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'Til Death Do Us Part (Bailey Weggins Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 4, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The third cleverly plotted Bailey Weggins mystery from Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief White (after 2003's A Body to Die For) provides a juicy inside look at the well-to-do matrons of tony Greenwich, Conn. Lounging at home one winter evening in Manhattan, the 30-something Bailey gets an unexpected call from one of her fellow bridesmaids from "the infamous Cross-Slavin wedding" held the previous spring. Ashley Hanes wants the Gloss magazine true-crime reporter/amateur detective to look into a bizarre coincidence: two bridesmaids have died, both seemingly by accident. So Ashley and Bailey travel to Greenwich to talk with the star of the wedding herself, Peyton Cross. Through her heroine's funny, self-deprecating voice, the author deliciously conveys the milieu of moneyed Greenwich-ites (and their New York counterparts). One has to wonder, though, why the refreshingly down-to-earth Bailey is even friends with the likes of Peyton Cross, a "Bridezilla" unpleasantly obsessed with perfection. White keeps everything light, but she also sustains a real sense of mystery, with less than obvious motives and a positively suspenseful denouement. Ultimately, the pleasures here are more gossipy than criminal.
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Bailey Weggins, the brainchild of Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief White, seems a little tired. Who wouldn't be at the rate she's solving murders: If Looks Could Kill debuted the popular series in 2002 and was followed by A Body to Die For in 2003. Weggins' main job is writing true-crime stories for a Cosmo-like magazine called Gloss, but she seems to stumble across as many dead bodies as she does ideas for articles. Here the deceased are all bridesmaids of a Martha Stewart wanna-be, Peyton Cross. Weggins was in the wedding party, too, so it seems natural for one of the maids left standing to get in touch with her, both for her amateur-sleuthing skills and because she, too, may be marked for death. There are lots of circumlocutions here, but sometimes Weggins (and White) appears to be just going through the motions--it's that time of year, she seems to be saying, so bring on another murder. Despite the signs of fatigue, though, there's still plenty to be entertained by here. The unveiling of the murderer has some bite, and Bailey is as endearing as ever, proving again that, in mysteries, it's not so much what happens as who it happens to that matters. This isn't as strong as its predecessors, but that won't keep it from drawing a crowd. It won't hurt that an hour-long ABC pilot is in the works called Bailey Weggins. Ilene Cooper
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Top Customer Reviews
Someone seems bent on offing the bridesmaids of the Cross/Slavin wedding -- or so Ashley Haines (one of the bridesmaids at the wedding) claims to Bailey Weggins, a true crime writer who has also found herself entangled in a few murder investigations of her own. And while Bailey would like nothing better than to ignore Ashley's claims (esp since rich and super snooty Ashley just rubs her up the wrong way), this is one allegation that Bailey cannot ignore since she herself was one of the Cross/Slavin bridesmaids. What Bailey learns is that two other bridesmaids who had become rather close since the wedding have died in accidents within weeks of each other. Intrigued by the coincidence of it all, Bailey decides to look into to things. But she has barely started her investigation when Ashley is found dead! The police believe that Ashley's death was accidental, but by now Bailey is convinced that someone is out to kill every single bridesmaid from the wedding. Discovering why and who is proving more difficult than usual, esp since Bailey is now spending a great deal of time looking over her shoulder. Will Bailey solve the mystery before the determined killer gets to her?Read more ›
As Kate White has written the BAILEY WEGGINS mysteries, I have become increasingly more and more interested in Bailey's life, and crazy mishaps. It's always enjoyable to have the privilege to read about a sleuth/writer, and with Bailey, readers get the best of both worlds. Not only that, White has created an array of eccentric characters who accompany Bailey through each book, and make each installment that much better. Overall, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART was a marvelous new addition to Bailey's mystery series, and I look forward to reading the next book shortly.
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
It was a page turner and I couldn't put it down! It's a must read...especially for Kate White fans. You think you know...but you don't...and then it's so obvious you'll question everything. Very good!
But as with the other Bailey Weggins’ books I find her completely annoying. I find her internal monologue on people to be very judgmental and then she gets upset when they don’t cater to her incessant questioning about the case. Her whole love life is also starting to bother me but this is not negative to the writer I just don’t like books where the only side plot is the main character’s love life and no mentioning of other friends and family.
So I know I just rattled off a bunch of negatives and you are wondering why I gave this book the stars I did and to be honest it is because of the main mystery and how each murder was carried out that was brilliant. I put up with the rest of the story because I honestly wanted to know who the killer was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Kate White book and I was pleasantly surprised that I was unable to put it down. I enjoyed it because it wasn't far-reached or unbelievable. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Celricford
This is good read. A nice amount of goings on, with various side elements.Published 9 months ago by R. Loitz
I'm a big fan of Kate White's work! However, this one was not one of her best. It was better than okay so the reason for 4 stars, but the difference to me was for some reason I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Doyle from SoCal
I hVe read a all her books And they are great. She always has a good plot in the characters are well flushed out. I highly recommend buying her books. You won't be disappointed.Published 16 months ago by Clarice Hunter
I had to get out of my chair and make sure my doors were locked when Bailey was in the Silo. Very good book.Published 17 months ago by Jan Leebrick
I had the first two books in the Bailey Weighed series by Kate White on my bookshelf from having read them a few years ago but it wasn't until recently through randomly searching... Read morePublished 17 months ago by timeka white