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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Southern Sass and a Battered Bride (Marygene Brown Mystery #3) by Kate Young


Southern Sass and a Battered Bride

(Marygene Brown Mystery #3)

by Kate Young

Paperback, 352 pages

Published April 27th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation


At a murder mystery-themed wedding reception on Georgia's picturesque Peach Cove Island, the bride is doing an awfully good job playing dead...

Marygene Brown always figured she'd marry her childhood sweetheart, Alex Myers, not cater his wedding. But the Peach Diner could use the exposure. Most of the island is showing up--although more for the role-playing murder game at the reception than for the widely loathed bridezilla, Lucy Carmichael. Marygene may have to smile through the festivities, but Mama doesn't have to hold her peace--especially since only Marygene can hear her mother's ghost. Mama says she sees an aura of darkness around the wedding.

So when Marygene finds Lucy lying beside the wedding cake, buried in batter, with no pulse, it looks like Mama called it. This is no game. And when the bride's body simply vanishes, it's up to Marygene and her best friend Betsy (cousin to the groom and no fan of the bride) to solve a real-life mystery--with a little help from Mama's sassy spirit...


5 stars

This is the third book in the Marygene Brown mystery series by Kate Young.

Wow, Young just knocked it out of the park with her newest Marygene Brown mystery! This one is truly a gem! I have read other books in this series but this one really captured my heart.

The mystery made me really question Alex’s integrity. He seemed like he was jumping into marriage with this new bridezillatoo quickly. Shet had a great dislike for Marygene from the get go and Marygene’s previous relationship with Alex which had been over long ago was one of the things that bothered her the most. The story is very layered and full of twists and turns. It is just my sort of thing. I could not for the life of me figure out who could have committed such a crime. Lots of breadcrumbs here.

Quite a big twist happens at the end which made me happy since I was fearful that one of the regular cast might have been fingered for the crime. Whew! Bullet dodged there. 

Loved so much about it. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

Each book gets better and better with this series.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

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