Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones-Book Review-Character Interview-With Giveaway

About the book 
When a washed-up pop star inherits a wedding planning business, it’s all bouquets and bliss until a bride turns up dead.
Paisley Sutton shot to stardom as a teenage rock sensation, but ten years later that star has fizzled out, just like her bank account. When she unexpectedly inherits her aunt’s wedding planning business, Paisley leaves the glamour of Los Angeles for a charming small town in Arkansas. Thinking she’ll arrive in Sugar Creek and liquidate the moldly property, Paisley’s shocked to find Enchanted Events has experienced a major makeover and is now the place for brides. She’s got two months to keep Enchanted Events afloat if she wants to sell and rekindle her music career with the profits.
Paisley’s tossed into a world of vows and venues, but her most difficult challenge comes in the form of one demanding bride. When this Bridezilla’s found facedown in her cake, all fingers point to Paisley as the prime murder suspect. And she does not look good in prison orange.
This former pop princess will need the help of her gun-toting, ex-CIA grandmother and her handsome neighbor, Beau Hudson, to unravel the mystery and clear her good name. As she and her unruly posse dig into Bridezilla’s life, she discovers the woman had a long list of enemies. The closer Paisley gets to the truth, the more her own life is in danger.
Love is in the air this wedding season, but before Paisley can help the ladies of Sugar Creek say, “I do,” she’s got to unveil a killer. Or find herself the next target.
Engaged in Trouble is the first book in the long-awaited Enchanted Events cozy mystery series by award-winning author Jenny B. Jones. If you like laugh-out-loud adventures, small-town romance, unforgettable, sassy characters, and a mystery to keep you guessing, then you’ll love this new page-turning series.
And I thought
First I have to say there is nothing washed up about Paisley or Engaged in Trouble

Engaged in Trouble was a super fun and quirky cozy mystery!  
The story/plot fast paced full of twists and turns and surprises that kept this reader captivated from the very beginning. 

The characters were delightfully charming!   I loved Paisley!  
She steps up to the plate with charm and vigor when she realizes her little trip to town is going to be much longer than she expected. 

Taking on a somewhat thriving business and learning to manage it seems to be too much but she steps in and works her way through it even after the Bridzilla client is murdered almost under her nose!

When the police decide that Paisley just might be the best suspect to put their attention on Paisley ends up having to investigate to keep from being arrested.  

With the help from her matchmaking X-CIA grandmother (seriously whose granny works for the CIA!) the clues are uncovered and the spark of a little romance is in the air.

Engaged in Trouble is a great summer read.  If your looking for a cozy mystery with a little humor and a lot of sass check it out!  

I have to say this was probably the best book by a new to me author that I've read all year. 

Jenny B. Jones is definitely jockeying for the position of my favorite author!  

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours
This review will appear on all retail sites where available.
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Champagne With A Character-Paisley just begged for a chance to chat.  And well she brought the bottle . . . 
Hello Paisley welcome to the blog.  I am delighted to spend some time

 Is that champagne you brought along?   
Let’s enjoy a glass and chat! 

It seemed like a fabulous idea to me….I have to ask are you still serving Champagne at Enchanted Events?
Since a champagne bottle was instrumental in a bride’s death, I think we might take a break on the booze serving. That leaves a lot of purchased champagne somebody’s gonna have to drink…

Before we get into life in Sugar Creek I was wondering if you can tell me about some of the places you traveled during your music career.
I’ve traveled all over the world with my old band The Electric Femmes. We were pretty much the Destiny’s Child of the day. (And sadly, I wasn’t Beyoncé.) My favorite place is probably Ireland, home of some of the most beautiful country and some of the nicest people. But I’m back in Sugar Creek, Arkansas, and while it’s no Ireland, there’s something to be said for small town life and being near family.

I bet settling back into the quiet town of Sugar Creek is a challenge what with all the drama and crime.   What’s the best part of small town living?
Sugar Creek is a unique town that’s a little bit Mayberry and a little bit Los Angeles. It’s next door to Bentonville, home of WalMart. And because of the business aspect of Walmart, it’s not that uncommon to see movie stars, musicians, and other celebs occasionally who are here on business. Just this week Sheryl Crow was biking on some of our trails. Sugar Creek is typical small town—everyone knows your name (Cool if you’re a pop star. Not cool if you’re suspected of murdering a Bridezilla), downtown is chic again, and gossip is our export crop.

I know you were surprised and shocked at the makeover at Enchanted Events.  Do you have any plans for more changes now that your staying around awhile?
When I inherited my great aunt Zelda’s wedding planning business, I expected to come to Sugar Creek, run the place for a few months, and sell the moldly building for profit. How could I possibly know she’d taken on an MBA student who’d radically renovated the business, turning it into Enchanted Events, a trendy, in-demand event planning business? We’ll be branching out beyond weddings soon. I’m currently working on a Renaissance faire that’s coming to town, as you can read about in this fall’s Royally in Trouble. I’m always up for an event that includes corsets, swords, and turkey legs.

So seriously what is it with your grandmother? Is she ‘really’ ex CIA?  Or maybe a just a little quirky.  She sure has some stories!   
Sylvie and my aunt Frannie were recruited straight out of high school by the CIA many years ago for a special classified program for female agents. The best friends have recently retired and it’s not going well. They’re bored, they’re trigger happy, and they’re determined to not only matchmake me with some Sugar Creek sweetie, but prove my innocence. Both are probably gonna involve breaking the law. 

Did you ever imagine yourself fight crime along side her?
Never! I’m a former pop star. I know stage attire and lyrics. What do I know about solving a murder mystery. But Detective Ballantyne thinks I’m the one who killed the dearly departed, so I will sleuth like I’ve never sleuthed before until we clear my name.

Or planning weddings?
I think was less likely to plan weddings for a living than don my Miss Marple hat. A few years ago I was stood up at the altar and my fiancé sold crazy stories to the tabloids to save his reputation. I wanted nothing to do with men, romance, and especially—weddings. But I have to keep Enchanted Events in the black for sixty days or else I lose it all. And this girl needs the money from selling that property.

BTW Is she still totin’ that shot gun aimed at Beau?  I am sure you guys don’t need any encouragement.  But, are you expecting/hoping maybe planning a wedding soon?
No wedding plans for me and Beau! None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
But he is cute. And he’s got that whole military hero thing going on. And I don’t seem to strongly dislike him like I did when I was a teenager. And did I mention he is cute? He definitely makes a return appearance in the second Enchanted Events book.  

This was so fun  I know you have a million things to do at Enchanted Events.   Thanks for taking the time to stop over. 
Thank you! So fun to stop by! Champagne for everyone!

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  1. Paisley, her aunt, & grandmother seem like fascinating characters.

  2. This book looks amazing, Thanks as always for your generosity.

  3. Love, love, love this review. Thank you for hosting Engaged In Trouble and Paisley!!

  4. I love Jenny's books, they are always filled with lovable and relatable characters. I'm looking forward to this new adventure.

  5. My 16 year old has started reading Jenny's books and is binge reading all of the ones our church library owns. She'd love to read this one, too.