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Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • B095N1XQDY
  • 236 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9780648865223
  • 236 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9780648865230
  • 236 pages
  • $18.95
Phillipa Nefri Clark
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Till Daph Do Us Part
As a travelling officiant, Daphne Jones celebrates weddings and helps with sad goodbyes. Not usually at the same time! When a member of a bridal party ends up face down in a swimming pool, Daphne embraces her inner sleuth, believing this death was no accident. Everyone has a secret but Daphne won't give up... unless the killer finds her first.
Reviews
Clark (Last Known Contact) offers an enticing kickoff to the Daphne Jones cozy mystery series with the story of a charming wedding celebrant who becomes embroiled in the murder of a newlywed. Daphne Jones enjoys traveling the countryside of Victoria, Australia, with her husband John in their caravan, the Bluebell, marrying couples. On a trip to Little Bridges, Daphne officiates at the wedding of Lisa Brooker to Steve Tanning, Lisa’s third go-round at marrying men related to one another. Lisa’s two previous marriages, to Steve’s cousins, ended with her husbands’ untimely deaths, and this time, shortly after the ceremony, the groom is discovered unresponsive in a pool. Against the advice of local law enforcement. Daphne investigates Steve’s death. The body count rises as her investigation gets too close to the truth, putting her life in danger.

In Daphne, Clark has crafted an ideal cozy mystery sleuth, an appealing and inquisitive woman engaged in a lively profession that allows her to observe people in moments of pitched emotion without attracting their attention. She’s confident yet relatable, having to tell herself, at times, to “stop babbling,” and her love for her job (“Being a celebrant means the world to me”) and fear of losing clients is endearing. As an older woman without connections to the police, Daphne may be discounted by those around her as someone lacking investigative skills, which makes her success as an amateur sleuth all the more believable.

The introduction of multiple suspects adds to the suspense as Clark gradually reveals information about the long-standing feud between the Tanning and Brooker families. Considering her history, the bride can’t be discounted as a potential black widow type, but Clark keeps the pages turning with smooth plotting as Daphne journeys in her caravan, charming yet dogged in the first of what looks to be many investigations to uncover a killer.

Takeaway: A charming wedding officiant turned amateur sleuth pursues the identity of a murderer after a newlywed's death.

Great for fans of: Tonya Kappes’s Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries, Emma Jameson’s A Death at Seascape House.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • B095N1XQDY
  • 236 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9780648865223
  • 236 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9780648865230
  • 236 pages
  • $18.95

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