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Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Trouble starts for Skye when her California cousin Riley decides to marry her powerful millionaire fiancé in Scrumble River. She reluctantly agrees to serve as maid of honor but when elitist snob wedding planner Belle Canfield informs Skye that her Cuz named her as her wedding assistant on this event, Skye becomes extremely upset. Although she tries, she cannot get out of working for the stern taskmistress who antagonizes everyone she meets until Belle pushes someone over the edge and murders her. Skye assists Wally on the homicide investigation while also putting together the marriage ceremony as the paid wedding planner.
As always with a Scrumble River police procedural (see Murder of a Royale Pain) Denise Swanson combines humor and romance within an intriguing homicide investigation while the support cast feels like friends. There are plenty of suspects just on the wedding list and Skye using her psychological skills find many with strong motives, but must ferret out who would act on the desire. Readers who have put together a social event like a wedding will commiserate with the heroine, as she finds relief in working the Murder of a Wedding Belle.
While school is out for the summer, school psychologist Skye Dennison keeps busy wearing a number of other hats including her position as psychological consultant for the police, bridesmaid for her cousin's upscale-to-excess wedding, and wedding planner for the over-the-top extravaganza. All of the delightful Scumble River characters are back including Wally, Simon and Belle, May and Vince, Frannie and Justin, and the not-so-delightful but highly entertaining Dooziers. This is the kind of book that while I want to keep reading and find out who did it (I couldn't figure it out before Skye), at the same time I don't want to get to the end (especially since it will be next April before I get to Scumble River again).
Murder of a Wedding Belle is a nice combination of mystery, romance and humor. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can relate to the chaos surrounding this wedding.
Riley has been living in California, where she bagged herself a rich older man. By having her wedding in humble Scumble River, Riley can show off to the kin and home town folks as well as show up the second cousin/first cousin-once-removed she once idolized. I'm sure that having Skye slave for the obnoxious planner is icing on the bridezilla's cake. The details about the excessive spending for the wedding and reception are definitely worthy of some head shaking. There's a Red Ragger wedding in chapter 22 that makes an interesting contrast. (I was puzzled that Earl Doozier, Senior claimed that Elvis was his only brother that they knew about in chapter 17 because he has another brother. That's Hap, Cletus' father. He's in jail. However, a personal e-mail from the author explained that Hap has been disowned.)
Skye has her hands full with wedding details, helping Wally catch the killer, stewing over whether or not to accept Wally's proposal, and dealing with ex-boyfriend Simon's desire to get back together. (If Skye knew her traditional spook tales, Simon's last words in this novel might make her nervous.)
I didn't like either Riley or her fiancé, Nick.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The heroine gets herself into the craziest situations. I've really enjoyed this series about Scumble River.Published 23 months ago by Raynette L. Shannon
Great book Ms. Swanson. I thought this one's a great and complete too. I love weddings. And this wedding novel was the extreme. at least it started and finished that way.Published on May 31, 2014 by Al7trina
It was a fun read. Love the characters and the way Skye goes about solving these crimes. Keep them coming.Published on March 11, 2014 by Monica
I like the main character Skye and identify with her role as a school psychologist in a high school setting--often very realistic. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Once I started this book I had a hard time putting it down. It had many twists and turns and every time one thought they knew who the murderer could be, it wasn't. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by nana05
I AM SO GLAD TO SEE THE WAY THE AUTHOR IS DEVELOPING HER CHARACTERS. I WILL DEFINITELY READ ALL SHE HAS WRITTEN.Published on March 25, 2013 by judith w bohall
LOVE HER STYLE.
HOW DO THESE REVIEWS GET LOTS? AND YOU TELL ME I HAVE 117 UNREVIEWED ITEMS? COLOR ME CONFUSED!!!!! WHAT'S A MOTHER TO DO? Read more