How to Crash a Killer Bash (Party Planning Mystery Series #2)

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Presley Parker is hosting a Murder Mystery party thrown by a notorious yet benevolent curator, Mary lee Miller. But when the role play becomes terrifyingly real, and Mary Lee is found dead, Presley kicks her sleuthing into high gear-only to find that someone wants the life of the party dead too...

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Presley Parker is hosting a Murder Mystery party thrown by a notorious yet benevolent curator, Mary lee Miller. But when the role play becomes terrifyingly real, and Mary Lee is found dead, Presley kicks her sleuthing into high gear-only to find that someone wants the life of the party dead too...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451230973
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Party Planning Mystery Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,018,180
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    readers will enjoy the perils of Presley Parker

    Event planner Presley Parker is preparing for next big gig at Murder Myster Party at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park San Francisco. Tempers are running high between de Young's chief fundraiser Mary Lee Miller who can bring in millions with her reputation and Delicia Jackson, an actress in the murder play. Mary Lee wants the performer to stop dating her son Corbin; calling the woman a gold-digger. Carbin uses the actress to annoy his overbearing mother.

    On the night of the event, Delicia goes to find the "murdered body" of Mary Lee; only she reappears drenched in blood. Mary Lee is dead and after the witnesses tells the police the public fight between the women in Corbin's life and delcia saying she was going t kill Corbin's mother, the police arrest Delicia. Presley vows to find the real killer so her friend can get out of jail, but the culprit provides terrorist pressure to get her to back off on her investigation.

    Penny Warner has created a wonderful heroine in perilous Presley Parker, reminiscent of the Perils of Pauline plus Peter Parker. The protagonist leaps from one calamity onto another disaster and another; defying Einstein's definition of insanity. Two cars she drove need repair work due to her proclivity for driving head first into trouble. Someone has killed three people at work and her mother tends to get lost suffering from rhe early stages of Alzheimer's. She remains resolute and determined, but most critical believable as an amateur sleuth. With plenty of action on her investigation and several poignant moments, readers will enjoy the perils of Presley Parker.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    Great New Series...Very entertaining and keeps you guessing!

    Presley Parker will keep you entertained and amused as she hunts down the killer to clear her friend's name and get her out of jail...the mysterious Brad is always ready to lend a hand also in Presley's capers. Great read!

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    A Party Planning Mystery with Tips

    This is the second book in this series following How To Host A Killer Party.

    In this installment Presley Parker is hosting a Murder Mystery Party as a fundraiser for the de Young Museum in San Francisco. She has been hired by the museum's leading fundraiser and philanthropist, Mary Lee Miller. The murder weapon for the party is an exact albeit harmless replica of a dagger that is part of the museum's vast collection and Mary Lee Miller has volunteered to be the victim of the "murder". She has also demanded parts in the production for her son and other employees of the museum. The rest of the participants will be friends and co-workers of Presley who have helped her with parties in the past.

    Trouble erupts during the dress rehearsal when Mary Lee confronts her son about his girlfriend, who is also Presley's friend and assistant, Delicia. After the argument Delicia is heard saying some not so nice things about her boyfriend's mother.

    Guests start to arrive for the performance and to help solve the mystery in costume as their favorite sleuths, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, etc. The performers are introduced and the mystery party begins, everything is going as planned when a bloodcurdling scream is heard and Delicia comes out a door with blood on her hand, this is not in the script, the guests are supposed to find her over the body. Presley finally understands someone is really dead and to her shock it is Mary Lee Miller. As the real cops and EMTs arrive the guests all think it is part of the performance. Then it is announced the the murder is very real and everyone will be questioned, but very soon the officers hear about the comments Delicia made about Mary Lee and is she is arrested.

    Presley knows Delicia wouldn't hurt a fly and knows that she has to uncover the real murderer because the cops already have their killer. Her investigation turns out to be nothing like a party and she must be careful or she will end up dead just like Mary Lee Miller.

    I LOVED IT!!!!

    This story was just a lot of fun, quirky characters, a very believable plot, suspense, humor and even a little romantic tension. This book is the full package, everything you love about cozy mysteries is here, all wrapped up like a pretty party present. The Party Tips at the start of each chapter are just an added bonus. This definitely is a series to watch and I am excited to read about many more KILLER PARTIES!!

    To find out more about this author visit fer website

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidion, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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