Deadly Vows

Deadly Vows

by Jody Holford

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Overview

Former Army brat Molly Owens is happily settling into her new life in the seaside town of Britton Bay—and into new her job as editor-in-chief of the local paper. But as tourists discover the desirable spot, the tide along the Oregon Coast is turning . . .
 
Britton Bay is buzzing with preparations for a wedding at the bed and breakfast where Molly rents a small carriage home. Molly is even helping out and plans to interview the rising star caterer—until the woman is found dead. And then the bride-to-be goes missing. To make matters worse, the venue is owned by Molly’s new boyfriend’s mother—and Molly was among the last people to see the victim alive. All of which makes solving the crime her top priority . . .
 
With the nuptials indefinitely on hold, Molly will have to sift through a sticky mix of suspects, including a rival caterer with a short fuse, a groom with an illicit secret, and a wedding party riddled with personal drama. And if she doesn’t discover the truth soon, Molly might be her own front-page news . . .
 
Praise for Deadly News
 
“The news is all good for this cozy mystery! Deadly News will make you want to pack up and move to the seaside town of Britton Bay, Oregon. The characters are vividly brought to life, there’s a perfect touch of romance, and the mystery has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Don’t miss out on a charming new series—grab this cozy while it’s hot off the press!”
—Sarah Fox, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108671
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Series: Britton Bay Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 18,304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jody Holford is both a contemporary romance and cozy mystery author. She lives in British Columbia with her family. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, Sarah Fox, & Agatha Frost. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She has an equal amount of love for writing and reading the sigh-worthy moments in a book.

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Deadly Vows 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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SewWrite 24 days ago
Britton Bay is full of excitement as a big wedding with all of the trimmings including an award winning chef are in town for the festivities. Emotions are high and tempers are flaring. The chef may be talented but she is temperamental and hard to get along with. When she is later found dead by the local homeless man, there are plenty of people to look into that may not be too upset that the chef is dead. I really like this series. the story comes at a fast pace since the B & B where Molly lives is the stage for the over the top wedding. The grounds are overrun with drama, workers, the wedding party, and an obnoxious Mother of the Bride. I enjoyed the story with all of twists and turns. I liked seeing Molly and Sam's relationship move forward. i like them as a couple and look forward to reading more books in this series.
jwilhoite211 25 days ago
This book was a fast, easy read and I really liked it. Molly is getting excited that tourist season is ending and things should slow down in Britton Bay; she is navigating her feelings for Sam; and she is enjoying her job at the paper. Things change when someone who used to live in town shows up and takes over the bed and breakfast for her daughter's wedding. People are everywhere, tensions are running high, and soon enough someone gets killed. Molly tries to stay out of it, but can't seem to let it go. It seems the chef who was murdered was not well liked and a number of suspects appear. I was not expecting the killer to be the killer (most often the case for me), but it made sense and I enjoyed the red herrings along the way. I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley. #netgalley #deadlyvows #jodyholford 4.8 stars
KTempleton 3 months ago
Molly Owens is settling into her new life in Britton Bay as the editor-in-chief of the local newspaper. She has her new job, her canine companion, and a few close friends. One of those close friends is her boyfriend's mother who is the owner of the bed and breakfast where a wedding is being prepared for. When the chef is found dead and the bride-to-be goes missing Molly can't help but get involved. This is the 2nd in the series but my first. I had no problems reading this book as a stand-alone. The setting and characters are interesting. The chemistry between Molly and Sam is adorable. The mystery is well-paced and full of twists and turns. If you like romantic cozy mysteries this is one for you. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
PrincessGlor 3 months ago
This new cozy series has truly become one of my favorite cozy series! I love the town and the characters and their family feel. This 2nd book in the series was charming and I could not put it down. With the wedding of the century coming up in Britton Bay (according to the bride’s mother!) what happens when the caterer who nobody liked winds up dead? Molly’s on the case to figure it out! The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing and the romance between Molly and Sam is adorable. I am looking forward to many more trips to Britton Bay with Molly and the gang. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
ReadYourWrites 3 months ago
Jody Holford’s Britton Bay Mystery series is fastly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. She combines romance and mystery together, and makes you want to turn the page to see what happens next. Deadly Vows finds the small town of Britton Bay, Oregon all abuzz with the wedding of a former resident’s daughter. Patricia Lovenly wants nothing but the best for her daughter Chantel’s wedding. She’s rented out the Bed-and-Breakfast of Katherine Alderich to host the wedding as well as all the wedding party. For Patricia, none of the restaurants or local businesses are good enough to feed the wedding party or guests. She has brought in her own celebrity chef, Skyler Friessen, to see to all the food, including the wedding cake. Skyler is very particular about any and all food coming into and out of her kitchen. She comes across as rude, demanding, and unfriendly. As the week long events leading up the the weekend wedding get under way, tensions start to rise. Molly Owens, editor of the the Brittan Bay Bulletin, finally figures out a way to get Chef Friessen to agree to being interviewed. Just as Molly is making her way to the chef’s hotel room, she discovers the chef is dead and police are thinking it was murder. Molly’s thirst for information has her looking into who would want to kill the out-of-town chef and why. I love all the main and secondary characters Jody has created for this series. Molly is a twenty-eight-year-old who is still trying to figure out where she belongs. She arrived in Britton Bay shortly after discovering her ex had been cheating on her. Growing up with an Army father didn’t provide her with a sense of roots, so she’s accustomed to moving around a lot. Molly has been in Britton Bay for almost three months. She’s starting to wonder if it’s time she moved on and if she can truly trust her growing feelings for her new boyfriend Sam. I love the blossoming romance developing between Molly and Sam. I’m looking forward to seeing where their relationship goes. I also like the possible relationship that seems to be developing between Katherine and the Police Chief. The mystery of who killed Skyler was easy and straightforward. However, that’s not to say there aren’t secrets to uncover. There are definitely secrets, some more surprising than others. Deadly Vows proved to be a really good read. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
KrisAnderson_TAR 3 months ago
Deadly Vows is a light hearted and romantic cozy mystery. This second installment in A Britton Bay Mystery series can be read as a standalone. I like how the information from Deadly News was incorporated into the story. Molly Owens is happy with her new home and job. She enjoys spending time with Sam and her puppy, Tigger. Molly has the perfect location (her cottage) to watch the wedding drama at the B&B unfold. The mother-of-the-bride is controlling the wedding. Patricia Lovenly grew up in Britton Bay and has come back to gloat over how rich she is by throwing a spectacular, over-the-top wedding for her daughter. It does not seem to matter that this is not what her daughter and the groom want. Skyler Friessen is the chef for the event, and she is a prickly. It is no surprise when she turns up dead. Molly just needs to figure out which individual disliked Skyler enough to kill her which is easier said then done. There are a couple of suspects, good clues and misdirection. Deadly Vows is nicely written with steady pacing. I could have done with less repetition (I get it the first time). I did not like how many times Molly was told to keep her nose out of the investigation (it was not going to happen). I also felt the romance between Molly and Sam was too much for a cozy mystery. It came across as sappy (especially the dialogue) and their relationship progressed too quickly. We are introduced to numerous characters in this book and many of them had nothing to do with the plot. An example is Clay, the newspapers supposed social media coordinator. He added nothing to this story, and I am shocked he has not been fired. Some tweaks would enhance this cute mystery series. Deadly Vows is an easy breezy cozy mystery with a dead chef, a battling wedding party, an adorable pup, a handsome beau, and one a nosy reporter.
4GranJan 4 months ago
Death Mars Upscale Wedding This book is the second in the series and is just as wonderful as the first installment. Although I read the first book, this book will stand alone quite nicely. The author offers up enough background to fill in the blanks for a new reader but not bore an existing fan. There are plenty of twists and intrigue on the road to finding the truth. There are ongoing interpersonal relationships that are fun and entertaining as our heroine continues to put down roots. This is a great series and I can't wait for the next installment! I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Mama_Cat 4 months ago
Second in the Britton Bay Mystery series, this is as delightful and intriguing as the first. The characters are likable. Molly and her bouncy pup, Tigger, are a fun pair to imagine on the beach of Britton Bay, along with Sam, who she has been dating for several weeks. The mystery kept me on my toes, even though I did finally figure out whodunit. Molly moved from SoCal after finding her live-in boyfriend entertaining one of his exes. She is now editor for the Britton Bay Bulletin, which has been in the family of her boss, Alan, for a couple generations. Good things are being said about the paper since she has become its editor in the Pacific northwest. She lives in a cottage behind the B&B owned by Katherine Alderich, Sam’s mother. Molly had found Tigger behind the Bulletin building shortly after starting work there, and he is all puppy. She has a small circle of friends that is growing. A wedding is going to take place at the B & B, and the bride’s mother is sparing no expense to give Chantel a dream wedding. Patty, Chantel’s mother, grew up in Britton Bay, married a wealthy man, and moved away. She grew up in the home the B&B had been before it was converted. Katherine’s property is being transformed with tents and even a dance floor. Patty hired a chef, Skyler Friessen, who recently won a competition and will soon open her own restaurant. Skyler is a haughty young woman who claims to be an artist whose medium is food; she is curt and even rude to her sous chefs or anyone in “her” kitchen. Skyler is preparing all the meals for the several days leading up to the wedding as well as the wedding itself; Katherine cannot bring any outside foods in. Molly talked Skyler into giving an interview for the Bulletin as part of the wedding special editions. She and Sam heard Skyler and an unidentified man arguing when they were headed to her cottage. The next morning, Molly found Chantel crying on the beach while walking Tigger. Then, when arriving at the hotel to meet Skyler for an interview, she learns the grumpy chef was found dead early that morning by a local homeless man, Corky. Harmless, he is clearly rattled; he saw her room door ajar when going to the pool and said Skyler fell while brushing her teeth. He kept muttering about dark stars. Molly and Jill, Sam’s cousin and a reporter at the Bulletin, begin to speculate on who the killer might be. Then the bride disappears without a word. It was fun to get to know the characters better! I did, however, miss reminders of backstories on some of the characters (such as what Sam’s shop is) unless I didn’t see them. Calliope, Molly, and Katherine are my favorites with their kind hearts and helpful ‘tudes. I appreciate the challenges Molly faces in trusting men and settling in her new town. The plot is complex, with suspects that most of the locals don’t know. The mystery kept me guessing throughout with twists and turns that showed a few suspects and red herrings. There was almost too much romance too quickly for my personal preference. I did, at last, figure out whodunit with an idea of the motivation barely a couple steps ahead of Molly and Sam. The ending is satisfying, and I’m looking forward to the next in series. I highly recommend Deadly Vows to those who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries with pets, good friends, and romance. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of the e-ARC from the publisher through NetGalley; a positive review was not required.
Rockport_rocker 4 months ago
With Deadly Vow, the second book in the Britton Bay series, Jody Holford maintains the strong, small town cozy/romantic vibe she established in Deadly News, the first book of the series. The romance is a pleasant addition to the mystery plot without distract from the murder investigation. It is the warmth, strength, and intelligence of the characters that takes this series from a delightful and intriguing cozy mystery to one of my favorite new series. My thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an ARC of Deadly Vows. It is one of the books that I have discovered recently that my readers and follows are going to be hearing a lot about! I loved it! #NetGalley #DeadlyVows
Shelly9677 4 months ago
This cozy mystery is heavy on the cozy and light on suspense. It makes for a wonderful beach read. Molly has recently moved to Britton Bay and rents at a lovely Bed & Breakfast in the coastal town. The B&B is chosen as the venue for some rather pretentious nuptials. When the chef for the wedding mysteriously turns up dead and the bride-to-be goes missing, Molly rolls up her sleeves to get to the bottom of things. There are touches of romance and slight suspense peppered throughout.
ArizonaJo 4 months ago
Deadly Vows by Jody Holford brings us back to Britton Bay, OR where Molly is now settling into her new job, new home and new romantic relationship. This cozy is all about romance, relationships and the murder of a chef who is catering the wedding at the Bed & Breakfast owned by Molly's boyfriend's mother. Ms. Holford really delved more into Molly's character in this book and revealed several insights into Molly's thoughts and attitudes about herself and how she looks at the world. Readers also got to know more about Sam, Molly's boyfriend, too. The plot was quickly paced with only a few suspects and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the dramatic reveal. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to other cozy mystery readers. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
bluegreen91 4 months ago
What an enjoyable read! Great plot twists and a lot of emotions with a wedding, a suspicious death, and a big whodunit. It was fun going back to Britton Bay and visiting with Molly, Sam, Katherine, Bella, and Calli, and I look forward to getting to know the characters more as the series develops. The plot was well-written and made sense. I didn't solve the mystery before it was revealed, which made it a real page turner. This book has a great combination of mystery and Molly's everyday life, including her developing relationship with Sam. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
BeagleGirl123 4 months ago
Jody Holford's Deadly Vows combines mystery and romance in a very cozy way! Molly is settling into her life in Britton Bay quite nicely - she has a job that she loves, a boyfriend who she adores and is quite smitten with her as well, and a growing number of friends. When her landlady hosts a wedding at her B&B and the chef is found dead by mysterious circumstances, Molly must once again search out the clues to discover who committed the dirty deed and restore harmony to the quiet little town. Loved it! A+