Book Spotlight: Marriage Is Murder by Aimee Nicole Walker

Marriage Is Murder
(Sawyer and Royce: Matrimony and Mayhem #2)
by Aimee Nicole Walker
Date Released: April 19, 2022

About Marriage Is Murder
Spring is in full bloom, love is in the air, and Cupid has taken deadly aim in Savannah.

Newly engaged, Royce Locke and Sawyer Key are ready to set the date and charge full-steam ahead into their happily ever after, but homicides and unresolved conflicts keep getting in their way.

Neither detective has met a case they couldn’t solve, but their latest investigations will push their limits and challenge their faith when the line between friend and foe becomes blurred.

And if that weren’t enough, a random encounter with a stranger will trigger a series of events that could either make or break the couple.


Marriage Is Murder is book two in the Matrimony and Mayhem trilogy, the second story arc for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key. New readers should start with the Zero Hour trilogy before reading Matrimony and Mayhem.

Marriage Is Murder is a continuation of Royce and Sawyer’s happily ever after as they move into the next phase of their lives—professionally and personally. Though some storylines span the trilogy, this book does not end in a cliffhanger. Heat, humor, heart, and homicide abound. You have been warned. 18+




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An Excerpt from Marriage Is Murder
“I hate to interrupt a master at work…” Sawyer said hesitantly.

Royce responded with a grunt. “Almost there. Just trying to fit it in the hole. It requires finesse, not brute strength, you know.” Another grunt echoed from behind the dryer and a savage curse quickly followed.

Sawyer bit back a chuckle as he stared down at the superb, jean-clad ass sticking up in the air. Royce had somehow managed to wedge himself under the laundry room sink to reach the back of the dryer. “You don’t say,” Sawyer remarked casually.

He glanced over at Bones, who sat on top of the washing machine looking mighty pissed Royce had moved his litter box from its usual spot to reattach the dryer hose to the exterior vent. The metal ring securing it had broken at some point, which Royce had discovered when he’d attempted to clean the vent with the new shop vac he’d purchased that morning on his weekly hardware store run. They had a Saturday morning routine that started with rambunctious sex, followed by a hearty breakfast, and ended with Royce finding some excuse to visit Sal’s while Sawyer worked on newspaper puzzles and listened to audiobooks.

Royce’s most recent mission was to assemble a tool kit for when Dru and the boys moved into their new place the following weekend. He’d come home from Sal’s flushed with excitement because he’d put together a kickass toolbox and found a high-powered shop vac to rival all others. Royce enthusiastically extolled all the vacuum’s features and boasted it had the strongest suction power on the market. He’d unboxed the shop vac like a little kid on Christmas morning. Sawyer had found it quite endearing until Royce had gazed at the chrome and red machine like it was the most beautiful thing in the world. He’d felt a momentary pang of jealousy until he recalled where he’d been in his audiobook before Royce had come bounding through the door with his new toy.

Royce had kissed him passionately before wheeling the assembled beast into the garage to test it out. Moments later, the loud whirring sound of the machine came through the door. Bones had darted for safety while Sawyer pushed Play to resume his book and returned his attention to his crossword puzzle.

Sawyer smiled when he’d read the next clue. The absence of matter. “Six letters. Gee, I wonder what it could be.” He filled in the boxes with vacuum and moved on to the next clue.

“When was the last time you cleaned out the dryer vent?” Royce had asked Sawyer after he’d cleaned both vehicles.

Sawyer rolled his eyes toward the ceiling as if he were thinking hard about the answer.

Royce had laughed, seeing through Sawyer’s antics, and said, “Doesn’t matter. I’ll take care of it now.”

“We’re supposed to meet my mom for lunch at the Hummingbird CafĂ© in an hour,” Sawyer had reminded him.

“No problem.”

Famous last words.




About Aimee Nicole Walker
Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people. 

She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. 

Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day.

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