BOOK CLUB: Til Daph do us Part

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Til Daph Do Us Part is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Phillipa Nefri Clark. Daphne (Daph) Jones is a mobile celebrant who, along with her husband John and their faithful caravan Bluebell, travels the countryside performing required celebrant duties.

Long time readers of Clark’s works will recognise Daph, who first appeared in The Stationmaster’s Cottage, book one of Clark’s highly successful River’s End series. Daph then made appearances in each of the subsequent River’s End Series books, as well as making a brief appearance in Deadly Past (one of the Charlotte Dean Mysteries).

As many authors will tell you, characters have a habit of taking on a life of their own, and so it was with Daph who insisted that she deserved her own series.

In this first book, Daph and John have headed to Little Bridges for Daph to officiate at the wedding of Lisa Brooker and Steve Tanning. But when she arrives there’s a strange undercurrent in the air. Steve is the third brother in the Tanning family that Lisa is marrying, with both prior grooms dying in strange circumstances not long into their marriages. Steve’s family are refusing to attend the wedding, and Lisa’s family doesn’t seem over-enthused about it.

When Steve is found floating in the swimming pool before the day’s end, Daph finds herself trying to find a murderer.

Waiters changing wet clothing, family members who make it clear that Daph is not welcome, strange goings-on around the caravan at night, and long-time family rivalries. This whodunnit has it all. But when the events start to affect Daph’s future bookings nothing is going to get in her way of solving this mystery and saving her business.

Clark’s latest offering is definitely more cozy mystery and less suspense than her previous works, but it is a fabulous read. With hints and red herrings galore you will be enthralled as you try to work out who did it, and why.

In addition to the wonderful story, I must make mention of the gorgeous book cover by Jade Erica of Steam Power Studios. who has captured the essence of Daph perfectly, a simple yet stunning cover with so much detail the closer you look.

I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the Daph series. A 5 star read from me.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Til Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

Author: Phillipa Nefri Clark
ISBN: 978-0-6488652-2-3 (paperback)
Copy courtesy of Phillipa Nefri Clark

24 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Til Daph do us Part

  1. Phillipa Nefri Clark’s Til Daph Do Us Part is a light hearted and entertaining tale about love, marriage, murder and intrigue in a small town. I found Daphne and John’s relationship touching and really quite gorgeous, along with their new found routines for life on the road in ‘Bluebell’. They certainly get more drama and adventures than they were counting on in Little Bridges, a picture perfect hamlet where a long standing family feud simmers just below the surface. There were quite a few extended family member to keep track of during the storyline, a few red herrings along the way and a twist and turn here and there to keep you guessing. A very pleasant accompaniment to a nice cup of tea and a choc chip cookie.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Phillippa Nefri Clark for this charming and fun read, Til Daph Do Us Part!

  2. Thanks to Beauty and Lace I was given the opportunity to read Til Daph Do Us Part, by Phillipa Negril Clark.
    I found it an enjoyable, easy to read story. A newly appointed celebrant who obviously has a hidden desire to be a super sleuth, uncovers more evidence than the local constabulary in order to solve the crime. Why have a police force in town, when you have a visiting celebrant travelling in her distinctive caravan named Bluebell willing to unravel all the clues and put all the pieces together? She always just happens to be in the right place at the right time to gather her intelligence.
    A light hearted, fun read.

  3. ‘Cozy’ mysteries are not my normal choice (I normally go for crime suspense) but for something different it was a great fun read.

    The travelling celebrant Daphne somehow always manages to be right where she needs to be in order to solve the murder, but there were lot of twists and turns that kept my engaged. I look forward to reading any new Daphne books and am going to look out for ‘The Stationmaster’s Cottage’ to have a look at where she started.

    Perfect book to curl up with on a rainy weekend.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this book.

  4. I have previously read – and thoroughly enjoyed – Phillip Nefri Clarke’s crime suspense novels. This cozy mystery is not the same genre and doesn’t have the depth and grit in it that her crime suspense novels do, however, it’s not meant to.
    This cozy mystery does everything that it’s meant to do. It’s fun, yes the main character is a bit annoying – I can only imagine how she’s driven the cops crazy, they’d be happy to see the back of her – but she’s meant to be. The book is light-hearted and perfect for a quick read, it’s great escape from all the misery and stress in the world at the moment, would also be great to read on the beach or in a park in summer.
    Thanks Phillipa and Beauty & Lace Book Club for allowing me to escape from it all for a while

  5. This is a cute book and quite different from the authors previous novel. This one is light hearted fun and suspense. A cozy mystery I understand and not my usual type of book.

    Daph is a marriage celebrant travelling around with her patient husband. She is a gossiper and loves the intrigue and mystery that is created when a death occurs at a wedding she is officiating. Daph is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you can take this for some fun you will enjoy it as she goes to uncover the mystery.

    If you want something more serious I highly recommend her other novel. She is a great writer.

    Thank you for a fun little novel.

  6. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Pillipa Nefri Clark for the chance to read Til Daph Do Us Part.

    Daphney Jones, marriage celebrant, traveller, wife and sleuth.

    This is a witty, vibrant and lovely novel. It creates vivid imagery and invites the reader to get involved with the case at hand.

    I fell in love with Daphne Jones from the moment I learnt about her. Daphine has a strong sense of character, being a marriage celebrant enables her to read people, get a sense of who they are and whittle away at their persona.

    Daphne travels with her husband in a caravan performing weddings and exploring. She loves her job, and this is evidently why when she meets Lisa and Steve, she has a bad feeling about them. Daphne knows that the story does not quite add up and when Steve dies, she puts all her energy into solving the crime and getting to the bottom of Lisa and her marriages that end in disaster and grief.

    Daphne uncovers a twisted and shocking history between the families and the town they live in, she leaves no rock unturned.

    I absolutely love this novel and hope to read more of Phillipa Nefri Clark soon.

  7. I’ve read a lot of thrillers, crime and mystery, and a few cozy mysteries, but not a lot. I was keen to get stuck into Til Daph Do Us Part. I enjoyed it from the start, despite not having read other Daphne books. I would definitely recommend this for those who like lighthearted, cozy mystery books. Good characterisation and a good premise. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book. It’s not normally my style so it was good to get the chance to read something else. Daph is a traveling celebrant and John her husband joins her on these travels. Daph is an interesting character and at times annoying with how she becomes a sleuth and is always there when something happens. It is a very easy read but occasionally got a little tricky when there was reference made to Daphs character in previous books as I have not read them. Once again thanks for the opportunity.

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