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How to Host a Killer Party (Party Planning Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Don't let murder crash your party.

Presley Parker was just happy to get her party planning business off the ground. Now she's gotten the gig of the year, planning Mayor Davin Green's sumptuous "surprise" wedding for his socialite fiancée, to be held on Alcatraz.

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Overview

Don't let murder crash your party.

Presley Parker was just happy to get her party planning business off the ground. Now she's gotten the gig of the year, planning Mayor Davin Green's sumptuous "surprise" wedding for his socialite fiancée, to be held on Alcatraz.

But when the bride is found floating in the bay and the original party planner is found murdered, Presley becomes the prime suspect. If the attractive crime scene cleaner, Brad Matthews, doesn't help her tidy her reputation, she'll be exchanging her formal wear for prison stripes...


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Publishers Weekly
Warner, who has penned both mysteries (the Connor Westphal series) and party and activity books, has a wealth of background to inform the career of her amateur sleuth, San Francisco teacher Presley Parker. Recently laid off, Presley opens her own event coordination business, Killer Parties, and is soon offered the chance to plan the mayor's wedding/fund-raiser on Alcatraz. It seems like a great opportunity until someone murders the original party planner and the mayor's bride-to-be. Presley makes good use of her background in psychology and party planning as she investigates, but her scattershot approach to interrogating suspects and what seems like deliberate avoidance of a significant lead will frustrate mystery aficionados. Tidbits of Bay Area history and classic mystery references are overwhelmed by the frantic pace and vast quantities of suspects and albeit interesting supporting characters. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101184714
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Party Planning Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 190,871
  • File size: 454 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

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    Can't Wait to Read the Next One

    I know this is only the first book in this series, but I am already loving it! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I like the event planner aspect of this book and the recipes are really good to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    A fun amateur sleuth mystery

    At San Francisco State University, all part-time instructors were riffed due to budget cuts. Presley Parker was one of the first downsized by the school, but she rebounded quickly by opening up Killer Parties, an event planning firm. She mostly sponsors children's galas, but her big break comes when Mayor Davin Green chooses her to host his surprise wedding for his fiancée on Alcatraz.

    Before the nuptials, police detective Luke Melvin calls Presley asking her to come to the station so he can question her regarding the murder of the mayor's previous event planner Andi Sax. She offers no information of use to the cop. Presley gets back to work on the wedding plan but is concerned since Melvin tells her that Andi left a message on her Blackberry that she had an appointment with Parker; a meeting she denies ever arranging or agreeing to have. When the mayor's fiancé turns up dead of poisoning just like Andi, she becomes Detective Melvin's number one suspect. Fearing jail time, Presley who reluctantly accepts the help of crime scene cleaner Brad Matthews begin to investigate even as someone breaks into her home and sets her office on fire.

    The second Party Planner mystery with tips (see Dead Body Language) is a delightful whodunit due to a strong lead and the eccentric cast who bring a flavor of San Francisco to life (and death) and a horde of suspects (in her mind that is) with viable motives. The heroine is a curious mix of vulnerability and daring do, which endears her to readers and Brad, but drives Melvin to want to lock her away in Alcatraz. Although a lawyer might be a better choice than Brad, fans will enjoy this fun amateur sleuth mystery starring a charming party planner who fears her business will go bankrupt if she wears stripes.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    cute summer read

    Light, easy read. Nice having a change in the story, I will read the others as a easy read inbetween other books

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Will read again Ina year

    I enjoyed it, but it doesn't require great brain energy to track the action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

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    The book started out strong but became dull and preditable.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Penny Warner's How to Host a Killer Party is a great read - Presley Parker is someone we can identify with - everyone has issues with family and friends

    Great settings - An wedding held in Alcayraz? What a great idea - quirky and fun? Sure till the bride turns up floating in San Francisco Bay - not good advertising for a pary planner - excuse me - I mean an event planner. . .

    This was a fun read - I enjoyed the characters and the plot was great - a little humor, a little trouble - I think the this has the makings for a great series.

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