** Agatha Award-winning Series**
She makes wedding dreams come true. But when a dead body crashes the ceremony, she’ll show off a whole new set of skills…
Annabelle Archer is an expert at wedding day disaster control. With preparations underway for her latest lavish ceremony, she knew it was only a matter of time before the groomzilla had a breakdown. But when the drag queen officiant is found strangled to death with her own boa, even Annabelle admits there are some things not even wedding planners can prevent.
Determined to sniff out the killer, she attends the memorial service to probe for clues and catwalk rivalries. After a second queen drops dead and Annabelle’s go-to hairstylist is named the prime suspect, she fears there’s something more dangerous at play than a dressing room feud. With her friends in jeopardy, Annabelle must track down the murderer before another queen struts her stuff for the last time.
Groomed for Murder is the eighth standalone book in the hilarious Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery series. If you like larger-than-life characters, hare-brained whodunits, and an insider’s look at glamorous high-society weddings, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s award-winning series.
Buy Groomed for Murder to RSVP for a glamorous, hilarious whodunit today!
Interview with the Author
Q - So, what makes the Annabelle Archer series special?
A - The Annabelle Archer wedding planner mysteries are based on my 20 plus years of planning society weddings in Washington, DC. That means I’ve seen tons of crazy things happen, and I’ve worked with lots of colorful characters. I bring that light-hearted sense of fun and zany characters into the novels. A lot of the humorous details I include in my books actually happened at my weddings! And since the books are about weddings, there is plenty of food, décor, and behind the scenes details.
The Annabelle Archer books are fast-paced cozy mysteries featuring a female protagonist with a little romance and comedy thrown in. You'll find the series focuses on the murder mystery and amateur sleuth genre, with a jewelry heist caper and ghost story in the mix to keep things interesting. Plus, Richard acquired a Yorkie in Review To A Kill, so the latest books are also for fans of animal or dog mysteries.
I’m working on an Annabelle cookbook to share the recipes for all the culinary treats mentioned in the books. Richard is a caterer, after all, and he loves food and cooking! So, in a way these books are also culinary mysteries!
Q – In what order should I read the books?
A –I'd suggest the following sequence:
- Better Off Wed
- For Better Or Hearse
- Dead Ringer—A Novella
- Review To A Kill
- Death on the Aisle
- Night of the Living Wed—A Novella
- Eat, Prey, Love
-Groomed for Murder
Q - So, why should readers give these books a try?
A - Because the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series is fun, light, and the perfect escape or beach reading. Better Off Wed has hit number one in the Kindle store and the series has hit the top ten bestsellers list on Kindle for Cozy Mysteries, Amateur Sleuths, and Women Sleuths. Plus, the first book in the series won the Agatha Award for the Best First Novel.
Thanks for reading!
Praise for the Annabelle Archer Series:
"A delightfully witty blend of murder and matrimony"- Donna Andrews, author of "Gone Gull" and "How the Finch Stole Christmas"
"Cozy mystery lovers should briskly march up their bookstore aisles to grab a copy of Better Off Wed."-- Susan McBride, author of "Come Helen High Water"
"Laura Durham has given her readers a reason to celebrate."-- Elaine Viets, author of "The Art of Murder"
"Delightful mystery . . . Cozy readers will love this invitation to a wedding to die for."-- Nancy Martin, author of "Bye Bye Blackbird"
“Laura Durham and her flair for witty characters and murder amidst matrimony are a match made in mystery heaven.”
--Ellen Byerrum, author of Hostile Makeover
“Laura Durham has succeeded in crafting a series featuring a thoroughly believable and lovable set of characters, much akin to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and her motley crew.”
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This series just gets better and better!!!!
MAYHEM, MURDER & MARRIAGE! by Lghudson, Mississippi
Groomed for Murder (An Annabelle Archer Mystery Book 8) is filled to the brim with mayhem, murder and marriage! Annabelle Archer owns Wedding Belles, one of the highest rated DC Wedding Planners. She is always joined by her assistant Kate, her favorite caterer Richard, favorite hairstylist Fern, favorite florists Buster and Mack. Together they manage to pull off every Bride & Groom’s Dream Wedding. They also have a knack for stumbling across crime scenes and dead bodies. Good thing Annabelle dates the hottest detective in town, Reese, who wishes she would stay far away from the mayhem and murder and just stick to the marriages! This installment features a new twist - two grooms! The descriptions of the decorations, the bridal party and the officiant are hysterical! Durham is at her best in describing all the hi jinx the crew find themselves in and the many plans they concoct to try to get themselves out of sticky situations without detection. There are many new characters that readers will find interesting and entertaining. The mystery is one of the author’s best yet! I was provided an ARC of this book by the author. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Love Wedding Belles and Fern!
Great series! I’ve read them all now and am anxiously awaiting the next in the series! Great reading for anyone looking for a fantastic getaway on a lazy day. Definitely recommend.