I’ve never been a cozy mystery reader, but I do like escapist fiction, so when I was given the opportunity to review Rachelle J. Christensen’s novel, Veils and Vengeance, I contacted her and was given a review copy. In her email, she noted that she had written a novel previous to Veils, entitled Diamond Rings are Deadly Things, which is the first book in the Wedding Planner mystery series. Veils is the second book. I requested Diamond Rings and was happily surprised at how much I liked the book. I mean, a wedding planner who is flawed at finding her own happily ever after but is a magnet for all the wrong guys makes for a fun read. Add in some theft and murder, and you can let your mind run away from real life and enjoy reading Adrielle Pyper fight for hers.
However, there are plenty of
elements about the book, and especially about Adri, that are real—the heartbreaking
loss of her best friend, the excitement and nervousness of meeting that cute
guy, the struggle and stresses of being a career woman, and the yearning for home.
Additionally, Christensen’s prose is clear and her imagery is beautiful. Some
of my favorite descriptions are of Adri’s hometown of Rupert, Idaho.
Idaho? How is that going to be an
exciting book? Well, actually, another thing Christensen does well is place the
reader in the setting so clearly and firmly that you realize Idaho is more than
potatoes. Adri Pyper left her successful and busy life in San Francisco to
return to her home state of Idaho. She has a knack for business and has begun a
successful wedding planner business in Sun Valley (which is a destination for
many celebrities, and that makes the wedding planner life rather exciting).
When she receives a new shipment of wedding gowns, they hold much more than
pearls and lace—Adri finds a handful of uncut diamonds sewn into the hem of one
of the gowns. Unsure of what to do, Adri hides the diamonds for the time being
as she determines what will be best for her business, the bride, and her
safety. But when she begins receiving threats, she decides it’s time to contact
the police. Amidst her career and diamond difficulties, two men are vying for
her attention and the one she’s giving attention back to might not be the one
her heart really desires.
Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a fun, quick read, one I appreciated because of Christensen's ability to make likable characters and create a clever plot. So curl up on the couch, or, since it's sweltering outside, take the book to the beach and enjoy getting caught up in Adri's crazy life. Actually, the beach read is probably more fitting for the next book, Veils and Vengeance, which I will review this weekend.
You can find out more about Rachelle J. Christensen on
Facebook, Twitter, her blog and website, her craft-based website, Goodreads and Amazon.