of the plot may at odd moments feel tedious, but all in all, a very worthwhile read.