(Bianca Wallace Mysteries, #1)
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Romance
When a corpse crashes the party, Bianca is on the case.
Bianca Wallace is a work from home mom raising her teenage daughter as a single parent. She’s determined to stand on her own two feet in Edenville, Texas after her bitter divorce. When the town’s wedding of the year stars her friend as the bride, Bianca can’t wait to celebrate the nuptials. Neither she nor the guests expect a corpse! When the police suspect the bride, Bianca’s determined to prove her friend’s innocence.
Lamar Sims, the new police detective in Edenville, is investigating the murder case. Bianca’s “interference” is not helping, but she won’t stop when her friend’s freedom is on the line. He makes it clear he wants her to let the police do their job, so she has to find ways around him.
No one in Edenville is safe until the killer is behind bars. Bianca won’t let Detective Sims dismiss her hunches. They may have to work together before another dead body shows up.
“Bianca!” Nicole shrieked.
Bianca embraced her friend. “You look amazing!”
Nicole planted her hands on her slim hips. Her sundress flowed to her knees and flattered her waist. Long blonde hair, five seven, and flawless ivory skin. Her blue eyes shined. The woman could have been a model if she wanted to, but found her passion as a beauty blogger. “Thank you. Come on in.”
Looping her arm with hers, Bianca walked with Nicole to the kitchen after setting her gift on the designated table. When they entered the kitchen, Bianca spotted Judy.
“Bianca! Welcome.” Her red hair shined as always.
“Let me help you, Judy. I can’t just stand around and let you do all of this for me.” Nicole stood in front of a plate of ham and grabbed the butcher knife from Priscilla’s, Chad’s mother, kitchen set.
“Nicole.” Judy sighed. “You’re the bride. You should be mingling with your guests.”
“There will be plenty of time for that.” Nicole nudged her shoulder and sliced the meat onto a serving tray.
Bianca made herself comfortable on a bar stool. “Having fun so far? You seem more relaxed now.” That was a good sign.
Nicole beamed. “I am. I can’t believe the wedding is next weekend.” She exhaled. “I’m so nervous.”
“Not about marrying Chad, I hope,” Judy said as she tossed the salad.
“Can I help?” Bianca stood.
Judy pointed for her to sit down. “No, I won’t have the both of you helping. Nicole’s the bride so she can get away with it.”
Bianca returned to her seat and folded her hands in her lap. She figured Judy was in her zone so she wouldn’t offer again to help her in the kitchen. “Everything looks amazing.”
Judy touched a hand to Nicole’s shoulder. “I can’t tell you what it means to me that you asked us to cater your wedding. Thank you.”
Nicole smiled. “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t have anyone else cooking for me.”
Bianca’s heart warmed at the friendly exchange. With Nicole marrying into the high society Davis family, she could have chosen top-notch caterers to serve her reception meal. Yet, she’d chosen Edenville’s best. There was no one better than Judy, who could cook and bake along with her husband, Richard.
“I do have a question for you my friend.” Nicole directed her attention to Bianca.
“What?” Bianca asked.
“I think you could get along with at least one of Chad’s—”
Bianca held up a hand to stop her. “Before you start setting me up with all of the groomsmen, I’ll pass.”
“Oh, Bianca. Really?” Nicole huffed.
“I’ll let you know if I change my mind.” Bianca winked at her.
Nicole paused in her slicing of the ham when her phone rang in her dress pocket. She stared at the screen but didn’t answer.
Daria has lived in Texas for most of her life. She never liked reading as a kid. In fact, she almost hated it. However, as she grew up that all changed. Though she received her degree in healthcare management, Daria kept her writing as a hobby. She meant it to be private and her own way of expressing herself. It never crossed her mind to publish until she was in college. She took a chance and published. It worked!