Date Published: APRIL 18, 2017
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.
Lilly…Lillllleee. Globs of raspberry jam oozed off my fingers. With my stomach heaving from an overload of tuna and hard roll, I sobbed and licked at the gooey confection, angry how this was not the time to put on an extra five pounds. And why was there a man lying at my feet? His neck was smeared red with jam, and his eyes glazed over like he’d succumbed to a sugar coma. The odd thing? His arms were crossed perfectly over his chest, as if somebody posed them. He seemed almost, what was it? Yeah, peaceful. Leaning closer to him, I wrinkled my nose as a pungent, metallic smell reached my nostrils. I jumped back, and a shriek exploded out of my mouth when he smiled and winked at me.
“Lilly! Wake up.”
My upper half flopped up and down as two hands gripped my shoulders and shook me. I gasped and gulped air as if I’d been submerged in water for the past several minutes. My eyes popped open to find Jake hovering over me. “Jake?” It took a few seconds. I wrenched free of his grip. “Jake. Something’s happened. I think somebody’s in a sugar coma from raspberry jam.”
“You had another one of your quirky episodes, didn’t you?” He sat on the edge of the bed next to me.
I nodded. Irene called it my gift. I called it a scary nuisance. Sometimes I got these ideas in my head. Sensations that made me see things. I won’t call it ESP, exactly. It’s more like visions with bad reception. Some hit the mark, but most did not. Only close friends and family knew the embarrassing details. I’d prefer all of us suffered from a case of amnesia to forget.
Jake rubbed the back of his neck. “Well, I’ve got bad news. You need to get dressed and come to the winery.”
I frowned. “Bad news?”
He gritted his teeth. “Bad news as in someone’s dead. Murdered.”
About the Author
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.
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