Monday, April 10, 2023

Review: Twisted Wedding by Hazel Smith

About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Release Date
June 23, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A lavish wedding, guest list full of secrets and a bride plunged to her death.

Ivy Stone is excited to spend a weekend helping her friend manage a gorgeous wedding on a private Scottish isle. Before the couple can say ‘I do’ the bride falls to her death and speculations abound. Is it an accident? Suicide? Or murder?

Trapped together while the investigation is underway, Ivy finds herself in a thickening plot of intrigue among the bridesmaids, guests, and a mysterious stranger lurking on the isle.

While dodging flirtation, sampling delicious dishes and falling in love with Monty the pup, our amateur sleuth discovers everyone on the island has secrets. Some they are willing to kill for.

One twist leads to another as Ivy races to unmask the true culprit. A murderer in their midst no one ever suspected.


A deliciously addictive cozy mystery full of charm and intrigue with bonus recipes included!

My Review

Ivy Stone agrees to travel from her home in London to a Scottish Isle to help her best friend, Jenna Darney, cater a wedding.  It all takes place at Darney Estates, which is owned by Jenna.  As the guests all begin to gather, a huge fight breaks out and the bride is dead before the vows can happen.

Everyone involved in the wedding, both guests and staff, are forced to stay at Darney Estates while the police investigate.  Ivy can’t help herself and sticks her nose right into the middle of the investigation.  She soon discovers there are more than a few possible suspects.

There are three books in the series and this one is a prequel in the Maid Ivy Cozy Mystery series.  I loved the characters right from the start.  Each one is written to perfection.  I can picture this as a movie or TV show.  A maid is the perfect cover for an amateur sleuth.

The storyline moved along at a fast pace.  It’s complete with many twists, turns and several potential killers.  I didn’t figure things out until the end.  Oh, there’s also a cute dog named Monty involved.  I do love cozies that feature animals.  

This is a sweet mystery that can easily be read in one sitting.  It made for a delightful afternoon.  I’m looking forward to reading more Ivy Stone stories.

For reading challenges:

European Reading Challenge 2023
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2023
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2023
Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2023

Disclosure:  I received this book for free as part of the author’s newsletter. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own


  1. This sounds fun and I'm a big fan of dogs in cozies. A wedding is a great setting for a mystery and a maid is a great cover!


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