New Release: DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper

51o-mYoqIELReaders fell in love with the “feisty and funny” wedding planner turned sleuth Kelsey McKenna in Cooper’s TERROR IN TAFFETA.  Kelsey is back this time in DYING ON THE VINE by Marla Cooper (Released April 4 by Minotaur).

Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna just signed on to a dream gig.  She’s going to be the “day-of” coordinator at the beautiful Higgins Estate in California wine country.  There’s just one problem:  the wedding was originally planned by Babs Norton, self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings, who the father of the bride has fired.

Kelsey decides to clear the air with Babs and make sure there are no hard feelings, but before she can throw herself into executing the perfect wedding, she discovers Babs dead on the floor of her office.  David,  Babs’ assistant, is quick to point the finger very publicly at Kelsey.  Even worse, Kelsey learns that with the big day only week away, the bitter little man has sabotaged her new clients’ wedding by canceling all the vendor contracts.

With the help of her friend Brody and assistant Laurel, Kelsey must scramble to salvage the wedding while dodging gossipy wedding planners, grumpy winemakers, and a cold blooded killer in this smart, funny story.

MARLA COOPER is the pen name of a professional writer who has written everything from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku.  While ghostwriting a book on destination weddings, she found inspiration for her first novel.  Originally hailing from Texas, Marla now lives in Oakland, California, with her writer husband and hr polydactyl tuxedo cat.

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