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The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, mu The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over. On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after? And most importantly, who done it? ‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’


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The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, mu The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over. On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after? And most importantly, who done it? ‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’

30 review for Marriage and Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny Reid

    Ahhhh! The wait is over! MARRIAGE AND MURDER, book #2 in the Solving For Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series is ALIVE! I don’t know if Cletus would approve an unsanctioned celebration, but I think this momentous occasion calls for sausage pie. What say you, lovely readers? ** Read far and wide ** Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3bxHvvw Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3fNKx2g Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3fVT6Iq Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2yXcwvN Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/3dtS9bB AppleBooks: https://apple.co Ahhhh! The wait is over! MARRIAGE AND MURDER, book #2 in the Solving For Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series is ALIVE! I don’t know if Cletus would approve an unsanctioned celebration, but I think this momentous occasion calls for sausage pie. What say you, lovely readers? ** Read far and wide ** Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3bxHvvw Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3fNKx2g Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3fVT6Iq Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2yXcwvN Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/3dtS9bB AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2LqTiBk Nook: https://bit.ly/2WuiXzm Kobo: https://bit.ly/2T5lIVP Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Z0eZjD Smashwords: http://bit.ly/39C1kEk Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2WsIngD Audiobook: COMING SOON ** BLURB ** The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over. On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after? And most importantly, who done it? ‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’

  2. 5 out of 5

    April

    Penny Reid is extraordinary. She has crafted a fantastic murder mystery that's woven through the most wonderful Winston love story, giving us romance, Cletus, family love, Cletus, suspense, Cletus, and even (fabulously) tears. Marriage and Murder is compelling and brilliant, and it hits all the right mystery, suspense, romance notes to make it impossible to put down. It stands alone so you could, if you really had to, read it before reading any of the other Winston Brothers books. But really, why Penny Reid is extraordinary. She has crafted a fantastic murder mystery that's woven through the most wonderful Winston love story, giving us romance, Cletus, family love, Cletus, suspense, Cletus, and even (fabulously) tears. Marriage and Murder is compelling and brilliant, and it hits all the right mystery, suspense, romance notes to make it impossible to put down. It stands alone so you could, if you really had to, read it before reading any of the other Winston Brothers books. But really, why would anyone do that?

  3. 5 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    Move aside Knives Out, there's a new cozy mystery in town and it's a good one. Although I enjoyed Engagement and Espionage there was something missing in that book that I couldn't quite explain. The tone was just a little bit off and I missed the incredible spark we got from Cletus and Jenn back in Beard Science. Well, there's no need to fret, in Marriage and Murder that connection comes back with a vengeance. Even though this is an incredibly well-crafted mystery that would make Agatha Christie Move aside Knives Out, there's a new cozy mystery in town and it's a good one. Although I enjoyed Engagement and Espionage there was something missing in that book that I couldn't quite explain. The tone was just a little bit off and I missed the incredible spark we got from Cletus and Jenn back in Beard Science. Well, there's no need to fret, in Marriage and Murder that connection comes back with a vengeance. Even though this is an incredibly well-crafted mystery that would make Agatha Christie proud, the romance is still very much front and center. To balance the murdery bits, we are rewarded with witty dialogues, swoony declarations, and so many steamy scenes. Seriously, they are HOT. But only Penny Reid can also make them liberating, romantic, and incite a whole conversation about feeling free with the one you love. Chef's Kiss. Cletus is so much more Cletus. Being inside his head is insanely entertaining. But, I would be remiss if I didn't mention his character growth. In Beard Science, he was his old self, a somewhat selfish plotter. In Engagement and Espionage, he is trying hard to change his ways but felt a bit muted. Here, he is his best version - smart as a whip, and still having "too many irons in the fire", but sharing all parts of himself with Jenn. Also, he is distracted by her, and he needs to both cope with that and prepare for it. This inner struggle is cute and shows us that even Cletus has his blind spots. Jenn also keeps evolving, she is still discovering who she is outside of her parent's influence, and what it means to cope with her father's death. She realizes that it's human to feel frustrated and angry and that she's not the perfectly sweet and polite Southern Bell all the time - and that's absolutely ok. The plot itself is interesting and captivating from the very first chapter. The twists and turns and the carefully sprinkled evidence will keep you wondering until the very end whodunit. And amidst everything that is going on you get to enjoy the whole gang - all the Winston's coming together to support Cletus and Jenn. As always, this means a lot of charisma and emotional moments. Honestly, I couldn't ask for anything better. And this managed to make me even more excited for Totally Folked, the book about Jackson James. But, GAH, what we're all going to be thinking about is a book about Isaac Sylvester aka Twilight. Here are some thoughts that may be spoilery, so stop here if you haven't read Marriage and Murder yet. But, go grab it and read it as soon as possible, because it's worth it. I love how this world is so incredibly connected. Back in Baking Me Crazy Joy is explaining that Cletus remodeled the Donner Bakery after Jenn was in a wheelchair for a while, and here we get to know why! And this was back in Smartypants Romance launch 1 - impressive. Also, in the new The One That I Want a big part of the plot is around Diane Donner being MIA. With the time jump we see at the end of the book, I'm guessing or mostly hoping that this series will end in the same timeframe as the future epilogue from Beard Necessities. Fingers Crossed. This is not a spoiler at all, but back to the attention to details, Kip is murdered on March 2nd or the same as the release date for Marriage and Murder - so clever! And Penny, if you ever read this, we were teased about a shower sex scene for a great part of this book and we need it! Maybe in a future newsletter, wink wink? My God, here's an honorable mention to THAT scene between Jenn and Repo... Just wow. Damn those invisible ninjas cutting onions while I was reading it. And, to wrap it up, how could I not mention Ash and Drew's wedding and their explanation for it not happening before? I know it was mentioned in previous books that they wanted to get married but Ash wouldn't commit and I couldn't understand why, but not only it made perfect sense in Marriage and Murder, but that's also another scene that I would love to read about - their actual wedding day. Honestly, Ash was great in this book and I love her so much. Final thoughts: if you enjoy anything by Penny Reid or the Winston's at all, go pick this up. Download your copy today: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3bxHvvw Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/MarriageMurderPR Apple Books: https://apple.co/2LqTiBk Kobo: https://bit.ly/2T5lIVP Nook: https://bit.ly/2WuiXzm Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Z0eZjD Thank you Social Butterfly PR for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. More reviews in the Blog Bookstagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 4.25 stars SONG: Better – ZAYN Penny Reid has written some of my comfort books, because it meant coming back to one of my favorite fictional families: the Winstons. 〘 PLOT 〙 It's Cletus and Jennifer's engagement day. Everyone around Green Valley is gathered to celebrate Cletus and Jenn's love. Out of nowhere Kip, Jenn's father, arrives uninvited and creates a lot of drama with his mistress Elena. They are asked to leave. After some time, while taking a moment for themselves, Jenn and Cle – 4.25 stars SONG: Better – ZAYN Penny Reid has written some of my comfort books, because it meant coming back to one of my favorite fictional families: the Winstons. 〘 PLOT 〙 It's Cletus and Jennifer's engagement day. Everyone around Green Valley is gathered to celebrate Cletus and Jenn's love. Out of nowhere Kip, Jenn's father, arrives uninvited and creates a lot of drama with his mistress Elena. They are asked to leave. After some time, while taking a moment for themselves, Jenn and Cletus hear gunshots and discover that Jenn's father got murdered in the parking lot in his car. Now the police tries to find the murderer, even Jenn is a suspect in the investigation. ☆ ALL THE STARS FOR ☆ ✎ Cletus and Jenn. I'm in love with their love. It's the way Jenn and Cletus think the other can walk on air. There is so much love, adoration, devotion and being in their heads makes me smile every time. I just want someone to think about me how Cletus thinks about Jenn when he sees her. 🥺 To me, she existed as a multi-dimensional angel and devil, owner of my heart, my joy and my pain, light-years beyond beautiful, or celestial, or exquisite. "No Jenn. Not the dress. You." Cletus gave me a soft kiss, ending it by gently nipping my bottom lip. "You are my miracle." "I love you so completely, with every cell in my body. I wonder sometimes if I'd cease to exist– just evaporate or disappear– if anything ever happened to you." What frustrated me a lot in the previous book is how Jenn and Cletus got interrupted all the time when they finally had some time alone. Thank god in this book they could do the dirty, before they were interrupted. I also love how Jenn and Cletus' kinky side is slowly showing... compared to the bigger picture what they do in their bedroom is by no mean really kinky, but it's for them and i'm here fore it. 😌 ✎ Cletus mind. You know there are thousands of alpha a-hole characters out there and so many of them are replacable. Not just alpha heroes, it's beta heroes, omega heroes, name me any hero and I could probably name another hero that has similar traits, but Cletus Byron Winston. There is only one Cletus. Still to this day, he is one of the most unique characters I've ever read about and I'm going to say this in every Cletus book until the day I find another character that comes close to Cletus uniqueness. I love reading Cletus' POV. I love being in his mind. It's such a breath of fresh air, cause no one is doing it like Cletus Winston. ✎ all the Winston family moments. The Winstons and all their significant others are such a tight knitted group and constantly in each other businesses and it's the best thing ever. They love and support each other so much that every single member is taking part in the planning of Jenn and Cletus' engagement. These family scenes just make me super happy. What is there not to love about a family that is there through thick and thin? The Winston is one weird family and I want them to adopt me!!! "Does this mean I get to plan your bachelor party?" "Never mind, I rescind the offer." Billy chuckled, finally walking towards his car. "Too late. I have Jenn as a witness. What's done is done." Cletus turned as Billy brushed past. "This shall not stand!" "That shouldn't be a problem. I believe your stripper friend–George, right? I believe he rappels from the ceiling, if memory serves. No standing involved." ✎ the character growth. Looking back at Beard Science and now reading Marriage and Murder, it's eye-opening, cause Jenn and Cletus grow so much. Jenn already had a great character development in Beard Science and the story itself was wrapped up nicely, but seeing how these characters continue to grow makes me so proud. I love how Jenn learned in this book to be more sex positive, because that's something she was never taught. Cletus stand on revenge and people around him has also changed so much since he meet Jenn. His attitude towards his father by the end of Beard Science and by the end of Marriage and Murder– already words apart. His feelings towards Jackson James by the end of Beard Science and Marriage and Murder– I sense the next best bromance without being really a bromance LOL. Jenn and Cletus went through so much healing together and it shows and I love it. It was, he was, I was, life was perfection. ❁ WHO CARES ❁ I knew the whole concept of this new Cletus/Jenn spin off is based on mysteries that they are trying to solve together, but honestly I don't care about that at all. I'm only reading for the new Winston content and domestic Cletus & Jenn scenes. All the things about who murders who.. who the hell cares. Not this gurl here. So those chapters when Cletus and Jenn were trying to investigate the murder were not really that interesting to me, since I thought it was pretty obvious from the start who was behind everything. But that's just a me thing to not care about all the murder mystery stuff. All in all, Marriage and Murder is a great addition to Jenn and Cletus story. I know that this whole spin off is not really necessary for their story, cause everything was wrapped up in Beard Science, but for Jenn and Cletus fans and Winston family lovers it's a nice bonus. I like that the relationships that were left shaky after BS are getting more explored in this series. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series #0 Beard Science – 5 stars #1 Engagement and Espionage – 3.75 stars #2 Marriage and Murder – 4.25 stars #3 Home and Heist – tbr #4 Baby and Ballistics – tbr #5 Pie Crimes and Misdemeanors – tbr

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    2.5 Stars Welcome to the latest installment of Cletus and the Queen! Wait, that’s not what these are called? Well, it’s what I call ‘em because “Solving for Pie” is stupid. Anyway, in case you aren’t familiar – this series features the aforementioned Cletus . . . . And his Banana Cake Queen fiancé Jennifer . . . . When the two aren’t humping like rabbits, they dabble in solving the latest murder that’s gone down in their neck of the woods. Are these books any good???? Will I read as ma 2.5 Stars Welcome to the latest installment of Cletus and the Queen! Wait, that’s not what these are called? Well, it’s what I call ‘em because “Solving for Pie” is stupid. Anyway, in case you aren’t familiar – this series features the aforementioned Cletus . . . . And his Banana Cake Queen fiancé Jennifer . . . . When the two aren’t humping like rabbits, they dabble in solving the latest murder that’s gone down in their neck of the woods. Are these books any good???? Will I read as many of them as Penny Reid decides to spit out???? What can I say, I dig the terrible Hallmark Murders & Mysteries movies and these read exactly like watching one of those. Lower marks this time are earned because there is a formula to these cozies. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) – so one red herring and then let’s get on with the damsel in distress getting kidnapped, the hero saving the day and just get ‘er done. It also helps to have a fairly small cast of characters, but since the Winstons have 17,000 family members now between all of the brothers, the sister and their respective counterparts that’s kind of impossible to do. But the main thing that needs to be worked on??? Brevity. There’s not enough story here to extend much beyond 250 pages. Also, while I know other perverts are there for the smex, I could definitely go for a lot less detail when it comes to this series . . . . The one positive? Reid has placed this timeline firmly prior to Roscoe meeting his lady love. And thank god because if you want an example of “how to be woke” written in the most whitesplaining way possible, his story is one that can’t be missed. Yikes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    Before Penny Reid I had never heard of cosy mysteries and I definitely had no intention of reading one. And then she said Cletus and Jenn were the main characters and I couldn't get a hold of them fast enough. Everything about the Winston family has been epic. Every single one of them and their significant others has brought so much, not just to their own books but to the series as a whole. So, when we got to puppet master, Cletus's book at the end of the series I really didn't want to let them Before Penny Reid I had never heard of cosy mysteries and I definitely had no intention of reading one. And then she said Cletus and Jenn were the main characters and I couldn't get a hold of them fast enough. Everything about the Winston family has been epic. Every single one of them and their significant others has brought so much, not just to their own books but to the series as a whole. So, when we got to puppet master, Cletus's book at the end of the series I really didn't want to let them go. Then this spin off popped up and I love it. It has all of the Winston's, along with all of Cletus's shenanigans and Jenn's quiet calm with a side of mystery and drama. And aside from keeping me guessing from the first page it also has so much romance and heat. Seriously the way Cletus loves Jenn is swoon worthy. But the fact that Jenn is so besotted with him umm ….. sausage had me giggling and fanning my face. I have loved watching their relationship continue to develop while enjoying the mystery of the moment. I really can't wait to get my hands on the next one and see if some of these loose ends get tied up because there are still so many questions, I want answers to that I just know Penny is loving dangling there for us to obsess over while we impatiently wait for the next instalment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Emerald Book Reviews McCurdy

    ‘In her I saw flaws and strengths others would never see, secret parts of her known only to me, and my private knowledge of this stunning woman elevated her from the one-dimensional being implied by the pithy descriptor beautiful to someone quantum, cosmic in nature. To Jackson, she may have been merely beautiful. To me, she existed as a multi-dimensional angel and devil, owner of my heart, my joy and my pain, light-years beyond beautiful, or celestial, or exquisite. Because when I saw Jenn, I s ‘In her I saw flaws and strengths others would never see, secret parts of her known only to me, and my private knowledge of this stunning woman elevated her from the one-dimensional being implied by the pithy descriptor beautiful to someone quantum, cosmic in nature. To Jackson, she may have been merely beautiful. To me, she existed as a multi-dimensional angel and devil, owner of my heart, my joy and my pain, light-years beyond beautiful, or celestial, or exquisite. Because when I saw Jenn, I saw all of her, all versions of her, and all our history, and all the wondrous and frightening possibilities of our future.’ Marriage and Murder by author Penny Reid is a truly sumptuous, gripping and monumental mosaic of intrigue, mystery, romance and scandal. The story as a whole is thoroughly exhilarating and arresting (quite literally in this case) but when you break the story down into all the different components that make it so dynamic, it’s in the essence of the characters, the flow and ebb of sparkling and emotive dialogue, it’s in how everything has been thought out, planned out and executed with remarkable detail, passion and depth. How astonishing it is, that we are able to fully immerse ourselves in a tale of murder and havoc, greed and chaos, but also get swept up in such a glorious display of love and romance, familial connections and warmth and still laugh and swoon amidst all of the somber and more serious aspects of the story. I was able to literally laugh-out-loud, my heart was melting in a gooey puddle of love, I was sobbing a few times right before I was back to laughing again- such is the power behind the words and people gifted to us within this book. Author Penny Reid is absolutely superb at bringing her characters to life and probably the most famous of those personalities is Cletus Winston. The man is an enticing enigma. With a sleek intelligence, an abundance of wit and a warehouse-size arsenal of wiliness and shrewdness about him, he is without a doubt a magnificent protagonist. Because underneath all of that he is a man in love, with a protective streak a mile wide and a thought process that is equal parts scary-amazing and deeply romantic and sweet. In Marriage and Murder, I feel like we really got to delve deeper into his character and I could not possibly love him as much as I do right now. He is bewitching. How his mind works, how he feels so much, the way he is able to reflect and take action. There is no one quite like Cletus Winston and seeing all of his layers stripped back in this book really was quite breathtaking. His vulnerability and tender heart are two of the most beautiful aspects. While his clever mind and razor-sharp talent at pin-pointing people’s weaknesses are the most spellbinding aspects to see in action. ‘Side note, I despised how police surveillance made extorting and threatening people difficult. So frustrating.’ Jenn is simply as dazzling as ever. She feels like she has always been a part of the Winston brood. She encompasses love and loyalty. I adore that she is able to retain her sweet and sincere nature but is also discovering her sexuality, her outward strength and using her voice to stand up for herself. She is Cletus’ equal in every way. There are no dominant aspects in the relationship, they each play their roles wonderfully. They complement, ease, arouse and respect each other and have such profound feelings for the other that it is like running your eyes along an impressive tapestry of emotions. They definitely go through a tumultuous time in Marriage and Murder but for me it just highlighted the solidity of their bond. Marriage and Murder is a seriously exciting and standout cosy mystery with the added sparkle of Winston family and Green Valley-infused depth. It’s a truly astounding piece of writing; a delicious concoction of thriller, whodunnit and romance, hosting a wealth of intrigue, mayhem, drama and angst, with some beautifully choreographed intimate scenes, that were powerful, intoxicating and wonderfully romantic. With the enticing addition of some old familiar faces, one enigmatic and aloof Issac Sylvester and the affable and alluring Jackson James, and you have one sexy, complicated and sensational recipe for success here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I snuck a peek at my review for book one of this series just to see if my feelings about this follow-up were on par and.. you know, mostly? Yes. Also it’s funny to see I had spent a sunday afternoon reading book one and here I spent a sunday morning reading this one. Sundays are for mysteries? But to reiterate from my previous review, seriously, what is in the water in this town? I realize this is a “mystery” series spinoff from the main books but honestly. Town o’lunatics. Having said that, thou I snuck a peek at my review for book one of this series just to see if my feelings about this follow-up were on par and.. you know, mostly? Yes. Also it’s funny to see I had spent a sunday afternoon reading book one and here I spent a sunday morning reading this one. Sundays are for mysteries? But to reiterate from my previous review, seriously, what is in the water in this town? I realize this is a “mystery” series spinoff from the main books but honestly. Town o’lunatics. Having said that, though, there were fewer characters who irritated me this time around (we love to see growth!) but the drama level is high. Even though I think this one was tamer.. in a few ways. Vague comments are vague. Overall I find a lot of the conflicts in Reid’s books are a wee bit OTT but I think it feels manageable because her characters are also full of personality. So it all kind of feels on-par.. until you stop and think about it. Cletus, one of the characters with the absolute most personality, however? He was really off his game in this one. There were reasons (excuses) given of course but it was interesting to see Reid put him through being.. well, fallible. Not quite the smartest in the room. I’m not sure I had many thoughts about Jenn, or about her realizations or the things she came to terms with, which may not be a good thing but neither was it bad. And, I mean, even though this is their series, overall it’s the ensemble that really sells this for me. As always. Somewhat bonkers plot and conflict aside, even if my feelings overall are becoming bit muted about these books as time goes on, I still had a pretty good time being back in this world. And after all this time, and after all these books and spinoffs, it would take something pretty big to get me to stop reading at this point. ** I received an ARC from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  9. 5 out of 5

    z

    “When I saw Jenn, I saw all of her, all versions of her, and all our history, and all the wonderous and frightening possibilities of our future.” How does Penny do it??? These aren't new characters—I've read about them before. There's already a layer of familiarity and comfort but it was still a pleasant surprise to see more sides to them. Penny Reid made me fall even more inlove with the Winstons after Marriage and Murder. Plot During Cletus and Jenn's engagement party, someone win “When I saw Jenn, I saw all of her, all versions of her, and all our history, and all the wonderous and frightening possibilities of our future.” How does Penny do it??? These aren't new characters—I've read about them before. There's already a layer of familiarity and comfort but it was still a pleasant surprise to see more sides to them. Penny Reid made me fall even more inlove with the Winstons after Marriage and Murder. Plot During Cletus and Jenn's engagement party, someone winds up dead. And they end up as part of the suspects. I'm constantly amazed at how Cletus's mind works. He's the logical and cunning type. I could see his calculated moves, down to the things he says and information he chooses to divulge during the aftermath of the scene. Even him trying to piece everything together after the incident. The whodunnit aspect led the book to be a total page-turner for me as the pieces were slowly coming together. Since this particular incident and bits of the aftermath have been mentioned in other books, it was really interesting seeing the whole picture start to form! Cletus and Jenn Cletus's sassy and whip-smart remarks will always get me. He brings so much humor in the pages and I love that. And Jenn... I feel like she's become more self-assured. I am so proud of how much more growth she had gone through! Also, they are both sooo inlove and I'm here for it. Now with the investigation and murder case, they really support each other in many ways. They always take each other's feelings into consideration. Always. Cletus's #1 priority is Jenn and it’s so evident in his words and actions. The Winstons I can't get enough of them!!!! They really tug at my heartstrings. Cletus and Jenn are the main characters, but the Winstons and their significant others made this book a family affair. Everything wedding-related and even during the case, they all took part in planning things and giving them much-needed support. BEST FAMILY!! One of the many things I enjoyed in the Winston Brothers books is the dynamic between Cletus, Beau, and Billy. I saw more of that in this book and it just feels like a warm hug. I missed them so much. Also here’s a small appreciation for Jethro who really turned his life around for the better. I’m reminded of it even more after reading this book. I am just SO GLAD there is more. This was beautiful but yes, I want more of them. Even Isaac! Jackson James! Boone! I can't wait for their own stories. I'm so invested in the people in this town, help. I’ve read all of Penny’s books that she wrote herself*. Ever since 2019, Beard Science & Beard with Me ties at my favorite but this... this book. This is my new favorite. (though I’m adding it up there with the two. I can’t bear to let go, so now I have those three books at my #1 spot) *saying this as she co-authored a series, which I haven't gotten to yet tl;dr: This is so much more than what I expected. Cletus and Jenn, the romance, the mystery/whodunnit, the Winstons, even the other people in Green Valley who had a hand in the situation... I truly, truly loved everything about this book. 😭💗 Thank you to Penny Reid and Social Butterly PR for providing an ARC! ♡ Interested in reading Winston Brothers & the Green Valley books? Here's a Guide to Green Valley! Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1 - Engagement and Espionage ★★★★✩ #2 - Marriage and Murder ★★★★★

  10. 4 out of 5

    Atia

    I would do questionable things to get my hands on these books, read the first one and it was the best thing I've read in a while. I would do questionable things to get my hands on these books, read the first one and it was the best thing I've read in a while.

  11. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    'Marriage and Murder' promises two things; there will be a marriage and there will be a murder, but it delivered so much more. "Our love story might've been a little mixed up. Some folks might even call it weird. I'd threatened and blackmailed him. We'd become friends. We'd fallen in love." "I was so glad I'd stayed away from the normals, because I wouldn't have traded being weird with Cletus for being normal with absolutely anyone else." My first thoughts were th 'Marriage and Murder' promises two things; there will be a marriage and there will be a murder, but it delivered so much more. "Our love story might've been a little mixed up. Some folks might even call it weird. I'd threatened and blackmailed him. We'd become friends. We'd fallen in love." "I was so glad I'd stayed away from the normals, because I wouldn't have traded being weird with Cletus for being normal with absolutely anyone else." My first thoughts were that this book was **STEAMY** and it is. At first glance, it was easy to question why the steam was needed: Was it gratuitous? Was is it too much? But as with most superficial judgements, I was wrong. I get it now. It isn't just **steam**. It is Jenn coming into her own, finally accepting her sexuality. She was raised to repress those feelings and desires and taught that they were wrong. One can't have those and be a good girl. So now, in a committed relationship, where she once struggled with the ideas of sex, she's flourishing. She no longer sees sex as an act, but as part of her fully functioning, healthy relationship with Cletus. As the story unfolds, and with the help of her friends, she learns these desires and feelings are normal and healthy, but more so that she is normal, healthy and perfect the way she is. I loved this version of Cletus in this story. Of course he was broody, domineering and sneaky but Cletus was also sexy, protective and incredibly loving. Y'all, the coming together of Jethro and Cletus was incredible! Their touching conversation added so much heart and character to this story and their relationship. The revelations revealed shined light onto why Jethro was the man he was, and why he is who he is now. It was like reading a story within a story. I think I cried a few times while reading it. Also ... I need and am so excited for Jackson James's story. "I want somebody to look at me like Jenn looks at you, how Ash looks at Drew." "Jackson, you do realize that in order for somebody to look at you that way, you have to be with the same woman more than once?" But also ... will mamma finally get her HEA?? (psst. Penny, asking for a friend) 'Marriage and Murder' is the story telling from Penny Reid I fell in love with; great banter, great laughs, great emotional pull. Just GREAT! It elicited all the gooey delicious feelings! All of them. This review was originally posted on Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews I was provided a review copy by Penny Reid; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    jordane

    “But whatever it was, whenever and whatever she needed or wanted or craved, I would always and forever make sure it was hers. Just as I would be hers, always and forever.” It's SO GREAT to have these characters back, and I will probably never get tired of CletusJenn and the Winstons!! I don't know how Penny Reid does it, but with every book, I fall more and more in love with this incredible family. After the events of Engagement and Espionage, Cletus and Jenn are more than ready to tie the kno “But whatever it was, whenever and whatever she needed or wanted or craved, I would always and forever make sure it was hers. Just as I would be hers, always and forever.” It's SO GREAT to have these characters back, and I will probably never get tired of CletusJenn and the Winstons!! I don't know how Penny Reid does it, but with every book, I fall more and more in love with this incredible family. After the events of Engagement and Espionage, Cletus and Jenn are more than ready to tie the knot, and Marriage and Murder opens up with their engagement party. The Winstons and the entire town of Green Valley gather to celebrate the happy couple... until someone ends up dead, and Cletus and Jenn are among the suspects. Like the previous book, I enjoyed this one so much! The murder mystery plot was very entertaining and riveting, and once again it was amazing to see the whole family rally behind Cletus and Jenn to solve it. The romance and the mystery were well balanced, there were also lots of funny moments between the Winstons, and once more Cletus stole the show with his sassy comments and jokes. The series in general also provided more information about what happened in between books of the Winston Brothers series and what some of the Smartypants books hinted at. You feel like you know these characters by heart, but you still learn so much about them, and that’s something that I like a lot about this series! There are no other couples like Cletus and Jenn. These two are so perfect and adorable together, and I will never get tired of them. I'm still in awe of how supportive of each other they are, and how they complete each other so well. You learn even more about them and their relationship, they also evolve as a couple, and it's great to follow them as they go through all these steps together. Their love is so pure, and I ONLY want what they have. I know I keep saying this, but I need the Winston family to adopt me!! Ever since I read Truth or Beard I have fallen in love with this big family, they are my favorites, and their interactions always make me the happiest. In this book, I particularly liked those between Jenn, the Winstons, and their loved ones, especially the moments between Billy and Jenn. I need more of these two!! Also, the BillyScarlet crumbs!!! I hope we'll see them together in this series because I love them so much. We got to see more of Isaac, Boone, and Jackson too, I'm getting more and more curious about them, so I can't wait for them to get their book. Alex has also been mentioned several times, and it has made me so happy, my precious baby <3 Overall, I have nothing negative to say about this book, I loved everything about it. It was entertaining, funny, sweet, and the epilogue made me so emotional. Cletus and Jenn are happily married and are resting a little bit until a new mystery shakes them up. I'm excited to see what's next for Cletus and Jenn, and my all-time favorite family! *ARC kindly provided by the author and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review

  13. 5 out of 5

    tai

    Penny Reid is my all time favorite author. I love everything she writes, no exceptions. Engagement and Espionage was my favorite read of 2020, and I was so excited for Marriage and Murder and to see more of these characters I love so dearly. And I have to say, I might’ve loved this book even more than the first one in the series! The Winstons are my all time favorite family. The series is my all time favorite ever as well. I’ve reread it multiple times and I still never grow tired of these chara Penny Reid is my all time favorite author. I love everything she writes, no exceptions. Engagement and Espionage was my favorite read of 2020, and I was so excited for Marriage and Murder and to see more of these characters I love so dearly. And I have to say, I might’ve loved this book even more than the first one in the series! The Winstons are my all time favorite family. The series is my all time favorite ever as well. I’ve reread it multiple times and I still never grow tired of these characters and their stories. So seeing more of these people I love so much is always a highlight of these books for me. But this one was extra special. It’ll be extra special to any Winston fan out there. There were so many beautiful moments between these characters that made me shed a tear or two. Billy and Cletus were always one of my favorite sibling relationships, and you really get a lot of these two in this book. Billy was always more of a father to these siblings than just a big brother, and I just always felt like his relationship with Cletus was extra special. I also LOVED Billy and Jenn and every single scene with them I can get! Billy really takes her in, he becomes such a loving big brother to Jenn, which is something she has lost with Isaac, and just makes their relationship extra special to me. I also loved the Ashley moments so much! Loved that she was so important in this book and seeing more of her relationship with Jenn as well. Cletus and Jenn are just a special couple. I haven’t met a soul who has not fallen in love with these two as separate entities but also for their romance after reading Beard Science. I love seeing them as a couple in this series so much, and seeing them reach all of these milestones: engagement, marriage, etc.. This book, surprisingly enough, just made me love them even more, which I never thought was quite possible! I liked how Marriage and Murder answered so many of these mysteries books like Dr. Strange Beard, Beard Necessities, and even the Smartypants books hinted at too! I was always curious to know more about the years between Beard in Mind and Dr. Strange Beard, and these books do such a great job of filling in the blanks while also adding such a fun mystery twist to the story. Which brings me to another point I loved: the mystery! Like I mentioned above, I love everything Penny writes. Everything. So honestly, I was excited when she announced a cozy mystery series featuring Jenn and Cletus! And I really feel like she’s excelling in this genre! The mysteries are well thought out, and keep me on my toes trying to guess with the characters who is behind it. The plot in this book was so fun! I liked it even better than Engagement and Espionage! Lastly, this book made me so intrigued about so many of the upcoming books in this universe! Isaac, Boone, Jackson, I want them all and I want them now! I also loved the small Billy and Scarlet crumbs, although I’m excited to read a book in the series where they are actually together! This was so good and I already want to read it all over again! Definitely a new favorite. Loved all the Winston Brothers moments and all the Cletus and Jenn stuff was SOOO cute! So good!!! If you have not started this series yet I super recommend!!!! *I got an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Martin

    As I sit here trying to formulate the words to express how much I loved this book, I can't help but smile. This book brought me so much joy through the world of Green Valley, and I can't help but wish this was a real place to visit. "You can't kiss me like that if you expect me to think straight." "Who says I expect you to think straight? Let's think crooked." The banter that Cletus and Jennifer have, the love, the chemistry (oh my goodness the chemistry in this book!), just adds an extra delightf As I sit here trying to formulate the words to express how much I loved this book, I can't help but smile. This book brought me so much joy through the world of Green Valley, and I can't help but wish this was a real place to visit. "You can't kiss me like that if you expect me to think straight." "Who says I expect you to think straight? Let's think crooked." The banter that Cletus and Jennifer have, the love, the chemistry (oh my goodness the chemistry in this book!), just adds an extra delightful layer to this cozy mystery. I spent half of this book reading as fast as I could, only to stop and reread passages over and over. The who-done-it factor had me on the edge of my seat, until the the very last chapter. The writing is brilliant, and these characters have so much depth to them. With each new book we learn more and more about how they tick, and really how deep they feel. Though this book and series follow Cletus and Jennifer as main characters, I love how it fully encompasses the rest of the Winston family. These glances in their life, through their interactions with Cletus and Jenn are such a joy to readers who fell in love with this family. "Because when I saw Jenn, I saw all of her, all versions of her, and all our history, and all the wonderous and frightening possibilities of our future."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I absolutely love Cletus, Jenn and the whole Winston crew! This was a pleasure to read and I can’t wait for more😍😍😍

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Renee

    “Let’s Think Crooked.” Marriage and Murder is a multi-layered cozy mystery romance novel, which explores the many ways people love and why they love each other. It is the second novel in the “Solving for Pie” series and is best enjoyed after Engagement and Espionage – though arguably far better enjoyed after reading Beard Science. However, you could read it as a standalone. Once again, I felt like I, too, gained the many siblings Jennifer gains in marrying Cletus. Best of all, more of Cletus’s de “Let’s Think Crooked.” Marriage and Murder is a multi-layered cozy mystery romance novel, which explores the many ways people love and why they love each other. It is the second novel in the “Solving for Pie” series and is best enjoyed after Engagement and Espionage – though arguably far better enjoyed after reading Beard Science. However, you could read it as a standalone. Once again, I felt like I, too, gained the many siblings Jennifer gains in marrying Cletus. Best of all, more of Cletus’s depth is revealed [his declaration that he has a vengeful heart (I don't believe him, but it is why I love him!)]…and if you’re a conscientious reader, you’ll notice the foreshadowing in chapter one. From the outset, Cletus resists changing too many times in a single day, yet marriage, the act of even getting married demands compromise and change. To me, change is a theme of marriage and Penny expertly weaves it throughout. Attempting to count the plot twists in this “who-done-it” is like trying to count the twists of a corkscrew. No joke, at the 83% mark, there’s a new plot twist… "Let’s think crooked,” indeed! Penny’s been holding out on us. She writes an excellent romance novel, no doubt about it, but the plot twists in this book would make Agatha Christie’s head spin! I don’t know which book I’m ready for more… Home and Heist, Totally Folked, or Isaac’s story… please tell us he gets a story. As usual, every chapter sub-heading is a quote which is not only relevant to the chapter, but applicable to life itself. And they have bolstered my TBR list as a result!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Wonderland

    Penny Reid masters with brio every aspect she has chosen for her new series. She brilliantly combines humor, love and suspense to offer us a succulent cozy mystery. It is fast paced with plenty of interesting characters and amusing or smart or emotional dialogues and situations. I have no words to describe the hard work, the effort of research and the imagination Penny has put to wove it into an addictive story, there's always something fascinating going on. This is one of them mysteries that twis Penny Reid masters with brio every aspect she has chosen for her new series. She brilliantly combines humor, love and suspense to offer us a succulent cozy mystery. It is fast paced with plenty of interesting characters and amusing or smart or emotional dialogues and situations. I have no words to describe the hard work, the effort of research and the imagination Penny has put to wove it into an addictive story, there's always something fascinating going on. This is one of them mysteries that twists and turns, just when you think it's finally solved and case closed, something else pops up and blows it open. Even when you think you understand the situation better than Cletus (mischievous master of shenanigans), you are wrong because Penny has other surprises in store for you. Someone has been killed, we quickly have some clues and several suspects but with Penny nothing is as easy as it seems and all the characters have several dimensions and are full of surprises. It takes a lot of "scratching" to discover all their secrets. No one is black or white, personalities are revealed little by little, we get attached and we want to know more. The Pennyverse is enriched with new characters (the lawyer for example) or characters that we knew but who take more importance here (Boone, Twilight etc...) This gives hope for more books to come. Each member of the Winston family once again demonstrates a great sense of loyalty, unwavering support and boundless kindness. They are more united than ever. Jenn won 6 brothers (Drew included) and 4 sisters. We learn a bit more of Jethro's past and a bit more about Ashley and Drew. Sienna, Roscoe and Beau are amazing but i especially loved the scenes with Billy and Shelly. We know Billy will have his HEA thanks to Beard in mind, but here, in Marriage and Murder, he's still single and longing for a damsell who is absent and i hurt for him because he's so perfect, always with good advices, always supportive, you feel one of his old wound, and he's a loving brother for Cletus AND jenn. So i wanted to see him more than happy already. As for Shelly, i love this character, the way she fits into the family and makes it her own. She made so much progress and i admire her for it. Plus... She's a badass! At the beginning of this book, Cletus shows us more than ever his impatience and his frustration at not being able to control everything. He is particularly in a bad mood because nothing is going as he would have liked. Luckily, his love for Jenn and her bright personality will help him. Jenn has to overcome new and very trying events and she experiences ups and downs. Luckily, she can have absolute confidence in Cletus and she has the support of her new family. She also discovers a new side of herself she didn't expect. She learns to know and accept herself... and the carnal passion for the man she loves ;-) Over the course of events and discoveries, they continue to evolve together and appart, and their relationship intensifies, they form a great team, a great couple. This book moved me a lot, i shed a few tears, but i also laughed. I loved learning more about characters that i've loved for a long time, discovering the surprising good sides of other less important ones. I also devoured this novel for its captivating suspense and clever twists and turns. I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    There are few things I like better than a trip back to Green Valley. And this book did not disappoint. I felt like this book had more emotional gravitas than the first one, which was outrageously punny. But Penny just BROUGHT IT with this book. The wit and witticisms were there, but this book was HOT *fans self* while still being sentimental. The murder mystery lends a whole lot of drama to the story and fleshes out further the characters of some of our favorite residents of Green Valley. It was There are few things I like better than a trip back to Green Valley. And this book did not disappoint. I felt like this book had more emotional gravitas than the first one, which was outrageously punny. But Penny just BROUGHT IT with this book. The wit and witticisms were there, but this book was HOT *fans self* while still being sentimental. The murder mystery lends a whole lot of drama to the story and fleshes out further the characters of some of our favorite residents of Green Valley. It was very emotionally and intellectually satisfying to fill in the some of the gaps between ‘Dr. Strange Beard’ and ‘Beard with Me.’ But even as I say that, this book could probably be read as a standalone. Billy and Sienna do a wonderful recap for everyone early in the book that gets you up to speed on what’s previously happened. There are more twist and turns to this story than there are switchbacks on the mountain roads! And the whodunnit of this story is not clear until the end. But for me this book is really an ode to the love of Cletus and Jenn. And how that love transforms them individually and as a couple, and impacts the people around them. Cletus bemoans becoming duller than a spoon because he is distracted by “pleasurable actions” and Jenn worries she’s becoming a sex addict, when really they are just leading more full and fulfilling lives. And when Billy thanks Jenn for loving Cletus because they are so perfect for each other and Jenn realized he worried about Cletus finding a worthy mate, oh my heart! But even more, I love how the Winston clan rally around each other no matter what shape that might take. You need a wedding planned, an RV rented, a high powered attorney or a place to sleep that’s not wiretapped? Someone’s got your back. I am not the first to wish they could join this fictional family. Love them all so hard!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    I would like to take a moment to bless Penny Reid, who knew we'd definitely need another Cletus and Jenn hit near the one-year anniversary of the panini. She's really doing the Lord's work in 2021. Something would've had to go incredibly awry for me to not love Marriage and Murder, because we all know that Cletus is my favorite chaotic probable libertarian protagonist and Jenn is a goddamn sweetheart. This book was actually way more romantic and gushy than both Beard Science and Engagement and Es I would like to take a moment to bless Penny Reid, who knew we'd definitely need another Cletus and Jenn hit near the one-year anniversary of the panini. She's really doing the Lord's work in 2021. Something would've had to go incredibly awry for me to not love Marriage and Murder, because we all know that Cletus is my favorite chaotic probable libertarian protagonist and Jenn is a goddamn sweetheart. This book was actually way more romantic and gushy than both Beard Science and Engagement and Espionage, but I found it really sweet and heartwarming. There's just something really beautiful about how Cletus and Jenn's love for one another has evolved over the course of their books, and I'm so excited we're getting at least two or three more of these. We could all use a few more warm fuzzies in this Pon de Replay. And after all the banxiety that the first book in this mystery spinoff series gave me, I'm happy to report that Penny Reid stepped up her motherfucking game here! Cletus and Jenn get little freaky and we love to see it!!!! Content warning: Kidnapping, murder, mentions of previous abuse

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily Utsch

    Cozy mystery with lots of heat! In true Penny fashion we all show up for the storyline but stay for the heat. The chemistry between the two main characters is amazing. In this book they are already together and settled in their love for each other. The main storyline is a mystery that the couple gets thrown into. Through out the story we learn more about the town they live in and their relatives. For fans that have read other books. Oh man, you are in for a ride. Especially with Isaac. You know k Cozy mystery with lots of heat! In true Penny fashion we all show up for the storyline but stay for the heat. The chemistry between the two main characters is amazing. In this book they are already together and settled in their love for each other. The main storyline is a mystery that the couple gets thrown into. Through out the story we learn more about the town they live in and their relatives. For fans that have read other books. Oh man, you are in for a ride. Especially with Isaac. You know know if he is good or bad and you want to root for him so much! And I loved catching up with all of the Winstons. Remember though, this takes place before Billy and Roscoe have gotten their HEA. This book is not the first book in the series or even in the 'world' that the author has created. However this can be read as a complete stand alone. Everything you need to know will be given to you. But if you have read the other books the characters (especially secondary) and their stories will feel that much richer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Quinn's Quippy Quotes

    This story was ours. We were weird. I was so glad I'd stayed away from the normals, because I wouldn't have traded being weird with Cletus for being normal with absolutely anyone else. I Freaking Loved This Do you have a character or a set of characters that you regularly think back on, or wonder how they are doing despite being fully aware that they are completely fictional? Well that is Jenn and Cletus to me. They feel like that long distant family member that you don't see too often, but absolutely This story was ours. We were weird. I was so glad I'd stayed away from the normals, because I wouldn't have traded being weird with Cletus for being normal with absolutely anyone else. I Freaking Loved This Do you have a character or a set of characters that you regularly think back on, or wonder how they are doing despite being fully aware that they are completely fictional? Well that is Jenn and Cletus to me. They feel like that long distant family member that you don't see too often, but absolutely adore and are inseparable upon the moment you reunite. I feel like I would be completely satisfied reading an entire novel of these two about completely mundane things and still be in heaven. But this book is far from mundane. This book is action packed. EVERYONE is a suspect. Hell, I even suspected Cletus, even though I knew it was preposterous. I couldn't wait to figure out all the ins and outs to the murder mystery, but in between the action was an interesting side of Cletus. A befuddled, distracted and desperate Cletus. It might be my preferred Cletus over his normal Warlord Of All the Things. But this book is so much more than a 'who done it.' We get to see some things that we have really been craving. SO MUCH ISSAC! So much. More of Mr Jackson James. which will leave you begging for more at the end of the book. (Nevermind Cleuts, you are not the evil master of all the things, it's Penny Reid). And finally, an understanding of what the heck is going on with Drew and Ash's scenic route to matrimony. You guys, this book is so perfectly woven together within this world of Winston Brothers. It has me wondering if Penny really sat down several years ago and plotted this whole damn thing out, but I know that just isn't true. She is just that amazing at what she does. HOW IS THAT FREAKING POSSIBLE? I mean, do you think if I saw her on the street and just "casually" rub up against her, that I could steal a little bit of her magic? Maybe? Perhaps? Just a theory. Thank you again to Penny Reid who wrote a book during a time that I desperately needed my friends. Once again, I will miss them, but know they next time we will meet again, is just around another bend in the road.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TabReads

    It is a little over a year later when we catch back up with our very favorite Green Valley couple, Cletus & Jenn. They are getting ever closer to their wedding, but first Jenn’s momma is throwing them a super fancy engagement party, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Soon, chaos ensues, a murder occurs, and there are nearly a dozen viable suspects including Jenn & Cletus! However we as the reader know they were, heh-hem, otherwise disposed at the time of the crime. This book is chocked full of those “oth It is a little over a year later when we catch back up with our very favorite Green Valley couple, Cletus & Jenn. They are getting ever closer to their wedding, but first Jenn’s momma is throwing them a super fancy engagement party, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Soon, chaos ensues, a murder occurs, and there are nearly a dozen viable suspects including Jenn & Cletus! However we as the reader know they were, heh-hem, otherwise disposed at the time of the crime. This book is chocked full of those “otherwise disposed” times (I mean sex, in case that wasn’t clear). Cletus & Jenn are very well suited and being about 18-months into their relationship, they are still learning each other, growing together, and being their true selves with each other. This book has a twisty mystery that has you shifting the suspect list with every scene until the reveal. It also has a wonderful romance. Jenn & Cletus got their happily-ever-after two books ago, but it is lovely to see that “ever-after” part; their love, trust, and knowledge of one another continues to flourish in the most beautiful way. The intimate scenes were part of that, but so much of it was how they regarded each other in general. Their respect and admiration for each other is unparalleled and it is a joy to read. Penny Reid is masterful at crafting this thrilling mystery with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have their own books. The world of Green Valley and the Pennyverse is so rich and has grown so much, I felt like there was an Easter egg on almost every page. If you’ve read Engagement & Espionage, you will not be disappointed. Even if you haven’t, you’ll enjoy the ride completely. (ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    4.5 stars Ahh I loved this book for all the romance and Jenn and Cletus that we got! I'm not a big cozy mysteries reader and I'll admit that I don't read these books looking for that, but I will say that this time I was really surprised by the plot! I thought for sure that I knew who the murderer was but the more I read, the more I realized I didn't know everything like I thought I did. It definitely kept me intrigued and I also loved getting to know Diane and Repo a bit more. I'm still sad that 4.5 stars Ahh I loved this book for all the romance and Jenn and Cletus that we got! I'm not a big cozy mysteries reader and I'll admit that I don't read these books looking for that, but I will say that this time I was really surprised by the plot! I thought for sure that I knew who the murderer was but the more I read, the more I realized I didn't know everything like I thought I did. It definitely kept me intrigued and I also loved getting to know Diane and Repo a bit more. I'm still sad that Roscoe is almost never in these books, but I'm hoping we'll see more of him soon! I 100% read these books for Jenn and Cletus and Penny definitely served with this one! The steam, the swoon, the domestic moments with these two absolutely made this book for me. I can only hope the next book will be just like this one with the romance! Overall, this was a great read and one that Winston fans will be sure to love!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Fiction Fangirls

    There’s a certain level of fear when picking up a book that is a spin-off of a series that you love, especially when it’s about your absolute all-time favorite character in any book, ever. Is there a point where too much information about a character, their love interest, and their families becomes tedious and perhaps ruins what you’ve loved about all of them for so long? In this case, no, there doesn’t seem to be a point where it all feels like too much. I read to get lost in a world that isn’t There’s a certain level of fear when picking up a book that is a spin-off of a series that you love, especially when it’s about your absolute all-time favorite character in any book, ever. Is there a point where too much information about a character, their love interest, and their families becomes tedious and perhaps ruins what you’ve loved about all of them for so long? In this case, no, there doesn’t seem to be a point where it all feels like too much. I read to get lost in a world that isn’t the dumpster fire we’re currently experience but no world seems to suck me in and take me away from reality in the way that the Winston family and Green Valley does. For the glorious few hours I’m swept away into this amazing place I’m put through just about every emotion under the sun. Nobody makes me laugh like Cletus Winston. Nobody makes me cry tears of deep sadness AND pure joy the way that the Winstons do. Nothing fills my heart and my mind the way that Penny Reid’s words do. If your leery of picking up the books in this series because of the cozy mystery aspect, don’t be. This feels very much like a Winston brothers story but in a different way. So many questions are being answered and in an entertaining, but authentic to the characters, way. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I’m falling in love with these characters more and more with each book and feel like I’m getting to know them in ways that I didn’t from the original series and I’ve yet to feel like it’s overkill. I’m so excited for more Cletus and Jenn and the mysteries of Green Valley but I’m also extremely excited for the other spin-offs with some of our favorite, lesser “known” secondary characters!! *I received an ARC from the author for voluntary review

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    ➵ Initial thoughts after hitting “The End”: There are just so many things to love about this book I should make a list like Cletus. All the starts to this story!! ➵ Heroine: Jenn declares herself a Cletus sex fiend. Her character has grown so much since I met her, and I’m not just talking about having a healthier view on intimacy. She goes through so much in this book yet comes out stronger and more sure of herself. It was a joy to watch. ➵ Hero: What can I say about Cletus Byron Winston that ha ➵ Initial thoughts after hitting “The End”: There are just so many things to love about this book I should make a list like Cletus. All the starts to this story!! ➵ Heroine: Jenn declares herself a Cletus sex fiend. Her character has grown so much since I met her, and I’m not just talking about having a healthier view on intimacy. She goes through so much in this book yet comes out stronger and more sure of herself. It was a joy to watch. ➵ Hero: What can I say about Cletus Byron Winston that hasn’t already been said? He’s clever, witty, swoony, sexy, swoony, completely unique and swoony. And did I mention swoony. Yes, Jenn and Cletus adore each other very much, but somehow I just melt whenever he expresses his love for Jenn. He even wrote her a letter!! "I love you so completely, with every cell in my body. I wonder sometimes if I'd cease to exist– just evaporate or disappear– if anything ever happened to you."~ Cletus to Jenn ➵ Sexiness: Should the sex fiend comment before not be clue enough, rest assured Jenn and Cletus find time to express their love in both sweet and tenderly, and sizzling hot. ➵ Plot: After months of waiting to get married, Cletus and Jenn’s engagement is upon them. Regrettably a murder takes place and all their plans seem to go down the drain, unless they find out who did it. ➵ Feels: Penny Reid always brings out all the best feels and Marriage and Murder is an absolute delight to read. It was sweet, sexy, heartwarming, intriguing, a bit angsty and whole lot of fun. I loved the friendships and family bonds. I definitely suffered from highlightitis and One More Chapter Disorder. ➵Quotes: Oh wow, there were so many, from the awesome epigraphs to the swoon between Cletus and Jenn. But this one is just so Cletus! “Cletus.” Jackson glanced down at his notepad, scratching behind his ear. “You can stop plotting our murders with our eyeballs any time now.” “But I haven’t finished,” came my very calm reply. ➵ Facts: Marriage and Murder is standalone by Penny Reid. It is book #2 of the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It's told from both points of view with a happy ending. Genres: Cozy Mystery | Mystery Romance Amazon -> https://amzn.to/3sF6TZq ★ I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. ★ Stalk me on Instagram ★ FaceBook ★ More reviews

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This follows Cletus and Jenn as they approach their wedding day, but just as in Engagement and Espionage, they are caught up in solving a crime in the usually quiet town of Green Valley. It all starts at their engagement party, there is a big scene at the party and the next thing you know there is a murder investigation underway. After weeks go by with no suspect being brought to justice, Cletus and Jenn decide that they are going to put the I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This follows Cletus and Jenn as they approach their wedding day, but just as in Engagement and Espionage, they are caught up in solving a crime in the usually quiet town of Green Valley. It all starts at their engagement party, there is a big scene at the party and the next thing you know there is a murder investigation underway. After weeks go by with no suspect being brought to justice, Cletus and Jenn decide that they are going to put their detective work into action and help Green Valley's finest bring the murder to justice. In the meantime, they have their wedding to plan and other life stresses to deal with. I won't spoil anything for you because learning who dun it is half the fun of reading the book. I thought the mystery element was really fun in addition to the emotional and sometimes steamy scenes we get between Cletus and Jenn. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of the best sort. You will laugh, you will cry, you you will say "awww", and repeat. If you like romantic suspense mixed in with a bit of comedy and some emotion, this is amazing. It is no secret that I'm a huge Penny fan! She hit this one out of the park. Cletus and Jenn are amazing as always, with the two of them navigating their romance amidst a murder investigation but never forgetting how much they love each other. The both have grown so much since Beard Science, and we get to see them both develop quite a bit more as they interact with the other Winston's and their partners. Jenn is still coming out of her Banana Cake Queen shell and learning to be her own person and all of those ideals she was taught aren't necessarily how she should live her life. I also love that she has developed a much healthier relationship with her mother and that she is still holding out hope for Isaac. We also see Cletus soften around the edges a bit. His feelings about his father and getting revenge have shifted a bit and he isn't quite as driven toward his initial goals as he was before. He's also starting to change his attittudes about the people in Green Valley instead of having only one opinion about them forever, I'm looking at you Jackson James. I really have nothing negative to say about this book other than I want more books in this series ASAP! I love the Winston world and can't wait for more books in Green Valley!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    3.5 cosy stars I can’t get enough of Cletus and in this he’s got a Sherlock Holmes vibe (to be clear, that’s a vibe of the Benedict Cumberbatch flavour, not the Basil Rathbone flavour) which gave me a special warm tingle, I cannot lie. Cletus’ brain in action is a fine thing to behold. Dire things happen at Cletus and Jen’s engagement party (although happily, the dire stuff is post coital so we still get to enjoy a little quality smut time before it all kicks off) leaving our couple and their fami 3.5 cosy stars I can’t get enough of Cletus and in this he’s got a Sherlock Holmes vibe (to be clear, that’s a vibe of the Benedict Cumberbatch flavour, not the Basil Rathbone flavour) which gave me a special warm tingle, I cannot lie. Cletus’ brain in action is a fine thing to behold. Dire things happen at Cletus and Jen’s engagement party (although happily, the dire stuff is post coital so we still get to enjoy a little quality smut time before it all kicks off) leaving our couple and their family and friends in rather a compromising position. I loved that this story showed us Cletus’ protective instincts kicking in to protect his Jen in some truly uplifting and belly warming ways and it was a relief that while there was lots going on, it doesn’t shake them as a couple; I need that in my spin-offs. Where this wasn’t so great for me was the whodunnit element of the plot - the basic problem for me was that I didn’t particularly care whodunnit or why, I was there for the Winstons, specifically Cletus and the mystery stuff was a distraction from all of those fabulous warm family feels and humour. Jenn also indulges her inner sex freak in this quite a bit which was both funny and hot as hell. A sweet and cosy complete story that could be read as a stand-alone but you’d miss too much fabulous back story if you did that. **Thanks to the author for my arc** ** Read far and wide ** Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3bxHvvw Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3fNKx2g Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3fVT6Iq Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2yXcwvN Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/3dtS9bB AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2LqTiBk Nook: https://bit.ly/2WuiXzm Kobo: https://bit.ly/2T5lIVP Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Z0eZjD Smashwords: http://bit.ly/39C1kEk Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2WsIngD Audiobook: COMING SOON

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melena

    Wow, this book was a fabulous mix of mystery, romance, and family dynamics. I loved getting to revisit Cletus, Jenn, the whole Winston family, and Green Valley. I really liked the first book, Engagement and Espionage, but I feel like this one just hit its stride more with story, mystery, and character building. It might be because the first book had to introduce and establish everything with regard to the mystery and update the status of Cletus and Jenn's relationship. In Marriage and Murder a lo Wow, this book was a fabulous mix of mystery, romance, and family dynamics. I loved getting to revisit Cletus, Jenn, the whole Winston family, and Green Valley. I really liked the first book, Engagement and Espionage, but I feel like this one just hit its stride more with story, mystery, and character building. It might be because the first book had to introduce and establish everything with regard to the mystery and update the status of Cletus and Jenn's relationship. In Marriage and Murder a lot of that is kind of a given and already things were in place and moving. There is a lot happening leading up to Cletus and Jenn's wedding and I could not put the book down. I had to find out what happened next as they attempt to figure out whodunnit. They are my favorite couple from the Winston Brothers series and their characters felt true to how they were in previous books. There is definitely growth individually and within their relationship here which I also appreciated. As always this book lives up to the Smart Romance that Penny Reid is known for writing, and I cannot wait for the next book! Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    This came out at just the right time!. I needed a guaranteed good book. In this case, a great book! The title may not indicate, but this was very entertaining. The beginning is Cletus and Jenn's engagement party. Then stuff hits the fan. Hold on. Cletus, of course is on his game. He's newly engaged to Jenn, but is also Mr Super Sleuth. There are also some very romantic, steamy moments too. I love love seeing Cletus like this! It also cracks me up that his family still looks to him to for the sne This came out at just the right time!. I needed a guaranteed good book. In this case, a great book! The title may not indicate, but this was very entertaining. The beginning is Cletus and Jenn's engagement party. Then stuff hits the fan. Hold on. Cletus, of course is on his game. He's newly engaged to Jenn, but is also Mr Super Sleuth. There are also some very romantic, steamy moments too. I love love seeing Cletus like this! It also cracks me up that his family still looks to him to for the sneaky detective skills. Even Jackson James and Boone expected that too. I got to see more of Jackson. Cletus seemed calm down more around Jackson... Most of the time. There are so many twists and turns. I kept changing my mind as to who I suspected. Great supporting cast.-many of them: Billy (awesome and so sweet to Jenn), Jackson, Diane, Repo, Ashley, Drew, Jethro, Sienna, Shelly. I highlighted so much. So many Cletus-isms. I need Jackson's book now & the next Cletus & Jenn cozy mystery!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Penny never lets me down. This book is good!!! It’s like a cozy mystery but more, better, hotter, deeper. It had moments of funny, suspense, mystery (obvs) but then these real beautifully romantic and sweet moments between husband and wife. Penny’s books always make me want to read more. I need more of these interactions. I need more of the family banter and more of the sexy times too 😉 Keep writing those words Penny. Lo necesito.

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