Title: You May Now Kill the Bride
Author Deborah Donnelly
The Blurb: On picturesque San JuanIsland, love and lavender are in the air. So, unfortunately, are jealousy, pettiness…and murder. Wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid has come to the Puget Sound paradise to oversee her best friend’s wedding. But when her own mother announces her engagement to a local millionaire, Carnegie inherits more than two hostile about-to-be stepsisters and a new father she doesn’t quite trust. Juggling cops and caterers, secret lovers and sullen in-laws, Carnegie finds a season of love in an idyllic setting turning into chaos. But when the millionaire’s key employee turns up dead and the local police–including one gorgeous blond hunk of a deputy – start breathing down her neck, can she stop a match made in heaven from becoming an invitation to murder?….
My Thoughts: YOU MAY KILL THE BRIDE was a very serendipitous find for me. Looking for a mystery title that started with Y for a reading challenge I stumbled upon it as I googled around the web looking for suitable titles. The 5th book in the ‘Wedding planner’ series YOU MAY KILL THE BRIDE was a very entertaining whodunit. Carnegie is a very witty, but not a stupid, amateur sleuth who becomes the prime suspect when she is discovered crouched over the first body. This does not improve when she is found holding the murder weapon next to the second body! There are plenty of laughs and twists and turns as Carnegie splits her time between proving her innocence, sorting out her personal life and planning the best wedding ever. She is supported by a typical cast of idiosyncratic island characters, some loveable and some outright creepy, and though you know you are going to have these characters it is lovely to see how they turn out. Even though I hadn’t read the previous 4 books in the series I had no problems picking up the relationships between the Carnegie and her immediate circle of friends and family. As far as I am aware there were no spoilers to the outcomes of the previous books. Very enjoyable read.
Rating: B – A really, really good read
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