Sealed With A Kill by Lucy Lawrence is the third and last book in the “Decoupage” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), March 2011
Autumn in New England brings out the changing leaves, and the leaves bring out the tourists. But when the serenity of cozy Morse Point is disturbed by a grisly murder, the season will bring out the townspeople’s true colors.
When Brenna Miller gets stuck as the tour guide for a group of leaf peepers, she tries to make the best of it. They can collect leaves for Brenna’s decoupage class, and it’ll be a great draw for the shop she runs with her boss and best friend, Tenley Morse. But it’s hard to stay enthusiastic after the trail leads them straight to a dead body.
At least Brenna has nothing to do with the investigation this time around—until she learns that the victim was Tenley’s father’s business partner. Now it’s up to Brenna to ensure that Morse Point’s namesake family doesn’t take the fall before the crafty killer puts the finishing touches on the perfect crime.
Brenna is helping out a friend when she stumbled upon another body. What is it with her? Bodies seem to find her. When the body is identified as the business partner of her best friend’s father, Brenna and Tenley begins an investigation to prove that her father had nothing to do with his demise. This was a good story that kept my attention from the first page to the last sentence. There are so many new people in town who could have been the killer and the author played it well, because I did not guess until it became clear to both me and Brenna at the same time. This was a fast and easy read with good conversation and a great New England setting. This was the best book in the series and I am sorry to see this series end. I will miss the gang but I’m so glad the finale ended as I hoped.
Lucy Lawrence is the pseudonym for Jenn McKinlay
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Cut To The Corpse by Lucy Lawrence is the second book in the “Decoupage” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), April 2010
Teaching decoupage classes to the locals of Morse Point is all the excitement Brenna Miller ever needs. But just under the varnish of this small New England town is a criminal craft called murder.
Brenna Miller’s never been one for gossip, so when the whispers start about Tara Montgomery’s engagement to Jake Haywood, she’d just as soon stay out of it. She’s happy to prepare decoupage wedding favors, and even tag along on the bridesmaids’ party—but waking Tara up the morning after turns out to be a bit more than Brenna bargained for.
She finds Tara passed out in bed with her fiance’s best friend, but the apparent infidelity is not the worst of it. The boy is dead, and Tara is holding the murder weapon. Now, with the bride-to-be unable to remember what happened, it’s up to Brenna to sift through the hearsay and get to the truth, before Tara’s future turns to shreds.
Brenna is doing wedding favors at the request of the bride’s mother. When she goes to pick up the bride, she finds the bride deep in sleep holding a bloody knife with her fiance’s best friend laying next to her in bed, dead. Brenna doesn’t believe the bride is capable of this murder and when another person is murdered and her life threatened, Brenna does all that she can to bring the killer to justice. My rating: 3.5 stars
Lucy Lawrence is the pseudonym for Jenn McKinlay
Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence is the first book in the new “Decoupage” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), September 2009
The picturesque town of Morse Point may be a small dot on the New England landscape, but the decoupage class at Vintage Papers is larger than life. With cutouts, glue and varnish, members create eye-catching projects-and uncover clues to a killing.
For Brenna Miller, teaching the town’s popular decoupage class is the only way to gloss over her painful past. But it hasn’t been easy making friends in a town that doesn’t warm up to outsiders. And it doesn’t help when the pushy mayor asks her to convince her enigmatic landlord, Nate Williams, to sell his lakefront property to land developers.
But just when Brenna thinks the mayor’s given up, his body is found stuffed in a trunk at Morse Point Lake. A witness claims that Nate’s truck was at the docks on the night of the murder. Now Brenna needs to help prove Nate’s innocence before his fate is signed, sealed and delivered.
I really enjoyed this story. Brenna still feels like an outsider in this small town having escaped from the big city. Little did she know that murder would occur in this little town and when her friend and landlord is arrested for the crime, Brenna and her friends set out to clear his name. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. My rating: 4 stars.
pseudonym for Jenn McKinlay