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Blog Tour with Review – Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon

Blog Tour with Review – Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnonBel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on March 7th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Publicist

I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Bel McGrath loves her work as a wedding chef. But with her latest event set to take place at Shamrock Manor, she just can't seem to catch a break. The Casey wedding has left her with ten thousand greenbacks in the hole, a missing staff member, and a dead groom. Now, in between Guinness beers and pub brawls, Bel must find a way to crack the case--even though what she should be cracking are eggs into the batter of the wedding cake. A good Irish girl's work is never done. . .
What begins as local town fodder for an episode of "Wedding Gone Wild" is turning into "Gangsters with Guns." With the Casey family spiraling out of control, and billable McGrath hours being lost by the minute, Bel is definitely in too deep. With all these shenanigans, she barely has time to obsess over her new boyfriend and her own unsolved mystery from years ago! Time is running out on getting the next couple down the aisle before the so-called luck of the Irish takes a deadly turn... Bel of the Brawl will keep Maggie McConnon's fans, new and old, guessing.

Bel McGrath is working as a wedding chef at her family’s Shamrock Manor. Bel is working hard to getting the wedding venue in shape so it’s more profitable. It’s hard to do when you have a death at the venue. This is the second one. What looks harmless ends up looking more like murder and poison seems the likely culprit. Bel is accused of it being her food so she must get to the bottom of what happened before her reputation is ruined. Will she find out what happens before they lose more business or worse, someone else gets hurt?

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was an okay cozy mystery.

The Pearls – I love cozy mysteries so this book had that going for it. The mystery was a surprise and the end was even more surprising. I like when the author outsmarts me as the reader and I can’t guess the ending. Its an added bonus that there where two mysteries going on at once. The over-arching series mystery and the book mystery. I’m super curious about the series mystery of her best friend’s disappearance, that alone will be enough to have me continue the series.

Having the main character being a chef at a wedding venue was interesting. I love cozies that feature chefs and food is a main component. I wouldn’t suggest reading this book hungry. It won’t work out well for you if you do. The descriptions of the food were scrumptious.

The book read great as a stand-alone. I have not read the previous book and I did not feel lost at all. This book does a great job of summarizing the previous book without giving too much away. So you could go back and read the other book if you wanted.

The Sand –  There wasn’t enough humor in it for my taste. The romance was a little off-kilter.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars
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