Engaged in Murder (Perfect Proposals)
by Nancy J. Parra
Cover Artist: Ben Perini
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425270356
Date: 03 June 2014 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Pepper Pomeroy is an unemployed event planner, so when her sister's boyfriend, Warren, asks Pepper to plan the perfect proposal, she happily agrees. Warren and Felicity, her sister, are blissfully happy and Pepper will do anything she can to make sure Felicity stays that happy. It's a wonderful proposal, staged on a private jet at a small airport. Felicity is surprised, and all seems well when they fly off into the sunset to celebrate their engagement.
There was one small glitch however -- Pepper discovered the body of a dead man in the hanger ladies room shortly before Felicity arrived. She thought he was drunk, so she didn't say anything. But when she went back to check on him after the happy couple flew away, she found out he was not drunk. He was dead. And the police seem to think that Warren did the deed.
Warren, it turns out, is not the mild mannered accountant Felicity and Pepper were led to believe he is. He is a very, very wealthy man. If he hid the fact that he was so wealthy, what else might he have hidden? Could he be the killer? Well, Pepper won't let anything interfere with Felicity's happiness, so she has to find out who really killed the man, working with the belief that anyone that makes Felicity that happy could not possibly be a murderer.
At the same time, Pepper's life has a few problems that need to be dealt with. They don't get in the way, but they're pesky details that she wants to take care of. First, she needs a job. When Warren suggests she start her own business planning proposals and engagements, she thinks that sounds like a great idea and works up a business plan. She already has the beginning of one she did in college. It was for a different business, but with a little tweaking, it will do just fine. Warren has asked to look it over, and would like to be an investor in her new venture. He's even found her a client or two already.
The other pesky detail is her own love life. She manages to resolve that issue just fine, and doing so adds a fun little bit to the story. Not much to the story, just a little on the side.
The books was wonderful. I didn't want to put it down. It seems like a silly little story, and maybe it is, but it's very well told and worth every second it took to read it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.