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The Bride Wore Black (Cinnamon Greene Adventure Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Bonnie J. Cardone Certified as a scuba diver in 1973, Bonnie wrote more than 900 articles and published thousands of photos during her 22-years with Skin Diver Magazine. She also wrote articles about women diving pioneers for the Historical Diving Society’s magazine and authored two books, Shipwrecks of Southern California and Fireside Diver. She was principal photographer for Diving and Snorkeling in Southern California & the Channel Islands. Currently she’s the author of the Cinnamon Greene scuba diving mysteries as well as a freelance photo/journalist. Her work has appeared in California Diving News, The Journal of Diving History, Canada’s Diver Magazine, Alert Diver, Sport Diver and several e-zines. In 1999, Bonnie received both the Women’s Scuba Association’s Women Diver of the Year Award and St. Brendan Corp’s California Scuba Service Award. She was one of the original inductees of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and is a member of the California Wreck Divers Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was awarded a NOGI for the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • File Size: 2483 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Scenes; 1 edition (July 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DXMRG2C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bonnie J. Cardone is the author of the Cinnamon Greene Adventure Mysteries. The three books in the series, The Bride Wore Black, Murder Dives the Bahamas and Murder Dives the Caribbean, are available in the Kindle Store and as paperbacks on Amazon.com. Short stories that feature Bonnie's series characters were published in the mystery anthologies, Last Exit to Murder and Gone Coastal.

Certified as a scuba diver in the 1970s, Bonnie wrote more than 900 articles and published thousands of photos during her 22 years with Skin Diver Magazine. She also authored two books, Shipwrecks of Southern California and Fireside Diver, and was the principal photographer for Diving and Snorkeling in Southern California & the Channel Islands. Currently she's a freelance photojournalist who writes a monthly column on marine life for California Diving News.

In 1999, Bonnie received both the Women's Scuba Association's Women Diver of the Year Award and St. Brendan Corp.'s California Scuba Service Award. She was one of the original inductees of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and is a member of the California Wreck Divers Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was awarded a NOGI for the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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The Bride Wore Black is a "who dunit" murder mystery with a nice balance of suspense, romance, great dialog, subtle humor and adventure. The author has successfully incorporated her skin diving and photography background, along with her creative mystery writing talent, to make this Cinnamon Green Mystery not only interesting but informative. The scuba diving experiences included in this story are wonderful and add additional excitement.
She excels in developing fascinating, believable characters. Her detailed descriptions of each character are so well done that I think I could pick them out in a crowd.
In this mystery, we learn early on that a "jilted lover" plans the perfect murder. The author then manages to supply several characters with motive and opportunity which keeps the reader guessing who will commit the crime.
Cinnamon Green is so likeable, that I didn't want this book to end. Happy to learn this will be a series. I do hope several of the characters return. I am especially anxious to see if her romance with Danny continues to develop and I look forward to more of the father/daughter storyline.
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I really enjoyed this well-written, well-paced mystery. Cinnamon Greene moves back to her coastal California hometown, and encounters a murder mystery. The town is filled with well-drawn, realistic characters, and enough of them are suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I especially liked the relationship between Cinnamon and her father, whose business she helps run when she moves back to town. While you don't need to be a diver or a photographer to enjoy this story, those of you who are will especially appreciate the author's expertise in these two areas; no tiger shark attacks or giant clams snapping shut (unrealistic undersea "adventures" encountered in another book I recently read). Instead, Cardone includes realistic descriptions of California diving and the ebb and flow of a day on a dive boat. These short episodes, while not the focus of the book, really added to character development and verisimilitude for me. I'm looking forward to reading Cinnamon Greene's next adventure!
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The book was fun and the plot moved fast. A good light read. I am interested in reading the next book in the series.
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The Bride Wore Black has a variety of interesting characters with some snappy dialogue. It is a quick read with a murder mystery that keeps you guessing to the final pages. The main character, Cinnamon Greene is quite likable, with an independent spirit and a sardonic wit that comes across when she runs into some of the other female characters in the story, especially her first meeting with Cat. There are several murder suspects and at various times, it seems the evidence points to one of them, then another, then another, so you are kept guessing. As an avid scuba diver herself and former editor of Skin Diver Magazine, author Bonnie Cardone brings an authenticity to the scuba diving segments. I enjoyed reading the story and look forward to more from the author.
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Wonderful read. I generally don't read murder mysteries but this one was so riveting I could not put.it down until 3:35AM. The easy way Bonnie creates all the scenes in one's mind is superb. My next read is Bonnie's "Murder dives the Caribbean".
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The Bride Wore Black follows the disastrous but hilarious events that occurred in the author’s short story caper “The Last of the Recycled Cycads,” featured in the Sisters in Crime collection Last Exit to Murder. After witnessing her celebrity photographer husband canoodling with a supermodel on The Tonight Show, Cinnamon Greene finally decides to end her eight-year marriage with the philandering Ted Quiero, packing her few belongings to leave Hollywood and return to her hometown of Cliffview, California. Working for her father at Greene’s One Stop Camera and Photo Shop at the local mall is not the best remedy for her faltering self-esteem but it does get her out of her best friend’s house and the well of depression Cinnamon had fallen into. Having followed a path in life that seemed laid out rather than planned, Cinnamon feels as though she has to start her life over and her first assignment photographing the wedding of the mayor’s unlikable daughter doesn’t bode well, especially considering that Cat Callahan left her previous fiancée at the altar.

The only person who is liked less than Cat is her impending groom Chip Forester, who himself jilted the town hair stylist in favor of the runaway bride. However, it is Cat who drops dead after being fed a piece of her wedding cake laced with peanuts and inducing a fatal allergic reaction in the bride. Police suspicion falls on Cat’s aunt and cousin, owners of The Bakery that created the tiered wedding cake, and Cousin Georgia’s sudden disappearance is definitely not a good indicator of her innocence.

In the small coastal California town of eight-thousand everyone knows everyone, gossip flies, and it seems that all of the residents had some relationship with or reason to kill Cat.
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Cinnamon Greene feels humiliated when her marriage breaks up and she's glad to move back to her hometown. Working again in her father's photo shop, her first assignment is, ironically, to shoot a wedding. The bride is a socialite, aptly nicknamed "Cat", who has a history of stealing husbands and boyfriends. We have an idea of what Cat's fate will be because a genderless "Jilted Lover" intersperses commentary on a plan to take revenge on her. Cat is indeed murdered. The suspect pool steadily widens as more of Cat's jilted lovers are identified -- including Cinnamon's new boyfriend, Danny.

Cinnamon, her dad, and Danny are all divers, and a couple of lobster-diving expeditions provide fascinating action. They make me want to jump off a dive boat and hunt down some spiny critters for myself, as well as throw them on the grill for dinner. The laid-back feel of a seaside California town is appealing, and the close relationship between Cinnamon and her dad is heartwarming. I found myself cheering Cinnamon along and hoping for the best as she feels her way into a similar warm family relationship with Danny and his young son. This first in a planned series has a lot going for it and I look forward to reading the sequels.
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