Series: Perfect Proposals #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley on 3 June 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Mid Year COYER
Pepper Pomeroy has only one thing on her mind as she drags a potted palm onto a small private jet – how she can help her sister Felicity’s boyfriend (Warren) make the perfect proposal. She refuses to get sidetracked by the drunk man in the ladies’ bathroom of the hanger until after the couple are off on their romantic getaway. When the drunk man turns out to be dead and her sister’s fiancé is tagged as a suspect, Pepper feels the need to get involved again.
Pepper was a curious mix of reticence and impulsivity. She knew that her dead-beat boyfriend had little affection for her but stuck with him because he was familiar. On the other hand, she was willing to set up a very niche business immediately because a guy she didn’t know that well or trust thought she would be good at it. I know it is often hard to find a reason for a cozy detective to get involved but Pepper’s was particularly sketchy given her lack of skills and Warren’s background.
Pepper’s immediate success as an event planner is a different matter altogether. Within a matter of days she is fielding calls from love-struck men who want to make a memorable moment. The situations she dreamed up were certainly left-of-field and entertaining but I had to raise my eyebrows at the sheer number of them without any form of advertising.
The fact Pepper had no legitimate reason to hang around the airport hampers her investigation. Even when she bribed her way in, she was still under constant surveillance. Unfortunately, no one really seemed to know the dead guy that well so decent motives were thin on the ground. It was a shame the criminal revealed their identity to Pepper rather than her figuring out whodunnit.
This is definitely a book to read when you are in the mood for something light. Not a bad start to a series.