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The Bride Wore Dead: An Un-Cozy Un-Culinary Josie Tucker Mystery by [Kaplan, EM]
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"The Bride Wore Dead has everything a reader expects from modern crime fiction - sharp writing, an unpredictable plot, quirky characters.  But it also holds surprises for the reader.  As one of the new breed of indie authors, Kaplan has broken many of the rules of crime fiction - with panache - and created something refreshingly different.  Her characterisation has depth.  The Bride Wore Dead is populated by people who are not only quirky but real.  Josie Tucker herself as a woman with a Thai mother and an American G.I. father brings a blend of old soul and naïve innocence to her amateur sleuthing.  The reader relates to her personal issues with life and love.  But Josie's character is never static and Kaplan brings moments of self-discovery into her relationships with both suspects and friends. Minor characters also keep the reader guessing as their personalities take unexpected but plausible turns.  The other real strength of The Bride Wore Dead is the plot.  There's a social issue behind the crimes which anchors the story in contemporary reality but the solution follows its own trajectory, with unusual but satisfying results.  At the end, the loose ends are tied up but the way is laid for a very interesting future for Josie as the series unfolds."   
 
-Virginia King, former prize-winning publisher, author of "The First Lie" (BRAG Medallion Honoree)

About the Author

EM Kaplan was an 80s kid, spoonfed on six channels of a VHF dial TV. She grew up reading Agatha Christie and Edgar Rice Burroughs in rural Arizona where there were no sidewalks but plenty of tumbleweeds. A former wannabe spy, trombonist, toilet-cleaner, beginner ninja, and subversive marketeer, she currently lives in the frozen north with her husband, author JD Kaplan, kids, and dog. Where to find her: blog: www.JustTheEmWords.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/emkaplan.author Twitter: www.twitter.com/meilaan Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/emkaplan Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/emkaplan Email: JustTheEmWords@gmail.com

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  • File Size: 3847 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GW9I1ZO
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Josie Tucker is, perhaps, the most unlikely amateur detective you're ever going to meet.
She's a journalist by profession.
But she's not a reporter who covers the mean streets and rubs elbows with cops at crime scenes.
No, the sometimes cranky, generally acerbic Ms. Tucker is a food writer.
With stomach problems.
Roped into being a bridesmaid at the wedding of a woman she barely knows, she 's also going broke trying to pay for the dress and the shoes and... well, you get the picture: Josie Tucker is not a happy camper. Her main goal at the beginning of EM Kaplan's 'The Bride Wore Dead' is a simple one: She simply wants to survive the summertime wedding and reception without dying of heat stroke.
She does manage to survive it, but only barely, and thinks that she can finally put a truly dreadful day behind her.
Turns out, however, that she can't.
Why not?
Because the bride turns up dead on her honeymoon and, for reasons that are not immediately clear to her, she's asked to look into what has been ruled an accidental death. Despite the fact she has virtually no skills as an investigator she agrees to do that because, well because it means spending some time at a very fancy desert resort with some cash thrown in to sweeten the deal.
And, besides, she's curious.
In the meantime, she's trying to balance her love life - what there is of it - and she's trying really hard not to fall victim to the same people who killed the blushing (and somewhat bruised) bride.
That's all I'm going to tell you about the plot because to write anything else about it might just allow you to figure out the ending without reading the book and that would be a shame because Kaplan is a very fine writer with a nice light touch when the occasion calls for it.
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As soon as I started reading I was saying to myself "this is good!" The opening is so humorous and engaging with the presentation of a wonderfully smart, quirky, feisty, endearing heroine. I just wanted to keep reading about her and her friends. I didn't really care if there was anything more--but there was. The author creates a story that is quite gripping and always very real feeling, grounded in real places with real people. Even the villains came across as convincing. Not simply a "thriller," the book explored issues of female victimization, the abuse of wealth and privilege, racism . . . Two days after I finished the book I was still thinking about it and held it vividly in my mind. I'm so glad this is "A Josie Tucker Mystery"--that means more to come! Josie is a character I'd like to see again; she is such an individual, and so strong, independent, candid, and pig-headed! She operated as the greatest foil to the women in the book who end up always being abused and victimized, a cycle passed through generations.
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The Bride Wore Dead by E.M.Kaplan is a hysterical murder-mystery. Josie Tucker is a food columnist who gets thrown into a wedding as a bride’s maid because the dress fits. Soon after the wedding the bride turns up dead from a bee sting. This leads the husband’s mother to seek Josie and infiltrate the ranch the couple was staying at for their honeymoon. Josie isn’t a detective but needs money and retreat time so accepts the offer.

Kaplan has created a spicy, lovable character with Josie Tucker. She is a tiny built, Asian lady with stomach issues. Her doctor and long time friend Drew is the man she loves, only he doesn’t know it. Josie is a prickly character. Warm fuzzies aren’t her style. Josie’s personality draw out the comedy in this book as she bumbles through solving the “murder”.

For lovers of mystery, comedy and strong female protagonists The Bride Wore Dead is a sure love!
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E.M. Kaplan's protagonist, Josie Tucker, is charmingly funny and a little self deprecating -- also enterprising and determined. She and her friends have a loyalty for each other that is heartening, and who would suspect that a food critic could be so tough? Tucker agrees to undertake an informal "looking into" of the bride's death at a fancy health spa, and deals with the upper crust and Hollywood celebrities along the way. Kaplan possesses a facility for drawing characters incisively and economically. Can't give away too much, but I am happy that all signs point to a budding series. And the food descriptions are to die for.
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Josie Tucker is finding life a little twisted lately. She is a food critic for a local Boston newspaper and has discovered from her doctor and longtime unrequited crush that she has a potential food allergy that is causing recent intestinal discomfort and weight loss. However, she has been tapped to be a last minute bridesmaid replacement for a friend of a friend’s wedding and suffers through a reception where the bride’s mother hounds her to try all of the specialized food at the reception because of her food critic reputation. She also discovers that the newlyweds will be honeymooning at the same exclusive Arizona resort where her doctor friend has gotten her a week stay in order to manage her diet. Yet, a few days following the wedding, just before Josie is about to head off to Arizona, she is informed that the bride has died during the honeymoon and the groom’s mother has come to Josie to ask her to investigate while she is in Arizona. Josie Tucker is an interesting character and her angst, insecurities, inner strengths, and sassiness has been written well. However, as a story defined as a mystery, it may not hold up well to fans of the genre. Except for a vague intro tease, the reader is not even introduced to the actual mystery until a fifth of the way through the plot after working through plenty of general character drama. The mystery itself is very light with only minor twists revealed, and when serious danger and thrills arise, salvation comes from the antagonists’ unlikely condescending carelessness. It was a disappointing breakdown.
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