Mar 06 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Reviews / 1 Comment

When Belfast (Bel for short) was in high school, her best friend went missing after a party on the river.

The investigation was long and intense, but Amy Mitchell was never found.

Now, many years later, after a scandalous mistake ended her career as a New York City chef, Bel is working as a caterer at her parents’ wedding hall back in her hometown. But Bel’s new life is turned upside down when some of Amy’s belongings surface in the river, and the investigation into her disappearance is reopened. Bel knows just who to ask for help finding Amy after all this time—the groom in the wedding she’s currently planning is a private detective. But when he mysteriously dies at his own wedding, Bel realizes that if she’s ever going to find the truth, she’ll have to do it herself.


About the Author

MAGGIE MCCONNON grew up in New York immersed in Irish culture and tradition. A former Irish stepdancer, she was surrounded by a family of Irish musicians who still play at family gatherings. She credits her Irish grandparents with providing the stories of their homeland and their extended families as the basis for the stories she tells in her Belfast McGrath novels. She also writes suspense novels as Maggie Barbieri.


Review of Bel of the Brawl

Review (4 Stars):  Bel of the Brawl was a charming mystery filled with the right amount of humor and suspense.  Bel is currently working as a caterer at her parent’s wedding manor, which has already seen its fair share of murder, when Bel’s past suddenly comes back to haunt her.  Evidence from a friend’s disappearance surfaces and just before Bel has time to think, the groom that has agreed to investigate, turns up dead at his own wedding.  Now, Bel must find a killer and hopefully the answers she seeks before another person ends up on the victim list.

This is the second book in the series and even though I haven’t read the first, I was able to jump right into the story.  I adored Bel and her crazy family.  I could see that her friend’s disappearance has haunted her all these years and I was hoping that she could finally discover what really happened that fateful night.  This mystery was smart and well-written and I loved every minute of it.  I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book just so I can spend more time with these lovely characters.

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