Title: A Bride, A Groom, and Happily Never After
Author: Kathryn Long
Genre: COZY MYSTERY
Published: APRIL 18, 2017
~ Synopsis ~
It’s wedding bell blues and disaster when murder comes to the Paulmona Winery and Villa. Mystery author and part time snoop, Lilly Millenovanovich is the unlucky bride-to-be, but she gladly exchanges her wedding dress for gumshoes and brushes off her bag of spy tricks to solve the crime. After all, family obligation takes priority. Lilly and her zany trio of elderly aunties, must do their part to prove Cousin Mona didn’t kill groomsman Lenny Brioli with a corkscrew wine opener. Trouble is, the evidence keeps pointing in one direction with Mona as murder suspect number one. Detective Grezzo has his sleuthing hands full while handling the case on his own. Jake Kline, Lilly’s fiancé, obviously can’t work the case since Lenny is his best friend. That is, until Lilly convinces him to join her and snoop on the sly. Mona’s life and happiness depends on it. Will it be happily never after for the unlucky couple? Or can Lilly save the date and her wedding dress for another day? It’s a murderous and crazy adventure in this fourth and final episode of the Lilly M Mysteries.
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~ Excerpt ~
In seconds, I twirled around, forced by a strong pull on my arm. “Hey,” I exclaimed with a scowl, but turned it into a smile when Jake’s face came into my view.
“I thought we reserved a dance. They’re playing our song, if I’m not mistaken.” He grinned and held out his arms. “Shall we?”
I tugged his arm to wrap around my waist and stepped closer. Romance trumps food any day in my book. “Hi, handsome. You know, I’ve got to say it. I think you complete me.”
“I believe that line is taken. Tom Cruise, wasn’t it?” He twirled me around.
I nodded. “Though, Rene Zellweger’s words are quoted just as often.”
“Ah, that moment when she says ‘you had me at hello’. Yeah, that’s a good one.” He twirled me again. My head felt fuzzy.
“Maybe we should stop.” When he frowned, I quickly added, “I haven’t eaten since last night. You know how I get.”
In an instant he swept me up in his arms and carried me across the room. Everyone stared. I blushed tomato red and whispered. “I didn’t say I couldn’t walk.”
“Yep. I know this isn’t a threshold to a honeymoon suite, but I figure it’s the best I can do. At least, until we have the real thing.” He hugged me tighter.
“There’s still a real thing?” I searched his eyes, wanting to read every private thought.
“Absolutely. To quote you and Tom Cruise, you complete me.” We reached the table and he slowly lowered me until my feet touched the floor.
“I’ll hold you to it.” I picked up two plates. “Chicken?”
~ About the Author ~
Kathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!
Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.
Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-published cozy Lilly M Mysteries, and her traditionally published work: paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream, and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows at online retailers and in bookstores.
When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to – you got it – talk about mystery. Kathryn lives in the City of Green located in northeast Ohio with her husband and little pooch, Max.